Rick and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche are both busy guys, so it’s not very often the two hang out for a night of cooking, cocktails and music. But when those nights do happen, watch out—they get epic.
On Monday, August 18th, you can see for yourself: You’re invited to hang out at Rick’s gorgeous Bucktown home, where you’ll enjoy a beautiful meal cooked by Rick, indulge in hand-shaken margaritas, experience a one-night-only “music experience” performed by Glenn…and go home with a very rare bottle of tequila.
This uncommonly awesome evening is a fundraiser for the Frontera Scholarship Fund at Kendall College, which provides tuition to the culinary school for Mexican-American students. Tickets are $750 per person and can be purchased by calling Jen at 312-661-0498. But hurry—we’re keeping this party small, intimate and very special.
On Sunday, October 12, Frontera and Arami are joining together to create a one-night-only Mexican-Japanese pop-up.
The fun part (well, one of the fun parts): It’s something of a family affair. The lead chefs behind the event are Lisa Despres, Topolo’s sous chef, and her husband, Fred Despres, who is the chef at Arami.
What does a Mexican-Japanese mashup look like? Think ramen broths with classic pozole toppings, Mexican esquites sprinkled with togarashi, a mushroom taco with Japanese plum sauce, green ceviche hand rolls and green tea tres leches.
The evening costs $75/person and will happen in two shifts: 5pm–6:30pm and 6:30pm–8pm. A cocktail by Frontera’s Jay Schroeder is included, and a cash bar will be open all night. Buy your tickets now by navigating to aramichicago.com.
Tickets to our annual Dinner Like No Other—a fundraiser for our Frontera Farmer Foundation—are now being sold. If you’re new to the Dinner Like No Other, here are two things you need to know:
1. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience food that Rick and his chefs have never made before—and will never make again.
2. Tickets sell out fast.
This year, the dinner takes place on Sunday, June 22, 6pm, at Frontera Grill. Like always, the challenge to Rick and his staff is to create six never-before-seen courses featuring early summer produce, meat and fish from local farms and producers. The challenge for sommelier Jill Gubesch: Pair these dishes with unique, delicious wines. The night includes a robust auction and raffle and the opportunity to meet some of the farmers that have benefited from Foundation grants.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This year there’s a VIP package that includes a small and very special reception before the dinner (5pm–6pm) with Rick in our remodeled test kitchen, including:
- Hand-shaken Farmer’s Market margaritas.
- A recipe demonstration by Rick (with tastes, of course!)
- A bottle of Frontera Grill Private Reserve Tequila from Casa Herradura (not available to the public).
VIP tickets ($475 for both the reception and the dinner, including tax and gratuity) are very limited; general admission tickets ($175, including tax and gratuity) are slightly more available but also sell out quickly. All proceeds benefit the Frontera Farmer Foundation. To reserve your spot, call 312-661-1434.