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Spaghetti Squash “Fideos” For Your Family


I’ve eaten those iconic Mexico City fideos secos for years and loved every last bite: toasted vermicelli pasta simmered with roasted tomatoes, smoky chipotle chile, chorizo sausage, plus dollops of crema, cubes of rich avocado and, oh yeah, that final punch of umami: Mexican añejo cheese. OK, so that’s not exactly an everyday dish. But when you replace the […]

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Squash Soup For Your Trick-or-Treating Brood

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With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, it’s a good time to make a big batch of soup that can feed your brood as they trickle in from a night of trick-or-treating. Here’s one that’s seasonal, nurturing and really good — no steaming iron cauldron required. I’m calling for kuri squash here — it matches so well […]


XOCO: Fall in Love with Xoco

Winds of change are blowing at Xoco!  Tacos al Pastor (the real deal!) are back on, every Wednesday night starting at 5PM.  Almendrado and thick, rich Champurrado hot chocolate drinks have returned for the colder months as well.  Chefs Alonso, Glenn and Wendy have outdone themselves with an autumnal menu so tasty you can’t help […]


Now Accepting 2016 Frontera Farmer Foundation Grant Applications


We’re mighty proud of the Frontera Farmer Foundation, our nonprofit that has awarded nearly $1.3 million in grants to Midwest family farms since its inception in 2003. And we are proud to once again announce that the grant application period for 2016  is officially open. To see the eligibility requirements and download the grant application, visit […]


Día de Los Muertos at Frontera: A Time to Reflect


  Each year, Frontera’s general manager Carlos Alferez creates a traditional “Day of the Dead” altar near the restaurant’s front entrance. It’s an elaborate set up with candles, ofrendas of personal mementos, sugar skulls and photos of our dearly departed. Along with contributions from our staffers, this year’s altar pays special homage to Chicago chefs Charlie […]