Chicken & waffles, sea salt & chocolate, pineapple & pizzacelebrity chef and author Art Smith understands that some pairings are too intriguing to pass up. That's why opening weekend of The Guide saw the Table Fifty-Two chef enjoying the fruit of Lyric Opera and The Second City's creative collaboration. 

Book of Mormon cast backstage

Chicken & waffles, sea salt & chocolate, pineapple & pizza—celebrity chef and author Art Smith understands that some pairings are too intriguing to pass up. That's why opening weekend of The Second City Guide to the Opera  saw the Table Fifty-Two chef onstage at the Civic Opera House, enjoying the fruit of Lyric Opera and The Second City's creative collaboration. 

Other arts celebrities who attended opening weekend include:

• Renée Fleming, renowned diva and Lyric creative consultant, who conceived the partnership at a The Second City revue, when, by chance, a sketch featured one of her recordings.

Zarin Mehta, president and executive director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and former Ravinia president and CEO

Ashley Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet

Cast members of The Book of Mormon, Broadway in Chicago's smash-hit at Bank of America Theatre

With cabaret-style seating and full table service onstage in the Ardis Krainik Theatre, every guest at The Guide feels like a celeb.

Pictured above: The Second City Guide to the Opera performer and writer Tim Sniffen (in red) keeps The Book of Mormon actors (l-r:) Ben Platt, Nic Rouleau, and Chris Shyer laughing backstage. (Photo: Magda Krance)