Rick Bayless Caps Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration With Beard Top Restaurant Award
Chef Rick Bayless‘ Topolobampo — which brought fine-dining regional Mexican cuisine to Chicago in 1989 — won the James Beard Foundation 2017 Outstanding Restaurant Award at the organization’s annual ceremony, held Monday night at his hometown’s Lyric Opera House.
The award, which Rick received with wife-business partner Deann Bayless sharing the podium, came just one day after the Frontera 30th Anniversary Celebration at The Art Institute of Chicago.
A successful fundraiser for Rick’s Frontera Farmer Foundation and co-producer FamilyFarmed, the Celebration marked the Baylesses’ culinary achievements since opening Frontera Grill in 1987 and introducing many Americans to authentic Mexican cooking. It also highlighted their dedication to providing support and opportunities for Midwestern small farmers through their product sourcing and the Foundation’s grants. Read more…