Short Bio: Elysabeth Alfano is an award-winning media personality, successful businesswoman and keen investor. A graduate of Northwestern University and the American Graduate School of International Business, Elysabeth began her career working with Fortune 500 companies (IBM-Europe and The Kellogg Company) before running her own international business. Currently speaks across the nationa on the economic, physical, mental and environmental benefits of a plant-based food system and diet.
Elysabeth is one of the Executive Producers and Chefs on the Amazon Prime hit vegan cooking show, New Day New Chef and, under her production company, Fear No ART, she produces and hosts the weekly Awesome Vegans Influencer Series and the bi-weekly Plantbased Business Hour. On PBH, Elysabeth features the venture capitalists, CEOs, analysts, innovators and entrepreneurial start-ups from around the globe who are shaping the plant-based market. Virtually connected to the Who’s Who in the vegan world, Elysabeth enjoys helping vegan business succeed by connecting them with her vast network and by guiding strategy and marketing. She also assists traditional meat and dairy companies in understanding and entering the plant-based market with product lines and marketing strategies that makes sense and are poised to succeed.
As a Sicilian-American splitting her time between Chicago and Los Angeles, food is always the center of life for Elysabeth. A Licensed Food For Life Instructor with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and with a Certificate in Plant-based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at E-Cornell University, Elysabeth works with corporate wellness programs to educate employees on nutrition and teach cooking techniques to ensure healthy employees and a higher quality of life. She also works with restaurants to veganize their offerings and/or create a separate vegan menu and marketing strategy for same.
Long Bio: Elysabeth Alfano is an award-winning media personality, content producer and host. A graduate of Northwestern University and the American Graduate School of International Business, Elysabeth has been bridging the gap between entertainers, influencers, celebrities and the public for over 20 years.
After years of working with Fortune 500 companies and running her own million dollar small business, in 2009, Alfano started her production company, Fear No ART. Its first show, Fear No ART Chicago on PBS’ WTTW, was launched with Elysabeth as its Creator, Executive Producer, Producer and Host. The success of the show was remarkable and it branched out into a very popular web series in 2011.
Elysabeth launched a digital event series and talk show, entitled, The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, in 2012. It aired on Chicago’s Ch. 19 through 2016. In 2014, Elysabeth began a podcast version of The Celebrity Dinner Party, which was picked up by WGN Radio. Since that time she has been guest hosting on-air on WGN and has recently been added to the roster of on-air hosts for the nightly WGN Radio show, Nightside.
Elysabeth is the winner of the following awards for The Celebrity Dinner Party: Telly Award – Best Web-based TV show, Alliance for Community Media – Excellence Award, and Best of the Midwest Video Fest – Excellence and Achievement Awards.
In 2017, Elysabeth decided to combine her media, food and business skills set with her personal beliefs, focusing her journalism and expertise on the growing plant-based movement. Now an established plant-based guest expert for radio and TV, Elysabeth reports on the latest plant-based news (business, health, politics), food and lifestyle tips. She has appeared several times on all of the following: iHeart Radio’s The Fork Report, WGN Radio, WCPT Radio, NYC’s 870AM The Answer, WGN-TV, WCIU-TV, Good Morning LALALand, KGO-San Francisco and more. Occasionally she writes for VegNews and contributes to NPR’s KCRW (Los Angeles) as a plant-based reporter. Elysabeth is a public speaker on the physical, mental, environmental and financial benefits of a plant-based diet at food festivals and national business summits.
In 2018, Elysabeth launched the Awesome Vegans Podcast and Video Series on WGN Radio. Elysabeth also began reporting on the #JaneUnChained News Network while spicing things up on The Silver-Chic Chef on-line plant-based cooking series. She has done plant-based cooking demonstrations on WCIU-TV, WGN-TV, Good Morning LALALand and food festivals from coast to coast. Elysabeth is Certified in Plant-based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University and is a Food For Life instructor with the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.
As the demand for Elysabeth’s recipes and TV cooking demonstrations grew, in 2019, Elysabeth began consulting to restaurants and food companies around the nation on how to enter the plant-based marketplace with product and recipe development and an ethical message. She also gives personal and group in-person and on-line cooking classes and does personal coaching on how to begin a plant-based lifestyle. Her emphasis is on #AgingBackwards with food. For more information, click here.
On January 12, 2020 The Elysabeth Alfano Show launched on Smart Talk and WCGO Radio. The show is the nation’s first plant-based radio show and will focus on food, news and interviews. As Elysabeth likes to say, “We are taking back our health and the health of the planet.”
During the Coronavirus Crisis, Elysabeth launched a daily business show, The Plantbased Business Hour, giving a platform for consumers and investors to hear from the plantbased business leaders innovating and creating a safer (Pandemic Free) food supply through Plant-based Foods and Businesses. The Plantbased Business Hour airs on Facebook.com/JaneVelezMitchell and is archived on ElysabethAlfano.com and the Awesome Vegans Podcast.
Elysabeth is a Featured Plant-based Chef (Episode 5!) and one of the Executive Producers on a new Amazon Prime cooking show, New Day New Chef, a ground-breaking vegan cooking show, the first of its kind! She is also featured in the Documentary, Gray Is The New Blonde and is an Associate Producer on same.
While always a Chicagoan at heart, Elysabeth splits her time between Los Angeles and Chicago. She is an animal lover and advocate.