notes from the mexican kitchen

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 […]


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


  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 […]


Meet the Frontera Farmer Foundation’s Class of 2014

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It’s one of the most rewarding days of the year—the day we tell the small, sustainable farms in the Midwest that they’ve received a grant from the Frontera Farmers Foundation. This year, our class is as strong as ever. As always, our grants are awarded to small farms in the Midwest who need a little […]


You’re invited to Rick and Deann’s Ultimate Garden Party

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Last year we were thinking about ways to support the Frontera Farmer Foundation. We wondered: Was there something we could do to get the word out, and maybe raise a few dollars for some farmer grants? After rejecting a few ideas (no, a taco-eating contest wasn’t among them), we struck on something: A party in […]


Farmers Market Mexican at XOCO

The summer has (un)officially started!   Inspired by Chicago farmers markets, the Xoco chefs have crafted our new seasonal menu with Midwestern produce in mind, staying true to authentic Mexican flavors.  We have a torta that features quelites, or lamb’s quarters, a delicious dark leafy green.  But this is no vegetarian torta: we pair the quelites […]