Celebrate Carnivale at Carnivale!

February 15, 2010 9:50:43 AM PST
Party-goers around the world will celebrate Mardis Gras or Carnivale on Tuesday. Those celebrations filled with food and drink mark the eve of the austere season of Lent, observed by Christians as a time of fasting and penitence.

(RELEASE) There will be no more parties until Easter. Chicago's Carnivale carnivalechicago.com restaurant goes all out on its namesake Latin holiday with a two-day extravaganza Monday, February 15 and Tuesday February 16 featuring $5 Mojitos on Monday, festive specials by Executive Chef Mark Mendez, and a grand blowout on Fat Tuesday, February 16.

Tuesday's Carnivale celebration will feature Live Music by Carpacio y su Combo Sexy; Samba Dancing with Dancers from Shirley Vieira of Brasil via Chicago; Bacardi Girls; Complimentary Masks and Beads, and a Carnivale-Inspired menu created by Chef Mendez. Menu highlights include Bacalao (Salt cod fritters, habanero aioli), Feijoada (Roasted pork shoulder, chorizo, black beans, collard greens, yuca, orange), Fried banana (Whole fried banana, cinnamon ice cream, coconut macaroon) and Moqueca (Sea bass, shrimp, clams, and calamari, tomato coconut broth, cashews).

Chef Mendez shares two of his favorite Carnivale recipes that you can make at home. You can also enjoy these dishes at Carnivale, 702 W. Fulton Market, Chicago; 312.850-5005. For reservations or more information, visit carnivalechicago.com.

702 West Fulton Market

About Carnivale
Featuring "Latino flavors with the spice of life," Carnivale is a reflection of Latin culture and community, with dishes created by executive chef Mark Mendez (formerly of Patria in New York and Gioco in Chicago). Mendez's soulful, authentic Latino cuisine allows guests to explore the savory dishes of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Argentina, El Salvador and Mexico, as often prepared in simple kitchens all over Latin America by abuelitas (grandmothers). Carnivale, named for the pre-Lenten party celebrated in various parts of the world, is authentic with its cuisine and grand in décor. The kaleidoscope of bright colors, salsa music, and playful decor ignite the sense of being in a Latin house party. Carnivale can lend its splendor to any event grand or intimate with a variety of seven spaces including the Salsa Room that accommodates up to 200 guests.