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Rick is Joining the Cast of “A Recipe for Disaster”

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For a limited time, Rick Bayless is joining the cast of the hit immersive production “A Recipe For Disaster.”

Beginning March 23, he’ll return to the stage in the role of Jude in this food-filled farce. He’ll also be on hand for post-performance talk-backs and a meet and greet following Saturday and Sunday performances at the “Club Level” of Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago.

Based on Rick’s real-life experiences, the story of “A Recipe for Disaster” is set during influencer night at The Contumacious Pig, one of the city’s hottest restaurants, when everything that could possibly go wrong … turns hilariously chaotic.

Lauded as “a truly delicious spectacle for the audience…that’s worth seeing a second time” by Eater Chicago, the fully immersive event gives audiences the opportunity to sample food designed by me, with cocktails and wine pairings by Lanie Bayless.

Tickets to “A Recipe for Disaster,” which include six bite-size tastings and three cocktail and wine samplings are on sale now, with regular and VIP options available.

Limited to 30 guests per performance, the VIP experience includes a pre-show charcuterie board and cocktail, premium seating and a gift bag including dessert, a party favor and a signed photo of Chef Rick Bayless and the cast. 


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