Elevate Your Presence has the perfect way for you to ring in December. Tomorrow night- CS Modern Luxury‘s Holiday Mixology event from 6-8pm with Edward Swiderski at Old Town Social. You know Chicago Food Mafia will be on the scene too when mixologists create charity cocktails! You know you want some action. See you there.

Love music? Love Absolut? Love to dance? Join Elevate Your Presence for the Young Leadership Division of JUF‘s fiesta this Thursday, December 2nd at Cuvee sponsored by Absolute.

YLD’s Chanukah Party
YLD’s Chanukah Party  Thursday, December 2, 2010   7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Cuvée     308 West Erie, Chicago   $20 in advance • $25 at the door Cost includes 2 drink tickets for the featured liquor of the night.  Register online at www.yldchicago.org/events

Check out The Modern Man: A Christmas Edition at The Underground Chicago this Thursday at 11pm where Sofia Vintage Clothing & Accessories and more will guide you to greatness for men in your life. From what Elevate Your Presence hears, Chef Ryan Poli will strut his stuff on the catwalk too. Fashion show begins at 11pm so be there and you won’t be square!

This Saturday- December 4th are two Elevate Your Presence recommended events. First, come hear true musical beauty from David Singer and the Sweet Science at Hideout Inn! Then, be sure to wear your ugliest sweater for the Annual Ugly Sweater Party to Benefit The American Cancer Society at Mahoney’s.  Oh what a night it will be…. 

Next week, Elevate Your Presence recommends you check out the Rock The Recession conference December 9-10 hosted by Flyover Geeks and Social Tech Pop and moderated by Edward Swiderski. This two day Startup Nation event brings together some of the best. Check it and get Rocked.  To buy tickets- click Rocked The Recession: Startup The Nation.

Elevate Your Presence Elevate Your Presence hearts Mastro’s Restaurants! Coming out of steak retirement at the Chicago Mastro’s opening was could not have been more delicious and Chicago Food Mafia was there to witness it.  See why Crain’s Chicago Business says you can grab Vegas in the Chi at below.

Vegas-style sizzle heats up Mastro’s | Business Of Life

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Elevate Your Presence Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence LOVE mk The Restaurant and DMK Burger Bar! So obviously when we got confirmation that the one & only Michael Kornick is opening another restaurant, and with David Morton, we could not be more jovial. We’re told, this newbie is slated to be a great chef hangout perfect for …Food Mafia. Fish Bar is set to open in Lincoln Park at 2951 N. Sheffield. Stay tuned for more…

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Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence are so excited to learn TAKASHI is opening a new restaurant on Hubbard next summer! This “new concept” is said to be a more affordable casual eatery. We know one thing for sure- this newbie will knock our socks off with the same Takashi top notch food. Can not wait!

Update- Elevate Your Presence overheard Takashi’s newbie will most likely be called Togarashi, Grill and Noodles by Takashi.  Penny Pollack, dining editor at Chicago Magazine tweeted  the lunch tab will be around $18 and dinner $36.  BRING IT!

Elevate Your Presence loves this Delicious Dirt via Eater Chicago on Michelin Guides‘ parties with food nerds galore – chefs like Grant Achatz , restaurant owners such as Boka Grp‘s Rob, Kevin and Giuseppe, journalists /bloggers such as the one and only fabulous Ari Bendersky and the rest of the good ol’ Chitown crew!

Elevate Your Presence wants you to get to know Grant Achatz in this video interview attached below! Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate the Alinea chef on his Michelin Guides 3 stars! Achatz writes, “I’ve done my share of interviews, but its pretty fun when you get to do it while cruising town in a Lexus.”


Food Mafia’s Official Website Launching Soon!

Food Mafia is THE exclusive online destination for food lovers. Throughout select cities globally, Food Mafia focuses on supporting restaurant communities. Our members will promote their favorite restaurants & bars through our unique recommendation system while keeping up to date on the latest & greatest food news through our online magazine, food news aggregator, & social network. Can’t wait? Get a taste of the Mafia pre-launch on Food Mafia’s Facebook page!

It pays to be in the know! Food Mafia is a member based website launching in the coming weeks. Membership is exclusive to those who are passionate about wanting to find and share local hidden cuisine gems. Mafia members are food lovers, chefs, culinary students, sommeliers, bloggers, restaurant owners and industry professionals.

The Mafia knows its members will keep Food Mafia up to date on the sexiest restaurants, hottest happenings and most fabulous chefs! The Mafia will also give its members ALL the Delicious Dirt and Deals.

Food Mafia is THE luxury online destination that combines its one of a kind restaurant review system with its culinary news aggregator and social networks. Can you be the next Godfather of the Food Mafia?

Press / Media Contact:
Molly Bett Kovler
Elevate Your Presence, LLC
Copyright (C) 2010 Elevate Your Presence, LLC All rights reserved.

In case you missed our announcement on Chicago Food MafiaMichelin Guides released their Chicago awards this morning- a day early! Both the Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate award winners. 3 stars (highest honors) went to Grant Achatz‘s Alinea and L20, 2 stars to Trotter’s, Avenues and Ria, while 1 star went to Chef Rick Bayless‘s Topolobampo (an Obama favorite) and Boka Grp‘s Boka among many more.

See full list of restaurants and their rating below.

Taken from Crain’s Chicago Business- “Nabbing a three-star rating, the highest awarded by Michelin, is a tough feat as only 93 other restaurants in the world have been able to accomplish it. Five New York and two San Francisco restaurants earned a three-star rating in the 2011 guides. Chicago is the third North American city to be covered annually by the Michelin Guides. New York was the first in 2005.”

Michelin Guide Chicago 2011′s Complete List:

***  Three Stars

  • Alinea
  • L20
** Two Stars 

  • Avenues at the Peninsula Hotel
  • Charlie Trotter’s
  • Ria at the Elysian Hotel
* One Star
  • Blackbird
  • Boka
  • Bonsoiree
  • Crofton on Wells
  • Everest
  • Graham Elliot
  • Longman & Eagle
  • NAHA
  • NoMI
  • Schwa
  • Seasons
  • Sepia
  • Sixteen
  • Spiaggia
  • Takashi
  • Topolobampo
  • Tru
  • Vie
Michelin’s Chicago 2011 more affordable Bib Gourmand restaurant list, defined as two courses and dessert or wine for $40 or under, was released last week and is listed in full below.
Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Chicago 2011 Restaurants: 

Ann Sather
Belly Shack
Bistro 110
Ceres’ Table
De Cero
Frances’ Deli
Frontera Grill
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
Han 202
Kith & Kin
La Creperie
La Petite Folie
Los Nopales
Lula Café
M. Henry
Mixteco Grill
Opart Thai House
Paramount Room
Purple Pig
Raj Darbar
Riccardo Trattoria
Smoque BBQ
Spacca Napoli
Taste of Peru
Thai Village
Twin Anchors
Urban Belly
West Town Tavern

Elevate Your Presence highly recommends this free beauty. Check The Great Unknown‘s sweetness with Chicago’s own South Shore High School students.

Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence want to know— what is your favorite term to describe a food lover? Foodie? Food Nerd? Food Geek? Foodista? Food Person? Food Connoisseur? Send your favorites and or better yet, come up with a Nice Newbie Nugget to win something Delicious!

‎*****NOT TO MISS ROCK’ N ROLL EVENT OF THE YEAR– Adam Ezra Group at The Kinetic Playground in Chicago this Friday November 12th!!! Elevate Your Presence and I could not be more excited!! Our friend, THE SEXIEST MOST TALENTED, one and only Adam Ezra will blow your mind and rock your world- and that’s an understatement. Sneek peek treat attached…. Check it.

Join me and Elevate Your Presence for my truly talented hot as hell friend Adam Ezra and his band- Adam Ezra Group this Friday! Best band ever. NOT TO MISS!!!

Location:Kinetic Playground
Time:9:30PM Friday, November 12th

Elevate Your Presence is psyched the florentine, blt restaurant group‘s newbie is now finally open! Last night the VIP opening was a tremendous success with Todd Stein, Rodelio Aglibot and all those foodies. The after party was said to be rockin’ at Big Star Chicago too. The Mafia even got some delicious dirt- The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English will be opening in Chicago’s Gold Coast summer 2011 in a 10,000 square foot space in the lower level of an undisclosed hotel. Stay tuned.

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Elevate Your Presence enjoyed some dangerously delicious chocolate cake tonight at Coco Pazzo! What and where are some of your favorite Chicago indulgences?

Great Foodie Event Alert – Some of Chicago Food Mafia & Elevate Your Presence‘s favorite chefs – Chef Rick Bayless, Chef Art Smith, Charlie Trotter, will be at Chicago Cultural Center for Chicago’s Chefs Live November 19th with New York Times Magazine writer Frank Bruni and Lee Brian Schrager – Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival to discuss all things food! Expect some Mafioso on site!!

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Jewish women are sexy! Elevate Your Presence hopes you want to laugh with us tonight at YLD’s Big Event Featuring Sarah Silverman. Free smiles attached. Check it.

Elevate Your Presence can not wait for Bangers & Lace! News flash- soft opening last night so you won’t have to wait any longer!! Congrats to friends Jason Freiman and Nick Podesta!!

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