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Elysabeth Alfano

Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Chef Psaltis Discuss Their Newest Venture, RPM Steak

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.20.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Something we often discuss on The Dinner Party is what makes a successful restaurant. Owning a restaurant is tricky business, with restaurants opening and closing like automated doors

Charlie Trotter Day Is August 17

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.07.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I am grateful to have been affected by the passion and drive that was Charlie Trotter. As his sister Anne noted during the memorial service last year, Charlie felt that "If you are willing to work hard enough, no obstacle is too big to overcome."

Belly Up to Trenchermen Bar With Famed Actor George Wendt

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.05.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Fame is a very funny thing. Some people become completely inaccessible and others remain totally unchanged. This was the feeling I had when famed actor George Wendt.

Interview on the Red Carpet With Woody Allen

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
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I was honored to speak with him about his mélange of beauty and sorrow, hope and despair, joy and cruelty, and found him to be incredibly unassuming and vulnerable, answering honestly and candidly about his strengths as an artist.

The Subtle Exuberance of Sepia Chef, Andrew Zimmerman

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In the back of Sepia Restaurant, tucked away in the kitchen, has to be one of the most levelheaded chefs in Chicago. There, amidst a bustling 11:30 am...

Academy Award Winner Kevin Kline on the Chicago International Film Festival Summer Gala Red Carpet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.01.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It was a star-studded evening last Saturday night in Chicago as Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival - celebrating its 50th anni...

Actor Morgan Freeman and Director Jon Turteltaub on the Gene Siskel Film Center Red Carpet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.11.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Jon Turteltaub, who directed Freeman in Last Vegas, lead the post dinner conversation with Morgan Freeman who not only received the award; but, he received another milestone as well: June 7 was declared Morgan Freeman Day in Illinois by Governor Quinn.

Chicago Gears Up for the James Beard Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.02.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The impact of so many great chefs and excellent restaurants can be felt by the James Beard Foundation announcing its nominees in Chicago, rather than New York.

Valentine's Day Suggestions from 14 of Chicago's Most Creative

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.09.2014 | Chicago
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"Valentine's Day dinners at restaurants are where relationships go to suffer. Too crowded. Too much stress. There are three elements to my Valentine plans."

Female Rapper Dessa on the Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.01.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"Be excellent," stated DESSA, born Margaret Wander, unapologetically. For musicians or fans of her work, it was an interesting evening listening to her discuss what it takes to be a successful musician.

The Charm and Finesse of Everest's Chef Joho

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.17.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I have been interviewing chefs on The Dinner Party for over two years, so it is about time that I interview a French one. Executive Chef Jean Joho of...

Sandra Bernhard Does 'Sandyland'

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

"I think you are at your best when allowed to be yourself. No direction for your personality is the best way to go."

The Carl Sandburg Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.25.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In a time when reading seems to be less of a priority for people, it was heartening to see so many willing to give money to the Chicago Library Foundation and celebrate the Chicago Public Library and Chicago authors.

The March for Marriage Equality

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
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When I see kindness, love and giving to animals, I say, " Yes, and thank you" to those caring for part of life on earth. When I experience my family supporting each other I say, "Yes, and thank you" for making the ties that bind stronger and for building generations to come.

Art Smith and Jesus Salgueiro: The Intersection of Food and Art

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

His two-part exhibit focused on his affinity for love, featuring 12 iconic renditions of pop super star Lady Gaga -- including one piece that even made her cry upon seeing it -- as well as 42 "love" mandalas, a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

Farm to Chef to Table: Nightwood Restaurant

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The problem with the concept of farm to table is that it leaves out a major ingredient: the chef. I interviewed chef Jason Vincent of Pilsen's Nightwood Restaurant and it was quickly apparent that he was included in the Food and Wine list of "Best New Chefs in America" of 2013 for a reason.

The Ever-Changing World of Food and Drink

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

These are interesting times. These are exciting times. There is much to be reveled about the fact that, more and more, rich history and family stories are being brought forward to the table by soulful chefs, entertaining magical spices, flavors and teas from around the globe.

Homaro Cantu of Moto Joins The Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.23.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It was an interesting evening on January 28th at The Dinner Party when words of wisdom were shared by actress, playwright and Executive Director of the Black Ensemble Theater, Jackie Taylor, art collector and entrepreneur, Howard Tullman, and indie rocker, Kelly Hogan.

Are You in the Mood for Love? Five Chicago Valentine Getaway Options That Could Sweep You Off Your Feet

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.10.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I used to be slightly cynical about Valentine's Day; but, over the years, I have come to embrace it. If you feel the same and can get beyond the plethora of red hearts everywhere, here are some sexy-sweet treat options for romantic getaways this Valentine's Day

Has Chicago Become a World Class City of Dance? The Hamburg Ballet Opens Its U.S. Tour in Chicago

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.03.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Chicago, which now has a string of artistic "firsts" under its belt, is also becoming a major player on the world stage of dance. And it isn't just that Chicago is bringing in international heavy hitters to perform. It also touts many important dance companies of its own.

The January 28th Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.27.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The first Dinner Party of the second season is around the corner and kicks off with an incredible line-up.

Highlights From the Dinner Party With Peter Sagal

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.18.2013 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

As I plan for the January 28th Dinner Party, I am still getting comments on the last Dinner Party with guests Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell M...

Musician Glen Hansard on Busking, Relationships and the Creative Process

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 12.12.2012 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

2012-10-12-Screenshot20121012at1.18.24PM.jpgTruly unaffected by fame and recognition, Glen remains most motivated by his pure love of musical expression and the importance of connecting with his audience.

The Dinner Party Launch

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.23.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

The first Fear No ART presents The Dinner Party took place on January 30th at the Mayne Stage Theatre. I sat down with artist Tony Fitzpatrick, musici...

The Best of 2011: Art Collector, Candace Jordan

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Former Playboy bunny and current blogger extraordinaire of Candid Candace, Candace Jordan, opened her home to our cameras and revealed her art and passion for collecting in the most popular video of the year.