Chef Rick Bayless’ award-winning Frontera Grill is celebrating its 30th anniversary — and we are throwing the Good Food party of the year!
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 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.
Auguste Escoffier Schools of Culinary Arts
Bluestein & Associates
Marta Delgado and Sam Nandi
DOM Capital Group
Rachel Dvorken and Harry B. Rosenberg, Jr.
Charlotte and Bob Flinn
Pat and Roger Higgins
Kettle and Fire
Koch Family Foundation
Will Madden, Whole Brain Consulting
Barbara G. Manilow
Mint Media Works
Cindy Moelis and Bob Rivkin
Robert Pasin & Muriel Quinn
Jim and Molly Perry
The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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, 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.