notes from the mexican kitchen

The Frontera-Arami Mash-up: It happens October 12

Arami PosterOn 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


  1. We wish Fred & Lisa a successful evening for the Bayless & Despres event! Sorry, we could not make it.
    Aunt Jeanne & Uncle John

    1. Hello Ana,
      He does not! The closest spot to you would be Red O in Newport Beach. It is not Rick’s restaurant, but he helped create their menu and train their staff to create delicious, authentic Mexican food.

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