notes from the mexican kitchen

Leña Brava Wine Dinner with Rick Bayless & Paolo Paoloni

We’re bringing revered winemaker Paolo Paoloni to Chicago for a very special dinner on Oct. 30 to unveil our newest Topolovino Baja wine. It’s an exquisite Nebbiolo, a collaboration between Paolo and our wine director Jill Gubesch, created at the dreamy Villa Montefiori winery in Valle de Guadalupe. Join us for a super-exclusive preview tasting and dinner party featuring four Baja-inspired dishes … Continue reading Leña Brava Wine Dinner with Rick Bayless & Paolo Paoloni


Introducing “Tortazo” by Rick Bayless

Chef Rick Bayless is bringing the flavors of Mexico to Willis Tower. Tortazo is the celebrated chef’s new premium fast-casual restaurant located inside the iconic building at 233 S. Wacker Drive. It is slated to open in December. “Tortazo is all about offering soul-satisfying food and drinks, and delivering them with generous-spirited hospitality our guests … Continue reading Introducing “Tortazo” by Rick Bayless


Dinner Like No Other 2019: Tickets on Sale Now!

It’s that time of year!  Tickets for our annual Dinner Like No Other are on sale now. Go here to get yours. Our annual blowout dinner party is the main fundraiser for the Frontera Farmer Foundation, which supports Midwest family farms with capital development grants.  Tables always fill up fast, so act quickly to secure your spot at this always-amazing event, … Continue reading Dinner Like No Other 2019: Tickets on Sale Now!


Applications to Open for Theater “Stepping Stone” Grants

The Bayless Family Foundation will soon be accepting applications for 2019 “Stepping Stone Grants,” its second round of such grants which aim to build the capacity of promising Chicago theater companies. The grant application can be found here.  The foundation is accepting grant proposals beginning September 2nd and the deadline to apply is October 11th. These Stepping Stone … Continue reading Applications to Open for Theater “Stepping Stone” Grants


The “Escuela” Series at Bar Sótano

Sit down. Drink up. Escuela’s in session. Bar Sótano invites you to a series of classes in the basement bar, where our beverage team will lead classes focused on agave spirits – what they are, when to mix them and how to throw the most bangin’ cocktail parties at your house. These are super-intimate gatherings, … Continue reading The “Escuela” Series at Bar Sótano