notes from the mexican kitchen
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Announcing the 2017 Frontera Farmer Foundation Grant Winners

Here’s just a small taste of what the grant money awarded by the Frontera Farmer Foundation will be used for in 2017: A Milwaukee mushroom farmer will buy mixing and bagging equipment allowing him to turbocharge his production.  A suburban Chicago church will erect two hoophouses and storage facilities for its expanding CSA program. A […]

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Mother’s Day at Fonda Frontera: We’re Cooking Moms’ Recipes

We’ve always been inspired by the mothers of the traditional Mexican kitchen. In fact, Fonda Frontera owes its names to the fondas of Mexico City, those rustic and family-friendly neighborhood restaurants often helmed by a family’s matriarch. As the Mother’s Day holiday draws closer, Fonda Frontera, 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park, will celebrate by featuring […]

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Presenting the 2017 “Art Menu”at Topolobampo

I think we can all agree: Food can make us feel good. It can make us feel comforted, too. Or nostalgic. Or giddy with pleasure and desire. Or even a little uncertain. Sometimes I feel surprised, even shocked, by what I taste. Art can evoke feelings, too, of course, whether it’s in the form of […]

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Mexicali Sweet-Sour Duck

  Stephen Sandoval, one of the restaurant’s opening line cooks, is now a chef at Leña Brava. Stephen grew up in San Diego, and his father owned a car wash in Tijuana.  The first dish Stephen has on the Leña menu is a sense memory of duck hunting with his dad in Mexicali.  They would bring their catch to […]

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A Spring in Our Step at Frontera Grill

The faintest hints of warmth are in the air and we’re all desperate to escape the bleak doldrums of the Chicago spring, which really is more like a late winter if we’re being honest. And yet! The Frontera team remains hard at work, making amazing use of seasonal ingredients and taking inspiration from their recent […]