Taste of Oaxaca with Chef Amado Lopez of Casa Amado Taqueria

Jul 30th - Aug 2nd

Taste of Oaxaca
Chef Amado Lopez
Casa Amado Taqueria
the patio @ frame
frame @ home

We continue our fun-loving Casa Amado takeover with Week Two, bringing a Taste of Oaxaca by Chef Amado Lopez to the patio @ frame and for frame @ home.

We’ve halved the number of guests and are opening up each seating a bit earlier for you to join us with a casual drink before dinner outside in the fresh air. Think spicy pineapple mezcal margaritas, chilled bottles of dry crisp bubbles, mole oaxaqueño, authentic Huarache (oval corn-masa cakes) and a wildly-light cornhusk meringue to round out your experience.

Plenty of options for vegetarians, we’re sort of going loco for this week’s menu. So grab a friend you haven’t seen in a while, and dapple in the sunlight with us …
Oaxaca style.

Keeping true to our frame experiences, prepare to meet: Chef Amado Lopez. Spend a few minutes with this charismatic, super-talented Chef that began his culinary career in Charlie Trotter’s kitchen in Chicago, and you’ll quickly see why Trotter immediately recognized Amado’s genius and sent him to the CIA on a full scholarship from the Charlie Trotter Foundation.

From here, it was training under Chef Shawn McClain at his restaurants Spring, Green Zebra, and Custom House And getting closer to his true epicurean Mexican passion, it was five years side by side with Chef Rick Bayless, where he traveled to Mexico on culinary tours with Bayless, worked at Topolobampo, developed recipes and opened Xoco. Which then led to helming his own taqueria, Habanero, in the financial district of downtown Chicago.

We’re beyond excited for you all to meet. Please know that with our ever-continuous changing climate, you can always exchange your tickets for frame @ home, on the day of your scheduled Taste of Oaxaca experience. But if you eat at home, you might not get a proper Amado introduction this time around. Either way, we’ll love to feed you with this deliciosa meal.

Menu #2
Taste of Oaxaca

Thursday, July 30th
Friday, July 31st
Saturday, August 1st
Sunday, August 2nd

{  1st  }
Chips with Guacamole & Salsas
Homemade Tortillas Chips
Mashed Avocados, Cilantro, Lime, Green Chile
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
Chipotle-Arbol Salsa

{  2nd  }

Oval Corn-Masa Cake, Mashed Black Beans,
Roasted Corn and Zucchini, Poblanos, Queso
Salsa Macha (Nutty Red-Chile Salsa)

{  3rd  }
Mole Oaxaqueño

Ribeye Steak, Green Rice, Escabeche Vegetables, Tortillas

{  the finale  }

Cornhusk Meringue and Mousse

++ Vegetarian Option available at Checkout ++
++   Chef is requesting No Dietary Changes to his Menus  ++

OPTION #1 (the patio @ frame)
$50 per person + tax and service fee
Week and Menu #2 – Taste of Oaxaca
July 30, Thursday – 5:30pm, 8:00pm
July 31, Friday –  5:30pm and  8:00pm
Aug 1, Saturday – 5:30pm, 8:00pm
Aug 2, Sunday-  5:30pm, 8:00pm

A Taste of Oaxaca experience by Chef Amado Lopez…with an approach to Mexican food that is next level.

Cocktail Carafes, bottles of wine, patio buckets of beer, and a curated a-la-carte cocktail menu by frame’s cocktail guru, Jazmine Weaver, and Beverage Director, Bryan Lamorena.

Classic Margarita by the Carafe

Spicy Pineapple Mezcal Margarita by the Carafe

Housemade Cucumber and Lemon Agua Fresca Carafe

OPTION #2 (frame @ home)
Menu 2 – Taste of Oaxaca
$50 per person – Pick-up each evening at 7:30pm

Taste of Oaxaca Courses prepared by Chef Amado Lopez for a frame @ home experience

Taste of Oaxaca Tijuana Retail Wine and Beer Buckets (Victoria Mexican Lager, Negra Modelo, and Modelo) for frame @ home by Resident Sommelier, Bryan Lamorena.  Taste of Oaxaca Cocktail Kits for frame @ home by cocktail guru, Jazmine Weaver

Week #2 Cocktail Kits To Go
includes house-made Aqua Fresca and two frame mixers 

8 oz. Housemade Classica Margarita Mix
8 oz. Housemade Spicy Pineapple Mix
8 oz. Housemade Cucumber and Lemon Agua Fresca

Rain Date Options:
In the chance Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate on the evening of your frame tickets, we will have socially distanced indoor frame seating or you can opt for Chef Amado to prepare your dinners to go-to; to enjoy frame @ home.

Pre-Covid canceled frame tickets:
If you have a frame credit that you would like to use for this experience please email us here and we will happily honor your credit. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we re-schedule with each chef and maker during these tricky times.

Covid Protocols at frame
Please know that our response plan includes every measure of the protocol on workplace infection-control practice and health and safety training for both dine-in and carry out. Masks are required when entering frame and walking around the building but can be taken off once seated.

Private Fiestas on the patio @ frame
the patio @ frame is available for private buyouts!  We’d be honored to host your summer fiesta, as we assume by now….you’re all sick of all of cooking and cleaning. Please reach out to us HERE

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