notes from the mexican kitchen

Announcing the 2019 Frontera Farmer Foundation Grantees!

The Frontera Farmer Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of our 2019 grants. This year, our committee has awarded 14 Midwest family farms with $170,000. Raised by our volunteer restaurant staff throughout the year — aided by our annual one-of-a-kind dinner and auction — the grant money will be used for on-farm capital development […]


Special Restaurant Hours for Cinco de Mayo Weekend

Traveling into Chicago for James Beard Foundation Awards weekend? Looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some lovingly prepared Mexican food and mezcal? Great! We can’t wait to see you. Here’s a quick look at our special operating hours for Sunday, May 5. Frontera Grill: 5-10 p.m. Topolobampo: 5:30-10 p.m. Xoco: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (get […]


Season 12 of Rick’s TV Show is About to Begin!

The wait is over! Season 12 of “Mexico: One Plate at a Time” is starting to air on public television stations across America. Find your station here and check back at the official Season 12 page for episode streaming (coming soon)! This season, Rick Bayless returns to bustling Mexico City for an exploration of the […]


Event Alert! Agave Adventures at Bar Sótano

Let the team at Bar Sótano introduce you to the life-changing magic of pairing agave spirits with food. In this first-of-its-kind event at Bar Sótano, we are bringing in some of our favorite producers for exclusive pours of their super-rare, artisanal distillates of raicilla, cometico, tuxca and mezcal. Each pour will be paired with a perfectly […]


Xoco is Now Taking Cinco de Mayo Catering Orders

Xoco has taken its catering game to the next level. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve catered a small party in a Wrigleyville condo, served guacamole and churros at the Merchandise Mart, brought a lunch fiesta to Salesforce in River North and drove hundreds of tacos and tortas — and eight gallons of our […]