(L) Tzuco’s to-go offerings; (R) Chef Carlos Gaytán with actor/director Gael García Bernal, Oscar-winning production designer Eugenio Caballero, and the staff of Tzuco during the 55th Chicago Intl. Film Festival.
Welcome to Dinner and a (Streaming) Movie! Each week for #TakeoutTuesday, we will collaborate with one of our Hot Spots restaurant partners to bring you delicious pickup and delivery food options along with a film selected by the chef preparing your meal!
This week, internationally renowned Chef Carlos Gaytán has prepared a special tasting menu from his restaurant Tzuco to be paired with the beautifully animated Disney/Pixar favorite Coco!
Dinner Take-Out Pick
Led by Carlos Gaytán, the first Mexican-born chef to earn a Michelin star, Tzuco transports to a place where work borne of the land and artisan craftsmanship are a way of life. A place where the climate is warm and dry, and where spice is used unabashedly to bring others together over long, shared meals, music, conversation and laugher. Short for Chef Gaytan’s birth city of Huitzuco in Mexico, Tzuco is derived from the Náhuatl huixochin, meaning “plants with abundant thorns”, and presents Mexico’s vibrant flavors while connecting to preparation techniques of French cuisine. Intended for family-style sharing, guests can enjoy dishes showcasing bright ceviche preparations; delicate flavors of shrimp, clams, octopus and snapper; and the richness of chicken tinga, pork, steak, lamb, tortilla and lentils – all brought together with the zest of aromatic spices and chile.
The Remember Me Fixed Menu ($39.00 per person) is inspired by the film Coco and created for this week’s promotion.
APPETIZER: TLACOYO: Stuffed corn masa with black beans served with salsa cruda, sour cream, cheese, and cactus salad.
ENTRÉE: PORK BELLY: Pork belly, mole poblano infused with hibiscus, Mexican rice, pickled red onion, corn tortillas.
DESSERT: PAN DE MUERTO: Traditional Mexican sweet bread made with orange peel and orange blossom water, filled with vanilla cream, and topped with pieces of bread that playfully resemble bones.
Fixed menu items can be purchased individually as well, and the entire Tzuco to-go menu is available on Tzuco’s website.
How to Order:
Curbside Pick-Up: Call Tzuco (312) 374 8995 and pick-up at Tzuco’s location: 720 N State Street, Chicago, IL., 60654
Tzuco To-Go menu here.
Please note: For each $100 purchased in Tzuco gift cards, $20 will go directly to the Tzuco Employee Relief Fund!
“Disney/Pixar’s animated movie, Coco, is meant to be a love letter to Mexico. I chose this film because it has a Latino cast including Gael García Bernal, one of the most popular Mexican actors, directors and producers in Hollywood. Also, this movie is full of Mexican music, culture and folklore — including some of the traditions around the Day of the Dead. I want to transmit exactly the same through this Tzuco To-Go menu.” – Chef Carlos Gaytán
Director: Lee Unkrich
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.