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Elysabeth Alfano

Fashion And Lifestyle Expert, Lawrence Zarian

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.14.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

It really is true that the best conversations happen over dinner.

Top Chef Fan Favorite, Fabio Viviani on What NOT To Do When Cooking Pasta

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.25.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Imagine: a world renowned chef stops by your kitchen for a meal. Yikes, the pressure is on! On the most recent episode of The Dinner Party with Elys...

A Reunion Over Food And Drink: Joel Murray And Curtis Armstrong

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.17.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Is there anything better than a reunion of good friends who haven't seen each other in a long time? On the most recent episode of my web series, The ...

New Trends and Shifts in the Video Content Market

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.14.2016 | Media
Elysabeth Alfano

Having just come from the StreamMarket 2016 conference for the original online video industry, here is my list of shifts and trends in the digital cre...

The Powerful Politics of Healthy Eating: Vegan Podcaster Rich Roll

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
Elysabeth Alfano

You know how some people you could talk to forever? Ultra athlete and vegan podcaster Rich Roll is like that for me. In the most recent episode of T...

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.26.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

In true Cho fashion, she is warm, outspoken and very human in her responses about being a sexual abuse survivor, her larger-than-life voice, and her favorite, truly bizarre, on-the-road snack.

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.02.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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 s...

Former White House Chef Sam Kass on American Food Trends

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.27.2016 | Taste
Elysabeth Alfano

During his White House tenure, Kass took on several additional roles around food policy including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" campaign. Kass is also the first person in the history of the White House to have had a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence.

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.13.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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,...

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.29.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Minute for minute, my discussion with Russell Simmons, the business mogul and philanthropist who co-founded Def Jam Records and created Phat Farm fash...

Funny Ladies in Hollywood: Mary Birdsong and Lori Alan

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.21.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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.

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.10.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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.

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.10.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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 w...

Stone Temple Pilots and Their Search for a New Lead Singer

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.02.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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 f...

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.10.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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...

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.04.2016 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Writer and Co-Executive Producer of Seinfeld, Peter Mehlman, joined me in Los Angeles to discuss how he fell into writing for the show and what it was like being a part of what the Writers Guild of America called the second "Best Written TV Series of All Time."

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2016 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

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.

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.28.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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.

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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.

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.08.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

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 Chica...

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

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.03.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

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 and the beautifully-made film, James White, out in theaters nationally this Friday.

Renee Fleming on Life as a Cross-Over Opera Diva

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Famed opera singer Renee Fleming joined me on my most recent podcast of The Dinner Party on WGN Radio's WGN Plus. In a funny, natural and easy-going ...

Movie Producer, Gigi Pritzker, Dishes on the Movie Biz

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.13.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

What does it mean to be a movie producer? More specifically, what exactly does a movie producer do?

Vanessa Carlton Talks About Her Newest Album, Liberman

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.06.2015 | Entertainment
Elysabeth Alfano

Imagine starting out as a singer-songwriter and the first song you put out commercially goes to the top five and you have a Grammy nomination for Best Song of the Year.

Rookie Founder Tavi Gevison on Feminism and Facing Your Fears

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.03.2015 | Books
Elysabeth Alfano

Before there was Lenny Letter and the show, Girls, on HBO, there was Rookie magazine, the online publication geared towards teenage girls about love, life, friends, fashion and pop culture founded by Tavi Gevinson.