Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration

Thank you! The Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration was a huge success! Over 700 people attended and $100K+ was raised to help farm and food businesses. Read FamilyFarmed's full coverage of the event on the Good Food on Every Table blog. Visit Frontera Farmer Foundation and FamilyFarmed to learn more about our ongoing support of Good Food.

Chef Rick Bayless’ award-winning Frontera Grill is celebrating its 30th anniversary — and we are throwing the Good Food party of the year!

Bid on Silent Auction Items


Sunday, April 30, 2017


Art Institute of Chicago

Modern Wing

230 S. Columbus Drive


Good Food Forum begins at 5:30 p.m.;
Reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


We are marking this great achievement with the party of the year — filled with amazing food and engaging discussion. All proceeds will benefit Rick's Frontera Farmer Foundation and FamilyFarmed — two groups working to promote family farming and a healthier, more sustainable food system. Please join us!

The Chef

The Celebration will honor Rick’s storied career — in partnership with wife Deann — as the nation’s leading ambassador for regional Mexican cuisine.
Rick is one of the world’s most acclaimed chefs. His book Authentic Mexican is the definitive guide to Mexican cuisine and was the basis for a series of nine books on all aspects of regional Mexican food. Rick's restaurants are known for their use of sustainable local food and he was a pioneer in developing local, sustainable food supply chains in the Chicago region.
Rick and Deann created and operate Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and a host of other critically acclaimed restaurants. Chef Bayless has received some of the culinary world's greatest recognitions, including multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and most recently the Julia Child Foundation Award at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.
His career in television has also been exemplary. Rick won Top Chef Masters in 2009, its first season. His hit PBS show, Mexico One Plate at a Time, has aired since 2003.


host committee

Hank Adams
Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts
Bluestein & Associates
Chicago Gourmet
Condor Partners
Marta Delgado and Sam Nandi
DOM Capital Group
Rachel Dvorken and Harry B. Rosenberg, Jr.
Rob Eastman

Charlotte and Bob Flinn
Pat and Roger Higgins
Kettle and Fire
Koch Family Foundation
Will Madden, Whole Brain Consulting
Barbara G. Manilow
Valerie Maniscalco
Mint Media Works
Cindy Moelis and Bob Rivkin

Robert Pasin & Muriel Quinn
Jim and Molly Perry
The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Craig Sieben
Surrender Brands
Howard Tullman
Verdant Hollow Farms
Victory Park Capital
Sam Yagan and Jessica Droste Yagan


We are honored to have three Chicago civic leaders as our Celebration co-chairs: Steve Koch, Deputy Mayor for the City of Chicago; Cindy Moelis, President of the Pritzker Traubert FamilyFoundation; and Jim Murphy, Chairman of Local Foods, MightyVine Tomatoes, HandCut Foods, and Grow Forward.

BECOME A sponsor OR host

We welcome you to join other Sponsors and Host Committee Members to financially support the event and recruit other hosts and donors. Participants at this level will enjoy other private events hosted by Rick Bayless at Frontera Group properties.
Learn more...
To get involved as a Sponsor or Host Committee Member contact Bryan Anderson at

online and on-site silent auction

Place your bids on exclusive items such as gift certificates for the hottest local destinations and once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as a culinary excursion to Mexico with Rick Bayless and The Frontera Team and a kitchen-table meal at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse.


The Frontera 30th Anniversary Party will be held in one of the most exciting spaces in Chicago: Griffin Court in the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing. With food and drink from top-flight chefs from Chicago and beyond — all invited personally by Rick Bayless — we will turn this beautiful venue into a Culinary All-Star Food Court. This is sure to be a memorable lead-in to the James Beard Foundation Awards in Chicago the next day.
We'll get the party started immediately after The Good Food Forum: A Bold Vision for the Future, which will include a keynote speech by Rick Bayless and a high-impact panel discussion of our nation's food system. The Forum takes place in the Art Institute's Rubloff Auditorium.

THE GOOD FOOD FORUM: A Discussion on the Future of Food

Culinary luminaries Nora Pouillon and Paul Kahan (and others) will discuss the past, present and future of the good food movement — you won't want to miss this. 


Peter Sagal, host of the popular public radio show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”, avid runner, cultural bon vivant and all-around mensch will be our master of ceremonies for this special evening. 

Nora Pouillon

In terms of building a market for regional farmers, Nora is to Washington what Rick Bayless is to Chicago. Born in Austria, Nora developed a network of small farmers even before she launched Restaurant Nora in 1979. She helped create the farmers market network in the nation’s capital And in 1999, Restaurant Nora became the nation’s first certified organic restaurant!


Paul Kahan is one of the leading chef's in America. As a partner at One-Off Hospitality, Paul and his team have created a landmark, Chicago based group restaurants. Awarded Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2013 and Best Chef of the Midwest in 2004, Kahan has earned the praise of many who claim him to be one of America’s most influential working chefs. He is also co-founder of Pilot Light, a non-profit helping kids make healthier choices by connecting the lessons children learn in their classrooms to the foods they eat on their lunch trays, at home, and in their communities.


Katherine Miller is the founding executive director of the Chef Action Network (CAN) and Senior Director of Food Policy Advocacy at the James Beard Foundation. Katherine leads the foundation’s signature advocacy training program, the Chefs’ Boot Camp for Policy & Change and is part of the foundation’s Impact team focused on making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.


Fedele Bauccio cofounded Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides "food service for a sustainable future" to 650-plus cafés located at corporations, universities, and museums in 31 states, in 1987. Together Fedele and Bon Appétit have revolutionized the food service industry, both by introducing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market and by pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system.

Eduardo Rivera

Eduardo Rivera is a Mexican immigrant who owns Sin Fronteras organic farm in Minneapolis, whose goal is to bring the benefits of fresh, healthy Good Food to low-income Latino communities. He is a recipient of a 2016 Frontera Farmer Foundation grant and is using it to renovate a trailer for on-farm refrigeration, upgrading transportation, and purchase landscape fabric and low tunnels, a type of greenhouse. 

Jim Slama 

Jim Slama, a co-producer of the Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration, is the CEO of FamilyFarmed and a national leader in promoting Good Food (delicious, healthy food produced as locally as possible using sustainable, humane and fair practices). Jim created FamilyFarmed's Good Food Festival & Conference and its Good Food Business Accelerator.



A once-in-a-lifetime roster of incredible chefs will create their culinary magic in the visually stunning Griffin Court. Good Food is great food. 

Johnny Anderes,
The Kitchen Bistro

Brenton Balika, Waldorf Astoria Chicago
 Jason Hammel, 
           Lula Café                           
Stephanie Izard, 
       Girl & the Goat                
Mindy Segal, 
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Ming Tsai, Wellesley/Boston
Blue Ginger
Rick Bayless,

Abra Berens, 

Stock Café at Local Foods

Rob Levitt,
The Butcher and Larder
Matthias Merges,
Erling Wu-Bower,

Nico Osteria and Cosmo Goss,
The Publican

Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo,
 Fat Rice
Mindy Gohr, 


Anselmo Ramirez, 
Ixcateco Grill
Josefina Santacruz, Mexico City
Restaurante Sesame

The cause

All proceeds from this event will be shared by the Frontera Farmer Foundation and FamilyFarmed. The funds will be used to advance the nonprofits’ shared goal of a healthier, more sustainable and more economically beneficial food system, based on food produced as locally as possible using sustainable, humane and fair practices.
Rick Bayless and his Frontera team have been leaders in building markets for regional family farmers. To further build the Good Food supply chain, they created the Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003 to give grants to farmers for equipment and other capital investments. The Foundation's board has approved nearly $2 million in grants to Midwest farmers.
FamilyFarmed has a longstanding relationship with Rick Bayless, a regular collaborator on its events and programs. FamilyFarmed is committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic and environmental health of our communities.
FamilyFarmed's Good Food Trade Show and its Financing & Innovation Conference are leading economic engines advancing Good Food in the Midwest. Participants in its trade show have sold hundreds of millions of dollars in new products to wholesale buyers such as Whole Foods, McCormick Place, Chicago Public Schools and more. Its Good Food Business Accelerator at 1871 is the leading training program for food entrepreneurs in America, and nearly half of its Fellows have been minority-owned or woman-owned businesses. Graduates of the Accelerator and participants in the Financing Conference have raised more than $30 million in debt or equity capital in recent years.
FamilyFarmed also operates a leading farmer training program that has trained more than 12,500 farmers in 42 states in food safety, postharvest handling, and building relationships with buyers.
Eduardo Rivera, a Mexican immigrant who owns Sin Fronteras organic farm in Minnesota, is using his 2016 Frontera Farmer Foundation grant for improvements that aid his goal of bringing Good Food to low-income Latino communities.

Event Information

Bid on Silent Auction Items


Sunday, April 30, 2017


Art Institute of Chicago

Modern Wing

230 S. Columbus Drive


Good Food Forum begins at 5:30 p.m.;
Reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

To get involved as a Sponsor or Host Committee Member contact Bryan Anderson at