James Beard Award-winning chef Rick Bayless and Windy City Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein announced they will present "A Recipe for Disaster" a farcical experience set in the world of restaurants starting Oct. 6.
Bayless, Rubenstein and Associate Artistic Director Carl Menninger are teaming up to create a fully scripted immersive event, with audiences enjoying tastes of cocktails, wine and food created by Bayless during the play.
Based on Bayless' real-life experiences, the story revolves around a special event at a well-known restaurant where everything that could possibly go wrong occurs, sending the restaurant staff into a tailspin. A drunk chef, a couple in crisis, a dishonest health inspector and a spy from a competing restaurant all contribute to the chaos.
The location for the production is a downtown restaurant to be announced.
A Recipe for Disaster will be directed by David H. Bell, who won a Jeff Award for his direction of the Windy City Playhouse production Southern Gothic.
In 2012 and 2014, Rick joined forces with Lookingglass Theatre Company to create Cascabel, the story of food's capacity to change lives. The audience for Cascabel shared a meal with the cast of actors, musicians, singers and circus performers.
Tickets to A Recipe for Disasterwhich will include six bite-size tastings and three cocktail and wine samplingsgo on sale July 15, with regular and VIP options (including an expanded food and beverage menu) available. See WindyCityPlayhouse.com .