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

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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

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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.

The short film is called “The Butcher’s Karma” by Michael Gebert, and features three butchers: Rob Levitt of The Butcher & Larder, Paul Kahan of Publican Quality Meats, and Bartlett Durand of Black Earth Meats in Black Earth, Wisconsin. These guys are changing our ideas -> the growth, and the consumption of food as we know it, and it’s going on right here in Chicago. Definitely spend the time to watch the flick, it’s almost 30 minutes, but so was Kony 2012, and you watched that too.

EPIC Rooftop Opens: ENJOY THIS WEATHER… while you can.

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It’s only March, but here in Chicago with this absolutely beautiful weather, it seems like we are already gearing up for summer! And that means patios and rooftops galore 9stay tuned for our roundup of the best Chicago patios). Epic Sky, the roofdeck at Epic in River North, is now open. Since it’s still a little early in the season, Epic Sky is only offering drinks along with the cabanas and breathtaking Chicago views in beautiful weather, but stay tuned because food will definitely be served soon. Bottle service?  Just wanna have a drink? Walk in and have a seat at the bar – check out TOC for the cocktail list. 112 W. Hubbard St.


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