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Rick Bayless to guest chef at White House state dinner May 19 for Mexico President Calderon

Famed Chicago chef Rick Bayless will have an opportunity to prepare his 28-ingredient mole sauce for President Obama.

WASHINGTON–Rick Bayless, the Chicago chef who founded the famous Frontera Grill, will be the guest chef at the Obama White House second state dinner on May 19, to honor Felipe Calderon, the president of Mexico, and his wife, Margarita Zavala.

White House Chef Cristeta Comerford and Deputy White House Social Secretary Joe Reinstein–from north suburban Highland Park–traveled to Frontera Grill at 445 N. Clark on Chicago’ near north side recently for a tasting dinner.

The rustic Frontera and the white table cloth Topolobampo, adjacent to Frontera have national reputations for serving Mexican cuisine.

Jennifer Fite, a spokesman for Bayless, told me Bayless will arrive in Washington on Monday, May 17, to start work on the dinner next Wednesday.

The Obamas were Bayless regulars during their time in Chicago. Mrs. Obama was the first to taste Bayless’ cooking during visits to Topolobampo; she later brought then Sen. Barack Obama.

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