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You’re Invited to a “Dinner Like No Other” 2017

Tickets are on sale now for the “Dinner Like No Other,” our unforgettable fundraising party for the Frontera Farmer Foundation. The event takes place at Frontera Grill and Topolobampo on Sunday, Oct. 15.

This year’s theme? “A Night at the Circus.” Prepare to be dazzled with a never-before-seen five-course themed menu (hint: expect lots of color), super-smooth margaritas and expertly curated wine pairings from our longtime sommelier Jill Gubesch. Of course, Rick will be there working the room and cajoling guests to raise a little more money. It’s a blast.


We’ll also have a raffle and silent auction with wildly great prizes generously donated by places like Butcher & Larder, Half Acre Beer Co., Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Goose Island, Big Green Egg, Vitamix, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Kitchenaid and so much more. And for lovers of good wine, Jill’s jaw-dropping wine auction is not to be missed.

The full 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Frontera Farmer Foundation, our volunteer-run nonprofit that awards capital development grants to small Midwest family farms.

We are incredibly proud to have awarded more than $2 million in small grants  — all of it in chunks of no more than $12,000 — since the foundation’s inception. (Here’s a look at the 2017 winners; here’s the rest going back to 2004.)

These hardworking Midwest family farmers need our help, and that’s the very reason we throw an unforgettable fundraising dinner each year. With this grant money, these farmers have been able to expand their operations and make more good food available in the Chicago area.

It’s in their honor we host this annual extravaganza. We hope you can join us. (And even if you can’t make it to the party,  you can still donate to the FFF at this page.)







  1. I’d love to be a part of this event, or any others like it, however my brother’s wedding is the same weekend as this event.

    Is there a mailing list to join to be informed of things like this? Or a calendar of events?


    1. Hi Steve,

      Sorry to hear you’ll miss it. There is always next year. You’re already added to the mailing list, so expect a newsletter soon.

      Thanks for your interest!

    1. Yes it is. Nothing too fancy — it’s not black tie or anything — but cocktail attire would be perfectly appropriate.

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