Delicious DIRT. Take Home Fresh Rotisserie Chicken Sundays @ Rustic House; SHUCK Our Fave for Free @ GT Fish & Oyster 3/31; Eat and Watch Iron Chef-Style @ Slurping Turtle 4/1

DIRT Inside: Rustic House, Chef Jason Paskewitz, GT Fish & Oyster, Giuseppe Tentori, Takashi, Chef Takashi Yagihashi, Slurping Turtle, Iron Chef America

Slurping Turtle Iron Chef America Showing Chef Takashi

Photo via Slurping Turtle

Unfortunately the special Iron Chef dinner at Takashi has sold out, BUT there is still an amazing place where you can watch Chef Takashi Yagihashi impress with the best on Iron Chef America, April 1. Slurping Turtle will be showing the show on a large screen for the occasion. The secret ingredient menu will be available a la carte once the item is revealed on the show (approx after 9 PM). Food nerds welcome! Obviously massive food porn to eat your heart out to and support Chicago’s finest! 116 W. Hubbard.

SHUCK ‘EM! Free Oysters at GT Fish & Oyster 3/31. Below.

Sunday Take Out @ Rustic House

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Delicious DIRT. Feast Your Eyes on the Beauty That is One of One Jewelry

One of One Jewelry by Marc Klutznick

DIRT InsideOne of One Jewelry, Samantha Goldberg, House of Consignment, VH1, Corri McFadden, eDrop-Off, Windy City Live!, Spiro Tsaparas, Vicki Killingsworth, iRockit Clothing Line, Kristina McGrath, Mike McGrath, Korinna Isselhardt, Toni Canada, Dusty Stemer, Megan Taylor, Lynn McMahan, Renee Trikolas, Tarrah Cooper, Janet Davies

One of One by MBK

Remember when we got Dosed + One of One Jewelry gave us multiple eye-gasms? Now get this: VH1′s new show, House of Consignment, premiered Wednesday night with Delicious DIRT favorite rockin’ sex pot jeweler Sam Goldbergs jewelry line, One of One Jewelry front and center. House of Consignment is centered around another Chicago beauty we also adore, Corri McFadden, who owns eDrop-Off, a luxury consignment business. The entire show is shot and based right here in Chicago. Imagine our excitement when that beautiful sparkling necklace around Corri McFadden’s neck was none other than a kickass piece by our sexy love Sam Goldberg and her line, One of One Jewelry. Naturally, Sam’s jewelry is just like she is: incredibly chic, edgy, + glam. We love love loove busting out these show-stopping pieces on the regular. And YOU can too. Hint: follow One of One’s newly launched Twitter handle.

One of One by Megan Sontag

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Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love: Friday DIRT -> Wine Bar + Speakeasy Lounge Openings, Chef Moves

DIRT Inside: Todd Stein, Florentine, Piccolo Sogno Due, Tony Priolo, Mark Newman, Piccolo Sogno, Rosebuf Restaurants, Bar Umbriago, River North, Alex Dana, George Dana, Michael Ponzio, Eatt, Hotel Raffaello, Drumbar, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Pelago, Mauro Mafrici

Chef Moves: Todd Stein (who we LOVE) of the Florentine Heading to Piccolo Sogno Due

Courtesy of The Florentine

Current chef at the Florentine, Todd Stein, will be leaving his post there to pursue the executive chef position at the soon-to-open (SWEET) Piccolo Sogno Due (sister resto to Piccolo Sogno). When Chef Stein heads out at the end of April, he’ll also be bringing his sous chef Mark Newman to Tony Priolo’s new resto. What to watch for from Chef Stein and Piccolo Sogno Due: pizza, great fish and pasta plates. BRING. IT. ON. 340 N. Clark.

To Open: Rosebud’s Own Bar Umbriago Wine Bar. Below.

Speakeasy Lounge Alert: Drumbar To Open in Hotel Raffaello. Below

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Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love: Make Your Spring + Summer GREENER @ Green City Market w/ Events -> Paul Virant Signing; Spring Fling; & Peak Season Tastings

Green City Market. Photo via Green City Market Facebook

DIRT Inside: Green City Market, Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Boka Restaurant Group, A New Leaf, Spring Fling, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Jared Van Camp, Nellcôte, Old Town Social, The Locavores, Rick Bayless, Charlie Trotter’s, Savor the Season Tasting Series

Spring has sprung & we’ve got the DIRT on juuust how to celebrate.

Taste Green: Peak Season Tasting Series. Below

Celebrate Green: Spring Fling @ A New Leaf 4/26. Below. 

Read Green: Paul Virant Book Signing & Dinner @ Perennial Virant 4/3

Paul Virant‘s book The Preservation Kitchen will be released on April 3 and to celebrate, Perennial Virant will be hosting a special dinner and book signing. We LOVE Paul’s own preserves which are delish, local and sustainable. Tickets are $125 each, and include a five-course menu, wine pairings, a signed copy of the book, and get this: $20 of each reservation will be going directly to Green City Market – so worth every penny! Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu: Fried Brunkow Cheese Curds- pickled pepper vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, preserved tomato sauce, prairie fruits farm pecorino; and Caramel ice cream, brandied figs, whole wheat shortbread -> see the whole menu here. Make your reservation ASAP – April is closer than you think! Call 312.981.7070. 1800 N. Lincoln.

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Delicious DIRT. The Best Things in Life are Free @ M Burger; The Roost Food Truck- Where The South Heads to Your Mouth; Patios + Beers = Three Floyds Mondays at Big Star

DIRT Inside: M Burger, George Motz, The Roost, Joe Scroggs, Big Star, Three Floyds Monday, Wicker Park

Free M Burgers Wednesday 3/21! Happy BIRTHDAY M!

The Double M Burger by George Motz

Free AMAZING BURGER Alert: Today only, a DeliciousDIRT absolute fave, M Burger, will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary by giving away one free burger per person with any purchase (you can buy anything, an order of fries, a drink, a shake). Get whatever you want: hamburger, cheeseburger, M Burger, even secret menu burgers. Free burgers at any of the M Burger locations. Get it. We highly recommend.

Southern Cookin’ Food Truck Alert: The Roost. Below.

Big Star Taps Their Kegs Every Third Monday. Below.

Cemitas de Milanesa. Photo from Big Star Facebook

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Delicious DIRT. Chi’s Own Final Beard Noms; Perennial Virant Mixologist Leaves; Mini Monday Round Up

DIRT Inside: James Beard Foundation, Next, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Spiaggia, Topolobampo, Dave Beran, Michael Carlson, Schwa, Stephanie Izard, Girl and the Goat, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia Perennial Virant, Matty Eggleston, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, Jessica Oroloso, Black Dog Gelato, Ukranian Village, Bleeding Heart Bakery, Intelligentsia, Merchandise Mart, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

Mini Monday Moves: What’s Going On In the CHI

Black Dog Gelato Courtesy of Grub Street

Jessica Oloroso’s Black Dog Gelato will be getting a second spot this spring, and it looks like it will be MUCH needed with all this beautiful spring and summer weather we are having here in the Chi. DIRT: BDG’s original location is in Ukranian Village, but the second gelato shop will be opening in Bleeding Heart Bakery’s old location @ 1955 W. Belmont. (BONUS DIRT: flavors like goat cheese cashew caramel and malted vanilla = TO DIE FOR.)

Brews Coming to the Merchandise Mart. Photo via Q Blog

Intelligentsia will be opening it’s fourth cafe, and this time in the Merchandise Mart. 1871, a tech-friendly center by Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, will house Intelligentsia in the Merch Mart. 22-seater, 12th floor, Wi-Fi included, all your coffee/tea/goodie cravings. Watch for it May 2.

Perennial Virant Saying Goodbye to Matty Eggleston. Below

Beard Noms Update: CONGRATS Chicago Noms. Below.

Oh my food porn feast...Goat Leg @ Girl and the Goat Courtesy of

Straight off the James Beard Foundation’s Twitter feed, we followed the live announcement of the final list of noms, and it’s as fresh as you can get: we’re delivering the Chicago noms to you. We’d like to congratulate all of the noms and send out a special congrats to everyone nominated in Chicago. Winners will be announced May 4 and May 7, so we’ll keep you posted! Full List below.

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Delicious DIRT. Get the Goods Delivered to Your Door, Catch Up on Closings, and Philly Cheesesteaks Where?

Inside: Artizone, Green Grocer Chicago, Gepperth’s Meat Market, Katherine Anne Confections, Pasta Puttana, The Great American Cheese Collection, Italian Superior Bakery, Hendrickx Beligian Bread, Hagen’s Fish Market, Duchamp, Banger’s & Lace, The Anthem, Jason Freiman, James Gottwald, Monti’s, Sunda, Underground

Artizone Chicago: Order from Local & Specialized Shops Right from Home

Cut to order sliced bacon from Gepperth's Meat Market via Artizone Flickr

Artizone delivery service launched mid February and we are so digging their mission: to provide an online destination for Chicago’s best brick-and-mortar food shops. Artizone is perfect for us food nerds allowing us to shop local specialized shops right from our comfy couches. Artizone has already partnered with amazing Chicago sites Green Grocer Chicago, Gepperth’s Meat Market, Katherine Anne Confections, Pasta Puttana, The Great American Cheese Collection, Italian Superior Bakery, Hendrickx Belgian Bread, and Hagen’s Fish Market, but will be adding new vendors each month. High quality + local goodies + delivered to your door = DROOLING over everything they offer. Get your standard eggs and milk, or venture out and try a new recipe (which Artizone also has) and get a new cut of meat or handmade pasta.

Monti’s (Chicago’s Own Piece of Philly) to Open in March. Below

Duchamp Closes Its Doors… But NOT For Long. Below

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Delicious DIRT. HOT Chef News: Shuffles, Exits, + Entrances. Much Chef JUICE

DIRT Inside: Jackie Shen, Chicago Cut, Red Light, Jackie’s, Russell Kook, JW Marriott, Iron Chef, Hell’s Kitchen, The Peninsula Chicago, Hsing Chen, Sweet Chick, New York Magazine, Peninsula New York, Kristine Subido, Wave, Pecking Order, Cornerstone Restaurant Group, Uptown

Hsing Chen: New Exec Pastry Chef @ Peninsula Chicago

Photo by Dan Rest and James Atkins for The Peninsula

The Peninsula Chicago is making our mouths JUICY with their announcement of new Executive Pastry Chef Hsing Chen! And Chef Chen is a BIG DEAL: not only is she an Emmy award-winning journalist (SAY WHAT?!), she also has worked at some of the leading kitchens in the country, opened her own boutique patisserie Sweet Chick, AND was featured in New York Magazine. Celeb-status. She knows her stuff and it looks like we’re definitely in for a treat. She has also worked at the Peninsula New York as Executive Pastry Chef, so she’s going to fit right in here in at The Peninsula Chicago!

Our Friend Chef Jackie Shen Leaves Chicago Cut. Below.

Kristine Subido Leaves Wave, to Opening Pecking Order. Inside Below

Courtesy of Wave

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Delicious DIRT. Gotta Check Out Epic Sky; Farm-To-Table Org. Ground Up Starts; “The Butcher’s Karma” by Sky Full of Bacon -> Watch Now!

DIRT Inside: Epic, Epic Sky, River North, farm-to-table, Ground Up, Spacca Napoli, Browntrout, Anteprima, C-House, Floriole, MK, The Bedford, Vincent and Wood, Mess Hall & Co., Rich Chocolates, Las Manas, Rare Tea Cellar, Green Grocer, Stephanie Izard, Heather Terhune, Sky Full of Bacon, Michael Gebert, Rob Levitt, Paul Kahan, Bartlett Durand, The Butcher & Larder, Publican Quality Meats, Black Earth Meats

Ground Up: Chefs Create New Organization, We’re Diggin’ the Farm-To-Table

Courtesy of Ground Up

Farm-to-table is here to stay . Chefs and restos across the city have been promoting and devising ways to bring food, farmers, and us urban-dwellers closer together for a while now. A new team of chefs have started a community called Ground Up, a “chef farmer community,” that aims to encourage farmer / chef collabs – and more than 12 of Chicago’s chefs have signed up already. So what can you do to help? Ground Up is hosting it’s first fundraising event Monday, April 9 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Spacca Napoli, and it’s first program (an indoor farmer’s market) at Browntrout on May 1. The program will benefit small family farms who provide to us right here in the Chi. The fundraiser in April will feature tastings from restos like Anteprima, Browntrout, C-House, Floriole, MK, The Bedford, Vincent and Wood, as well as vendors from Mess Hall & Co., Rich Chocolates, Las Manas, Rare Tea Cellar, and Green Grocer. Also – a silent auction with items from chefs like Stephanie Izard and Heather Terhune. Grab your tickets here! Get involved and go local!

Sky Full of Bacon’s Newest Mini-Flick: The Butcher’s Karma

Photo via PopSugar

Remember Dinner and a [Sky Full of Bacon] Movie? Whether you went to the event, or not, the film is now available for your viewing pleasure on Sky Full of Bacon’s blog.

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Delicious DIRT. Rounding Out March w Events -> Mummy Exhibit, Charitable Soup, Whiskey Flick, Maple Syrup Fest, Shamrock Shuffle + More

Courtesy of Bongo Room

DIRT Weekly Events Inside: Mummies, Field Museum, Eleven City Diner, Soup and Bread, Hideout, Capone’s Whiskey:The Story of Templeton Rye, Mayne Stage, The Interview Show, Mark Bazer, Brian Dennehy, Syl Johnson, Ada Street, Maple Syrup Festival, North Park Village Center, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Bongo Room, The Crystal Pistol Showcase, Zanies, Flight 1551, Fela!, Fela Kuti, N9NE

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