This past weekend I hosted a brunch for a group of friends at Frontier. Located on Milwaukee Avenue in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago, Frontier draws influence from the lives of the American pioneers who adventured out west and ate and hunted on the trail. Chef Brian Jupiter, a transplant from New Orleans, pushes the boundaries with the goal of bringing his diners out of their culinary comfort zones. Although I was not lucky enough to try it, they even do whole animals. Thinking about going back for the Alligator. Sorry vegetarian friends!
For our brunch, we were placed out on their beer garden and we honestly could not have asked for better weather. Sunny and in the low 60s? Can it just be like that every day, please? The event design by Debi Lilly was simple and beautiful. We sat at a long table with small vases of white roses and hydrangea and our very own name tags. The green and white theme worked perfectly with the rustic feel of Frontier. Their stone fireplace on the patio is definitely a nice touch!
The menu was also a good mix of some of Frontier’s breakfast offerings. We started out with mimosas and gin bucks, as one should at a proper brunch. We then moved to a course of deviled eggs and beignets. Ummmmm, yes please!
Next came one of my favorites of the morning (although, it was hard to pick), the Juicy Lucy: ostrich sliders with gouda, leeks, foie gras mayo and romaine on a bun. I could’ve eaten this whole tray but I don’t think my guests would’ve appreciated that!
Our last course of the day was their biscuits and gravy made with cured and smoked lamb saddle, cheddar and leek drop biscuit, lamb heart country gravy, and fried egg. I mean honestly!
Overall, the experience was wonderful. Great food, fantastic service, and a couple hours with some of my closest friends is recipe for a perfect Sunday. Thanks again, Frontier! And special thank you to CLouise Public Relations for planning!