It’s #influencernight at Contumacious Pig Restaurant, and if you’re an employee of a restaurant or Instagrammer with 5,000 or more followers, you know what that means. Otherwise, read on. The scene is the aforementioned supplier of pork (and various side dishes), the night the amateur eaters are on foot, the chef took off his apron and offered his participation in the joint, and no one knows if the sacrificial pork of the evening went to the market or stay at home.
In other words, everything is going as usual until the food inspector arrives. If you like your meals with a side of chaos, welcome to A recipe for disaster, written by award-winning chef James Beard Rick Bayless, Carl Menninger, Amy Rubenstein, plus a team of writers, led by David H. Bell, and performed at Petterino’s club level, with a six-course tasting menu accompanied by a cocktail and wine samples designed by Bayless. (The chef’s previous foray into “dinner theater” was with Cascabel at the Lookingglass Theater, which premiered in 2012 and was reassembled in 2014 at the Goodman.)
A Recipe for disaster
Until 12/31: Wed-Thu 7:30 p.m., Fri 8 p.m., Sat 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. also Tue 12/21 and 12/28/7:30 p.m .; no show thu 11/25, fri 12/24 and sat 12/25; Club Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn, windycityplayhouse.com, $ 90 to $ 130 (includes “six bite-size tastings and three cocktail and wine tastings”; VIP menu upgrades available).
The action begins with waiter Felix (Daniel Trinidad) sliding down the bistro rail with a wreath of roses for restaurant manager Shelley (Emma Jo Boyden). This is probably the nicest thing that has happened to her all night goof, as the phone rings and the jealous chef Maria gives up the kitchen to sous chef Jude (Ben Page), who cooks all the food but doesn’t. has no confidence. . Influencers are entering, cell phones by hand, led at the highest volume by Kiki (Carley Cornelius), aka @ vegan.chic, who is only several thousand subscribers from a paid sponsorship and isn’t afraid to let you know, or one of his dietary restrictions. In tow is her plus-one Loreen (Kierra Bunch), a woman on the prowl for a wealthy man or at least any silverware she can tuck away in her purse.
So that takes care of envy, vanity, greed, and possibly gluttony to begin with. As Shelley panics over getting a pork (USDA approved), enter Food Inspector Clyde (Ryan Reilly), whose anxiety about cleanliness is matched only by his suppressed desire. and his desire for acceptance.
With subplots unfolding all around, the feel of this room is surely no different than a kitchen in the weeds – but the dialogue is silly enough that the risk of missing out on something crucial to the plot is. be low, and the best value can be obtained by observing what entertainment is at hand. The funniest are the silent antics of a gymnast from Trinidad, whose acrobatics are often a secret spectacle amid all the screaming. Conceptually, although the room is best described as immersive, once seated in the dining room the audience experience is about as limited as usual, although it doesn’t matter much from the point of view of view of a fun evening with a flight of fine food.