Welcome to the inaugural issue of our
monthly e-newsletter. We've taken a lot of the requests you've sent
to our web site and woven them into this short, easy to follow
format. We hope you'll find it useful and informative.
And keep the requests coming!
some of the things that you can expect to find in upcoming
Peeks into the chef's inspiration for dishes
from our monthly changing restaurant menus.
Dates and places Rick will be appearing: For
example, Rick will be in Miami at the
South Beach Wine & Food
Festival on Feb. 21st. He'll be cooking
on Stage B in the Grand Tasting Village from 11:15am - 12:00 noon,
as well as debuting his queso fundido burger (!!) at the Burger
Bash and preparing a Frontera signature dish at the Grand
For those of you who are not familiar with our foundation, FFF
provides capital improvement grants to sustainable family farms in
the Midwest; over the past few years we've given away over $500,000
dollars to struggling farms, helping them to become more
profitable. We raise all the money to support these grants by
hosting a blowout event with an indoor farmer's market at the
restaurant (Frontera chefs cooking along side local farmers to
create some incredible food !), and later that day, a sit-down
dinner with a truly unique silent auction. This year's benefit will
be on Sunday, June 14th. Check out the website for more
information on the mission of the foundation. Info for this
year's event will be posted on the main page of the web site at the
end of April or beginning of May.
Kitchen gadget adventure. I have to confess
that I love gadgets, so I'm always on the lookout for what's new.
The gadget I'm in love with this month is the new scraper paddle
attachment for the KitchenAid stand mixer. There are actually two
different manufacturers that are offering this paddle. I bought the
one from Chef's
Catalog. It's made
to fit various models. There's also another one from SideSwipe that Cook's
Illustrated has rated as their favorite.
Our Library. We are constantly adding new books
to our collection. I'll update you on which cookbooks and travel
books we're considering as additions to our library.
Real home cooking with Rick. From time to time,
Rick will jot down a recipe he's created for their Sunday night
dinners at home. It's all hands on deck so these recipes make for
great family dinners where everyone can participate.
Wine and food pairings. Our award winning
sommelier, Jill Gubesch, will share her recommendations on wines,
wine pairings and what's happening in the wine world.
Cocktail time. We'll hear from Jen Barozzini
about what's new in terms of our drink menu. Right now it's the
revival of our incredible Blood Orange
Margarita. Yum! I've adapted the recipe
so you can enjoy this margarita at home.
Q & A. I'll include at least one blog question that I
think would be of general interest. We answer all kinds of
questions from techniques, to where to buy specialty items, to
travel. It's well worth checking out.
New Recipes from the Test Kitchen. We're
debuting a new section on the web site under recipes. Here you'll find the
recipes that I'm currently testing for our next volume of "Mexican
Everyday." Check out this new section on Feb. 7th. The first
recipes I'll post would be great for a Valentine's Day dinner.
We're really excited about the launch of this newsletter as you
can tell. I'd love to get your input on what else you'd like to
see. Stay tuned for our next installment at the end of
Test Kitchen Director/Web Site Culinary Director
P.S. On a personal note, check out Habitat
Restore. It's a
division of Habitat that's all over the U.S. There's a list of
locations and items that they will accept for donation. The money
that they raise goes into building more houses. I just donated all
my kitchen cabinets, and the store near me even came to pick them
up from my house. Not only am I not adding to the landfills, but I
feel good about donating something that someone can use and also
raising money for charity.