Delicious DIRT. Whole Foods Removes Red-Ratings Towards Goal of Sustainability; Obama Pins Family Chili Recipe; u look haute launches.

DIRT Inside: Whole Foods Market, Earth Day, Blue Ocean Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pinterest, President Barack Obama, u look haute, YouTube, Equal, Elle Fowler, Blair Fowler, Nick Cannon, Bethenny Frankel, Elizabeth Banks, Tori Spelling, Lauren Conrad

Obama Pins Food Porn and Family Recipes

The newest member of the Pinterest family is… President Obama! Have you checked out the page yet? The campaign headquarters started pinning last Wednesday, introducing a bunch of different boards ranging from Pet Lovers for Obama to Obama-Inspired Recipes. We love love love that they included the Obama Family Chili Recipe. You miiiight remember it from the 2008 campaign and also a fundraiser this year during the Super Bowl. Most of the pinning on the recipe board are baked goods and other food nerd creations that are decorated Obama logo + all, but their following is growing enormously already. Super stoked for any other family recipes they pin. Hmmm, hottie Obama Chef Sam Kass, what are you gonna share next?  Have you tried this Obama chili recipe? Did you love? Tell us! In the meantime, check out the Obama Pinterest page. While you’re at it check out and follow us too! [Obama Foodoarama and Eater. Photo via Obama Pin] .

No More Red-Ratings: Whole Foods Introduces Sustainable Seafood. Below

‘u look haute’ Launches: Fashion + Beauty Vlogs on the Regular. Below

u look haute on YouTube

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Delicious DIRT. Oooohh La La

Fendi by MBK

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Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly. Ode To Autumn

Courtesy of Look Recipes

Inside: The Scout, Bistro Beer Dinner, Goose Island, Slow Food Chicago, Scratch Homemade, Lis David, Zvi Bar-Chaim, Due Lire, One Year Anniversary Dinner, Chicago Michelin Guide, Bib Gourmand Restaurants, Avec, Cumin, Gemini Bistro, Maude’s Liquor Bar, Taste of Peru, Chicago Food Film Festival, Ukrainiain Village, Winter Market, Artisan Far, Katherine Anne Confections, Black Dog Gelato, Sweet Cakes Bakery, Farm to Film to Table, Sky Full of Bacon, Farm to Barstool, A Midwinter Soup Frenzy, Pleasant House Bakery, Hoosier Mama, Magnificent Mile Light Festival, Xoco, Rice Table pop-up dinner, Kirkwood Bar + Grill, Chicken Fried Trivia, Markethouse, Thanksgiving Dinner Heartland 101 Meal 

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 Delicious DIRT. Taste What You See On The Screen!

Tickets on Sale Now for 2nd Annual Chicago Food Film Festival 

Complete Food Film Festival Details Announced!

Opening Night Afterparty Set with Pig Pickin’+ Whiskey Bar

From The Butcher & Larder + Frontier + The Southern
Presented by Flight Chicago

20+ Films Selected For 2nd Annual Food Film Festival
Guests to Taste What They See on the Screen…Sometimes Right in Their Seats!

Festival to Host 4 Events Over 3 Days
November 18-20th at Kendall College & Intelligentsia Roasting Works

Chef Art Jackson of Pleasant House to Open Fest with “Farm to Film to Table” Event

 Saturday Brunch to Include Hundreds of Doughnut Vault Doughnuts 

Authentic Lowcountry Oyster Roast Set for Saturday Night Over 7500 South Carolina Coast Oysters to be Served with Chef Mark Steuer + The Bedford

The Butcher & Larder, Hoosier Mama Pie Co, Frontier, Prasino, The Southern, Bobtail Ice Cream and Others to Serve

Kornick, Kogan, Cameron and Sianis Make Up Official Judging Panel

Good Food Project Selected as Non-Profit Beneficiary

Kendall College is Exclusive Culinary Education Partner

Travel Channel Host and Festival Co-Founder George Motz to Host Events

CHICAGO,IL — The Chicago Food Film Festival returns for its 2nd consecutive year offering a unique series of events where food and film lovers return to taste what they see on the screen. Yes, the Chicago Food Film Festival is the only festival in the world that serves the food that is seen in the films. Produced in association with the James Beard Foundation and benefiting The Good Food Project, the 2011 Chicago Food Film Festival runs from November 18 through 20, 2011 at Kendall College and Intelligentsia Roasting Works.

Tickets are on sale now for these Festival events. For a full listing of films and foods at each event, please visit the Festival website: http://www.thefoodfilmfestival.com. VIP Experience Available Exclusively Via DailyCandy Deals

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Delicious DIRT. Fave We Truly Crave = Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Inside: Behind the scenes at Chicago Cut, Kitchen, Jackie Shen, Food Mafia video shoot, y mas.

Feel #deliciousDIRT’s Chicago Cut FULL Behind The Scenes Look As Chef Jackie Shen Creates Her Chocolate Bag

#deliciousDIRT Goes Inside Chicago Cut’s Kitchen

This time, Food Porn Speaks A Million + Words Of True #deliciousDIRT.

***CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE . YOU. WILL. TASTE. LOVE.

Lobstah @ C Cut = #deliciousDIRT

Benedict @ Chicago Cut = #deliciousDIRT by MR

Chicago Cut Burrata = #deliciousDIRT FAVE by MBK

Bone In as BIG AS YOUR FACE by MBK

Jackie's Famous Chocolate Bag = LOVE @ C Cut by MBK

#deliciousDIRT @ Chicago Cut by MR

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NYC Food Film Festival Announces Details for 5th Year.Taste What You See On The Screen!

20+ Films Selected For Food Film Festival Running October 13-16th @ Tribeca Cinemas

1st Ever Food Porn Party Set for Saturday Night

Food Bank For New York City Returns as Beneficiary

International Culinary Center is Exclusive Culinary School

Featured Below: Trailer for “Mistura: The Power of Food”, Dir. Patricia Perez

MISTURA.THE POWER OF FOOD. TRAILER. from Patricia Perez on Vimeo.

NEW YORK, NY — The NYC Food Film Festival returns to New York City for its 5th consecutive year offering a unique series of events where food and film lovers return to taste what they see on the screen. Yes, the NYC Food Film Festival is the only festival in the world that serves the food that is seen in the films. Produced in association with the James Beard Foundation and benefiting the Food Bank For New York City, the 2011 NYC Food Film Festival runs from October 13 through October 16, 2011 at Tribeca Cinemas.

The NYC Food Film Festival was created by George Motz, the documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film, book and mobile app. and Chef Harry Hawk. Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival presents the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite and exotic foods on the big screen…and then serves them to the guests.

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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’s Valentine’s / Anti-Valentine’s Roundup. FOOD PORN

    Inside:  Silver Cloud, Nana, South Water, Atwood, Underground, Kith & Kin, West Town Tavern, 33 Club, Lux Bar, Urban Belly, Bonsoiree, Chilam Balam, Spoon Thai,  & more

    DIRT. Dinners

    2/14 Bucktown’s local eatery and Elevate Your Presence favorite Silver Cloud Bar & Grill invites you to bring your “girl next door” (Wonder Years style) over for a 4-course dinner for only $ 29.95 per person inclusive of a glass of wine for each.

    Silver Cloud Valentine's Day Wonder

    ONE -> The loneliest number? Not so much:

    Kit Kat on Valentine’s for One $40 Three-course Valentine’s dinner for one guest includes: A French Pear martini, and St Germain recipe book with over 50 cocktail recipes to test while you play with new friends at the Kat.

    TWO To Tango:

    2/14 Lula Valentine’s Day is the one night a year that Lula Cafe takes reservations. 7-course tasting menu for $70. Refinery 29 can’t pick a favorite, but the risotto with duck prosciutto is their fave. 2537 North Kedzie Boulevard; 773-489-9554

    2/14 West Town Tavern West Town Tavern’s getting a little freaky this Valentine’s with their 4 play Dinner for two + two house-made truffles to go! Monday, February 14, $48 per person. 1329 West Chicago Avenue; 312-666-6175.

    2/11-2/14 Nana and Chef Guy Meikle celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend with a $65 prix-fixe menu and buttermilk fried oysters and specialty cocktails are involved. Enough said. February 11-14. 3267 South Halsted Street; 312-929-2486.

    2/11-2/14 Atwood Cafe It doesn’t get much more romantic than sharing a dish…or dishes with your lover (re: spaghetti dining on Lady & the Tramp) and Chef Derek Simcik has developed a 3-course shareable menu for two! We recommend asking for the (best seat in the house) i.e. two Victorian love seats pulled up to a quant table for two. February 11-14, $45 per person or $65 with wine pairings. 1 West Washington Street; 312-368-1900.

    2/11-2/14 A Romantic evening in PARIS at South Water Kitchen (dine for free at SWK outside in the blizzard last week?) featuring playful French inspired items like “peas and carrots” (a sugar snap pea salad with carrot ginger vinaigrette), and other fun menu quirks. February 11-14, $40 per person or $60 with wine pairings (the obvious selection). 225 North Wabash Avenue; 312-236-9300.

    2/14 33 Club is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day for $39 highlights include: oysters, scallops and a 5-oz prime rib

    2/14 Luxbar is offering a $20 Sweetheart Special, including two glasses of Prosecco and a chocolate dessert for two.

    Kith & Kin You’ll find a couples menu obvi with wine pairings, featuring 5 of the most self-indulgent and stimulated courses for the day for lovers. A little birdie (@refinery29) mentioned chocolate cake with violet gel and earl grey crème cheese. Now that’s love. $250 per couple, gratuity included. 1119 West Webster Avenue; 773-472-7070.

    2/14 14-Course Underground Valentine’s Day Dinner. Chef Iliana Regan is mixing it up this time and not doing communal dining. Thanks Chicago Foodies. On this romantic holiday, seating will be done like Noah…by two’s. Wine pairings to get the quixotic juices flowing will be presented by Tracy Kellner from Provenance. Seating is really limited so JUMP ON IT! $110 per person.

    THREE’S COMPANY!?!

    2/11-2/14 Sable Let’s not neglect the third wheels in our lives this Valentine’s Day. Sable will let your tag-along eat for half-price this V-Day weekend. Valid only for parties of three, you, your date, and your…extra can enjoy butter poached lobster and one of Sable’s mind-blowing original cocktails. Cozy. February 11-14. 505 North State Street; 312-755-9704.

    Dine & Save $$$ —> BYOB

    Thanks Tasting Table for today’s BYOmance options which include some Elevate Your Presence and Food Mafia all time FAVES.

    Urban Belly 3053 N. California, Bonsoirée (usually closed Mondays, but open on V day) 2728 W. Armitage, Chilam Balam 3023 Broadway, Spoon Thai 4608 Western Ave . Click here for more info.

    LOVE BYO? Send us your recs and get lucky!

    GOT JUICE?  dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

    Much love to Refinery 29 for always being so fab and including our go-to’s.

    Delicious DIRT. FOOD NERDS REJOICE —> FOOD PORN BELOW

    Looking for an Elevate Your Presence recommendation for a cozy and guaranteed DELICIOUS meal tonight? Check out always phenomenal Maude’s Liquor Bar. Every bite of every dish tasted better than the next. Let us know what you tried. Sneak peek here….

    Cassoulet by Maude’s Liquor Bar

    Have you tried goat at the Girl & the Goat yet?? A favorite!!!

    Bourbon Poached Lobster and Crab with goat belly, fennel, vanilla bourbon butter at Girl & The Goat. Quite good eating goat at the Goat!

    Elevate Your Presence ♥’s Gilt Bar

    Tartar by Gilt Bar

    Have you tried goat at the Girl & the Goat yet? What about these divine green beans? The SUGO? Our mouths are watering over here…. Simply fantastic! Elevate Your Presence recommends you get to this Boka Grp staple and try all Stephanie Izard‘s creations…. and pronto.

    Goat Pork and Veal SUGO at Girl & The Goat with pappardelle, rosemary, and cape goose berries. Sau…teed Green Beans with a fish sauce vinaigrette and cashews – both are Delicious DIRT FAVORITES – Heavenly.

    Who does not LOVE a perfect flavorful breakfast burrito? Silver Cloud Chicago‘s breakfast burrito shines like the brightest star. We highly recommend you get there…..

    Amazing Breakfast Burrito -> DD FAVE at Silver Cloud

    We LOVE our vintage CC SKYE with our EJ ring. EPY ♥ CC SKYE & EJ

    Delicious DIRT. Juice

    Inside: Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Boka Group, NO CORKAGE 2/26, COCHON555, Flaco’s Tacos, Nacional 27, LOKaLChicago, @thesmokedaddy, @Chizakaya, @tacojointlp, Quince, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca Pizzeria/ Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square, Dunlays on Clark, Kit Kat Lounge / Supper Club, Zocalo Restaurant / Tequila Bar, redFLAME Pizzeria, Gossip Girl, Oscar Bingo, iPad 2, Brass Knuckle Bon Bons

    Delicious DIRT. Food Nerds Delight

    After loads of speculation and a lot of hype, today, our friends Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, aka big shots and co-owners of Boka Group, announced Paul Virant will replace Ryan Poli (Tavernita) as executive chef at Perennial.  Not only is Virant, of Vie in Western Springs, soon to be cooking up glory, he is now part owner as well.  Perennial is now aptly named Perennial Virant.  We love the boys’ video announcement earlier today (see below).  Boehm is a superstar on video as you know from his quickie on Food Mafia.

    Delicious DIRT. More Food Porn

    BYO delights customers. For 1 night only, THIS SATURDAY- February 26, Chicago restaurants will be waiving their corkage fee! Participating restaurants include: @LOKaLChicago, @thesmokedaddy, @Chizakaya, @tacojointlp, Quince, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca Pizzeria/ Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square, Dunlays on Clark, Kit Kat Lounge / Supper Club, Zocalo Restaurant / Tequila Bar, redFLAME Pizzeria.

    Traveling culinary competition @COCHON555 promoting sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs is coming to Chicago March 20!  Mike Sheerin, Andrew Zimmerman, Top Steph (Girl & the Goat), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), and Michael Fiorello (Mercat a la Planxa) are all signed up on the roster. More info read Eater’s piece

    Flaco’s Tacos just opened a 2nd local in South Loop & Nacional 27 is celebrating Brazilian Carnaval!  Between March 4-8, get your hips shaking with dance performances, Samba lessons, loads of parades, parties, tapas, and caipirinhas galore. Get tickets now

    Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love

    LOVING the @gossipgirl #fashion this season! #Dior #fishnets #lace #pattern oh my! #Guiltypleasures. #Hedonist.

    Apple Will Likely Unveil #iPad 2 at March 2 conference via @newser.

    Check out the @Thrillist #Oscar Award Night Bingo. LOVE.  As they say, let’s keep if from feeling like 127 Hours…

    Are you ready Food Mafia? Desserts with an Edge: Brass Knuckle Bon Bons start selling online today via @dailycandy.

    I Will Check My #Phone At #Dinner And You Will Deal With It via one of our FAVES @techcrunch.  Great piece.  Recommended reading.

    Who doesn’t LOVE a wardrobe challenge:? We can’t stop looking at the photos from the 30 days without repeating a closet item @FabiolaBeracasa via @ellemagazine

    Stay Tuned for a full Delicious DIRT Oscar Event Roundup, Behind the scenes at Public House, Frontier Newbie Niceness, Purple Pig PIG-OUT, Exclusive with Michael Kornick himself, Food Mafia action at N9NE, y mucho mas Delicious DIRT

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    Action with Ari Bendersky Part 2

    Delicious DIRT. Juice & Weekly Open Roundup

    Delicious DIRT’s TO EAT This Restaurant Week

    GOT JUICE? dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

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