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XOCO A Walk in the Park

Late summer is a beautiful time of year.  Every evening the north-facing patio at XOCO is bathed in golden hues as the sun sets on the West side.  We have started featuring agua frescas made with melon:  cantaloupe, honeydew, and my favorite, agua de sandia, made with delicious heirloom watermelon from Nichols Farm.  The chefs […]

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Rick took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and it’s amazing.

Alex Stupak threw down the gauntlet, and Rick accepted. Behold, Rick’s version of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge! Curtis Duffy and Enrique Olvera, you’re up.  

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The Chicago Tribune loves Cascabel!

  The critics are weighing in on Cascabel, and leading the pack is Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune. Here’s a snippet: In Las Vegas or New York, “Cascabel” would have much competition. But in Chicago it remains quite the unique event. Despite the high-end food and concept, it avoids being pretentious and, unlike some similar […]

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It’s finally here: The revival of Cascabel!

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It’s opening night for Cascabel (previews started a few nights ago), so if you’re looking for Rick, look no further than the Goodman Theater. He’ll be there every evening through August 31, starring in the show he co-created with Lookingglass Theatre. For those that didn’t see Cascabel the first time, this one-of-a-kind play is a beautiful love story […]

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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 […]