Delicious DIRT. Taste What You See on the Screen! Food Film Fest November 20th- 23rd, 2013  at Kendall College

Festival Week is Here! 5 Events, 30+ Films, 100+ Foods

 OFFICIAL EVENTS OF THE 2013 CHICAGO FOOD FILM FESTIVAL: Below

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Delicious DIRT Quickies: Publican Quality Meats Brings Burgers; Doughnut Vault Best in the USA; Troy Graves’ Red Door Opens In Duchamp Space; Do-Rite Donuts Open Saturdays; Beer and Wine Coming to Starbucks Lakeview; Retractable Glass Roof to the Wit.

DIRT Inside: Publican Quality Meats, Paul Kahan, Food Film Fest, Doughnut Vault, Food & Wine, Duchamp, Jason Freiman, Troy Graves, Red Door, Christopher Peckat, Fei Tang, Do-Rite Donuts, Starbucks, Lakeview, Wit Hotel, Roof at Wit Hotel

May 1 = First Burger Night at Publican Quality Meats

Publican Quality Meats by Scott Manlin

Chef Paul Kahan tweeted Publican Quality Meats will now serve burgers and we’re salivating already. Beginning May 1, PQM serves up their first burger night. One thing we KNOW for sure, we expect juicy burgers. Hopefully George Motz will hit this joint on his next Chi trip so we know the low down from the true burger expert himself… Until then, we’ll juuuust have to sample the goods ourselves. 312.445.8977. 825 W. Fulton Market. [Grub Street]

Red Door Opening In Duchamp Space. Below

Do-Rite Donuts Open Saturdays. Below

Retractable Roof at Wit Hotel on May 9. Below

Beer + Wine To Starbucks Chi Specifics. Below

Doughnut Vault Gets Best in Country. Below

Doughnut Vault by Nathan Michael

We love when our friends win big! Congrats to friend Brendan Sodikoff + team -> aka Food Film Fest winner, Doughnut Vault on being named Best Doughnuts in the COUNTRY by Food & Wine Magazine. NOT a surprise to us. Serious foodgasms are a sure thing when taking these babies down.

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Delicious DIRT. Dine With Design at The Glass House; Where to Get BBQ + Burgers in the Chi this May; Dine on the Patio with your Pooch at Bistronomic

DIRT Inside: Food Film Festival, Glass House, Phillip Johnson, Frederic Kieffer, George Motz, Dine With Design, National Trust for Historic Preservation, New York Times, Chicago Cut, Chicago q, Gemini Bistro, Luxbar, Frontier, Porkchop, Rosebud, Tavern on Rush, Bistronomic, Martial Noguier

Food Film Fest Event 6/9 @ The Glass House

This is a one in a lifetime opportunity that you cannot miss. Join us on June 9 for an unbelievable evening of the perfect pairing of food, film, and modern design. This event will be held at the Phillip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Built in 1949 as Phillip Johnson’s own residence, it is regarded as a masterpiece in the use of glass, but also extremely important and influential in modern architecture. Like all Food Film Fest events (incredible, duh), you will be treated to some of the most intriguing and relevant food films accompanied by epicurean delights. This time you will also have access to the exquisite 47-acre campus of the Glass House. Starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Artisan Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer, then onto the film program presented by Festival Director George Motz, this Dine With Design event will be sure to spark your fire. Watch eight short films and eat what you see as seven of them will be including food pairings. Best of all, proceeds will directly benefit the Phillip Johnson Glass House, (a site of The National Trust for Historic Preservation). The New York Times even covered this event, so you know it’s a big deal. Read up on it here. Most importantly, get more information and purchase tickets by clicking here. See you on June 9.

Where to Eat for May’s National Hamburger and BBQ Month. Below

Pooches on the Patio at Bistronomic. Below.

Bistronomic by Huge Galdones

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Delicious DIRT. This Week in Burger News

DIRT Inside: Publican Quality Meats, Paul Kahan, RedEye Chicago, Boston Blackie’s, Benny Siddu, Volare, Benny’s Chop House, Chef’s Burger Bistro, Edward Leonard, National BBQ & Burger Month, 25 Degrees, Greater Chicago Food Depository

TO OPEN: Gourmet Burger Joint, Chef’s Burger Bistro, Coming in July

Benny’s Chop House

More burger news we stoked about. The closed down Boston Blackie’s off Michigan Avenue will soon become the home of a gourmet burger joint coming in mid-July. Benny Siddu of Volare and Benny’s Chop House will be opening Chef’s Burger Bistro with Edward Leonard. Get ready for a simply burger filled menu – 2 sizes of patties, veggie, turkey, lobster burgers (Yes, you read that right). Sweet small plates will be offered as well, such as a pressed beet salad with Humboldt Fog goat cheese and sea bass with morels, peas, and lobster-butter broth. YUM. 164 E. Grand. [Dish]

PQM’s Inaugural Burger Night = A HIT. Below.

National BBQ & Burger Month @ 25 Degrees. Below

25 Degrees

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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. iPhone App You Need

Companion App to Hamburger America Book & Film “Burger GPS” for iPhone Now Available in the App Store

Find Great Burgers Anywhere in USA with George Motz’s New App Burger GPS

Never eat a mediocre hamburger again!  On your next road trip, you will not stop at a single generic chain selling burgers made from frozen hockey pucks. Hamburger expert (and author/director of the book/film Hamburger America) George Motz now brings you Burger GPS, his 1st mobile app (iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch). Burger GPS pinpoints your location, and finds you the nearest Motz-approved burger joint, from over 1,800 different listings. Trust him, he’s eaten over 10,000 burgers in his lifetime. Burger GPS can be downloaded here for free.

The app has many great features, including:

  • Every joint listed serves burgers made from fresh meat. Never frozen.
  • Over 250 beautiful burger photos from George’s own collection
  • Most listings include George’s own Menu Picks
  • Share burger joints with friends with email & social tools
  • Keep a diary of favorites, past and future visits
  • Follow George’s Blog Posts

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    Delicious DIRT. To Open

    We stared with our mouths agape when we heard Brasserie Jo shut its doors, but smiled delightfully when we were told whiz kid Melman brothers are reopening the space as Paris Club. The revamped space is absolutely captivating. As you recall, Elevate Your Presence was at Paris for the Rahm Emanuel / Andy Samberg event last week. We know you’ve been anticipating the opening date and the menu. Finally, we can tell you the doors will open to the public on Feb. 9. GET THERE.

    Paris Club

    Thanks Ari for the detailed info on highly anticipated, @ChefMartial new resto, Bistronomic which will open on 2/4. This newbie, on Wabash between Pearson and Chestnut is slated to be a “combination of bistro & gastronomic” via @eaterchicago. WELCOME to the gold coast!

    Delicious DIRT. Blizzard Postponements

    ZEALOUS Spanish wine dinner POSTPONED until Thursday, Feb. 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. This special meal will include 5 courses paired w/ Spanish wines & is priced at $125 pp (plus tax & gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling 312.475.9112.

    Stimulus Social Club – CANCELED on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd and postponed to Wednesday, February 9th. Stay Tuned for updates. For now see updated Facebook event page here.

    Delicious DIRT. Events

    Don’t forget the PAWS event Friday! 2/4, Friday Animal Magnetism at Galleria Marchetti. As we said in previous posts, we are so passionate about PAWS Chicago & excited for their 5th Annual Animal Magnetism on February 4 emceed by Fox Chicago’s Anna Davlantes. All the beautiful details of Animal Magnetism are here. This stellar event also has a SWEET auction!

    2/5 It’s that time of year again—time for chocolate, and another one of our fave foodie events of the year is the For the Love of Chocolate Gala to benefit the French Pastry School. The event is black tie and there’s a sit-down dinner with chocolate infused creations, as well as desserts from pastry palaces and chocolatiers all around the city. You can even check out the deal that Gilt City is offering for a deeper discount.

    Photo by Gilt City

    Photo by Gilt City

    Delicious DIRT. JUICE

    Most Chicagoans have heard of the Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL, but you may not have heard about Hamburger University in Shanghai. McDonald’s are popping up around China like weeds, and because the Chinese are super diligent and competitive about EVERYTHING, they also turn managing a McDonald’s into sport. Their five-day managerial training course only accepts eight out of every 1000 applicants, and has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard’s, which hovers around 7 percent. Wow!

    Our buds over at the Daily Meal revealed what they thought to be the “14 most bank-breaking dishes” here. Do you agree? What foods or menus have you had that required taking out a second mortgage?

    Delicious DIRT. Celebrating Chef Week; Can’t Miss Charity Event: Fashion Rocks

    DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Mindy Segal, Martial Noguier, Boka, Rustic House, Mercadito, Publican, bellyQ, haberdash, GT Fish&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage House, Common Threads, West Loop Community Organization 

    Fashion Rocks: Sweet Styles And Tasty Bites For A Cause

    Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

    bellyQ’s Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

    We know you love fun fashion, good food, and enjoying it while giving back. So, you are in for a real treat on April 7th from 6:30pm-9pm as bellyQ teams up with men’s fashion experts over at haberdash to bring you, “Fashion Rocks”. With cooking stations and delicious eats sponsored by some of our favorites (GT Fish&OysterDanny MacaroonsBelly ShackCarriage House etc.), as well as a showcasing of the haberdash Spring 2013 line, this is sure to be a wonderful evening. The best part is that all proceeds go to the awesome charities Common Threads and West Loop Community Organization. For tickets ($150 each) email, fashionrocks@brownpapertickets.com.

    Nifty New Feature for Google Maps On iPhone. Below

    Chicago Chef Week Begins 3/17. Below

    Bistronomic’s fish soup courtesy of Martha Williams for Time Out Chicago

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    American Junkie Now Open; Google Launches Keep

    DIRT Inside: American Junkie, City Tavern, Google, Keep, Kendal Duque, Sepia,

    American Junkie Opens In Chicago

    American Junkie's Frieda Burger

    American Junkie’s Frieda Burger by Sean Cooley

    American Junkie, a new River North destination, opened its doors officially on March 20th. This new spot is a restaurant, sports bar, and nightclub complete with a fully retractable roof all you Chitown warm weather worshipers will love on summer nights. We hear this newbie has the largest single panel TV screen in the Midwest, too.  American Junkie hired chef we dig Kendal Duque (City Tavern, Sepia) as head chef. Some of his tantalizing items include wild boar chili, bison rib eye, and exotic flatbreads like foie gras and pineapple. One of everything please! 15 W Illinois

    Google Keeps It Real, Maybe

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    Delicious DIRT. Opening Quickies.

    DIRT Inside: Sandwich Me In, Lakeview, Duchamp, Troy Graves, Red Door, Green City Market

    Troy Graves has Opened the Red Door

    Alaskan Halibut Fava Beans, Strawberries, Pancetta, and Balsamic Gastrique from Chef Graves’ Old Spot, Eve via Star Chefs. 

    So many openings, we are into. Earlier, we told you about Duchamp closing and Troy Graves’ Red Door opening. Now, it’s open. So check ‘em out! We love what they posted on their Facebook page: “We would like everyone to know we are not a restaurant with a great bar. We are a bar with great food. Salute!” 2118 N. Damen. [Eater]

    Sustainability is Key @ NEW Sandwich Me In. Below.

    Green City Market Kicks Off Outdoor Season. Below.

    Green City Market by Nick Kindelsberger

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