Chicago is one of the Best Places to Eat!

When the James Beard Awards Gala was held in Chicago last month, visitors were met with banners at Chicago’s O’Hare airport and restaurants rolled out their red carpets to show everyone what I already knew. Chicago is one of the best places in the world to eat and not just because of my friend Rick Bayless and his wife Deann’s eating establishments.

Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post recently wrote a wonderful article on eating in Chicago as part of his search for America’s best food cities. I highly recommend reading it. Here is the link.

He interviews Rick and several other chefs and writes about the history of Chicago and its relationship to food.

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Rick Bayless and Marilyn Tausend
Sooke Harbour House, Marilyn’s Birthday Celebration


He says of Rick, “To keep his menus fresh, the restaurateur takes staffers on multiple trips to different parts of Mexico every year.” Culinary Adventures is proud to have been part of organizing these trips and the chefs’ trips that continue are held each September. This year’s trip is in Campeche September 20-27.

Exploring Chiapas with Chef Andres Padilla

Chef Rick and Deann Bayless, along with Topolobampo Culinary Director Chef Andres Padilla, spent time while in Chiapas going to Ocosingo, Chamula and of course, the mercados. Here, Chef Andres describes the experience of what they saw. You can also see more pictures of Chiapas on his Tumbler page.

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Chef Andres Padilla, Topolobampo

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Frontera Foundation Benefit huge success

Rick and Deann Bayless hosted a benefit for their Frontera Farmer Foundation at their home this summer, raising $50,000 for local family owned farms. If you look closely, you will see our friend Kathy FitzGerald, who was one of the guests. It sounded from Kathy’s description when she was visiting here a couple of weeks ago, like it was a very memorable evening and the cochinita pibil was outstanding.

Chicken and biscuits, that’s what it takes to silence Rick Bayless

Shaw Lash used to work with Rick and Deann Bayless and now works as culinary producer for Panna, the video cooking magazine for iphone and ipads. This video from their website, really shows the personal side to Rick that makes him so “Rick,” a caring, passionate lover of regional foods from all over the world. It just makes me smile and I wanted to share it with you as I think of Rick, Deann and their staff in Oaxaca.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July.

Great food, friends and fond memories–Frontera Grill and Rick Bayless

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Rick Bayless and Marilyn Tausend
Sooke Harbour House, Marilyn’s 80th Birthday Celebration
Photo by Bill Blair

One morning, over twenty years ago, when in Chicago, I wanted to meet Rick Bayless, as his first cookbook Authentic Mexican written with his wife, Deann, had only recently been published. We had previously talked on the phone and he expressed an interest in the regional culinary trips that I was leading in Mexico, so off I went to his first flagship restaurant.

The front door of Frontera Grill was locked, no one was inside that I could see, so my intrepid husband, Fredric said for us to try the back door. We did, banged on it, and when it opened, there was a startled Rick. He served us up some tasty soup and soft tacos and we proceeded to have a long, interesting discussion. That was the first of many times over the years that I have eaten at Frontera. I only wish I could be there to celebrate the 26th anniversary of its opening. Congratulations to Rick, Deann and their wonderful staff for their efforts to present such truly representative dishes from the region we both know and love.

Over the following years, we have spent many important occasions together, Christmases in Oaxaca, birthdays, and their daughter, Lanie’s quinceañera. Thank you for being our friends. You have all enriched my life by your friendship.

Abrazos.