“Every time I travel to Michigan, I stop by Eve’s exquisite restaurant, which makes the long car ride all the more worth it. Eve’s unequivocally divine technique paired with seasonal foods creates the ideal balance of what makes a meal perfect. This cookbook is a testimony to her unfailing devotion to the delicious and all the consistently amazing stuff coming out of her kitchen like a summer storm.”

Mario Batali

“Eve Aronoff is deeply committed to the Slow Food movement. She buys the freshest livliest ingredients from local, organic farmers and cooks with simplicity and spice”

Alice Waters
Chez Panisse

“Eve is a master at turning a meal into an experience that can never be forgotten. From the moment you sit down, to when you depart, Eve caresses all the senses. Everything that Eve does at her restaurant and writes in this book is sure to bring joy to those lucky enough to experience it.”

Patrick Martins
Founder, Slow Food USA

“Frita Batidos represents Ann Arbor as”one of the most iconic college town food joints across North America. When it comes to food choices, UMichigan students are more than #blessed. Ann Arbor boasts a vibrant restaurant scene, with cuisines ranging from Korean to Mediterranean and everything in between. And yet, Frita Batidos and its Cuban-inspired street food manages to stand out from the rest, and has won the hearts of students and locals alike.”

Tarika Narain
Spoon University

“Frita Batidos, which opened on Dec.7 a year ago, is firing on all the current-trend cylinders, from the fast-casual, order-at- the-counter service style and the clean, modern decor to the Latin-linked flavors and value messaging. All have led to creating a following among both students and non-academes in its home of the University of Michigan.”

Ron Ruggless
Nation’s Restaurant News

“I’d heard that the menu was to be high-concept but simple fare, Cuban inspired but creatively interpreted. Yet I still wasn’t prepared for the novelty, spice, and even emotion this narrow space could radiate during its first cold Winter weeks… Intensive attention to detail has obviously gone into this ”fast-food” menu, and the ingredients are excellent.”

M.B. Lewis
Ann Arbor Observor

“For Eve, ‘contemporary cuisine’ means an imaginative drawing together of seasonings, ingredients and inspirations in intriguing combinations of new flavors and textures with flavors that you see as you taste.”

Durham’s Tracklements

“To find a good burger, see where students are eating. The Cuban-style spot is a college-town favorite.”

USA Today

“The “Beef Frita” is an amazing deal…Eve is passionately dedicated to high quality and locally sourced food. Her grass- fed beef comes from local butcher Bob Sparrow, who main- tains personal relationships with local farms….My God! This burger blew us away…the sweet chili mayo was spicy and sweet and complemented the beef beautifully. The brioche was a perfect foil, moist inside with crispy edges.”

Nick Roumel
Current Magazine

“Lucky for us, Aronoff has a strong imagination. Even when whitefish, which we feared might be bland, stands in for chorizo in one of her frita interpretations, it sings.”

Jennifer Day
Chicago Tribune

“The best (Cuban) burger isn’t in Miami; it’s in Ann Arbor. This is one of the best burgers possible!”

Ali Khan
Host, “Cheap Eats” and author of “Bang for Your Burger Buck”

“If there’s one restaurant you won’t want to miss, it’s Frita Batidos, a Cuban restaurant in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor. The standout culinary experience.”

Intelligent Travel
National Geographic

“The food may not be traditionally Cuban, but paradoxically, the restaurant is entirely authentic, driven by the clarity of chef Eve Aronoff’s Latin-flavored vision”

Eve Hansen
Detroit Metro Times


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We at Misty Farm and the Valley,  have the honor of including Frita Batidas on our preferred
catering list.  We recommend them highly to our clients who are looking for a very high quality,
local, and authentic cuisine. Not only is the food at Frita exceptional; but their staffing and
service provided is a step above.. We love working with them and are proud to partner with them
to make for a very successful event.
Kelly Frutig 
Misty Farm & The Valley 
Historic Event Barns 
(734) 355-3543 
8040 Scio Church Rd.  
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 
Frita Batidos has been amazing to work with every time we need them (which is often for our
many meetings and conferences)! They have catered breakfast and lunch on numerous occasions
and are always prompt, professional, and provide such a wonderful presentation. Eve, Tim, and
PJ do a great job catering to many dietary needs and are very good at putting together a menu
that will fit what you are looking for. I have never had a bad experience and I always receive
feedback that the food was incredible. They are very reliable and I look forward to working with
them in the future.
Lauren Stier, Sr. 
Administrative Assistant
Faculty Academic Affairs  College of Literature, Science, and the Arts | University of Michigan
Chef Eve and the team at Frita Batidos are always so accommodating of our unique event needs.
We always get rave reviews about the food when we serve Frita at our events, whether it’s a
casual student event or a formal dinner.
Katee Cole
Conferences and Events Manager
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning  |  University of Michigan 
As the Event Planner at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, it was important to
me that I use local, socially responsible vendors for catering events large and small. I already
knew that Frita Batido’s had great food but after hearing about their generosity in helping
Government Workers during the shut down, I went outside of our procured vendors and
contacted them about catering an event for the Dean and a few of her associates.
On very short notice not only did they accommodate an unusually small order but it was delivered hot and set
up exactly on time. As predicted, the Dean and her guests loved the food. So much so that she
requested Frita’s to cater a celebratory event at her home. 20 years in restaurants, events and
catering and I have never heard so many people rave about the food. Whats even more amazing
is, that without straying from their traditional offerings, I was able to accommodate every guest
regardless of dietary restrictions, allergies or aversions. While I most often have to use more
than one caterer to provide delicious options for GF, vegan or vegetarian guests, Frita’s catered
to everyone with integral, delicious choices. Additionally, the staff went above and beyond with a
beautiful set up, constant maintenance of the buffet and the sunniest of disposition when
answering questions, cleaning up and even helping clear tables.
As an extremely critical patron  of catered events, I can say that Frita’s provided the best food, service and overall experience I
have ever attended or planned. From initial contact all the way through to the end of the event,
the staff at Frita’s gave me the confidence to focus on everything else knowing the catering
would be seamless. I can not say enough good things about the entire experience and I implore
you to use Frita’s for your next event. You will not be disappointed and your guests will rave
from start to finish.
Shannon Lavigne 

Since moving to Ann Arbor over four years ago, Eve has been creating memorable experiences for me, my family and my colleagues. For every university catering event at my home, my first choice is always Eve. She is not only dependable and extremely professional, but she is also a lot of fun and has a great attitude to bring to every meal. Even with extremely short notice she manages to create incredible menus with diverse and well balanced flavors. Also, Eve knows how to source the best seasonal and local ingredients which is very important to me and my guests.

I have enjoyed Eve’s creations in several settings; restaurants, large catered events (over 60 guests) and small intimate dinners (around 8 guests) at my home. Frita Batidos has also catered large events at our college for faculty and students and they have always been a hit thanks to their exciting flavors, French ingredients and variety of dishes.

I would highly recommend Eve to anyone. We have often had difficult requests and she has always adapted very quickly. She knows how to run a great business and a professional staff and one can depend on her to deliver an experience of the highest of standards every time.



Monica Ponce de Leon

Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning

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To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Jordan Korn, and I am currently a junior at the University of Michigan. I am writing this as a letter of reference for Frita Batidos Catering. I was overjoyed when Eve Aronoff, the Chef and Owner of Frita Batidos, reached out to me because it gives me the opportunity to express my excitement and passion for her restaurant. I first met Eve during my freshman year when she was nice enough to let me interview her for a student food blog I write for.

Each year when I start my ten hour journey on the road from New York to Ann Arbor for school, there is only one thing on my mind: Frita Batidos. I am a junior at the University of Michigan now, and ever since my freshman year when my dad stumbled across Frita (the bright white walls caught his eye from across the street and he just couldn’t resist walking in) it has become and will always remain our absolute favorite place to eat on campus. Coming from someone who grew up in New York with a seemingly endless supply of incredible restaurants on every corner, the quality of food and combination of flavors at Frita Batidos is on a whole new level.

Frita Batidos offers the perfect combination for students of gourmet and high-end food with a causal atmosphere and inexpensive prices. I would say the only complaint that students have is that they wish it wasn’t as far from campus so they would be able to eat there more often. A Frita Batidos catering service would directly meet this demand and provide a delicious, festive, and unique experience for any event on campus. The catering opportunities are endless: Football tailgating parties, student Greek life parties, student organization events, academic department events, and faculty meetings, just to name a few.

Frita Batidos recently catered a fundraising event for over 200 people on the front lawn of my sorority. People are still talking about how special and incredible the food was and it really made our event a huge success. The mini “Inspired Cuban” sandwiches were a hit with everyone, as were the twice-fried ripe plantains. And the students were literally devouring the mini churros! They even set up a long table covered in their signature banana leaves to add that unique Frita touch. The food tasted just as delicious as it does at the restaurant, and my whole sorority was blown away by the presentation. The staff went above and beyond our highest expectations with the service they provided for us – they handled everything extremely professionally, did a fantastic job setting up, and was unbelievably accommodating to all of our needs. We had such a great experience and cannot wait to plan our next event with them.

Anyone who has eaten at Frita Batidos will agree that it is incredible food that needs to be shared more on the University of Michigan campus. I believe that there is a great demand for higher quality catering services for student and University events, and there is no other restaurant that could provide a more memorable catering experience.

Warm Regards,

Jordan Korn

Treasurer – SDT Sorority

1405 Hill Street Ann Arbor, MI

• • •

December 6, 2012

To Whom It May Concern,

While working for Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan as an Event Planner, I’ve had the pleasure of working with numerous caterers and chefs in the Ann Arbor area. I love working with Chef Eve and her staff at Frita Batidos because they consistently exceed our expectations. There are plenty of caterers who can make a good meal, but we continue to call on Frita Batidos for a variety of occasions because they always create unique events and memorable experiences for our guests.

At Taubman College we often host VIP guests from all over the world. When we want to make a great impression, we hire Chef Eve to cater formal, multi-course dinners. Whether we have months or just a few days to plan, she always creates a completely custom menu. Every meal is unique and delicious because they reflect seasonality and feature the highest quality, locally sourced products. What I particularly appreciate as an event planner is that Chef Eve will easily and thoughtfully incorporate any special requests, preferences or dietary restrictions into our menu.

They are also very versatile, offering catering services that can accommodate a variety of budgets. For more casual events like receptions, lunch meetings and dinners for students and faculty, we can choose from a great selection of sandwiches, fritas, and sides, right from the Frita Batidos menu. Even with a smaller event budget, they hold themselves to high standards for food quality and service, so they will always utilize fresh, quality ingredients, and environmentally friendly disposable products. What’s best is that when Chef Eve and Frita Batidos cater a casual gathering, they put the same love and care they put into our high-end seven course tasting events.

For any type of event, I know when I choose Chef Eve and Frita Batidos that I am guaranteed to receive amazing food and impeccable service. Chef Eve and her staff are detailed oriented, knowledgeable and helpful with every aspect of your event. Whether it’s been tables, linens, flowers, or last minute location changes, I have yet to find a special request they weren’t happy to accommodate. The entire college and I have always been extremely satisfied with the catering and service we have received while working with Chef Eve and Frita Batidos. For these reasons, we will continue to use their service for a variety of events in the future and highly recommend you consider them for your next dinner or event.


Kimberly Trombley

Meeting/Special Event Planner

Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

• • •

October 30, 2012

To Whom It May Concern:

Eve Aronoff and her team were an absolute dream to work with. When we started the wedding planning process we knew food was going to be one of the most important decisions we would make. Having been long time fans of Eve and her restaurants, we felt as if there wasn’t much of a decision to make—it would be Frita Batidos!

From the moment we made initial contact to the end of our wedding day, we were made to feel like we were the only clients in the world. Eve worked closely with us to make sure we had exactly what we wanted, while having great respect for our budget. She was beyond flexible when it came to every aspect of the catering experience. Adding waitstaff? No problem. Adjusting the menu? A breeze. Adding more wait staff and bar staff? Of course. Eve and Sarah were very prompt in responding to emails, whether they were general check-ins or revisions to our needs.

Come our wedding day, everything went beyond smoothly. Our biggest source of stress was the one thing we couldn’t control: will all of our vendors show up at the appropriate time with everything they are supposed to have? The Fritas crew arrived early, and this immediately took a huge amount of stress of our shoulders. After their arrival, we never heard from them, as they got right to work and knew exactly what they needed and how to get it done.

As far as the quality and presentation of the meal went, we and our guests were blown away. For our final menu we decided on pulled pork and BBQ beef sliders on brioche buns, BSE (Best Snack Ever), twice-fried garlic plantains, and churros with chocolate Español. The brioche melted in our mouths; the pork had the perfect amount of spice; the beef was flavorful with that perfect BBQ “tang”. The Muenster cheese and the spicy kick, took the BSE from being a rice side dish, to a star of the meal. Now the plantain dish was what I was truly looking forward to it, as it has been a favorite of mine since Frita Batidos first opened its doors. To put it succinctly, this dish did not disappoint. I’m not a big sweet person, but the churros and chocolate Español were unreal. In fact, I saw some of our guests just drinking the chocolate without the churros! Each of the dishes were just as fresh and delicious had we ordered them at the restaurant.

Eve, Sarah, and the rest of their crew went out of their way to make certain everything went smoothly and perfectly. I’d be more than happy to discuss our experiences in further detail, if you’d like!


Leslie Promenchenkel