Delicious DIRT. Bacon Love; Whiskey Lovers Unite At Untitled; Brunch Now At Acadia, Tesori, El’s Kitchen;
DIRT Inside: Acadia, Belly Shack, Baconfest, Bar Toma, El’s Kitchen and Bar, Ginger Snap Sweets,Great Lakes Distillery, Heaven Hill, Kristine Subido, Maker’s Mark, Matt Troost, Mercat a la Planxa, The Pecking Order, Quay, Rey Villalobos, Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue, Tresori, Three Acres, Untitled, Whiskey Fest, Wild Turkey, Wildfire,
Brunch is one of our all time favorite meals! Been to any of these three joints lately? Check out their latest brunch options what are guaranteed to please. In Lincoln Park, El’s Kitchen and Bar, known for their BBQ, is now serving brunch with bottomless bloody mary’s and mimosas( $15) and reasonably priced food options like brisket egg’s Benedict ($10). PERK: Kids even eat free before 1pm. On April 28th award- winning Acadia will be open for Sunday brunch with their prixe-fixe menus for $35/ person. This includes three scrumptious courses with items like Crepes with Gruyere cheese and Lobster Eggs Benedict. Lastly, Tesori Italian restaurant is now open for brunch on the weekends and it looks quite good. We’re amped to taste Tesori’s French Toast with rum soaked brioche and the Tesori Benedict made with prosciutto and creamy brie cheese. Enough said.
Delicious DIRT. Super Hot NYC Based Cookie Company, Danny Macaroons, Launches in Chicago
DIRT Inside: belly Q, Belly Shack, Dan Cohen, Danny Macaroons, The Haute Dog, JP Graziano, La Colombe, Little Beans
Heads up Chicago!! Get ready to experience the most scrumptious macaroons of your life as Danny Macaroons are now sold in the Windy City! Now you can be one of the first to get in on the early first stages of the Chicago launch of these macaroons. We aren’t talking about French macarons here, but instead the coconut (gluten free) variety, and boy do they have us raving about their awesomeness. New Yorkers fell in love with these award winning macs, created by macaroonist we love, Danny Cohen, and now Chicago is going bananas over them as well.
Small, yet decadent, Danny Macaroons come in over 50 flavors. You’ll easily find salted caramel, chocolate almond, chocolate dipped, and more in Chicago stores. Soon, you might get lucky and chow down on chocolate banana nut, stout, peanut butter + jelly, and bourbon. If your mouth is watering and you want to get your hands on these macaroons to find out what everyone is talking about, you can now find Danny Macaroons at these Chicago locations: Belly Shack, La Colombe, Little Beans, JP Grazianos, Filter Cafe, Goddess + Grocer, and The Haute & The Dog for just $2-3 each. You can also catch Danny Macaroons’ pop up at Bow Truss 3/6, 3/13, 3/16…
Delicious DIRT. Celebrating Chef Week; Can’t Miss Charity Event: Fashion Rocks
DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Mindy Segal, Martial Noguier, Boka, Rustic House, Mercadito, Publican, bellyQ, haberdash, GT Fish&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage House, Common Threads, West Loop Community Organization
We know you love fun fashion, good food, and enjoying it while giving back. So, you are in for a real treat on April 7th from 6:30pm-9pm as bellyQ teams up with men’s fashion experts over at haberdash to bring you, “Fashion Rocks”. With cooking stations and delicious eats sponsored by some of our favorites (GT Fish&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage House etc.), as well as a showcasing of the haberdash Spring 2013 line, this is sure to be a wonderful evening. The best part is that all proceeds go to the awesome charities Common Threads and West Loop Community Organization. For tickets ($150 each) email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Junkie Now Open; Google Launches Keep
DIRT Inside: American Junkie, City Tavern, Google, Keep, Kendal Duque, Sepia,
American Junkie, a new River North destination, opened its doors officially on March 20th. This new spot is a restaurant, sports bar, and nightclub complete with a fully retractable roof all you Chitown warm weather worshipers will love on summer nights. We hear this newbie has the largest single panel TV screen in the Midwest, too. American Junkie hired chef we dig Kendal Duque (City Tavern, Sepia) as head chef. Some of his tantalizing items include wild boar chili, bison rib eye, and exotic flatbreads like foie gras and pineapple. One of everything please! 15 W Illinois
Delicious DIRT. An Easier Way to Crack the Nut by Danny Macaroons
We loved his post so much that we just had to share with you. Not only does this rock star macaroonist, Danny Macaroons, blow minds with his baking, he also enlightens us in the kitchen on so many levels. For those of you who always wondered, but never knew…
How To Open Pistachio Nuts That Just Won’t Open
Delicious DIRT. Hot Event Alert: Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Summer Soiree at Roka Akor July 25th, 2012.
One of the best events of the year is next week folks! Get down while giving back, mingling and eating sushi at Roka Akor July 25. The third annual Summer Soiree benefits The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, an organization near and dear to our hearts. Thank you to our media sponsor, Chicago Sun Times, for your coverage!!
Check out Sun Times coverage here: Over its 27 years of existence, the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation has raised more than $25 million in the search of a cure for breast cancer. 94 percent of all funds donated to the foundation support the understanding, research and treatment of breast cancer. Each year, more than 60,000 mammograms are performed at the Lynn Sage Breast Screening Center and the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center. Through high-profile events that attract hundreds of socially connected women, this charity makes an impact! With efforts to reach younger donors, the foundation will host its third annual Summer Soiree 7/25 at Roka Akor.
Delicious DIRT. TRUE WIN WIN!
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Delicious DIRT. Opening Quickies.
DIRT Inside: Sandwich Me In, Lakeview, Duchamp, Troy Graves, Red Door, Green City Market
Troy Graves has Opened the Red Door
So many openings, we are into. Earlier, we told you about Duchamp closing and Troy Graves’ Red Door opening. Now, it’s open. So check ‘em out! We love what they posted on their Facebook page: “We would like everyone to know we are not a restaurant with a great bar. We are a bar with great food. Salute!” 2118 N. Damen. [Eater]
Delicious DIRT. Juicy New Menu Round-Up
DIRT Inside: LM Restaurant, Brad Phillips, Troquet, Brasserie, LUXBAR, Frog N Snail
Brunch Newbies at LUXBAR.
Dig brunch? Love LUXBAR as much as we do? Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sundays starting at 8:00 AM, get down to LUXBAR for new spring brunch eats like Gold Coast Omelet ($11.50), House Cured Salmon Frittata ($11.00), Breakfast Burrito ($10.50), Veggie Hash ($9.50), Fresh Berries ($9.00) and more. We know you’re not going to forget brunch cocktails… Prosecco Mimosas ($8.25) and LUXBAR’s signature Zing Zang Bloody Mary ($8.75). BONUS DIRT: We love this patio. Make it official –> reservations @ 312.642.3400. 18 E. Bellevue.
Caught the Delicious DIRT that is Frog N Snail?
Delicious DIRT. Three DIRT-Worthy Events To Stimulate Your Senses
DIRT Inside: Jason Paskewitz, Gemini Bistro, Rustic House, Quay, Cakebread Wine, Dennis Cakebread, Phil Stefani, Tuscany Café, Ralph Childs
What They’re Cookin’ Up: It’s Halibut Season
The oh-so-short Wild Alaskan Halibut season is here. Chef Partner Jason Paskewitz and his two Lincoln Park hotspots, Gemini Bistro + Rustic House, are prepared to serve up this tender white fish in a bunch of delicious ways. Weekly specials at Gemini Bistro = pan seared halibut with pea shoots, roasted baby carrots, caramelized onions and a lemon beurre blanc for $32. At Rustic House, pan seared Atlantic halibut is prepared with a corn purée, sauteed asparagus and shimeji mushrooms for $28. Paskewitz will be highlighting the mild, yet slightly sweet nature of wild Alaskan halibut by pairing it with fresh, seasonal ingredients. BONUS DIRT: the fish is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. The weekly specials at both of these hotspots will rotate weekly, and just as a heads up, both spots are closed on Mondays. Gemini Bistro: 2075 N. Lincoln. Rustic House: 1967 N. Halsted.