Windy City Playhouse Announce "A Recipe For Disaster" Venue

Jul 25, 2021
A Recipe for Disaster at Petterino's

James Beard Award-winning Chef Rick Bayless and Windy City Playhouse Artistic Director Amy Rubenstein announced that "A Recipe for Disaster," their outrageous, immersive farcical experience, will take place on the Club Level at Petterino's, located at 150 N. Dearborn in Chicago's historic Theatre District. Tickets for the production, which begins October 6, are on sale now.

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 as the hilarity unfolds. Based on Bayless's 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 with side-splitting results.

"A Recipe for Disaster" will be directed by David H. Bell, who won a Jeff Award for his direction of Windy City Playhouse's smash hit "Southern Gothic," which ran for more than a year. The design team includes set designer William Boles, who won a Jeff Award for his design of Windy City Playhouse's "The Boys in the Band," and costume designer Uriel Gomez, who was nominated for a Jeff Award for his work on the same production and sound designer Willow James. Additional designers and casting will be announced at a future date.

Petterino's main dining floor, which has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to reopen in mid-August. While the cocktails, wine and food served to "A Recipe for Disaster" guests are created by Bayless for the production, the chef will not be affiliated with the reopening of the main restaurant. "A Recipe for Disaster" attendees may enter Petterino's Club Level from the Randolph Street entrance.

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 (including an expanded food and beverage menu) available. For ticket availability and more information, please visit