Want a New Year’s Eve filled with FOOD & DRINKS? Check out this Elevate Your Presence recommended complete list of options including Mercadito Restaurants, Blackbird, The Bristol via Time Out Chicago

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New Year’s Eve dinners. Scallop sashimi or stuffed dover sole? Find these dishes—and many more—among the seemingly endless options for New Year’s Eve dining. Cheers! Article in Time Out Chicago Restaurants & Bars

Ah the life of the biz…. Openings and closings…. Metromix Chicago lists some 2010 closings in this piece below. Elevate Your Presence wants to remind you- SPRING’S LAST MEAL SERVED DECEMBER 31ST….

Surf and Turf anyone? An Elevate Your Presence favorite here. Chef team Chef Randy Waidner and Chef Daniel Huebschmann of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse create a delicious Tristan Island lobster tail with Gibsons beef and so much more. Attached below for your pleasure. Simply wonderful.

Chef Daniel Huebschmann’s (Executive Chef of Gibsons/ Hugos) and Randy Waidner’s (Cooperate Executive Chef of Gibsons Restaurant Group) creations for Gibsons Wine dinner — Surf and Turf — USDA Gibsons’ Prime beef and Tristan Island lobster tail with lobster hollandaise, crispy mushroom delight!

Chicago Food Mafia LOVES Chef Daniel Huebschmann – Executive chef of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse / Hugos here at Chicago Gourmet event via Elevate Your Presence

If you’re in Chicago this holiday weekend, Elevate Your Presence recommends you try these eating events via Chicago Reader. At Sixteen – a delicious dessert tasting, Cyrano’s Bistrot & Wine Bar -$37.50 for several sexy courses, TAKASHI -5 courses for a reasonable $58 ($88 includes wine), & Piccolo Sogno ‘s feast of fishes.

Elevate Your Presence literally can’t wait to try Dough Boys‘ 3 foot long pizza!!! Now open in little Italy, Dough Boys is the creation of the The Purple Pig & Davanti Enoteca Team & we know it’s gonna be more than just dough. Both Chicago Food Mafia & EYP will be on the scene soon so stay tuned!

Unless you’re living in a cave you know Graham Elliot opened Grahamwich to rave reviews after massive hype- even trended on Twitter. Elevate Your Presence confirms deliciousness & hears graham elliot‘s sister spot will open in more locations soon & Grahamburger is next on this Master Chef’s plate!

Now open- Elevate Your Presence is so excited Green Corner has officially opened its doors today in Buck Town !! Congrats to friends Elizabeth & Colleen Murzyn, the dynamic sister duo who opened this all organic juice bar which also serves smoothies, soups, pastries and more!! Get there- 1880 N Damen – at Cortland in Chicago.

We heart end of year best lists more than most! Here is Chicago Reader ‘s Best Restaurants of 2010 which has many Elevate Your Presence favorites.

Huge congrats to Elevate Your Presence favorite Longman & Eagle which made GQ ‘s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. We heart this Logan Square gastropub and could not agree more with Alan Richman in that the food is “triumphant”!

Not a lot better than fabulous end of year best lists! Elevate Your Presence recommends you check out Time Out Chicago‘s 100 Best Eats & Drinks 2010 which includes many Chicago Food Mafia favorites – Davanti Enoteca‘s raviolo, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria‘s “transcendent” burrata & The Southern‘s

Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence LOVE a great burger – especially Michael Kornick‘s DMK Burger Bar creations!   ***CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

DMK Burger Bar, The No.4 – Roasted Hatch Green Chile with Jack Cheese
Photo by Kris Brearton

When was the last time you took down a triple? We crave it. Elevate Your Presence recommends Billy Goat Tavern Chicago‘s cheezborger cheezborger cheezborger any time!

Triple Cheezborger at Billy Goat Tavern & Grill.
Photo by George Motz

Mouth watering Turtle Pie from Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – an Elevate Your Presence favorite!! Dangerously divine.

Gibsons’ Turtle Pie! Photo via Gibsons

Check out Elevate Your Presence friend Hell’s Kitchen ‘s Chef Tony’s Restaurant BIG & little’s on Orleans and Oak in Chicago. Sample Menu attached and we can’t wait to check in!

Elevate Your Presence can not get enough of Michael Kornick ‘s tuna tartar tastiness  at mk The Restaurant and loving every bite.

MK’s Tuna Tartare is AMAZING! Just look at this picture! Our mouths are watering.

LOVE dessert @ mk The Restaurant ? We sure do! Thanks Michael Kornick

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Delicious Mexique- all the time, anytime. We could not get enough! Thanks to Chef Carlos Gaytan for a fabulous night of divine delights.

 

Mexique shortribs with bacon sprouts parsnip purée & deliciousness
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Elevate Your Presence knows you #crave #deliciousDIRT. Check out Mexique for one highly recommended Delicious DIRT favorite! Dig in.

 

Scallops at Mexique…. Oh, did we mention THIS IS A MUST EAT!

Elevate Your Presence LOVES Tempo deliciousness all the way! Eggs as big as your head surely satiate.
 

As Big As Your Face @ Tempo

Oyster Po’ boy anyone? Elevate Your Presence heart’s BIG & little’s attached! Serious YUMMMMM action. You. Will. Go. Back. OFTEN.

BIG & Little’s, Oyster Po’boy Photo by Caesar Chiang

Elevate Your Presence loves reading via Twitter that graham elliot sister restaurant Grahamwich is set to finally open this week! The “sandwich and soda shop” is will open its door at 615 N. State Street. You better believe we will be there along with Chicago Food Mafia. For more info, see attached article from GrubStreet.

Spotted- Matt Damon and crew continuing their tour of Chicago restaurants, tonight at the Peninsula! Last night, the team crushed the menu at Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence favorite Kith and Kin . Check out a few more details via Eater Chicago

Speaking of best lists, Elevate Your Presence is proud to share our favorites this holiday season – hint– gift ides! Stay tuned for fabulous must haves / gift ideas each day! We can’t live without our L’OCCITANE en Provence – USA products- shea butter soaps and lotions soothe and smell oh so amaze, plus their shampoos and conditioners make your hair shine shine shine!

Elevate Your Presence loves Mashable more than we love a hot donut with milk…. well, it’s a tie! This piece we heart so much we had to share- HINT- GREAT GIFT IDEAS!

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Tomorrow, 12/8, 2010,  Chicago Food Mafia will be chowing down with Elevate Your Presence when Boka Grp‘s Giuseppe Tentori serves up his $12 lobster roll & clam chowder combo! From 1130-1pm, Tentori will be on the Gaztro Wagon outside his newbie GT Fish & Oyster at Grand/ Wells. No, GT Fish & Oyster is not open yet (slated to open 2011), but you can get a taste tomorrow nonetheless. We can not wait.

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Who doesn’t love free wine and appetizers at BOKA? Tonight join Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia for Boka Grp‘s monthly free wine tasting event Test Your Palate Wine Tasting at Boka! You might even win a $100 gift certificate.

Elevate Your Presence Update- Brooklyn Bowl / Blue Ribbon Restaurants next project- Chicago Bowl- is moving forward in its development! Insanely exciting for us in the Chi! Congrats to friend Peter Shapiro! For more see Eater’s piece below as well as our own EYP piece with Chicago Bowl background here.

Spotted on Delicious Dirt- Elevate Your Presence loves that Matt Damon, in Chicago shooting Contagion, ate at local joint Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap while watching the Patriots Jets game yesterday. What we and Chicago Food Mafia love even more is hearing Matt and a bunch of the crew left a generous tip and were super friendly to all!  Who wishes they were f-cking Matt Damon now?

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