The Dinner Party’s 2nd Dish Revealed

January 26th, 2012

If you’ve never wanted to smoke a Cuban cigar, how about eating one at The Dinner Party on Jan 30 at Mayne Stage in Chicago’s Rogers Park? Our last Dinner Party dish to be revealed is a pork-rolled Cuban cigar sandwich featured on Planet Green TV. “What?!” you say. Yes, Planet Green’s Future Food host and celebrity chef, Homaro Cantu, will present cigar pork sandwiches made with artesian bread. It’s fried, “hand rolled” in a “tobacco leaf,” dipped in a spicy sauce for the burn effect, then rolled in “ash.” You’ll learn all the intricate details of the sandwich-making process by purchasing tickets to The Dinner Party. Watch Fear No Art Chicago host Elysabeth Alfano make these cigars and more from her interview with Cantu in MOTO’s lab.

A few more things about the chef before we review the career of Rachel Rockwell, one of our award-winning interviewees featured on Jan 30. Cantu graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon also one of our premiere sponsors. He’s been seen with Neil Patrick Harris on Food Network’s Dinner Impossible and Iron Chef where his laser-caramelized edible packaging material and liquid nitrogen “beet balloons” won out against the great Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. His patent-pending edible paper printing process, used in collaboration with NASA, can be seen at the Museum of Science and Industry’s exhibit Fast Forward… Inventing the Future. According to the MSI website, the process could “change the way we feed people in crisis, disseminate medicine to stem an epidemic and sustain astronauts on long missions.”

Now more about Rachel Rockwell (featured right, photo by Nicole Radja for Time Out Chicago) She was featured in Chicago Magazine’s “Best of 2010 Theatre” and by Time Out Chicago for her most recent productions of Sweeny Todd and The Sound of Music. Both Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune and Kris Vire of Time Out have taken note of how Rockwell lets each story she directs speak volumes that didn’t exist before in other productions. Rockwell is directing the sold out Chicago premiere of Lucy Prebble’s Enron for TimeLine Theatre Company (January 27 – April 15, 2012, last preview today 1/26)  615 W. Wellington the weekend before the premiere of The Dinner Party. She will also direct a revival of Hair at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre, with musical direction by Doug Peck as well as adapt and direct The Taming of the Shrew for Chicago Shakes’s Short Shakespeare! program.

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