As you have probably already heard, tonight Rick Bayless, pioneering chef behind Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, among many other things, is being inducted into the Chicago Chef’s Hall of Fame. We don’t think we are alone in never having really noticed before this event started blitzing the publicity circuit that Chicago actually had a Chef’s Hall of Fame. (also, we just realized how incredibly absurd the literal notion of a “hall of fame” is. Think about that for a while and then try to take Rock & Roll or Major League Baseball or, okay, Chicago Chefs seriously ever again).
That particular absurdity aside, this event strikes us as selling itself a little strangely for something garnering this much press attention and with so many boldface names attached (Frontera Grill won Outstanding National Restaurant at the ‘07 Beard Awards, and that’s nothing to sneeze at). But, um. The invitation (up and to the left, there) is utterly ludicrous. If you find yourself with $150 burning a hole in your pocket, and nothing to do tonight at 5:30, we might advise heading over to this “networking event.” It could be hilarious entertaining.
Check out a larger version of the (absurd) invitation, after the jump.