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.

Best New Restaurant

Next

Outstanding Bar Program

The Aviary

The Violet Hour

Outstanding Chef

Paul Kahan, Blackbird

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Outstanding Service

Spiaggia

Topolobampo

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Dave Beran, Next

Best Chef, Great Lakes

Michael Carlson, Schwa

Stephanie Izard, Girl & the Goat

Bruce Sherman, North Pond

Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia

Perennial Virant Saying Goodbye to Matty Eggleston

Masterpiece Creations by Matty Eggleston @ Perennial Virant. Courtesy of Chicago Reader

Fresh Juice news: Perennial Virant mixologist Matty Eggleston is moving to Tenzing Wine & Spirits. Perennial Virant is about to celebrate it’s one year anniversary in May, and it looks like they will be without the applauded Eggleston. No word yet on who will fill his shoes, but as always, we’ll get the scoop.

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