What Makes Fat Rice Tick? Culinary Tell-All Behind Logan Square Eatery

Presented by Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo
Partners, Fat Rice restaurant, and Authors, The Adventures of Fat Rice

Fat Rice is one fat success. Ever since this intimate Macanese restaurant opened in Logan Square in 2012, it has been exposing its legions of diners to its delectable Portuguese/Southeast Asian-influenced cuisine. Join us as Fat Rice partners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo discuss the rich culinary history of Macau, and how global Portuguese cuisine has had an international influence on the way the world eats today.

Abe and Adrienne will also discuss their international culinary travels, and why they chose to open a Macanese restaurant in Chicago. In addition, they will talk about why they decided to write their recently published cookbook, The Adventures of Fat Rice, and all that went into it. The colorful book is laden with recipes and history, all presented in a comic-book-style layout.

Copies of the book will be available for signing and purchase, with profits being used to fund the Culinary Historians of Chicago. And our volunteers will prepare recipe samples from the book.


Abraham Conlon, executive chef/partner at Fat Rice grew up in Lowell Mass., where his culinary beginning was heavily impacted by his Portuguese heritage and a strong Southeast Asian presence in his community. He began cooking professionally at age 15, trained at the Culinary Institute of America, studied fusion techniques under master chef, Norman Van Aken, and has run a bistro in the Dominican Republic, among other restaurant experiences.

Adrienne Lo, partner at Fat Rice, is a Chicago native with Chinese heritage. During her junior year at Trinity College in Connecticut, Adrienne studied in India, and after graduation, she traveled to Italy to work on a farm. Upon returning to Chicago, Adrienne met Abe (who had relocated to the city), and together they founded X-marx, a culinary venture exploring modern techniques and world home-style cuisines. Their current enterprise, Fat Rice, has been named a “Best New Restaurant” by Bon Appetit, and Diners Club International, and has also been recognized by the James Beard Foundation.

Cost of the lecture program is $5, $3 for students and no charge for CHC members and Kendall students and faculty.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
10 a.m. to noon
At Kendall College School of Culinary Arts
900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago
(Located just north of W. Chicago Ave. at N. Halsted St.)

To reserve, please e-mail your reservation to:Culinary.Historians@gmail.com