Chef Rick Bayless hosts Good Food Party with all-star chefs for charity

Chef Rick Bayless hosts Good Food Party with all-star chefs for charity
Chef Rick Bayless

To mark the 30th anniversary of his beloved Frontera Grill, Chef Rick Bayless is partnering with FamilyFarmed to throw the Good Food party of the year! On Sunday, April 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the celebratory evening will feature renowned chefs from around the globe along with an inspirational forum exploring the Good Food movement. Held in Griffin Court in the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing, this celebration will be a memorable precursor to the James Beard Foundation Awards the following day.

The event is a joint effort of Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation, which has made nearly $2 million in grants to Midwestern local farmers since 2003, and FamilyFarmed, a nonprofit that works with farm and food entrepreneurs to build the market for healthy, local and sustainable food.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., The Good Food Forum: A Bold Vision for the Future kicks off the evening in the Art Institute’s Rubloff Auditorium. Featuring a keynote speech by Bayless, the high-impact panel discussion of the transformation of our nation's food system will feature culinary luminaries including New York City’s Marcus Samuelsson, Chicago’s Paul Kahan and Washington D.C.’s Nora Pouillon. Other top chefs joining this Good Food affair are Ming Tsai, Stephanie Izard, Matthias Merges, Jason Hammel, Mindy Segal, Michael Mina, Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo, Josefina Santacruz, Frontera alum Anselmo Ramirez and more. In addition to the all-star chef lineup, all of Bayless' Chicago restaurants will be offering tastings throughout the evening!

The event will be co-chaired by 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.

Guests will enjoy food and drink from top-flight chefs from Chicago and beyond — all personally invited by Bayless — transforming the beautiful venue into a Culinary All-Star Food Court. For tickets and more info, click here.

(Proceeds from the event will benefit both Frontera Farmer Foundation and FamilyFarmed — two groups working to promote family farming and a healthier, more sustainable food system).

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