James Beard Award-winning Chef Rick Bayless and Windy City Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein announced today that their immersive hit production, “A Recipe For Disaster,” is set to premiere Sunday, April 24 at Club level at Petterino’s (150 N Dearborn). “A Recipe For Disaster” is written by Carl Menninger, Associate Artistic Director of Bayless, Rubenstein and Windy City Playhouse, and directed by Jeff Award winner David H. Bell.
The fully immersive event gives audiences the chance to sample dishes designed by Bayless, with cocktails and Lanie Bayless wine pairings as the hilarity unfolds. Based on Bayless’ real-life experiences, the story takes place during an influencer night at Contumacious Pig, one of the hottest restaurants in town, when everything that could possibly go wrong happens. From a sick chef and an unexpected health inspector to a spy at a competing restaurant and the bus boy hiding a wild pig, the evening is nothing short of hilarious and chaotic.
In addition to Bayless as Jude and Rubenstein as Shelley for select performances, the regular cast of a “Recipe for Disaster” includes Emma Jo Boyden as Shelley, Scott Duff as Clyde, Sam Linda as as Iggy, Ian Maryfield as Boris, Ben Page as Jude, Desiree Staples as Loreen, Darian Tene as Kiki, and Daniel Trinidad as Felix. The show’s creative team includes director David H. Bell, who received a Jeff Award for his direction of the Windy City Playhouse hit “Southern Gothic,” set designer William Boles, who received a Jeff Award for his design of “The Boys in the Band” and costume designer Uriel Gomez who was nominated for a Jeff Award for his work on the same production. Rounding out the creative team are lighting designer Jared Gooding, sound designer Willow James, and property designer Caitlin McCarthy.
For a complete list of final performance dates, please click here. Limited to 80 guests per performance, tickets to “A Recipe for Disaster,” which include six bite-size tastings and three cocktail and wine tastings, are on sale now, with regular and VIP options available. The VIP experience includes a pre-show charcuterie board and cocktail, premium seating, and a goodie bag featuring dessert, a party favor, and an autographed photo of Chef Rick Bayless and the cast.
“A Recipe for Disaster” is now open through April 24 at the club level at Petterino’s, located at 150 N Dearborn. For tickets and more information, please visit www.windycityplayhouse.com.
Most people know Rick Bayless for winning Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” title. His acclaimed public television series, “Mexico City: One Plate at a Time,” airs coast to coast, and his nine cookbooks have won numerous high-profile accolades.
Chicago-based Rick’s Frontera Grill and Topolobampo each received the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurant of the Year designation – an unprecedented feat for side-by-side restaurants. Its wildly popular fast-casual Xoco debuted in 2009 and Tortas Frontera at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport changed the face of airport dining. In 2016 he opened Frontera Cocina in Disney Springs. In 2018, Rick expanded his Clark Street restaurants by opening Bar Sótano, an Oaxacan-inspired mezcal bar featuring modern Mexican cuisine. Tortazo, Rick’s new fast-casual concept, made its 2020 debut at Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower, with plans to open a New York outpost in fall 2021.
In 2012 and again in 2014, Rick partnered with the Lookingglass Theater Company to create “Cascabel”, the story of food’s ability to change lives. The audience of “Cascabel” shared a meal with the cast of actors, musicians, singers and circus performers as the story of unrequited love turned into magical beauty.
Always a philanthropist, Rick and his team established the Frontera Farmer Foundation in 2003 to support small farms in the Midwest. To date, the Foundation has awarded nearly 200 grants totaling nearly $3 million. He also launched the Frontera Scholarship, a culinary scholarship for Mexican-American students in Chicago. In 2019, Rick founded Impact Culinary Training, a restaurant-readiness program on the west side of town. And in 2017, he established the Bayless Family Foundation to support the city’s vibrant theater scene with grants to Chicago theater companies totaling $1.5 million to date.
The Mexican government awarded Rick the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle, the highest decoration given to foreigners whose work has benefited Mexico and its people.
Windy City Playhouse is a professional theater and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located on the northwest side of Chicago. Established in March 2015 with a mission to present contemporary, relevant and approachable art, the Playhouse has quickly become a mainstay of the Chicago theater scene. In 2018, his runaway hit, the immersive “Southern Gothic,” solidified the Playhouse as Chicago theater’s top choice for a one-of-a-kind experience. “Experience-oriented. The public first.
For more information, visit WindyCityPlayhouse.com.