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Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia Launch Video –> LIVE!

Video speaks a million words!   You waited patiently and now it is HERE!   The Food Mafia launch video is now live!  Thank you to all our lovely chefs / owners + Potenza Productions!

Food Mafia Launch Video from Elevate Your Presence on Vimeo.


Chef Michael Kornick — Chef and Partner of mk, DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, N9NE
Curtis Duffy — Executive Chef of Avenues
Boka Group‘s Kevin Boehm + Rob Katz — Owners of Girl & Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Perennial Virant, Landmark, Boka
Chef Giuseppe Tentori — Executive Chef at GT Fish & Oyster, Boka
Brandon Baltzley — Executive Chef at Tribute Restaurant
D.C. Crenshaw — Food Critic
Hubie Greenwald — owner of The Motel Bar
Dion AnticThe Bagel on Damen, Porkchop, Harry’s Velvet Room
Jackie Shen — Executive Chef of Chicago Cut Steakhouse
David Morton — partner at DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar
Mike Gierdon — Chef at FishBar
Stacy Johnson — Founder and CEO, Food Mafia, Inc.

More information –> Food Mafia. Check Food Mafia on Eater and Thrillist.

Food Mafia Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to launch in the coming months!  Get your fork on!   So much #DeliciousDIRT, so little time…

Delicious DIRT. Jewcy VIDEO We Adore

Finding true love surely is a quest.  That’s what makes it so DELICIOUS.  Whether you’ve found love or not, we all go through trials and tribulations… The roads may be filled with detours…but the outcome makes finding the destination worth the journey. Right?  Man do we have stories…

Here’s what we found while flying high over the Grand Canyon (en route back to the Chi)   –> Columbia Business School’s Spring Follies videos!  Thanks Shira B!!

Free chuckles below:

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

Donuts Are The New Cupcakes

When Funny OR DIE Meets Harry & Sally

Obama 2012. Yes. We. Can. AGAIN

Two Chitown Events Benefit Sit Stay Read

BaconFest 2011 = Delicious DIRT

Delicious DIRT. Juice

We here at Delicious DIRT truly LOVE ‘When Harry Met Sally‘.  Have watched it over and over.  And over and over.  In fact, we’re still optimistic for a sequel.  #Bringitback

Here’s what happens when funny OR DIE meets ‘When Harry Met Sally’… and a little fake orgasm to get you through your hump day.

When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal & Helen Mirren

When Harry Met Sally 2 with Billy Crystal & Helen Mirren from Billy Crystal

We love Funny Or Die.  We LOVE When Harry Met Sally.

Delicious DIRT. Obama ’12 -> Let The Journey Begin

Inside: Obama 2012, Organizing For America, MYBO

Yes We Can.  Yes We DID! Now We WILL AGAIN!!

Can’t believe it’s time to re-elect Obama already! Feels like YESTERDAY we were out there taking care of biz Obama ’08 style! Wanna see an oldie? Check out MBK’s first MYBO post from ’08 + get INSPIRED!!

4/27+ 4/28 This week–>> Get involved! Start a new chapter as we look toward 2012!  Organizing for America is having an Open House on Wednesday + Thursday of this week!  Come on down and get your meet and greet on!  You’ll get connected at this informational event while getting a taste of the work that needs to get done for the Obama Re-elect.   (Bring a fully charged cell phone!)

Start: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5pm- 9pm
End:Thursday, April 28, 2011 5pm- 9pm
HOST: Brian Gorman
LOCATION: Organizing for America Downtown Office (Chicago, IL)
29 S. Lasalle St Chicago, IL 60603  More Info: HERE + RSVP HERE.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and score some loot!

Delicious DIRT. Events to Benefit Sit Stay READ!

Inside: Sit Stay Read, Stimulus Social Club, District Bar, unGeeked Elite Retreat, University Center Conference Chicago, Chris Brogan

Elevate Your Presence HIGHLY recommends two upcoming events.  Both benefit a remarkable non profit —>> Sit Stay Read.

We ♥ ♥ ♥ animals! Support Sit Stay Read, a non-profit close to Elevate Your Presence‘s heart!  Get INVOLVED. See firsthand how bringing dogs into schools ELEVATES life for these wonderful kids. More info below…

5/4 5:30-9pm  DO NOT MISS Stimulus Social Club’s monthly event! @ District Bar benefiting SSR! Complimentary appetizers are from 6-7PM + 1 Drink!  $10 Cash donation at the door – This month’s beneficiary is near and dear to The DIRT Team– Sit Stay Read. 170 West Ontario Street

Sit Stay Read

5/12-14  The unGeeked Elite Retreat in Chicago is proud to host our event at University Center Conference ChicagoAn event right up our alley! #unGeeked presents inat’l, nat’l and regional consultants, leaders and NYT best sellers.  This 3 day conference and one of a kind national event is donating all money from the #RoastBrogan unGeeked Celebrity Roast to Sit Stay Read. Sit Stay Read works to help children become better readers and young authors.  525 S. State Street For More INFO click here. Stay tuned to DD for more info as well! Chris Brogan RULES!  If you don’t know him… you should! $50. More info here for this specific roast.

Delicious DIRT. Bouchon Beverly Hills

Heaven = every bite at Thomas Keller‘s Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills! Elevate Your Presence indulged Los Angeles Food Mafia style in their specialty grilled cheese + tomato soup! #DeliciousDIRT uncovered their soup’s SECRET ingredient = cream cheese! Stay tuned to DD for full report. ♥ ♥

Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup @ Bouchon Beverly Hills

Elevate Your Presence is feeling LUCKY. The oysters were insanely tasty, hours out of the ocean, and just divine. Thank you to Thomas Keller‘s Bouchon Beverly Hills for taking such great care of us! #DeliciousDIRT + Los Angeles Food Mafia

Oysters @ Bouchon Beverly Hills, Executive Chef, Thomas Keller

Bouchon Goodies, Beverly Hills

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Delicious DIRT. California Style

Going going back back to Cali Cali….

This week, The DIRT team is in California folks!  Don’t fret, we won’t forget you and in fact, we’ll be bringing you some Cali love.  Stay warm, stay smiling and stay grateful.

Donuts Are The New Cupcakes

WEThe Donut Man in Cali… Each bite tastes even better than it looks…sugary, light, airy, sweet, and buttery = #californiaheaven.  The DIRT team dove into so many donuts Los Angeles Food Mafia style!

No matter how you spell ‘em, doughnuts / donuts are pure food porn we can not get enough of!

The Donut Man, Fresh Strawberry Donut

Lusciousness @TheDonutManCA = we #LOVE! @doughnutvault’s hefty competition is in CA! Fresh strawberry donuts = HEAVEN. #deliciousDIRT By: Elevate Your Presence

#Donuts are the new #cupcakes! When in #cali, DO NOT MISS @TheDonutManCA. #worththelbs #eatwell #carpediem #deliciousDIRT

The Donut Man, Fresh Strawberry Donuts

Sliced up Fresh Strawberry @ The Donut Man

Originator of the Fresh Strawberry and Fresh Peach donut. As see on Huell Howser and The Food Network = The Donut Man = 915 E Route 66, Glendora, CA 91741

Delicious DIRT. BaconFest 2011

Inside: Moto, Boka, Nana, The Piggery, Bakon Vodka, David Burke’s Primehouse, iNG, Piccolo Sogno, RB Grille, Park Grill, The Black Sheep, Forest Grill, Custom House Tavern, Boka, Gemini Bistro, Inovasi, Vie, The Bedford, Zacapa Rum, Sable Kitchen & Bar, South Water Kitchen, Terzo Piano, one sixtyblue, Signature Room, Longman & Eagle, Lillie Q’s, Cafe des Architectes, Big Jones, Black Dog Gelato y mas.

LOVE ♥ ♥ bacon?  The heavenly smell, the luscious taste, the simple ease of its flavor make bacon -> irresistible FOOD PORN.   That’s why us food nerds could not get enough of BaconFest 2011! Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia are literally still FULL from Baconfest Chicago! Much Delicious DIRT below… Brace yourselves as your mouths will water, your hearts will flutter, your stomachs will CRAVE.  ♥, DeliciousDIRT ‘s BaconFest Team!  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Longman & Eagle is an Elevate Your Presence #favorite. Photo: Longman & Eagle’s Bacon rillette lollipop w/ maple bacon cotton candy. See pic below

Photo by Erin Majder

You get your spatzel on? Elevate Your Presence could not get enough of Boka Grp + Giuseppe Tentori‘s #DeliciousDIRT @ Baconfest Chicago. Boka Grp’s braised #bacon with bacon spatzel @ Baconfest Chicago. We ♥ Giuseppe Tentori. See photo below.

Photo by Erin Majder

Big Jones’ Bacon & Foie Gras Moon Pie

Photo by EM

Black Dog Gelato’s Banana + Bacon’s Foster

Photo by Erin Majder

Anyone devour this #DeliciousDIRT (below)? Elevate Your Presence ♥’s David Burke’s Primehouse‘s bacon suckers from Baconfest Chicago. See photo below for David Burke’s Primehouse’s bacon daddy–>whiskey caramel #bacon #candy #suckers.

Photo by Erin Majder

Nana’s Life’s Little Pleasures Candy Bar: house-smoked bacon cake, koval whiskey, burton’s maplewood farm syrup, caramel. 

Photo by EM

Moto’s BLT…

Photo by EM

Bakon Vodka & The Piggery’s BLT Martinis… Dangerously DELISH

Photo by EM

Adored Lillie Q’s pork belly & grit hash with smoked gulf shrimp, bacon E.N.C. and vinegar sauce

Photo by EM

Vie’s roasted pork belly with meyer lemon marmalade, buttermilk biscuit, and pinenut aillade. Paul blows us away! 

Photo by EM

Inovasi’s Becker Lane belly quick cure and confit with grits, blue Mediterraneo cheese, and verjus-pickled cauliflower. AMAZE 

Photo by EM

Gemini Bistro’s The Elvis: homemade crunchy peanut butter, fried banana, honey-peppered bacon, + griddled banana bread. 

Photo by EM

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Delicious DIRT. Events

Inside: Taxim, Iron Chef, April Supper Club, Nature Museum, Japan Relief, Chen’s, Takashi, Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba, Ramp Dinner, Paul Virant, Branch 27, Food Truck Summit, Goose Island Brewery, Standard Club, Mercat a la Plana, Publican, El Cid, y mas.

This week there’s a lot on tap… Um, when isn’t there? Check ‘em out and let us know what DIRT you find Delicious.

4/11 April Supper Club City Provisions hosts multi-course supper clubs at The Nature Museum and comes paired with cocktails made with liquor from Wisconsin-based Death’s Door Spirits. Reservations required. $100

4/11 ‘Iron Chef’ dinner Mercat a la Planxa Chef Jose Garces prepares five dishes featuring Mexican chocolate, which he created on the Food Network show. 638 South Michigan Ave.

4/12 Japan Benefit at Chen’s. 630-930pm Celebrate the 17th anniversary of Chen’s; the occasion doubles as a fund-raiser to benefit relief efforts in Japan. Foods include: Pork belly bao, Peking duck, and a roast whole suckling pig are on the menu at this cmaki, fried rice, cream cheese wontons, and Coca-Cola chicken wings. $50 suggested donation. More via Chicago Reader here.

4/12 Bodega Wine Tasting Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! 35 wines and appetizers including tangerine-glazed almond chicken and asparagus and goat cheese strudel. 2024 N. Halsted St.

4/13 Standard Club hosts Champagne and great style tips from the experts at Kehoe Designs! Learn about all the hot trends for the next year and then create and take home your own gorgeous centerpiece! It’s only $45 to attend, which includes the Bubbles, the Blooms, and a great menu of heavy hors d’oeuvre! Call or email the Club’s Programming Office to make reservations today! (312) 427-9100 ext. 5198 or

4/13 Socca and Allocation Wines present the Audelssa Wine Dinner!  5 Course Dinner.  6:30pm reception • 7pm seating $60 per person.  630-930pm 3301 N Clark, Chicago, IL 

4/13 Ramp Dinner Spring! Vie chef Paul Virant celebrates with a six-course meal built around an early harbinger–the ramp. Wine pairings are $20. $80-$100 via Chicago Reader. At Vie  4471 Lawn Ave.

4/14 Branch 27 will host a High West Distillery whiskey dinner at 7 p.m., featuring Double Rye and Rendezvous Rye  and delish foods for $50. 1371 W. Chicago Ave.  More here.

4/16-17 Modern Vintage Chicago Spring Fashion and Jewels Journeymen Plumbers Hall Vintage dealers from around the country sell clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry and more.  1340 W. Washington Blvd. 10am-5pm

4/17 The Bruery Beer Dinner at Publican from 5-10pm. Culinary teams from two of Paul Kahan’s restos – Big Star and Publican- take turns serving six courses paired with the Bruery.  Food and drinks all night folks. $75, $23 for beer pairings via Chicago Reader.  Publican 837 W. Fulton St.

4/17 Pig & Swig 2-5pm. El Cid gets what it can from a spit-roasted pig–the menu includes pulled pork tortas, tacos, and burritos, and some sauces and side dishes–at monthly roasts planned for every third Sunday until September.  More here via Chicago Reader.  El Cid @ 2645 N. Kedzie Ave.

Delicious DIRT @ Takashi, Courtesy of Takashi

4/18 Dinner and Japanese earthquake relief fundraiser at Takashi Restaurant TAKASHI ASSEMBLES SUPERSTAR LINEUP TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JAPAN DISASTER RELIEF. 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. 4/18 Join some of Chicago’s most talented & giving chefs on Monday, April 18 at Takashi as over 13 local chefs prepare a six-course meal to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami. Includes wine.

Delicious DIRT @ Takashi, Courtesy of Takashi

4/19 Food Truck Summit and Book Signing at Goose Island. We LOVE food trucks! New release- Food Trucks: Dispatches and Stories From the Best Kitchens on Wheelsoccasions. spawns a food truck summit at Goose Island! Dig into foods from local mobile vendors like Gaztro-Wagon, 5411 Empanadas, Southern Mac, and others. The brewery also taps Curbside, a Belgian saison that Shouse collaborated on, and the author will sign copies of the book. More here.

Courtesy of The Southern Mac

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