- $49 for one ticket to The Dinner Party, hosted by Elysabeth Alfano of PBS’s Fear No ART and featuring Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, Kathy Hart of The Eric and Kathy Show, and Goodman Theatre actor Marc Grapey
- When: Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m.
- Where: City Winery Chicago
- General admission
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
The Tasting Menu
- Tasting Appetizer: spring pea soup and smoked ham hock consommé with poached quail egg
- Tasting Entree: brioche-encrusted halibut over asparagus in bacon cream
- Beverages: wine pairing from City Winery, Voss Artesian Water, and David’s Tea
- Dessert: Vosges chocolate
- Vegetarian options are available upon request; diners must make their requests by May 9
Groupon holders also receive:
- Seating in first section, closest to the stage
- Two general admission tickets to Gene Siskel Film Center between May 12 and September 30
- 50% discount on main floor and mezzanine tickets for select performances of Seth Bockley’s “Ask Aunt Susan” at Goodman Theatre
- 15% discount on HomeChef classes at Kendall College
The Dinner Party
In Elysabeth Alfano’s monthly show The Dinner Party, attendees get to know creative luminaries in one of the most intimate ways possible: by watching them chew. Alfano invites three guests—usually from Chicago, but sometimes from further afield—to sit with her on stage, where they dine on a dinner crafted by an acclaimed chef. The audience receives the same dinner out in the house, and watches as the notable individuals have an off-the-cuff conversation interspersed with tweeted questions from onlookers. And the chat is as colorful as the guests themselves—in March, for instance, chef Rick Bayless explained how a peach cobbler inspired his culinary career, artist Pat Byrnes mused on how being a cartoonist is a “genetic condition,” and author Sara Paretsky shared how she convinced someone to show her the best place to hide a body beneath Wrigley Field.
On May 12, the show returns to City Winery with a menu devised by French-trained chef Peter Coenen of The Gage. Audiences dine while enjoying a classical performance by Mischa Zupko, Wilson Choi and Dominic Johnson of the International Beethoven Project. Up at the main table, Goodman Theatre veteran Marc Grapey might talk about his career on stage and screen, while Kathy Hart of The Eric and Kathy Show could divulge stories off the airwaves. Wilco percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche rounds out the talented group while chipping in a performance.
The Dinner Party
Cuisine Type: Nouvelle American Cuisine
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 50+
Parking: Free street parking
Alcohol: Full bar
Outdoor Seating: No
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Q&A with Elysabeth Alfano, Executive Producer And Host
What defines The Dinner Party?
The Dinner Party is about connection: with the celeb[rities] on stage, with the chef, with the audience at City Winery. Join us for a great time of food, wine and beer, chocolate, performances and unscripted conversation. Host Elysabeth Alfano invites three national or Chicago celebs and a known chef to a dinner party. Over food, wine, chocolate, Twitter, and a few impromptu performances, the unscripted conversations flow. Filmed live and streaming live on The Chicago Sun Times website, the audience is a part of the party and live filming at Chicago City Winery. In addition to the live show, audience members enjoy large tastings of the chef’s appetizer and entrée [and other local treats]. Audience members tweet in questions for the stage guests, making this one big, interactive dinner party.
Do you adhere to any sustainable or eco-friendly practices?
We focus on restaurants that support small farms and humanely treated farm animals. This is very important to us.