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Elysabeth Alfano
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Elysabeth Alfano is an award winning media personality, content producer and host. She has been bridging the gap between chefs, entertainers, celebrities and the public for over 20 years, including hosting a podcast and guest-hosting radio shows on WGN Radio, guest hosting segments on NPR's WBEZ and hosting her own TV show on PBS's WBEZ and Chicago's CH. 19.

In 2009, Alfano started her production company, Fear No ART Chicago, which launched its first show, Fear No ART on PBS’ WTTW, with Alfano as its Creator, Executive Producer and Host. The success of the show was remarkable and, with the gaining momentum of the internet, it branched out into a very popular, bi-weekly web series.

Alfano launched a reimagined celebrity talk show, entitled, The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, on January 30, 2012. The Dinner Party is a celebrity, round table TV talk show in which Alfano invites 3 celebs to a dinner created by a guest chef. Over food, wine and a few impromptu performances, the conversations flow! Filmed live in front of a live audience, the show streams live on The Chicago Sun Times before being edited for Chicago’s Ch. 19, TiVO, Youtube, and iTunes. Viewers can participate in the show by asking celebs questions via Twitter and winning prizes if their tweet is picked live during the show. The Dinner Party is both popular and interactive, offering an up-close with celebrities experience. In 2014, Elysabeth began a podcast version of The Dinner Party, which was picked up by WGN Radio’s WGN Plus in August of 2015.

In addition, Elysabeth blogs for The Huffington Post. She has done voice-overwork for Kurtis Productions and took the “Improv for Actors” series with Second City. She has done countless TV interviews and has produced and hosted interviews for NPR’s WBEZ. Often, The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano is also a radio show on WGN Radio.

Alfano is the winner of the following awards for The Dinner Party: Telly Award, Best Web-based TV show, Alliance for Community Media Excellence Award, Best of the Midwest Video Fest Excellence and Achievement Awards.

Entries by Elysabeth Alfano

Margaret Cho on Being a Survivor, Morality on the Internet and Some Truly Bizarre Snacks

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 12:22 PM

What does Margaret Cho have to say? Well, just about everything! In this third episode of The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, I sit down with Margaret Cho over tequila cocktails and guacamole and chips at the Sunset Marquis to discuss morality on the internet, advice from...

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Michael Madsen and His Filmmaker Mother, Elaine Madsen, on Quentin Tarantino, Her Newest Movie and Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 4:13 PM

Is actor Michael Madsen as badass as all that? The only way to really know is to ask his mother.

In this touching episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, Michael and his Emmy-Award winning filmmaker mother, Elaine Madsen, join me at the Sunset Marquis in...

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Mozart in the Jungle's Blair Tindall and The Doctors' Dr. Travis Stork on Life's Funny Twists

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 10:56 AM

What do Dr. Travis Stork, author and co-host of The Doctors, and Blair Tindall, author of the book Mozart in the Jungle which inspired the Amazon TV show of the same name, have in common? More than you might think!

I like to bring together...

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Former White House Chef Sam Kass on American Food Trends

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2016 | 12:35 PM

What does the former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Sam Kass have to say about current American food and cooking trends? On the go at the recent International Association of Culinary Professionals conference, I catch Sam for a quick chat about the shifts in...

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Actresses and Full-Time Moms: NBC's Alex Meneses and ABC's Wynn Everett on Knowing What You Want

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 2:32 PM

Can you really have it all? Yes, yes...we know. It's about balance. But, it is so much more than that. Actresses and full-time moms, Alex Meneses, who plays Isabella opposite Eva Longoria on NBC's Telenovela, and Wynn Everett, who plays Whitney Frost on ABC's Agent Carter, talk about what is...

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Director Atom Egoyan on his Film, Remember, and Working with Christopher Plummer

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 9:03 AM

Academy Award nominated director, Atom Egoyan, joined me for the the most recent episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano. His film, Remember, is out this Friday nationally.

Over some incredible dishes from Armenian-influenced Michelin starred chef, Carrie Nahabedian of Naha, Atom and I discuss our...

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Badass for a Good Cause: Def Jam Co-Founder, Author and Vegan, Russell Simmons

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 1:40 PM

Minute for minute, my discussion with Russell Simmons, the business mogul and philanthropist who co-founded Def Jam Records and created Phat Farm fashions, is the most information-dense interview I have ever done. In the most recent episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, Russell tells me about...

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Funny Ladies in Hollywood: Mary Birdsong and Lori Alan

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 5:59 PM

There is nothing like some home-made vegan food and a little wine to bring out the funny in comedians-actresses Lori Alan and Mary Birdsong. Over salads and wine on the most recent episode of The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, Lori, Mary and I dish on food fetishes,...

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Life According to the Alternative Rock Band, Guster

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2016 | 12:42 AM

Twenty-five years in the same rock band can make one wax prophetic about life and one's expectations. Guster Frontman Ryan Miller and drummer Brian Rosenworcel discuss playing, performing and recording together since their first day at college, maintaining a following for a quarter century (impromptu dumpster sets in an alley!)...

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Best-Selling Author Gregg Hurwitz and Fitness Icon Denise Austin Dish on the Art of Discipline

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2016 | 8:52 AM

One of my favorite things to do on my TV show and podcast, The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, is to invite people who don't know each other and who seemingly have nothing in common to sit down to dinner together. What do New York Times best-selling author,...

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Orphan X Author Gregg Hurwitz and Fitness Icon Denise Austin Dish on Making It Happen

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 3:00 PM

One of my favorite things to do on my TV show and podcast, The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, is to invite people who don't know each other and who seemingly have nothing in common to sit down to dinner together. What do New York Times best-selling author,...

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Stone Temple Pilots and Their Search for a New Lead Singer

(14) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 8:33 AM

It's the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to be the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, the legendary, award-winning rock band, responsible for helping form the sound and era of Grunge music in the early 90s and still creating powerful music today, 26 years in.

In the...

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A Preview of the 88th Annual Academy Awards After-Party, the Governor's Ball

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 9:48 AM

I am pretty certain that I throw one of the best dinner parties around, but if there were ever going to be strong competition, the Academy Awards' post-Oscar party, the Governor's Ball, would be a solid bet. As you will hear below in the most recent podcast of

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Recipe for Success: Grammy Nominated Producer, Ricky Reed, on Joy Before Ego

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2016 | 9:42 AM

How do you go from dishwasher to Grammy nominee? Over some late, late snacks (AKA breakfast) at his Silver Lake, Los Angeles recording studio, Grammy-nominated producer and founder of the group Wallpaper., Ricky Reed, talks about focusing on joy on the most recent episode of The Dinner Party...

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Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman on Life During and After Seinfeld and His Book, It Won't Always Be This Great

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 4:21 PM

It isn't often that my conversation on The Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano results in my guest explaining that he sees himself as a french fry. However, maybe this isn't too much of a stretch when my guest is also the creator of such phrases as "spongeworthy", "shrinkage",...

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Up-and-Coming Artists Dish on Breaking Into the Entertainment Business

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 12:12 PM

How do you break into the entertainment biz? Whether it is the silver screen or the rock 'n' roll stage, getting there is an incredibly hard journey and many more make the trip than those who arrive.

Up-and-coming actors Maura Kidwell (Sirens, Chicago Fire) and Cole Doman (Henry Gable's...

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Michael Moore on Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, The Extreme Right, God and His New Movie, Where To Invade Next

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 8:44 AM

Even in short a conversation with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, things quickly turn to politics. Long before anyone was really acknowledging Bernie Sanders, from a bustling red carpet of the Chicago International film Festival, Michael Moore was predicting Sanders as a force to contend with. In addition, he told me...

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Indie Filmmaker, Kris Swanberg, on Her Film, Unexpected, and Finding Balance

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 5:21 PM

There has been a lot of talk lately about the lack of female directors in Hollywood. For indie director Kris Swanberg, the pressures in filmmaking center more around finding the balance between directing and motherhood. Kris is a mother of 4-month-old, Abby, and 4-year-old, Jude. She is also married to...

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Author Bill Natale on His New Book and Race Relations in Chicago

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 10:39 AM

Is it possible to see people for who they are and not the color of their skin? Will we ever learn from our bloodied past of events like 1968 in Chicago, or are we destined to repeat our actions in ignorance? Can we truly accept other people and still speak...

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Bagels and Coffee With 'James White' Director Josh Mond and Actor Christopher Abbott

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 3:12 PM

Imagine you direct your very first film and it gets the Best of Next Award at Sundance and the Emerging Artist Award for both director and actor at the Chicago International Film Festival. That's exactly what happened for first-time director Josh Mond and actor Christopher Abbott with the emotional, moving...

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