Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration

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

Purchase Individual or Host Committee tickets

DATE

Sunday, April 30, 2017

LOCATION

Art Institute of Chicago

Modern Wing

230 S. Columbus Drive

TIME

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

THE FRONTERA 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION BRINGS THE "GOOD FOOD MOVEMENT" HOME WITH ITS VISIONARY FORUM — AND A PARTY FEATURING OUR FAVORITE CHEFS!

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 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.

JOIN US FOR THE GOOD FOOD PARTY OF THE YEAR — AT THE ICONIC ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO!

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.

co-chairs

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 Carbon Green LLC.

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 bryan@familyfarmed.org.

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

Culinary luminaries Marcus Samuelsson, 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. 

Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus was born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, trained in France, and rose to fame in New York. After winning a James Beard Rising Star Chef Award at Aquavit, he helped make Harlem a food hot spot with his Red Rooster Harlem and others. Marcus prepared the first White House state dinner for President and Mrs. Obama (Rick Bayless prepared the second!).

Katherine Miller

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.

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!

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. 

Paul KAHAN 

Paul’s commitment to great food and local sourcing has made him a national Good Food leader. He will share his wisdom at the Good Food Forum, and one of the great chefs from his One Off Hospitality Group will cook for the Celebration party. Before going out on his own, Paul worked for Rick Bayless at Topolobampo!

 

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.

 

THE ALL-STAR CULINARY FOOD COURT

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

Rick Bayless, Chicago Frontera
Abra Berens, ChicagoStock Café at Local Foods
Michael Mina,
San Francisco
Michael Mina Restaurant
Anselmo Ramirez, Chicago
Ixcateco Grill
Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo, Chicago Fat Rice
 Jason Hammel, Chicago
Lula Café
Josefina Santacruz, Mexico City
Restaurante Sesame
Mindy Segal, Chicago
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Stephanie Izard, Chicago
Girl and the Goat
Matthias Merges, Chicago
Yusho
Ming Tsai, Wellesley/Boston
Blue Ginger
Chef from One Off Hospitality Group

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

Purchase Individual or Host Committee tickets

DATE

Sunday, April 30, 2017

LOCATION

Art Institute of Chicago

Modern Wing

230 S. Columbus Drive

TIME

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

sponsors

To get involved as a Sponsor or Host Committee Member contact Bryan Anderson at bryan@familyfarmed.org.