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ModMex 2014: Bigger, better, a little boozier.

Today we announce ModMex 2014, a follow-up to last year’s (very successful) conference of the same name. This year, we’re tackling the same questions—What does Mexican food look like in 2014? Where is it going?—but we’re doing it with new minds. Chicago’s Curtis Duffy, chef/owner of Grace, will share his take on Mexican food; he’ll […]

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Meet Bianca and Paola, our 2014 Frontera Scholarship recipients

There are two reasons why this is a banner year for the Frontera Scholarship, which is awarded to Chicago Public School students of Mexican American heritage to attend Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, Chicago’s premier culinary educational institution: 1. We’ve announced that starting in 2016, the scholarship will be awarded every year (it has previously been awarded […]

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Grilled corn and chocolate-cherry tarts: It’s Frontera in July!

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There are no words for how a chef feels when summer finally hits; there are only summery plates of joyful food. At Frontera right now that means elote two ways: one with red chile, the other with green, both with fresh queso. In other corners of the menu: Wild mushrooms braised with tomatoes and tomatillos, a tamale […]

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XOCO’s Summer in the Garden

Summer is a beautiful, comfortable season in Chicago: at Xoco, summer is delicious!  This month the chefs have been inspired by the height-of-summer produce coming in from local farms and what is growing in our gardens at home.  The Caldo de Calabacitas is a remarkably light creamy squash soup with grilled Gunthorp chicken.  When one […]

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Hang out with Rick and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche on August 18th

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  Rick and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche are both busy guys, so it’s not very often the two hang out for a night of cooking, cocktails and music. But when those nights do happen, watch out—they get epic. On Monday, August 18th, you can see for yourself: You’re invited to hang out at Rick’s gorgeous Bucktown […]