Meal planning seems to be all the rage these days. It doesn’t matter if you do it all yourself on Sunday evenings or if you do it nightly with the help of a meal subscription service like Blue Apron or Meez Meals, there is no doubt that people are looking to make their mealtimes easier. Other options such as joining a local food co-op or signing up for a protein subscription box are also becoming more and more popular. Recently I was introduced to a company called Butcher Box, a service that partners with a collective of small farms to bring you 100% grass-fed beef, organic chicken, and all-natural pork each month.
Once a month Elysabeth Alfano of Fear no ART Chicago hosts a “Dinner Party” at City Winery Chicago. At each dinner party, Elysabeth invites three Chicago or national celebs, usually creative-types, to a dinner created by a guest chef and attended by a live audience. The show is live-streamed on the “Splash” section of the SunTimes.com and on WindyCityTimes.com; tickets are only $40 for large tastings of the chef’s appetizer and entrées, a wine pairing from City Winery, Voss Artesian Water from Norway and Vosges Chocolate. Viewers can participate in the show via Twitter by asking guests questions and winning prizes if their tweet is asked on stage!
At the dinner party I attended, Chef Sean Pharr of NoMi Kitchen cooked for Lin Brehmer, the longtime WXRT radio personality since 1991, Nick Bowling founding artistic director of Timeline Theatre, and Candace Jordan, society blogger and well known Chicago socialite. The show opened with Hubbard Street 2 performing a modern dance number that captivated the audience and set the stage for a great night.