Delicious DIRT. Celebrate Uncle Sam & Tax Day at Chicago Q; Newest Food Awards ->The Munchies: YOU Get to Choose Your Food Faves; + Music, Goods, & FOOD Benefiting Chicago HOPES.

DIRT Inside: Chicago q, Tax Day Prix-Fixe, Travel Channel, Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern, General Mills, Giordano’s, Big Star, Intelligentsia Coffee, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Defloured, Chicago HOPES, Bright Lights for Bright Kids, Beat Kitchen, Minor Characters, Debello, Dead Sheriff

Chicago HOPES Brings the Beats & Benefits @ Beat Kitchen 4/14

Spicy Thai Chicken Pizza at Beat Kitchen. Photo by Food Digest

When food, music, and charity come together in one event, it’s a killer combo you absolutely cannot miss. This Saturday, April 14,sweet spot, Beat Kitchen, is hosting Chicago HOPES Bright Lights for Bright Kids IV event benefiting after-school programs for children living in homeless shelters. The show will feature music from local Chicago talent: Minor Characters, Debello, and Dead Sheriff (Dead Sheriff is absolutely incredible, New Americana Garage Rock -> check ‘em out). Come play, eat and dance. Have you tried Beat Kitchen’s spicy Thai chicken pizza?? A must. Enjoy music + food for a great cause! Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door, and you can also get the VIP ticket package for $35. This includes pre-show VIP dinner with the bands, a gift from Chicago HOPES, and a raffle ticket (prizes like as a Sprint Tablet PC, a 15-person wine-tasting, Cubs Tickets, a Roscoe Village Bikes gift set, and a football autographed by Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher). Talk about a fun, tasty, beneficial, elevating event. GET TICKETS. 2100 W. Belmont.

Got The Munchies? Vote for Your Favorite Food Nerds + Food Porn. Below

Tax Day STEAL Prix-Fixe @ One of Our DRY RUB FAVES, Chicago Q. Below

Mini Feast @ Chicago Q - Pulled BBQ chicken, pickles, Cole slaw, BBQ chips--> stellar. Could eat this on the daily.

Looking for something to do with your tax refund? (Booyah!) Or looking to save some dough? You can do both at one of our favorite BBQ joints in the Chi -> Chicago q on April 17th. All you hard-working, tax-paying food lovers deserve a break. Luckily, Chicago q is featuring a Tax Day Prix-Fixe on Tuesday April 17. Celebrate all those pennies you pay to Uncle Sam with this affordable, yet oh-so-delicious menu. The three-course menu ($15 for lunch, $18 for dinner) includes tons of our FAVES: choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert and features menu items like House Bacon Cheddar Hush Puppies, Smoked Dry-Rubbed Wings, Pulled Pork or Kobe Brisket Sandwiches for lunch, and Half Slab Baby Back or St. Louis Ribs for dinner. Entrées are served with a choice of cornbread, coleslaw, or French fries. Chow down on the best Q in celebration of no more filing taxes for another year. Get the whole tax day prix-fixe menu here. 1160 N. Dearborn.

Got The Munchies? Vote for Your Favorite Foodies and Food Porn!

The Munchies. Photo via Rock UR Party by tablespoon

You might know him best as the host of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods,” but TV-personality Andrew Zimmern is now teaming up with General Mills (and a sweet panel of celebrity food-gurus) for an awesome new people’s choice food awards -> The Munchies. These awards consist of 20 categories (divided up into “Terrific Tastemakers”, “Best Bites”, and “Delicious Destinations”) of the best food experiences that America has to offer! The coolest thing about The Munchies? YOU get to vote! Voting has launched and is open to the public until April 30 while the winners will be announced in early May. Your vote COUNTS so vote for the food faves that you love! We’re proud to see some of Chicago’s very own on the list: Best Taco: Big Star; Coolest Coffee Shop: Intelligentsia Coffee; Most Intriguing Cocktail Bar: The Aviary, The Violet Hour; Favorite Gluten-Free Bakery: Defloured. Check out tablespoon.com/themunchies for a list of the awesome celebrity panel, as well as a complete list of the nominees! Oh, and click here to vote! BONUS DIRT: You can vote for all your faves once per day.

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