Friday, September 27, 2013

CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 -- Food truck in Chicago this weekend!

In celebration of today’s release of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, you and your readers are invited to come check out the foodimobile in Chicagoland this weekend! See the film in theaters and find the foodimobile food truck for a silly snack. The food, which is provided by Ortega Mexican Foods and promotional partners on the film, including SUBWAY® restaurants, California Giant Berry Farms, Cal-Organic Farms, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Grimmway Farms, and the National Watermelon Promotion Board, will be served in lunch boxes featuring foodimal characters, and visitors will also walk away with recipe cards explaining how to make foodimals at home. This is the final stop in a nationwide tour!

Here are the scheduled stops:

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 4PM – Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 12PM – James Park in Evanston, IL

These times are subject to change (due to traffic) so please be sure to track the foodimobile at

for all of the latest updates!


 Inventor Flint Lockwood, the star of Sony Pictures Animation’s highly anticipated animated feature Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, has a whole new way for moviegoers to meet his delicious co-stars before the movie hits theaters everywhere on September 27.  Beginning tomorrow, the fun “foodimal” stars of the film will be available – in healthy and tasty lunch-sized portions – in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 foodimobile tour!
Beginning tomorrow in Salt Lake City and Miami, two film-themed food trucks will be visiting family-friendly destinations across the country, bringing tacodiles, hippotatomuses, fruit cockatiels, subwhales, watermelophants, Barry (he’s a strawberry), pickles, carrots, and celery to hungry moviegoers. The food, which is provided by Ortega Mexican Foods and promotional partners on the film, including SUBWAY® restaurants, California Giant Berry Farms, Cal-Organic Farms, Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Grimmway Farms, and the National Watermelon Promotion Board, will be served in lunch boxes featuring foodimal characters, and visitors will also walk away with recipe cards explaining how to make foodimals at home.  The tour goes through the opening weekend of the film. 
Audiences in need of food with ’tude can track the trucks’ progress and find out when a truck will be nearby by visiting
or following the trucks on Twitter @foodimobiles.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 picks up where Sony Pictures Animation’s mouth-watering comedy left off. Inventor Flint Lockwood thought he saved the world when he destroyed his most infamous invention -- a machine that turned water into food causing cheeseburger rain and spaghetti tornadoes. But Flint soon learns that his invention survived and is now creating food-animals – "foodimals!"  Flint and his friends embark on a dangerously delicious mission to battle hungry tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses, cheespiders and other foodimals to save the world – again!   Directed by Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn.  Screenplay by Erica Rivinoja and John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein.  Story by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and Erica Rivinoja.  Inspired by the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs written by Judi Barrett and illustrated by Ron Barrett.  Produced by Pam Marsden and Kirk Bodyfelt. 

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(Rosemont, IL)- Cibo Racconto, a casual Italian restaurant that showcases family recipes and fine ingredients from Italy, offers top-quality cuisine at value-driven prices in Rosemont, the fast-growing near northwest suburb of Chicago. The charming eatery, which is conveniently located near Rosemont attractions such as O'Hare International Airport, Allstate Arena, and the Rosemont Theatre, is the restaurant offshoot of Racconto, an Italian food import company started by the Mugnolo family in 1958 and incorporated in 1973. The company is now Chicagoland's top-selling imported Italian pasta brand.

The warm and welcoming neighborhood restaurant, which celebrated its second anniversary this September, serves lunch and dinner dishes translated from recipes that have been handed down through the generations. Truly a family affair, Cibo Racconto owner Lee Mugnolo, his wife Deanna, and their family create signature dishes that lovingly reflect their Italian heritage. Mugnolo has been involved in several successful Chicago-area Italian restaurants, including the acclaimed Trattoria Peppino in near west suburban Elmwood Park, Cucina Paradiso in Oak Park, and Nonno Pino in the Edison Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Cibo Racconto's extensive menu highlights include the hearty porchetta sandwich ($7.99) inspired by the panini stands of Italy; lumache arrosto ($8.99), snail-shaped pasta topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, roasted red peppers, and grilled Italian sausage; and the panizza ($5.99-$6.99), a panini-pizza hybrid stuffed with a choice of spinach and garlic, four cheeses, prosciutto and pesto, and chicken and oven-roasted tomatoes. Pizza selections consist of both a brick-oven thin-crust variety as well as a traditional bread crust with an array of tasty toppings. Decadent desserts include a rotating selection of cakes, cookies, and pastries, as well as 16 different gelatos all made in house.

Mugnolo's father, Andrea, founded Racconto Imports in 1973, bringing top-quality authentic Italian food products such as pastas, sauces, olive oil, vinegars, and condiments to the United States. Racconto, which means "story" in Italian, tells the tale of Italy through its diverse and delicious cuisine. Racconto products are used in the dishes served at Cibo Racconto and are also available for sale in the restaurant.

Cibo Racconto offers weekly specials such as $5 glasses of wine on Tuesdays and a $20 dinner-for-two deal after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. The restaurant features several catering options, including boxed lunches, specialty sandwich platters, sides and salads, pastas, entrées, and desserts. A daytime delivery service also provides flavorful and convenient lunches to nearby businesses. A heated patio is open year 'round, seating 35 guests and available for private parties of all kinds. All major credit cards are accepted. For more info, call 847.699.2020, visit the website at
tweet at @ciboracconto, or keep up on Facebook at
10441 Touhy Ave.
                        Rosemont, IL  60018





NOV. 26 TO DEC. 15, 2013

CHICAGO – Sept. 23, 2013 – Broadway In Chicago in association with NETworks Presentations, LLC, Warner Bros. Theatre Venues and Unique Features are thrilled to announce that individual tickets for ELF go on-sale this Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.  ELF will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre (151 W Randolph) for a limited three-week engagement Nov. 26 – Dec. 15, 2013.

High-resolution images of ELF are available for download in the link below:

Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone). The production will feature direction by Sam Scalamoni and choreography by Connor Gallagher.  

Casting will be announced at a later date.

ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole.  Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth.  With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF.

The New York Times says that ELF is “A SPLASHY, PEPPY, SUGAR-SPRINKLED HOLIDAY ENTERTAINMENT!” USA Today calls ELF “ENDEARINGLY GOOFY!” Variety proclaims, “ELF is happy enough for families, savvy enough for city kids and plenty smart for adults!”

The performance schedule for ELF is as follows:
Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 2 & 7:30 p.m. (no matinee performance on Nov. 27)
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (no performance on Nov. 28)
Fridays at 7:30 p.m. (Additional 2 p.m. performance on Nov. 29)
Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Please note: Ticket prices and performance schedule are subject to change.

Tickets for ELF at the Cadillac Palace Theatre range from $18-$90.  A select number of premium seats are also available for many performances.  Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710.  Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Kiosk at Water Tower Place (845 N. Michigan Ave.), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at

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Production Biographies

NETworks PRESENTATIONS, LLC (Producer) Since 1995, NETworks has produced and managed over 45 touring productions in the US., U.K. and internationally. Current productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Billy Elliot The Musical, Blue Man Group National Tour, Elf The Musical, Flashdance the Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, Shrek The Musical and National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of War Horse touring the U.S.

WARNER BROS. THEATRE VENTURES (Producer) is the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment responsible for developing and producing world-class musicals and other stage productions for the Studio.  It has numerous productions in various stages of development, including co-productions with award-winning Broadway and film producers.  WBTV’s ELF The Musical is back on Broadway this year after a record-breaking run at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre during the 2010-2011 holiday season.  In June 2013, the division will premiere the highly anticipated musical adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with Sam Mendes directing, in London.  WBTV also licenses third-party stage rights to the various properties held within the Studio’s vast media library, including such recent stage productions as Light in the Piazza, The Wizard of Oz, Singin’ in the Rain, The Color Purple and 42nd Street as well as the upcoming Diner and Bridges of Madison County.  WBTV’s parent company, WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT, a Time Warner Company, is a fully integrated, broad-based entertainment company and a global leader in the creation, production, distribution, licensing and marketing of all forms of creative content and their related businesses, across all current and emerging media and platforms. The company stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, TV and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD and Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, licensing and broadcasting.

UNIQUE FEATURES (Producer) is an independent company that was launched in 2008 by Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne, who together built New Line Cinema into an industry powerhouse.  The company is currently developing and producing several film and television projects, including “The Mortal Instruments” with Constantin Film, starting production this month with director Harald Zwart; an animated adaptation of Paul McCartney’s illustrated book “High in the Clouds” to be directed by Rob Minkoff, written by Josh Klausner with original music by McCartney; “Sailing to Byzantium,” based on the award-winning novella by Robert Silverberg; “French Lessons,” based on the successful novel written by Ellen Sussman. In television, the company is developing an original television series with Bennett Miller and Kristen Gore, and developing the reality series “Dude, That’s My Sister” for MTV with Bunim-Murray.
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Niche’s Hosts 2nd Annual Pet Parade and Costume Contest to Benefit Anderson Animal Shelter

 This Howl-o-ween weekend, Niche hosts it’s 2nd annual festive pet parade and costume contest in hopes to raise even more the second time around!
Starting at 1:00 p.m. on Sun., Oct. 27, dogs will gather from near and far to strut their stuff and showcase their clever costumes. From best dressed to scariest to sweetest, pets can be entered in the parade and costume contest for $10 with all proceeds going directly to support the Anderson Animal Shelter.  Last year Niche raised over $1,000 and is ready to exceed that amount this year.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to enter in the costume of choice, and partake in the parade to showcase the different looks followed by a costume contest with prizes and bragging rights. The judges this year include Jack Graft, from Anderson Animal Shelter, Alderman Mike Bruno, and Niche’s very own chef Serena Perdue. Animals will also be available for adoption.
To enter a pet in the contest or for more information, owners can visit
or call the restaurant at 630-262-1000.
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About Niche
Niche is a fine dining restaurant in Geneva, Ill., serving a constantly evolving menu of eclectic, American contemporary cuisine based on the freshest Midwest ingredients. Chef Serena Perdue skillfully blends her traditional French training with her love of newly picked, seasonal products from local suppliers as well as from Niche’s own sustainable farm at the Bull Run Estate in Elburn, Ill. Niche has earned accolades for its all-American wine list, hand selected by general manager and wine director Vince Balistreri. With 270 different wines that highlight the best in American wine, Niche was awarded the prestigious Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2010 and 2011. Visit
About Anderson Animal Shelter
Anderson Animal Shelter is a professional animal shelter located in South Elgin. They collaborates with public and private organizations and individuals to shelter, care for and promote the adoption of stray and unwanted companion animals. They advocate for the compassionate and humane treatment of these animals through direct care, humane education and community outreach programs. For information, contact (847) 697-2880 or visit
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14 South Third St.
Geneva, Ill. 60134

Delightful Pastries News: October is National Dessert Month AND National Cookie Month Celebrate with Goodies from Delightful Pastries

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October is National Dessert Month AND National Cookie Month
Celebrate with Goodies from Delightful Pastries
You probably already know that October is one of the sweetest months on the calendar. But did you know its set aside to celebrate National Dessert Month, National Cookie Month AND National Caramel Month? The fact is, October is one of the most decadent months on the calendar with regard to sweet food holidays. You'll also find a myriad of special days including Caramel Custard Day (Oct. 3), Angel Food Cupcake Day (Oct. 10), Dessert Day (October 14), Chocolate Cupcake Day (Oct 18), Boston Crème Pie Day (Oct. 23) and a host of other options to tantalize your taste buds.
So when looking to celebrate, you don't have to look far. Delightful Pastries three Chicago-area locations (Chicago French Market, Wells St. and Lawrence Ave.) will satisfy your cravings with boundless choices, all made in-house using the finest and freshest ingredients. They do not add chemicals or preservatives to any of their products.
Start your day with sweet morning pastries like their flaky all butter chocolate or almond croissants, chocolate brioche or Paczki (Polish doughnuts).
Move on to lunch, mid-day snacks and dinner by treating your family or co-workers to Congo Bars ($3.50), Paradise Brownies ($3.50), Mango Caramel Macaroons ($30/lb) or Pecan Caramel Turtles ($27/lb); baked-fresh daily cookie ($18/lb) options (choose from 10 different varieties daily), or take home a cake, full-size and mini-individual pies, cupcakes and more.
Whatever your passion, Delightful Pastries is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.



$17 General Admission ($12 if you type SINATRA)!!!
$27 VIP

Go to the website & type in SINATRA (Promotional Code)
You will get a $5 discount!!!  (on each General Admission ticket you buy)!!!

Friday Sept 27
(purchase tickets)

Saturday Sept 28 (purchase tickets)

LAUGH FACTORY CHICAGO and comedy Legend TOM DREESEN are paying tribute to the RAT PACK with a standup comedy show that would make Frank, Dean & Sammy proud. Tom, who toured with the RAT PACK, will be entertaining crowds next weekend with stories and jokes that will transport you back to the golden era of entertainment. The show will also feature great food, strong drinks and a few MUSICAL SURPRISES! Come celebrate The RAT PACK with the man who knew them! This show is exclusive to the city that Frank Sinatra called, "My Kind of Town!"

3175 Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 327-3175

IPA Winners Announced, Nominate in Support Categories, Phase One Offer + More.

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Congratulations to all the photographers who participated in the 2013 International Photography Awards (IPA) competition. IPA is our sister-effort that helps support the annual programming of the Lucie Foundation. We are delighted to showcase the winning work of all finalists competing for cash prizes and Lucie Statues on October 27, 2013.

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Support Category Nominations

The Lucies honor master photographers, and showcase the winners of our sister-effort, the International Photography Awards competition. We also strive to recognize those integral to crafting an image by awarding Lucies in six Support Category Awards, giving us the opportunity to celebrate the year's best in photography. This is the only set of awards where anyone in the general public can nominate and we encourage you to do so by clicking on the image below.

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Study Also Finds Global Travelers Would Rather Say
“Au Revoir” to Sex, Alcohol or Social Media than Coffee for One Year
Le Méridien to Add More Than 100 Master Baristas at Hotels around the World
as Part of Initiative to Meet Growing Coffee Culture Demands
 Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today revealed the results of a newly commissioned survey on global coffee and travel habits as the Paris-born brand begins to roll-out Master Baristas at its hotels and resorts worldwide by end of year.  The Le Méridien survey, conducted in advance of International Coffee Day on September 29, found that coffee surpasses sex as the ideal wake-up call according to more than half (53%) of the global respondents. The study also established that coffee drinkers are addicted to this morning ritual as 54% of respondents make their morning brew right at home and an overwhelming 78% would rather give up alcohol, social media or sex with their spouse for a year rather than forfeit coffee – proving that a bean buzz remains the ultimate high.
The new global study of coffee drinkers and frequent travelers in six countries – from India to the US, China to UAE, among other key markets – uncovers how today’s ‘mega-travelers’ get their caffeine fix.  While travel usually provides a break from the daily routine, the survey shows that coffee remains an on-the-go necessity as, on average, people drink more coffee when they are away from home.  Coffee traditions and flavors from around the world are so distinct that a majority of seasoned jetsetters (53%) claim to have experienced nostalgia for a destination due to the cup of coffee they enjoyed while traveling.
Spilling the Beans: Coffee Habits Fuel the Day
A ubiquitous necessity and source of energy, the coffee one consumes – and how much –    can say a lot.
  • Surprisingly, the Le Méridien brand’s study found that most people (58%) prefer to drink coffee to relax, while 55% also drink it primarily for the taste.
  • A majority of respondents (51%) feel they could go longer without sex than without coffee.
  • Of all the effects felt from lack of coffee, approximately one-fourth (28%) feel less creative, 22% cannot get out of bed, and 16% say that they are not able to talk to other people without it.
  • The vast majority of people need a coffee caffeinated kick during long meetings (81%), while only 56% would request water. 
Something’s Brewing among Global Travelers
When traveling the world, coffee drinkers may experiment with local flavors, but their addiction never wavers. Key findings include:
  • 73% of respondents would give up television and internet in a hotel for the perfect cup of coffee.
  • The majority of respondents (63%) would give up alcohol over coffee while staying at a hotel.
  • Travelers also experience an emotional response to coffee, given that 58% of respondents say they generally miss the coffee experience they had while traveling.
Coffee Talk: Cups of Joe Create Conversation
With speed of information, convenience and connectivity leading the charge in today’s society, it is no wonder that coffee and social media are closely intertwined. 
  • The global study found that a majority of respondents (64%) access social media while having coffee and traveling, all at the same time.
  • While drinking coffee on the road, people like to stay connected through various channels as most respondents (72%) will either check their social media accounts or read a newspaper/magazine.
  • More than half (53%) said that if they were going to post a beverage on their social media accounts while traveling, it would be coffee.

“Coffee continues to be an increasingly important part of the travel experience, and to develop high impact programming for our Le Méridien guests, it was important that we had an understanding of global coffee trends,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien and Westin. “The new Le Méridien Master Barista program, derived from key findings from our study, will further bring to life a quintessential European café and breakfast culture at Le Méridien hotels and resorts around the world.”
Calling all Baristas: Le Méridien Adds more than 100 Coffee Specialists
To meet the growing demands of coffee lovers worldwide, Le Méridien today launched a new Master Barista initiative that will by end of year introduce a dedicated coffee expert to every hotel globally. Derived from the Italian word for ‘bartender,’ the Le Méridien Master Barista will boast a technical skillset required beyond making basic coffee drinks and undergo an intensive training program, designed by Le Méridien and its global coffee partner illy. Le Méridien Master Baristas will lead coffee-related initiatives and standards at each hotel as well as serve as lead coffee cultural ambassador, maintaining knowledge of current coffee trends while raising the local community’s awareness of coffee.  According to the survey, two-fifths of travelers also prefer to get their coffee in the hotel lobby rather than make it in-room, making Le Méridien Hub® — a reinterpretation of the traditional lobby into a coffeehouse environment that stimulates dialogue and exchange — an even more integral gathering place for guests looking to caffeinate and converse.
“As a LM100 member and Master Barista, I am thrilled to further bring coffee culture to life for Le Méridien guests worldwide,” said Storm. “Coffee is an essential part of the cultural and travel landscape, and I believe that the team of Master Baristas at Le Méridien hotels around the world will enhance the awareness and appreciation of various international trends and flavors.”
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About Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts
Le Méridien, the Paris-born hotel brand currently represented by nearly 100 properties in more than 40 countries, was acquired by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYS: HOT
) in November 2005. With more than 80 of its properties located in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, Le Méridien provided a strong international complement to Starwood's then primarily North American holdings at the time of purchase. Since then, Le Méridien has gone through a brand re-launch, which included a large scale hotels product consolidation as well as redefining its brand strategy. Through creation of the LM100 artist community, Le Méridien has transformed numerous guest touch points, thus bringing unique, interactive and curated experiences to its guests. Plans call for dynamic expansion of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts within the next five years, concentrating on markets in Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Le Méridien recently opened new hotels in Bali, Atlanta, Dallas, Istanbul, Oran (Algeria), Arlington (Virginia, USA), and Coimbatore (India), and will open in the next 12 months in Chicago, Zhengzhou (China), Mahabaleshwar (India), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Cairo (Egypt), Qingdao (China), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Tampa (Florida, USA) and Columbus (Ohio, USA). For more information, please visit
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Study Methodology
This study is based on a survey conducted by STUDYLOGIC LLC via telephone of 7,455 coffee drinkers from 6 different countries: the United States, Dubai, China, France, German, and India.  This summary report is based on the responses of all 7,455 respondents from all six countries.  45% of the respondents were male and 55% were female.  Summary charts showing the breakdown of age, the frequency of coffee drinking, the frequency of travel, and the frequency of social media access are included at the end of this summary report.  The survey consisted of twenty-seven questions including identifiers. Interviews were conducted between July 10th and July 25th, 2013. The survey averaged 25 minutes in length and contains a margin of error of +/-3%.

The Dinner Party: Bears GM Phil Emery, Lynne Jordan, Kevin Coval & Chef Jared Wentworth,Oct 21

Fear No ART Chicago

presents at Chicago City Winery on October 21 2013

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Get tickets in advance. Food will sell out.
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Join BEARS GM Phil Emery, singing Diva Lynne Jordan, Louder than a Bomb Co-Founder, Kevin Coval and Chef Jared Wentworth of Longman & Eagle for food, chocolate, Voss Arteian Water from Norwar, wine, unscripted conversation and a few performances.
Phil Emery and Beth Emery. The VIP reception will feature the artwork of tight end and artist Martellus Bennett and artist Beth Emery, with both in attendance along with Phil Emery. Wine and cheese will be served. Proceeds from the reception and sales from the artwork support After School Matters as they provide Chicago teens opportunities to explore their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. The VIP ticket also includes entrance to The Dinner Party with dinner tastings, wine, water and chocolate in addition to the show. Want to know just how fun The Dinner Party is? Watch this highlights video below from the September show. It will keep you in stitches!
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Join host Elysabeth Alfano at Chicago City Winery
for THE DINNER PARTY on October 21 (with Phil Emery, Lynne Jordan, Kevin Coval and Jared Wentworth!) and November 25. On The Dinner Party, Alfano invites 3 Chicago or national celebs and a known chef who cooks for them. Over food, wine, chocolate and artist performances, the conversations and the unexpected flow. Filmed in front of a live audience, come to Chicago City Winery to share in the food, wine, water, chocolate and conversation. Can't make the City Winery? You can also watch THE DINNER PARTY on-line in the "Splash" section of the Sun Times. Viewers and audience members can tweet in to be a part of this fantastic new multi-dimensional show.
, VIP Reception from 6 - 7 pm. Doors Open at 7 pm for entrance to the Dinner Party. Show, food, water and wine start at 7:30 pm.
and streaming live in the "Splash" section of the Sun Times at 7:30 pm CST.
(including show, appetizer, entree, City Winery wine, Vosges chocolate & Voss Artesian Water from Norwayy), or free on-line viewing on the "Splash" section of the Sun Times website at 7:30 pm CST.
and then head into The Dinner Party.
More information, click on Fear No ART presents THE DINNER PARTY
. The 49th Chicago International Film Festival
starts on October 10th. Last year I interviewed Academy Award winner Joan Allen. Watch her fascinating interview!
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The Dinner Party is proud to welcome Voss Artesian Water from Norway as a new sponsor! We also thrilled to welcome the "Splash" section of the Sun Times and Windy City Times as our new media sponsors! If you can't join us in the audience, watch us on line! The Illinois Center for Broadcasting will help us stream live on the "Splash" section of The Sun Times at 7:30 pm CST!
The Dinner Party would like to thank Voss Artesian Water from Norwa
y, the "Splash" section of the Sun Times, Windy City Times, Vosges Chocolate, Vack, Inc., Disaster Planning & Response Art Rescue, 3Arts, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, DAVIDsTea, and The Illinois Center for Broadcasting.
monumental painting, UNIVERSE, Life Unlimited, is the backdrop for Nora Dunn's tour de force performance of MYTHICAL PROPORTIONS at Theater Wit, playing through October 19. "Full of lovely surprises, deft characterizations, a multitude of voices..." says Hedy Weiss, Theater Critic, The Chicago Sun Times. DON'T MISS IT! Get tix here. If you are intersted in Ms. Hilton's painting, the painting is SOLD!  However, because of popular demand, the image will be offered as a limited edition graphic on canvas, hand embellished by the artist.  

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