11/08/2012 02:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Highlights From the October 29 Dinner Party

Some very interesting conversations emerged from the October 29 Dinner Party with the commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Michelle Boone, creator and executive producer of Check, Please!, David Manilow, Sun Times' "Daily Splash" editor, Susanna Negovan, and sustainable Chef Sean Sanders of Browntrout Restaurant.

Over various questions stemming from the birth of the recent Chicago Cultural Plan, we discussed the strength of the theater and food markets, the weakness of the fashion market, what sort of "celebrity culture" Chicago is and isn't, sustainable food markets, and the role Charlie Trotter and Steppenwolf played in establishing a strong presence in the community, among many, many other topics. We also had an impromptu visit and performance from blue musician Nicholas Barron, in addition to the incredible food from Browntrout with wine and Vosges chocolate pairings. Enjoy the video below of the complete highlights.

The next Fear No ART presents The Dinner Party is November 26 and the guests are Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and SNL alum and actor, Tim Kazurinsky, with live sketching of the show by Dmitry Samarov. The chef is Jared Van Camp of Nellcote which will offer appetizer and entree tastings, accompanied by wine pairings and Vosges chocolate, for the audience. To be sure not to miss it, click here.