I don't even know if The Dinner Party would have come so far so fast if Chef Cantu hadn't been the first chef on the show, jump-starting it into high gear by granting it his creative and culinary stamp of approval.
"This year I am giving the gift of travel. I am taking my family to Thailand with a quick trip tagged on to Hong Kong. Travel is how I learn and I am able to come back to the restaurant feeling inspired.
In a city with so many award-winning restaurants and outstanding bar programs, there are still very few places where one can belly up to the bar and have great food. Restaurants have heightened their game, but bar food? Not so much.
We had a hugely success first season of The Dinner Party at the Mayne State, complete with sold out shows and knock-out guests and chefs, and in the fall we'll take our show on the road and broadcast live from Expo Chicago at Navy Pier!
Hershman Leeson asks the audience? "Can you name three women artists?" She took her camera into the streets where flabbergasted subjects exiting world-class museums struggle to name names. A few, tentatively, produce, "Frida Kahlo?"