Calendar and Press – Crafted by Cleetus

Crafted by Cleetus

Food, Booze & Tunes, a monthly series of live interviews and Q&A sessions hosted by Cleetus Friedman at the Cubby Bear, highlights some of Chicago’s hometown heroes, including Rick Bayless and Peter Sagal, and how “food, booze & tunes” motivates them. The series will debut on November 20.

What really sets this intimate evening apart, is that in addition to digging into the interview subject’s creative process and listening to some of their favorite music, attendees will be treated to a food and beverage pairing inspired by the interviewee and created by Chef Cleetus Friedman.

“I realized there is a commonality between eating, drinking and music that inspires a lot of creative processes,” says Friedman. “I enjoy talking to people and learning about what is inspiring them to continue to grow and create. Everything I have done in my life is marked by the food, beverages and music of those moments and I want to connect with our guests through those universal sources of inspiration.”

Food, Booze & Tunes Schedule:
Wednesday, November 20: Rick Bayless, chef, TV host, author, tickets available here
Wednesday, December 11: Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait, Wait! Don’t…Tell Me!, tickets available here Wednesday, January 15: Mick Napier (founder) and Jen Estlin (executive producer) of the Annoyance Theater, tickets available here
Wednesday, February 12: Louisa Chu (Chicago Tribune) and Monica Eng (WBEZ), co-hosts of the Chewing podcast, tickets available here
Wednesday, March 18: Kevin Coval, poet, author, and editor, tickets available here
Wednesday, April 8: Bryan Smith, senior staff writer at Chicago magazine, tickets available here.

Early Bird Special: Purchase a ticket to any date and receive $5 off each ticket! This offer ends at midnight on November 12.

Tickets for all shows are available at

Cubby Bear 1059 W Addison


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