Rick Bayless hits campus with first location at Northwestern

Frontera Fresco concept offers Bayless signature Mexican cuisine.

Jan. 24—Celebrity chef Rick Bayless has opened his first campus restaurant at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill.,, which has foodservice managed by Sodexo. The concept will feature authentic Mexican cuisine including tacos, tortas, quesadillas, special seasonal dishes and gluten-free options.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Rick on his campus dining concept for Frontera Fresco,” Steve Mangan, resident district manager for Northwestern’s nuCuisine, said in a press release. “Northwestern is a community of dynamic cultures from across the globe. Rick’s fresh twist on Mexican cuisine is an ideal fit for the Northwestern University community.”

nuCuisine, is a collaborative partnership run by Northwestern University and Sodexo. Its executive chefs provide the campus community with international cuisines, made-to-order entrées and aim for “destination dining” experiences.

“I am pleased for this great opportunity to put a Frontera Fresco inside such a prestigious university,” Bayless said in the release. “Sodexo and Northwestern have turned out to be great partners in opening our first on-campus restaurant. Northwestern University students and faculty will love the menu, the experience and the high quality we deliver through Frontera Fresco.”