notes from the mexican kitchen

You’re invited to Rick and Deann’s Ultimate Garden Party


Last year we were thinking about ways to support the Frontera Farmer Foundation. We wondered: Was there something we could do to get the word out, and maybe raise a few dollars for some farmer grants?

After rejecting a few ideas (no, a taco-eating contest wasn’t among them), we struck on something: A party in Rick’s back yard.

Frontera Garden Party 2
Scratch that. A party in Rick’s amazing back yard.

The Bayless’s have been growing foods in the yard for the restaurant for years now, and it’s turned their Bucktown plot into something of an urban paradise. Who wouldn’t want to attend a party there?

So we did it. And now we’re doing it again.

Frontera Garden Party 1On Sunday, July 20th, from 5-9pm, we’re throwing an Ultimate Garden Party in Rick and Deann’s gorgeous Chicago home. This event will include:

  • An authentic Yucatecan pig roast
  • A cooking class taught by Rick
  • A modern mixology lesson
  • Ceviche, taco and chocolate bars
  • Live music
  • A tour of the garden by master gardener Bill Shores
  • A signed cookbook to take home!
  • An exclusive bottle of Herradura, from a batch not available to the public.

Tickets are $1000/person, all of which goes directly to the Frontera Farmer Foundation. To make a reservation to this exclusive charity event, call Irene at 312-661-1434.


  1. Sounds great but won’t work for us this year. Hope that you can do it again next year and perhaps put out the word earlier so that we can make advance plans. We live in Pgh. PA and coordinate our visit to IL with visits to sons in Lombard and New Lenox. Would be fun to work it so that all six of us could attend.
    Sincerely, John Burkholder

    1. You are officially invited to the 2015 Dinner Like No Other at Frontera Grill on June 14th! Check our website for more information as we get closer!

  2. Hi, I stumbled onto your show on the LiveWell network due to the fact I caught a cold and the flue at the same time. 5 days of Mexican dishes and I was starving again. Thank you for that (my son brought me a taco hah). One of the shows you had a back yard feast and got me wondering if you grow a large variety of foods?

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