DIRT. Weekly. EVENTS

Inside: Get Fit Fest @ All About Dance, TCW @ Enclave, Maps & Atlases @ Lincoln Hall, FIDF @ Public House, Hideout, Luna Negra Theater, Harris Theater, Pop Up Shop Fashion Incubator Fundraiser at 900 N Michigan, Cold War Kids @ Riviera Theatre

3/10 Get a taste of Fit-Fest 2011 at Bright Pink’s Teaser Party!! Join us All About Dance for sneak peak into Bright Pink’s Fit-Fest 2011 featuring Core Fusion & Cardio Dance taught by fitness gurus, Nicole Uribarri from Exhale Spa and All About Dance Founder, Jessica Goldman. Attendees will learn about Bright Pink’s work, enjoy an upbeat workout and get a feel for the inspiring Fit-Fest 2011 concept. The event will be followed by wine, appetizers and networking. A $10 donation is requested, and will be refunded for all those who register for Fit-Fest that night! All About Dance 501 W. North Avenue

Jessica Goldman @ All About Dance

3/10 FIDF event at Public House: 6pm-10pm $40 with $10 off your next visit to Bull & Bear and or Public House. Great host committee for this event and great cause.  Support!

3/11 Today’s Chicago Woman exposed its most anticipated issue featuring 50 of the most eligible singles in our very own Chicago. This issue is available FREE on newsstands now and featured fab chitown singles will make their public debut as a group at the Top Singles Party at Enclave from 7-10 p.m. http://www.tcwmag.com for more information.

3/11 Maps and Atlases at Lincoln Hall, we HEART them.

3/11 Cold War Kids at Riviera Theatre, 730pm, 4746 N Racine (We have 2 tickets to give away… Send us what you’d like more of on DD for tix).

3/12 Luna Negra Theater perform their magic at the Harris Theater! This is an unreal magical experience.  We know firsthand how sexy they are.  Luckily MBK got a night of dancing and hair flipping with this crew last yr.  Get there.  Chicago’s premier Latino contemporary dance company, Luna Negra Dance Theater, presents an innovative and dynamic program featuring the North American premieres of works by up-and-coming Latino choreographers Fernando Hernando Magadan and Luis Eduardo Sayago Alonso. The evening also features artistic director Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s critically acclaimed Flabbergast.
$25–$65. 205 E Randolph.

Luna Negra Courtesy of Facebook

3/12 Big band roundup when the Hideout hosts a South by Southwest sendoff on 3/12 for local groups (Joan of Arc, Waco Brothers) headed to Austin.

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

Delicious DIRT’s TribeFest Quickie

Inside: TribeFest Intro, Miri Ben Ari, Rabbi Yonah, Ami Dar, Hebrew Mamita, Brendan Sodikoff, Rob Katz, Heeb Magazine, Shemspeed, and more

Where to begin?  What a ride its been.  You’ve been holding your breath, craving some good ole Delicious DIRT while some of us were in Vegas at TribeFest.  I mean, you’re just simply at the edge of your computers,  iPhones, iPads, iPods, Facebooks, Twitter accounts literally counting the hours, even minutes until we post right?  Good news…

Elevate Your Presence is here to satiate your every whim. So, don’t fret, the lack of posts last week means we’ve been busy… and it’s been juicy…not only for us, but also for you because you’re gonna get the inside flavor.  Fasten your seat belts ladies and gents…we’re taking off…

Delicious DIRT Editor-In-Chief‘s Elevated TribeFest experience is coming soon; for now some basics below

Elevate Your Presence trekked to Vegas this past week/ weekend for the first ever TribeFest. We decided to be open to anything. Man, not knowing what to expect, (a trip with tons of Jews could have gone a lot of ways), but this conference – 1290 young Jews from around the globe, wonderful leaders, speakers, musicians, comedians and about one hundred different organizations/ companies- truly blew us away.

MBK literally got up close and personal with so many magical people.  And that is what it’s all about.  Connecting. Real. Raw. True.  Nothing better.  Full report soon.

Grateful to have connected with:

This is only the beginning of these relationships… Building, growing, inspiring, changing, believing, learning, connecting, working together and uniting.  Hands on.  For each one of us, this experience means something different.  And for me, that’s the true beauty of it all.

TribeFest could have been complete with champagne snowballs and all… In fact, I’m sure some made romantic connections within the Tribe and that’s fab!  For me, this conference was all about connecting with truly monumental people, insanely wonderful organizations/ companies and learning about + connecting w/ Judaism in deeper ways.  And that it was!   This is just the tip… of the iceberg people.  Heads out of gutter…

  • For now, you can get a quick glimpse & watch Shemspeed’s video on TribeFest here.  You Tube the fest for more if you just can’t wait for our videos.. soon to post.  You’ll get chills watching Miri.  AMAZING.
  • So many creative and informative blog posts, check out hashtag #TribeFest and here’s two posts we heart – Let My People Grow and The UnLoad: Jews in the Desert… Is This A Joke?
  • Stay tuned for MBK’s full Tribal account.

For all you FOOD NERDS out there, an abundance of FOOD PORN is headed your way on Delicious DIRT.

  • Elevate Your Presence kicked it Food Mafia style last week at The Art of the Restaurant Deal with big shot restaurateurs Rob Katz and Brendan Sodikoff. By now you know both of them have announced newbie restos… We were given inside info a while back, but didn’t post… Next time you’ll be privy first.
  • Our night with sexy smarty Brendan Sodikoff aka owner of Gilt Bar/ Maude’s Liquor Bar / Doughnut Vault/ Ox Diner / Curio.
  • Plus, we’ve been telling you to stay tuned for so much and it’s ahead: Behind the scenes at Hubbard Inn + Public House, Frontier Newbie Niceness, Purple Pig PIG-OUT, Exclusive with Michael Kornick himself just as FISH BAR opens, Food Mafia action at N9NE, Gilt Bar, & Mike + Chao, y mucho mas Delicious DIRT.

It’s 230am people… Day 3 of TribeFest… let there be rest…

Delicious DIRT’s Food Porn Roundup

Inside: Gilt Bar, Perennial, Silver Cloud, Purple Pig, Naniwa, Turkish Cuisine, The Drake, Balsan, Frontier,  Joe’s Stone Crab, Hub 51

CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Did we say frito crunch AMAZES for brunch? Ah we’re poets… well, not really. But, Kevin Boehm / Boka Grp‘s Perennial restaurant is music to Chicago Food Mafia‘s mouths… Photo: Perennial brunch – Bob’s breakfast quesadilla is amazing! Eggs, bacon, jack cheese, and the best part – chili cheese Fritos!


Chicago Food Mafia
can’t resist Gilt Bar‘s PERFECT whitefish. A MUST EAT. Not a lame ol’ fish dish. This restaurant’s cuisine is truly stellar. You’ll smile with each bite. We and Elevate Your Presence are still smiling days later! Thanks Brendan Sodikoff. **** Shining stars… Photo: The whitefish at GILT BAR is the best! Perfectly crispy, flavored with just enough real butter and lemon… such fresh fish too. WE DIED and went to heaven with this dish. EVERY time- perfection.

Delicious DIRT indulged in one of our all time favorite restaurants AGAIN! Not feelin one ounce of guilt at Gilt Bar. We do feel like we’re floating on cloud 9 though at GILT and Maude’s Liquor Bar. HEAVEN. Thanks Brendan Sodikoff. You created perfection. Photo: Mussels at Gilt Bar…. LOVE

Chicago Food Mafia Elevated this weekend big time at Hubbard Inn w/ Elevate Your Presence. Owners surely rolled out the red carpet – much appreciated. H.I. is not only a restaurant, but also a fabulous bar (upstairs) w/ great energy. Get there & try the prawns, steak tartar, oysters (a MUST), deviled eggs (to die), & beet salad… well try it all! Photo: Steak Tartar – Served with quail egg, shallot, dijon, lemon, caper, and olive oil crostini.

Delicious DIRT loved every bite at Boka Grp‘s Perennial restaurant today… Check out this Croque Madame… mouth watering…. Photo: Perennial brunch – Croque Madame with gruyere cheese, confit chicken, fried egg


We love Balsan!

And a surprise from the chef after brunch… Balsan’s Mason Jar Parfait premiers for Elevate Your Presence! We were the lucky ones who tried it first! Just divine @ Balsan. Heaven. Yogurt, fruit, granola, fresh honey, agave, fruit..literally heavenly.

Healthy is the new crave! Balsan delights for brunch! Eggs or popcorn ? You pick!

High tea at The Drake…

Salmon jalapeño sashimi wins us over at Naniwa. Just divine.

Coco Pazzo Cafe delights. Order the seven veggie chopped salad with grilled chicken paillard if you want light goodness! Healthy is the new glory.

Food Mafia Elevating at Naniwa- healthy style folks!

Ever had this beef short-rib grahamwich? Chicago Food Mafia did! What a restaurant! Congrats graham elliot — > Delightful, easy and DELISH! Catch it while you can… taking off menu soon… Photo: Grahamwich: beef short-rib: baby watercress, shoe string potatoes, pickled shallots, creamy horseradish, pretzel roll

Breakfast Mountain – oh we mean breakfast burrito at Silver Cloud= AMAZE! Featured on FOOD MAFIA’s Delicious DIRT at launch… Get there cause you’ll LOVE it. We sure did! Ate every single bite….

Meat galore at Turkish Cuisine in Andersonville… FOOD MAFIA ELEVATING w/ BYO BANDITS

S’more sandwich at Purple Pig! Heavenly beyond words….

Our fave dish at Purple Pig. Guess it?

Delicious DIRT was among the lucky few to sample oysters galore at Frontier Chicago‘s opening night. The boys behind Lotties Pub and The Pony really brought it when they opened this newbie! Photo: Frontier’s oyster sampler for Food Mafia on opening night! DELIGHTFUL.


5 cheese Mac & Cheese last night –> opening night at Frontier!!! Literally blew us away.
Fabulous beyond words. Pic doesn’t even do it justice! More to come…., yummmmmm

Food Mafia Elevating –>> Stone Crab

Hub 51 ahi tuna stands out. Delish

Hub 51 Chicken Nachos truly RULE

Oscar cake 2011. Too bad the show literally lasted 127 Hours

Inside: Rock Bottom’s Beer School, Stimulus Social Club @ Public House, Grant Achatz’sSushiSamba’s Carnaval, Opera Theater Gala, TCW Top Single’s Party @ Enclave, Boka’s Test Your Palate, Book Launch party, Frontier’s 2$ Tuesdays, Carnivale, TribeFest, Bright Pink, All About Dance

Delicious DIRT. Weekly Events Evolving

3/1 and Every 1st Tuesday of the month 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Beer School at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery – 1 W. Grand Ave. – River North — Brewmaster Chris Rafferty leads a sampling of the craft brews on tap discussing beer history, styles and flavors all along the way.

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

Frontier's Oysters

3/2 Stimulus Social Club March event at Public House. Once every month- first Wednesday of each month, SSC throws a great event at a different venue benefiting a different CHARITY.   $10 donation at the door Cash ONLY. This month’s beneficiary: Multiple Solutions. WE love Public House! 400 North State Street

Public House

Public House

3/2 Carnivale 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM Angel Melendez Quartet at Carnivale.  Guests will enjoy live music and entertainment as they indulge in Carnivale’s soulful Latino cuisine and refreshing libations. CARNIVALE 702 W. Fulton St.
Chicago, IL 60661 312-850-5005

3/3 Grant Achatz’s Life on the Line book launch after party — Thursday, March 3rd 8pm, at Thomas Masters Gallery. $ 75 includes signed copy of the book, Laurent Perrier champagne, small bites by Curtis Duffy of Avenues… and a few surprises. Email: lifeonthelineparty@gmail.com. Proceeds benefit University of Chicago Medical Center ! Sorry folks, this one is sold out…

3/5 Brazilian Carnaval is upon us! SushiSamba Rio is its own Brazilian Carnaval in the USA (Chicago). On March 5, the restaurant will transform into the streets of Rio with samba dancers, drummers, menus, cocktails, and costumes inspired by Brazilian performers. Call 312 595 2300 to make a reservation, and click for info about the restaurant.

3/6 – 3/8 TribeFest in Las Vegas. Sick of Chicago in February? Still time to register for The JFNA National Conference in Vegas! AMAZE schedule, list of speakers, sponsors and more. Literally mind blowing.  Example: MAYBE YOU’VE HEARD OF BEN MEZRICH? Ami Dar (Founder of Idealist.org), Mayim Bialik, Y-Love, and so many MORE. Their list of sponsors / partners is enough to get us on a plane.

3/6 Elliot Madore and Micaelea Oeste perform at the 2011 Chicago Opera Theater Gala, chaired by Dana Ragiel and Roger Baskes. 5:30 pm. Carnivale, 702 West Fulton Market, chicagooperatheater.org

3/8 & Second Tuesday of the month @ 630PM Boka Restaurant hosts its Test Your Palate night. Guests will be quizzed on the wine, region, and grape knowledge. (Each person receives one “hint” ticket that they can use on any of the four wines for those less in the know). The customer with the most correct answers wins a $100 gift certificate to Michelin starred Boka restaurant! It’s a great way to hone your palate and learn in a fun environment. Make sure you go to the next one! www.bokagrp.com.

3/10 Get a taste of Fit-Fest 2011 at Bright Pink’s Teaser Party!! Join us All About Dance for sneak peak into Bright Pink’s Fit-Fest 2011 featuring Core Fusion & Cardio Dance taught by fitness gurus, Nicole Uribarri from Exhale Spa and All About Dance Founder, Jessica Goldman. Attendees will learn about Bright Pink’s work, enjoy an upbeat workout and get a feel for the inspiring Fit-Fest 2011 concept. The event will be followed by wine, appetizers and networking. A $10 donation is requested, and will be refunded for all those who register for Fit-Fest that night! All About Dance 501 W. North Avenue

3/11 Today’s Chicago Woman just exposed its most anticipated issue feat. 50 of the most eligible singles in our very own Chicago. This issue is available FREE on newsstands now and featured fab chi-twon singles will make their public debut as a group at the Top Singles Party at Enclave from 7-10 p.m. http://www.tcwmag.com for more information.


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