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Host Elysabeth Alfano dishes and drinks with celebs on The Celebrity Dinner Party. What funny stories and inspirational insights do celebs and influencers have to share from their road to success? Over food and drink the unscripted conversation flow, as Alfano sits down with some of the most prominent chefs, actors, directors, musicians, comedians, politicians and sports figures to find out! Live streaming and filmed in front of an audience and viwers that shares in the food and conversation ...
 
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CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig and Missouri Law Professor Frank Bowman discuss whether Trump broke the law in his phone call to Georgia election officials. NYU School of Law Professor Stephen Gillers discusses Attorney General Barr’s legacy and his potential successor. Public Ethics and Public Policy Center President and former Scalia clerk and co-ed…
 
Think of Armagnac as Cognac's country cousin. It's an older, more rustic style that predates Cognac. Pat, Greg and Alicia are joined by Armagnac enthusiast-and Mousquetaire d'Armagnac-Brett Pontoni. Who better to guide you through this somewhat mysterious category. Drink along at home with the following armagnacs: Marie Duffau Hors d'Age Armagnac D…
 
The Mincing Rascals are Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of WTTW and Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute. They begin by discussing the end of House Speaker Mike Madigan’s administration, and the beginning of Chris Welch’s. And they discuss the new law enforcement reform bill, a document of 600 pages. Finally, the Mincing Rasca…
 
This week, Paul Lisnek goes behind the curtain talking about three different topics. To kick off the conversation, Paul is joined by financial expert Terry Savage who discusses the newest $600 stimulus check as of 2020 and how you can be getting the money you deserve if you haven’t yet. Then, we switch gears to the importance of philanthropy and do…
 
Kelly has a provocative conversation with author Juan Enriquez about the ethical dilemmas in technology. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3807301/Getting_to_Yes_And_Juan_Enriquez_-_Right_Wrong_How_Technology_Transforms_Our_Ethics_2021-01-11-195301.64kmono.mp3By WGN Plus
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (01/12/2020): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast socially distanced from secure locations. This week, the Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Political Science Emeritus at the University of Chicago, Charles Lipson analyzes this unique moment in U.S. history and how the Republic move forwar…
 
In this 242nd episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano shares how his cat, Grimsby, had to fast for 12 hours before having her teeth cleaned at the vet. Grimsby couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t feed her! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3806689/3806689_2021-01-08-162729.64kmono.mp3…
 
Steve Dale speaks with Sol Ashbach, co-owner of Little Bad Wolf, about the restaurants history and extensive spirits menu. Sol also touches on the hoops they’ve had to jump through in order to ensure customers are still able to have an enjoyable dining experience. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3806888/3806888_2021-01-10-212028.64kmono.mp3 Steve …
 
Steve Dale speaks with his good friend Paul Lisnek, about his latest book, Assume Treason. Paul and Steve also talk about the Chicago Theater scene and the importance of supporting the community’s virtual events as they struggle to stay afloat; share details about their on-going Ice Cream War; and more. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3806886/3806…
 
Steve Dale spoke with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984, about the on-going issue of large numbers of people that don’t believe in coronavirus nor the severity of where things currently stand. Dr. Fauci also addresses the misconceptions surrounding Biden’s proposed plan to ensure eve…
 
Steve Kras make his way to some of the great BBQ spots in Chicagoland as part of the Wannemakers “Week Of BBQ Love” kicking off 2021. Hear as Steve talks about his efforts to support area restaurants and raise awareness at the same time. Listen as we go live to Steamboat BBQ in Wheaton and talk with owner and Pitmaster John Bovinette. Hear as John …
 
The Barrel to Bottle Crew heads to Piedmont for a deep dive beyond the traditional Nebbiolo variety. Piedmont isn't obscure, but it might be a little unfamiliar to wine novices and we're here to help. Piedmont produces some of the finest wines in the world, but also wines that are great with pizza and takeout pasta. Drink along at home with the fol…
 
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Heather Cherone of WTTW, Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune and Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute. They begin by talking about President Trump’s supporters who breached the capitol Wednesday, on which members of Congress were gearing up to certify the election. Then, the Rascals discuss F…
 
This week, Paul Lisnek goes behind the curtain with U.S. Representative Sean Casten (IL-6) and WTTW’s Paris Schutz. Listen in as Paul and Representative Casten talk about Joe Biden’s new presidency and what is on Casten’s agenda in the new session. Also, Representative Casten discloses “…regardless of what party you are in, I don’t think any of us …
 
CNN Legal Analyst Elie Honig and Missouri Law Professor Frank Bowman discuss whether Trump broke the law in his phone call to Georgia election officials. NYU School of Law Professor Stephen Gillers discusses Attorney General Barr’s legacy and his potential successor. Public Ethics and Public Policy Center President and former Scalia clerk and co-ed…
 
This week, Paul Lisnek goes behind the curtain with an eclectic blend of professionals to talk about Chicago politics from 2020. To kick off the conversation, Paul is joined by Illinois State Senator and Majority Leader Kim Lightford to discuss the botched police raid at the home of Anjanette Young. Senator Lightford also breaks down the Black Cauc…
 
In this 241st episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano is a diehard Springsteen fan, but he has to call out “The Boss” for his “COVID hypocrisy” by irresponsibly performing on “SNL” https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3805610/3805610_2021-01-02-180410.64kmono.mp3By WGN Plus
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (01/01/21): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast from secure locations. This week, John and Jeff look back at a tough year for local politicians and when politicians aren’t having a good year, everyone suffers. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3805577/3805577_2021-01-02-011117.64kmono…
 
WGN Radio sportscaster Andy Masur joins the Dane Neal in the studio as they talk new years’ resolutions (or lack there of!) and sports prospects. “Blockbuster” Blake Stubbs chimes in to discuss what’s really happening with Warner Brothers and HBO rumors and what to expect from any upcoming direct home releases and more. Founder and CEO of Cooper’s …
 
Just like with our Binny's Buyer's Picks episodes, the Barrel to Bottle Crew couldn't be contained in just one episode. We here at Barrel to Bottle loved a lot of stuff this year and we want to make sure you know all about our favorites of 2020. Roger's Picks Founders KBS Maple Mackinac Fudge Greg's Picks Teremana Reposado Tequila Greg's Infinity B…
 
The one and only Famous Dave Anderson joins Dane to talk about some of the BEST tips for turkey and family get-togethers in 2020. Hear as Dave shares inspiration, support and respect for friends in the restaurant industry and hope for brighter days and better business in 2021! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3805508/3805508_2020-12-31-202008.64kmo…
 
Master Distiller Chris Fletcher joins Dane to talk Jack Daniel’s tradition and holiday times including support for Operation Ride Home and his longtime family connections to Lynchburg. Hear as Chris shares his journey following in the footsteps of his grandfather and becoming Master Distiller. Listen as Dane and Chris talk about new things happenin…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with several of Illinois Congressman. To kick off the conversation, Paul is joined with Congressman Mike Quigley of Illinois’s 5th congressional district to discuss in depth about President Trumps veto for the National Defense Act. Then, Congressman Brad Schneider who represents for Illinois’s 10th congressio…
 
The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn and Lisa Donovan of Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of WTTW and Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute. They talk about their faith in the COVID vaccine, considering the virus’s brand new strain. Then, the Rascals debate on the renaming of Lake Shore Drive. They move on to talk about …
 
Tourgigs COO and Co-founder Sean T. Barnicle joins Dane to talk about Tourgigs and New Year’s Eve Live concert “The Jungle Show”. Hear as Sean shares the story of Tourgigs and the leadership team that helps create unforgettable shows and events with artists like Pearl Jam, Bruno Mars and Bruce Springsteen and more. Listen as Sean shares his Chicago…
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and ZZ Top Frontman Billy F Gibbons joins Dane Neal to talk about “The Jungle Show” coming to you live on New Years Eve. Hear as Billy previews this year’s show streaming live from Antone’s in Austin Texas with band mates Jimmie Vaughan, Chris Layton, Sue Foley and Mike Flanigan. Listen as Billy fills us in on the excite…
 
In this 240th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano and regular contributor Emily Armanetti go into the “Pop Culture Club” to discuss how bringing first run films into the home may kill the movie theater business. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3804890/3804890_2020-12-26-194930.64kmono.mp3…
 
Steve Dale spoke with Tony Estrada, owner of El Mariachi Restaurant Tequila Bar, about their famous brunch and the measures they’ve taken to accompany guests whether they want to dine-in or take their food to go. Tony also touches on their vast range of tequilas they have to offer and explains the difference between tequila and mescal. https://serv…
 
Chicago Police Department Chaplain Robert Montenegro joined Steve Dale to talk about the physiological strain of being a first responder, specifically as a police officer. Robert explains what he sees and experiences as a chaplain; expresses his admiration for police officers; and emphasizes the need to ensure officers that aren’t properly doing th…
 
Dr. Peter Jay Hotez, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, joined Steve Dale to discuss various concerns surrounding the latest COVID stats and the vaccines. Dr. Hotez debunks many misconceptions that are circulating surrounding the virus; answers questions about the effectiveness of shutting down borders to t…
 
Steve Dale spoke with physiologist and bio mechanic Mike Brampton about the new strain of the coronavirus as one of his sons is believed to have tested positive in London with the modified strain. Mike details the symptoms his son endured; touches on the current state of things in the UK as this new strain evolves and spreads; and more. https://ser…
 
You've heard the buyer's picks the last two weeks, but now it's time for the true authority, your beloved friends from the Barrel to Bottle Crew. We've assembled some wacky 2020 picks for you to check out as the year comes to a close. This is in no particular order of rank, or how they stack up to Hamm's. Roger's Picks Metropolitan Stromhaus Helles…
 
This week, Paul goes behind the curtain with actor/writer Matthew-Lee Erlbach. Known for his great writing on Netflix’s “We are the Champions,” and Masters of Sex as well as the playwright of The Doppelganger (played at Steppenwolf), Erlbach is one of those at the helm of Be An Arts Hero. The effort is focused on getting Congress to take action to …
 
On this early edition, The Mincing Rascals are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn and Lisa Donovan of Chicago Tribune, Austin Berg of Illinois Policy Institute, and Heather Cherone for WTTW. They begin by continuing their discussion from last week’s podcast regarding the video that CBS released of the botched raid of Anjanette Young’s home by Ch…
 
Welcome to the 2020 season of Mollie and Pete Save Christmas! In this podcast, Mollie Green and Pete Zimmerman break down the various holiday-themed movies and television shows that they consumed over the previous couple weeks. On this episode, Mollie and Pete talk about “Unlocking Christmas.” Pete and Mollie also talk about their trip to the drive…
 
The Chicago Way w/John Kass (12/21/20): During the COVID-19 pandemic, John Kass & Jeff Carlin continue to podcast from secure locations. This week, John reads his annual Christmas column and the future of how we cover politics is examined. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3804373/3804373_2020-12-21-220413.64kmono.mp3 Follow @John_Kass Follow @JPCar…
 
ACLU Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho joins Rich, Tina and Sam to talk about the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a challenge to President Donald Trump’s census plan. Chicago 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale discusses the latest fallout from the Chicago Police’s mistaken raid of Anjanette Young’s home in 2019. Chicago Teachers Union President Jess…
 
ACLU Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho joins Rich, Tina and Sam to talk about the Supreme Court’s dismissal of a challenge to President Donald Trump’s census plan. Chicago 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale discusses the latest fallout from the Chicago Police’s mistaken raid of Anjanette Young’s home in 2019. Chicago Teachers Union President Jess…
 
Travel superstar Samantha Brown joins Dane to talk healthy hotels, Hilton and heading into 2021. Hear as Samantha shares the challenges of the pandemic, latest projects and bucket list destinations that everyone is hoping for after the holidays and beyond! https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3804155/3804155_2020-12-19-051655.64kmono.mp3…
 
In this 239th episode of “Elton Jim” Turano’s “CAPTAIN POD-TASTIC,” Jim Turano performs two Mr. Potter/George Bailey scenes from “It’s A Wonderful Life” and also chats with musician Davey Johnstone about his new single, “All The Time In The World” https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3803818/3803818_2020-12-17-165618.64kmono.mp3…
 
Steve Dale talks to Ray Denton, the wine manager from Binny’s in Elmwood Park, to see what people have been indulging in during this holiday season. Denton talks about wine, craft, if Americans drink their beer too cold, how the tradition of people drinking champagne on New Years’ Eve began, and more. https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3804227/380422…
 
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