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James Beard Foundation Food Conference 2012


Chef Rick Bayless gave the keynote address at the 2012 James Beard Foundation Food Conference on October 17th in NYC. As America’s fascination with food grows, the issues that surround our food system have taken on tremendous national importance.





Catch the full stream of conference speakers at

Recipeace Day




Recipeace is a social movement created by Leo Burnett and Peace One Day, a UK-based non-profit organization, to bring people together over food in support of Peace Day on September 21. Nothing brings people together better than food, and the Recipeace movement symbolizes the importance of peace on both a global and individual level. To learn more about the Recipeace movement, check out and pledge for peace.




Leo Burnett has partnered with a UK-based non-profit organization called Peace One Day to help create awareness about Peace Day, coming up on September 21. Through a social movement called Recipeace, Leo Burnett aims to bring people together over food to settle their differences. By visiting, people can get involved with the movement by pledging for peace and by dining at one of the 60 plus participating restaurants in the Chicagoland area.

Farmers Market Fiesta
Written by Carrmichael   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 00:00


SPECIAL MENU: Farmers Market Taco Fiesta >


Find Frontera at Chicago area farmers markets this summer! We’ve joined forces with our friends at River Valley Ranch, Iron Creek Farm and Nichols Farm to cook up some amazing taco filling samples that combo market-fresh veggies with Frontera Taco Skillet Sauces. See listings below or check the Fronterafiesta Facebook page for latest schedule information.


We headed out bright and early one Saturday and caught up with Frontera staffer Chelsea Hoffman, who filled us in and filled us up!


Chelsea, what are these tasty looking little taco treats?
We're passing out samples of our Frontera Chipotle Garlic Farmers Market Mushroom Taco filling on our Thick and Crunchy chips with fresh cilantro.


Really, isn’t that sauce made for steak?
Although the Frontera Skillet Sauces are traditional to some types of protein, I've found that once I understand the flavor profiles of the different chiles, I'm able to substitute in other items than what the main recipe might call for. Swapping fresh mushrooms for steak nice and easy, especially with the mushroom medley from River Valley Ranch.


Very cool. Where is River Valley Ranch?
River Valley Ranch is owned by Eric Rose and his family and is located just outside of Burlington, Wisconsin.


What’s Frontera doing in a Farmers Market anyway?
Chef Rick Bayless has always been a huge supporter of local farms — partnering with them as restaurant suppliers as well as creating the Frontera Farmer Foundation, which supports Midwest farms with capitol projects. We wanted to find another way, outside of the restaurants, to support local farmers in their respective markets in the area. Plus, we love to be outside in the summer!


These taco filling samples are totally working for me. Can I have another?
I haven't met anyone who can have just one — you're welcome to another and another!


Will you share the recipe?
You bet. How about a download link with bonus recipes for squash tacos and red chile kale tacos?





Nichols Farm |
Tuesdays: Museum of Contemporary Art  |  Thursdays: Daley Plaza  |  Sundays: Wicker Park

Iron Creek Farm |
Wednesdays: Andersonville

Liz Madsen Farm |
Thursdays (evening markets): Lincoln Square

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