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Inside: Pork Chop, West Loop

Pork Chop, Courtesy of Facebook

Big news coming soon —->>  We’ve known Pork Chop‘s location and to keep it on the DL for a while now folks.  We promise to fill fill you in first!!!

Right now, Delicious DIRT can only tell you the “smokey drinks and sexy meats” hot spot is in the West Loop on Randolph.

Stay Tuned!!  SOON.

Delicious DIRT’s Chicago Resto Openings Update

Inside: To Open, Recently Opened, Been Open

Delicious DIRT. To Open

Fish Bar Lobster Roll, Courtesy of Myra Rubin

Delicious DIRT. Recently Opened

Delicious DIRT. Been Open. Old News

Breaker Breaker!!  Food Mafia’s live!! Check it on Eater and Thrillist.  Soon to come –>> 190 North feature.

Delicious DIRT’s Quickie Juice:

Newsflash: Boka Grp‘s Kevin Boehm announced via Twitter –> GT Fish & Oyster will open this Thursday in Chicago. Reservations start next wk, but walk-ins are welcome Thursday. Get there + taste the master, Giuseppe Tentoris cuisine –> sure to delight.

OYSTERS ANYONE? Elevate Your Presence ♥’s Shaw’s Crab House. Get there tonight if you’re able….

Photo by Shaw’s.  Stop by for a couple dozen fresh-shucked oysters tonight, a pint of Guinness and some great live Chicago Blues from Matthew Skoller and the Band.


Inside: Frontier, Rock Bottom, Chili Cook-Off, Chicago Fire Department, Charlie Sheen, The Piggery, Blackbird, Schubas, Goose Island, MCA, First Fridays, Scotch & Steak, BaconFest, Style Series, Ever After, Palmer House, Chic Boutique, Ivy House, Underground, Sophia Vintage, Lush, Enclave, Chicago Theatre and more.

Evolving Round Up:

3/29 Charlie Sheen Night @ The Piggery is TONIGHT. Get ready for the Adonis to hit Chi this weekend by flocking to the Piggery with other tiger blooded clones.  Featured on Urban Daddy and selling tickets like hot cakes, this event is #winning.  Let us know if you make it and send in a video of your best Sheen imitation and you might even get lucky…  Event FB page here. 7pm, show starts at 8pm 1625 West Irving Park

3/29 GREAT CAUSE EVENT.  Rock Bottom’s Chili Cook-Off to benefit Chicago Fire Dept and Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6-8pm, $5 and you’re devouring Chili!!  $10 and you’re eating and drinking Rock Bottom Brewery’s Fire Chief Ale, an Irish red.  The annual chili cook-off, benefiting the Chicago Fire Department and the Muscular Dystrophy Association is sure to be a rockin time.  1 W. Grand, 312-755-9339.

3/29 The Bluebird, one of our faves, hosting a tasting of delightful brews and snacks for $30. Reservations recommended. 7:30-9:30 PM, The Bluebird, 1749 N. Damen, 773-486-2473, $30. More info on Chicago Reader here.

3/29 Frontier’s 2$ Tuesdays! We love anything for 2$ especially when it comes from greatness.  Frontier invites Chicagoans to enjoy their $2 Tuesdays, available every Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 1:30 AM.  Tuesday specials will feature items such as select half-pints, oysters, deviled eggs and tacos, all for $2 each.  1072 N. Milwaukee

3/30 Schubas + Goose Island are partnering for a beer dinner! Four Goose Island Beers and cuisine from Harmony Grill, Schubas’ restaurant, will have you smiling for some time.  RSVP on Facebook for a spot.  We love Schubas so check it.  More info via Refinery 29.

3/30 Getting married?  Check out Ever After @ Palmer House via CS Modern Luxury.  Watch a Macy’s Bridal Salon Fashion Show with wedding planner, Erin McDonald. Taste gowns, make overs, shopping, table top designs and more. You’ll get a gift bag and some edibles while on the scene. More info here. 6-9pm 17 E. Monroe St.

3/31 CS Modern Luxury Chic Boutique at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios 6-9pm, Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by C Catering Boutique and sip Voga wine while shopping featured Spring looks from Chicago’s Chic Boutiques-  12 E. Ohio Street FB event page here.

3/31 Sophia Rocks Fashion show at Underground with Sofia Vintage and a live performance by My Gold Mask.  Style Series presented by Rockit Ranch Productions and PopSugar is a six night series celebrated on Thursday nights March 31 through May 5. Doors open nightly at 9 p.m., fashion shows begin promptly at 11 p.m. Private reception from 9-10pm.   Must RSVP:

3/31 Private Michigan Ave Party At River East Arts Center… We hear Redford’s in the house! Keep you posted…

3/31 Check out this play –> The 13th of Paris, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago,60614 

The 13th of Paris, Courtsey of

4/1 First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Every first Friday of every month, the MCA has a sweet fiesta.  We highly recommend it and now that the terrace will be open, get in while you can enjoy the fresh spring air.  220 E Chicago Avenue, Chicago 60611

4/3 Want to meet Charlie for $750? We didnt think so…  Regular ol’ tix for his tour sold out in 18 minutes folks…  This is your only hope.   By now you know the tormented but hilarious Charlie Sheen will be in the Chi for his “Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour” in Chicago this Sunday.  Freaky fans can meet Sheen with a VIP package priced at $750.

4/3 Charlie’s Enclave After Party.  After his Chicago Theatre show, fans can dance the night away with high hopes of seeing the tiger blooded star at Enclave.  Our guess- no chance he shows, but you’re def #winning if we’re wrong!  Event FB page here.

WE HEART LUSH and you will too. Let us know your faves while you taste the grapes.


4/1 ROSCOE VILLAGE LUSH Play your best prank, then head to LUSH for some very serious sipping. Melissa from Jo Snow Syrups will be adding her concoctions (think: Ginger Passion Fruit, Fig Vanilla Black Pepper, and Cardamom Rose Water) to some Santome Prosecco, courtesy of Jordan from Candid Wines. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail with us! 2232 West Roscoe

4/2 ROSCOE VILLAGE LUSH 4-6pm: A rare Saturday tasting at LUSH! Jason from Vintage is popping by this afternoon this open some elegant gems from around the world.2232 West Roscoe

4/3 LUSH TASTING EVENTs @ UNIVERSITY VILLAGE, Roscoe Village, and  WEST TOWN LUSH Joints — 2-5pm: Sundays with LUSH, Cabernet Franc. 1257 South Halsted and 1412 West Chicago Ave and Roscoe locations

4/3 School of LUSH – Island Wine. As many islands as possible. Salty. Crunchy. Snacks, wine, and education.  $35 per person. 6:30-8pm RSVP required to 1412 West Chicago Ave

Heads up:
Scotch and Steak at Standard Club April 7
Baconfest April 9

In case you’re living in a cave and missed Food Mafia’s launch, read about it on Eater and Thrillist.

Food Mafia Launches Exclusive Member Based Restaurant Recommendation Website

Local Eateries Gain Exposure Through Food Insiders; Consumers Learn Best Of In Each City

CHICAGO, IL – March 25, 2011 – –   Food Mafia is thrilled to announce the launch of its website – THE exclusive online destination for food fanatics.   Chicago Food Mafia, the first of many city-centric Food Mafia communities to launch, is the most interactive user-friendly restaurant review site in existence. Users will find this member-based site a scrumptious eatery reference system integrating technology and food. Content is user-generated through Food Mafia members- a community of premiere chefs (ie, Michael Kornick), restaurant owners (ie, Michael Kornick, Kevin Boehm, Curtis Duffy, Jason Freiman), sommeliers, bloggers, industry professionals (ie, George Motz, D.C. Crenshaw), cuisine obsessives and more.

In a world of anonymous reviews, it has become increasingly difficult to find credible recommendations. “Because tastes are subjective, I created Food Mafia to provide users with insight from like minded food lovers,” said Stacy Johnson, CEO/Founder of Food Mafia, Inc. “Food Mafia is a real time social media restaurant guidebook, piloting in Chicago.  I wanted to create a quick easy way to find and give great recommendations for restaurants that are unique to each city.  Food Mafia is the solution,” Stacy explained.

The distinctive site is exquisite, giving consumers luscious Feeds straight from the kitchens of their favorite local culinary personalities and cuisine insiders.  Food Mafia organizes and curates the hottest restaurant suggestions, culinary events, sweet deals and news all generated by food insiders and juicy blogs (ie, Delicious DIRT).

  • Food Mafia supports local by allowing users to sort by local only establishments.
  • Food Mafia gives chefs the opportunity to create a more personal connection with consumers, promote their own restaurants, and share their favorites.
  • Food Mafia features, Feeds such as Delicious DIRT, keep readers up to date on the latest tidbits and culinary happenings through social networking/ blogging integration, food news aggregation, sexy deals and hot events.
  • Food Mafia has the scoop on where and what to eat, pricing, and how the cuisine actually tastes. The Mafia Meter allows users to find exactly what they’re on the hunt for with integrative search options such as sorting restaurant searches by member recommendations.

Visit Food Mafia at and get the Delicious DIRT from your city’s food scene.

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Molly Bett Kovler
Elevate Your Presence, LLC





Elevate Your Presence HEARTS Takashi and this time he’s done it again!  This is a food porn event you won’t want to miss.

Takashi Yagihashi, Photo Courtesy of Facebook

4/18 Join some of Chicago’s most talented & giving chefs on Monday, April 18 at Takashi as they come together, raising funds to provide assistance to those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that took place in Japan on March 11.

Monday, April 18 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Six courses, $200 – $250+ per person, inclusive of wine, tax and gratuity. All proceeds benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Takashi Cuisine, Courtesy of Facebook

Participating Chefs

Jimmy Bannos, Sr.- Heaven on Seven
Jimmy Bannos, Jr.- Purple Pig
George Bumbaris- Praire Fire, Praire Grass
Sebastian Canonne- French Pastry School
John Hogan- Keefer’s
Paul Kahan- Blackbird
Bill Kim- Urban Belly, Belly Shack
Tony Mantuano- Spiaggia
Mindy Segal- Hot Chocolate
Sarah Stegner- Praire Fire, Praire Grass
Paul Virant- Vie, Perennial Virant
Dean Zanella- Rhapsody
Takashi Yagihashi- Takashi

All Proceeds Go To Red Cross

Event Juice

  • On Monday, April 18, chefs from across Chicago will join forces to prepare a spectacular six-course meal at Takashi restaurant. This is a case where too many cooks in the kitchen is a good thing – so many chefs are donating their skills that many will be acting as servers on what will surely be a one-of-a- kind evening. The restaurant will be open at 5:00 p.m., with the last seating at 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 773- 772-6170 and 100% of the funds raised go directly to disaster relief.
  • Seating between 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. & at 10:00 p.m.: $200 minimum Seating between 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: $250 minimum Price is inclusive of dinner, wine, tax & gratuity


Inside: Chicago Chefs Week, Bill Cosby, Chicago Theatre, Mercat a la Planxa, Jose Garces, House of Blues, Windy City Nights, Germania Place, Big Brother’s & Sisters, Rockit, Chic Boutique, Ivy Room,& more.

3/20-26 Are you ready for Chicago Chef’s Week?  Still full from both Chicago Restaurant Weeks and Meat Week?? Loosen your belts now! Join some of our faves-  MK, N9NE, Avec, Big Star, Landmark, Boka, Il Mulino, Sola, Natalino’s, and so many more for 3 course lunch prix fixe priced at $22 and  3 course dinner prix fixe priced at $33.  Literally over 60 restos are participating in the Chi.  Eat Eat Eat.

3/21 Bridge Bar’s Media Preview .  BB Opens With Cocktail Kitchen Concept. Located at the North end of the LaSalle Street bridge, Bridge Bar has everything, “from fresh oysters shucked in front of you to a Chicago Lobster Dog or Beer Mussels.” Stay tuned…

3/23 Mercat a la Planxa’s 3 Year Anniversary Party – Now that Michael Fiorello won Cochon Chicago, you better get in while you can because they’ll sell out!!  Iron Chef Jose Garces hosts Mercat a la Planxa’s Third Anniversary this Wednesday.  Courses will feature some Mercat favorites. Reception starts at 6pm  dinner at 7pm. The evening will end with a cava toast and cake for all to enjoy!  Call 312.765.0524 to make a reservation.  See more on CS Luxury.

3/24 Chicago Association of REALTORS Sales Awards Networking Event at House of Blues Chicago. 530pm-9pm, $69.

Bill Cosby3/25 Comedy legend Bill Cosby comes to The Chicago Theatre for a one night only performance that’s sure to be singularly sidesplitting. The Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.; via Michigan Ave Magazine.

3/26 Windy City Nights at Germania Place. The 13th annual charity celebrity poker tournament benefits the Junior League of Chicago. March 26. 7:30pm to 12am. Tickets $85 and up. 108 W. Germania Pl. 

3/27    Big Brothers & Big Sisters March Madness Celebration at Rockit Bar & Grill 4pm-6pm. Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for games, raffles and fun in celebration of March Madness on Sunday, March 27th from 4-6 pm. It’s a $35 receptions and pass apps with process benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters. Chicago 22 W. Hubbard St. IL 312.207.5600o  A little Basketball LOVE pic below

Heads up:  3/31 Chic Boutique
at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios 6-9pm, Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by C Catering Boutique and sip Voga wine while shopping featured Spring looks from Chicago’s Chic Boutiques-  12 E. Ohio Street

Are you a member of Elevate Your Presence’s Facebook Page yet?  YOU NEED TO BE! Hit it.

Sexy Matzah. Jake Gyllenhaal Brings It.

Delicious DIRT As Food Mafia Elevates

TribeFest Video Roundup – Evolving


Elevate Your Presence is calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon. Email us @ to receive an exclusive invite. Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

Chicago Food Mafia

Delicious DIRT HEARTS Jake Gyllenhaal

Elevate Your Presence gives major props to Hollywood Jew for this gem.   We’re feeling the need to say we ALL want to marry Jake Gyllenhaal.  Hey we have yet to be called stalkers…officially.

As Danielle Berrin tweets, “Jake Gyllenhaal has renewed my love for Sesame Street, seders and Jewish men in general” via @jewishjournal.  DB, Delicious DIRT loves you for telling it like it is.

Jews are sexy. Check it.


Inside: Kate Betts @ Saks, DJ Megan Taylor, Collaboracion, Double Door, Crumbs Bake Shop, Chicago Fashion Incubator, Meet the 2011 Designers at Launch, 900 N. Michigan, TribeFest Chicago Recap, Cochon555, Blackstone Hotel, Cheeky Fashion Show, Bloomingdales, Fat Cat, Stella & Dot, All About Dance, and much more.

Lots going on this week… a lot on Tuesday, March 15th!  We still can not believe it’s the 15th of March!  WOWZA.

3/15 Join DJ Megan Taylor as she spins greatness at Saks Fifth Avenue and meet Kate Betts . Celebrate the launch of her new book, Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. Betts, a former editor at TimeHarper’s Bazaar, and Vogue, will be speaking about her new book about the Chicago-born First Lady’s journey to becoming a style icon and her experiences in the fashion industry. As an added bonus, Crumbs Bake Shop will also be on hand with treats. 5-7pm.

Slammin' DJ Megan Taylor

3/15 2nd Annual Pop Up Shop Fashion Incubator Fundraiser at 900 N Michigan Ave, 6-8pm $25. 

3/15  Network After Work at Benchmark. 6-9pm. Network After Work events provide guests an opportunity to get their name and brand in front of some of Chicago’s top professionals. Color-Coded name tags will be provided to help guests navigate through the event. During the first hour of the event complimentary Yes Vodka cocktails and appetizers will be offered. Early check-in for guests who pre-pay begins at 5:30pm.

3/15 Join Chicago TribeFest participants at the Jewish Federation Building (30 S. Wells) at 6:00 pm to discuss the various ways one can get involved in YLD and other areas within JUF.  Let’s take the energy from Vegas and bring it home to Chicago!

3/16 Cheeky and check out the trends as Cheeky hosts their 2nd Annual Spring Fashion show featuring eight of Chicago’s style-makers, who will strut their stuff in a very Cheeky fashion presentation, modeling Spring’s hottest new trends. Enjoy hors d’oeurves, music by DJ E-Six of Crossfader King and beverages courtesy of MGD 64. Ten percent of the night’s shopping proceeds will benefit Augie’s Quest, a charity focused on finding the cure and treatments for ALS, the devastating illness better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Bloomingdale’s, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Y.E.S. Contemporary Sportswear on 5

3/18 Fat Cat- Come see DJ Megan Taylor spin sweetness at Fat Cat this friday! 4840 N. Broadway

3/19 WE LOVE COLLABORACTION! This year- it’s “Let Them Eat Cake”: An Evening of Artistic Revolution in support of Collaboraction including burleseque, pastry, performance, installations, dancing, and the overthrow of the ruling class. Aristrocrat tickets include appetizers and hosted bar. 8pm  Double Door

3/19  Come join Laura Alexander and Jessica Goldman Spring into Style at All About Dance! Come see the gorgeous Stella & Dot Spring Collection Saturday, March 19 from 10 – 4pm. Jewelry is an easy way to update your wardrobe for Spring…let me help you find the perfect accessory or gift! It’s not too early to be thinking of Mother’s Day!

3/20 Can not believe it’s Cochon555 already at Renaissance Blackstone Hotel this SUNDAY! Traveling culinary competition @COCHON555 promoting sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs is coming to Chicago March 20!  5 chefs, 5 pigs, 5 wines! Not to miss! Mike Sheerin, Andrew Zimmerman, Top Steph (Girl & the Goat), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), and Michael Fiorello (Mercat a la Planxa) are all on board! Click here for more.

Cochon555 Chicago:

Mike Sheerin – 3 Floyds Brewpub
Andrew Zimmerman – Sepia
Michael Fiorello – Mercat a la Planxa
Stephanie Izard – Girl and the Goat
Chris Pandel – The Bristol

Red Wattle – South Pork Ranch
Berkshire – Newman Farms
Hampshire – Faith Farm
Ossabaw – Rustik Rooster
Swabian Hall – Rustik Rooster

Chase Family Cellars
Copain Wines
Elk Cove Vineyards
Red Car Win

Delicious DIRT would like to apologize to those of you who have been oh so sad we’ve been delayed in posting.  We’ve had technical difficulties as well as staff shuffles.  Patience will pay off.  Oh so much Delicious DIRT ahead.  Stay tuned.
In grateful partnership,
The DIRT Team

Delicious DIRT. TribeFest VIDEOS  Worth A Million Words

Inside: Video Jew, Aaron Cohen, IMS Security, Jewish Journal, Shemspeed, Heeb, Miri Ben Ari – The Hip Hop Violinist,  Rabbi Yonah,Vanessa Hidary aka Hebrew Mamita, founder of Idealist.orgAmi Dar, Y-Love, Mayim Bialik, White House’s Sonal Shah, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Punk Jews, Heeb Magazine and more

Burning Man meets Birth Right –> TribeFest

We are still planning on a full report re TribeFest.   For now – check out some great VIDEOS that’ll give you a sense of  TribeFest below. Greatness.  Here’s our quickie on TribeFest. Stay tuned for more from DD soon…

VideoJew’s TribeFest Round Up Below:

Shemspeed’s Video Recap Below:

Security Big Shot, sexy Aaron Cohen, IMS Security Below:

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Delicious DIRT Back In The Chi & Ready To Spill

Delicious DIRT. Events This Week

Delicious DIRT As Food Mafia Elevates


Elevate Your Presence is calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon. Email us to receive an exclusive invite. Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

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