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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Behind The Scenes of Topolo’s New Art Menu

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Browse all seven courses of our new art menu—and the artworks that inspired them—in the slideshow above. Six weeks ago, Rick gathered the Topolo chefs around the big wood table in our library. “This is going to be absolutely the most difficult thing in the world,” he told them. “You’re taking an emotional reaction and turning it […]

Xoco Revolution, a collaboration with Revolution Brewing

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You might recall that earlier this month we held an event at Xoco where we tasted Revolution Beers and some special menu items that we made to pair along with them. Perhaps you even at that event. No? Well don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. Those beers—and the food that pairs with them—comprise our new seasonal […]