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. Chef Juice News, Awards + Shuffles: Danny Grant of RIA and Balsan Named a Best New Chef 2012; Chef Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo to The Florentine; Chuy Valencia Leaves Chilam Bilam to Start Concept Cafeteria

DIRT Inside: Danny Grant, RIA, Balsan, Waldorf Astoria, Food & Wine, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan, Giuseppe Tentori, Coco Pazzo, Chris Macchia, The Florentine, Todd Stein, Piccolo Signo Due, JW Marriott, Chuy Valencia, Chilam Bilam, Top Chef, Soraya Rendon, Phil Tadros, Doejo, Natalia Oswald

Such Chef Moves:

Chilam Bilam Chicago via Facebook

Chuy Valencia of Chilam Bilam (and Top Chef Season 9 alum) has sold his shares in the resto to his partner Soraya Rendon, and has decided to move on to partner with hotness Phil Tadros in creating a chef-driven cafeteria. Tadros is interactive agency Doejo founder / coffee shop entrepreneur who’s been down since the social boom. This new cafeteria concept will allow diners to get classic dishes like a patty melt, beef stroganoff, meat loaf and other classic comforts. We’re hearing it’s possible name is “Ursa” and located in the East Lakeview area. Valencia is also releasing a book in the near future, “M.E.A.L.S.: Menus, Entrees, Anecdotes, Lies and Some Truth to Protect the Innocent and Equally Evil and Advantages That Helped Me Out Along the Way.” Chef Valencia will be leaving the kitchen at Chilam Bilam to his sous chef Natalia Oswald. We’ll keep you updated as more details on Chilam Bilam and the cafeteria project unfold. [Eater]

Chef Moves: Chef Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo to Start at The Florentine 4/23. Below.

Chef Danny Grant Named Best New Chef 2012. Below.

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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. 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.

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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

Courtesy of Ground Up

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

Photo via PopSugar

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.

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Delicious DIRT. Chef Week is Here; Can’t-Miss Event: Dinner Tales @ Kahan’s Blackbird; Fed Up Fighting Food Deserts with Desserts for Deserts

DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Martial Noguier, Bistronomic, Jason Paskewitz, Gemini Bistro, Rustic House, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Boka, GT Fish & Oyster, Mercadito, Publican, Tavernita, Dinner Tales, Tasting Table, Citi, Blackbird, Paul Kahan, David Posey, Bryce Caron, Lynn House, Fed Up, Desserts for Deserts, Fresh Moves, Greenhouse Loft, Green Exchange, fig media, Mari Gallagher

History, Dishes, Drinks: Dinner Tales @ Blackbird

Veal Sweetbreads from Blackbird - Simple, beautiful, perfection.

What an awesome event! Dinner Tales is a one-of-a-kind culinary event that happens on one night only by Tasting Table and Citi®. And the entire purpose of the evening is to provide a background of the selected restaurant’s history through dishes and stories for the people who are involved and know it best. Sounds amazing, interesting, and above all – DELICIOUS. We’re so excited to say that on Tuesday, March 20, Dinner Tales is on at Paul Kahan‘s West Loop hotspot, Blackbird. The current team at Blackbird, chef de cuisine David Posey, pastry chef Bryce Caron and mixologist Lynn House, along with Paul Kahan, will be in house for this amazing celebration – a night full of history and food. Don’t miss it – buy tickets! Your ticket gets you signature cocktails and canapés, courses paired with a well-chosen wine, and a special gift. See the night’s menu here. And more info on the Dinner Tales @ Blackbird event, here.

Make a Better World, In a SWEET Way: Desserts for Deserts

CHEF WEEK Rolls in Starting Sunday 3/18

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Delicious DIRT. Estate on the Riverfront, Chicago Brings Home the Nods, & Never Too Many Donuts

DIRT Inside: Estate Ultra Bar, Chris Turano, Dan De Los Monteros, 2012 JBF Restaurant and Chef Awards, Bistronomic, Next, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia, Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Patrick Fahy, Café des Architectes, Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Tru, Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality, Topolobampo, Sepia, Dave Beran, Matthew Kirkley, L2O, David Posey, Matthew Carlson, Schwa, Stephanie Izard, Girl and the Goat, Martial Noguier, Chris Nugent, Goosefoot, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster, Andrew Zimmerman, Do-Rite Donuts, Petterino’s.

Never Too Much of a GOOD THING: Do-Rite Donuts Opens in Loop

Bacon + Donuts = LOVE @DoRiteDonuts

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! DONUTS ARE THE NEW CUPCAKES. We learned via Grub Street Chicago, that THIS morning @ 6:30 AM, Do-Rite Donuts opened in the Loop, attached to Petterino’s on Randolph. Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin are the masterminds behind the latest addition to the doughnut line-up, bringing Lettuce Entertain You into the mix. And they’ve got some SERIOUS goodies in store: ranging from “gourmet” doughnuts (peanut butter + jelly + peanut better mousse topping) and “old-fashioned” cake doughnuts (topped with Tahitian vanilla or Valhrona chocolate) –> SO MUCH YUM. Definitely the next stop on our doughnut train. 50 W. Randolph.

NOW OPEN: Estate Ultra Bar is Rollin’ on the River

Peppadew Peppers by Estate Ultra Bar

Moving into some prime real-estate on the riverfront, Estate Ultra Bar is now open in River West.

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Delicious DIRT. February: This Little Month Packs a BIG Punch.

Country Rib by The Publican

DIRT Weekly Events Inside: David Singer, Intonation Music Workshop, Uncommon Ground, Chicago Children’s Museum, In Flames, House of Blues, Trivium, Veil of Maya, Kyng, Tempo, Soup and Bread, Hideout, The Butcher’s Karma, FamilyFarmed.org, Uncommon Ground, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chico & Rita, Xoco, Chicago Restaurant Week, Chicago WingFest, Ben Lee, Martyrs, Sola, The Bourgeois Pig, The TallGrass Writing Guild

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Delicious DIRT. Juice For You

NOW OPEN: Publican Quality Meats. Another Paul Kahan Masterpiece

Publican Quality Meats by Scott Manlin

Meet Your MEAT. Attention MEAT LOVERS: from the amazing Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality (oh you know, Avec, Big Star, The Publican) we bring you the NOW OPENED Publican Quality Meats! And guess what? It’s located right across the street from one of our faves, The Publican. PQM is a complete quadruple threat -> a butcher shop, market, bakery, and cafe all in one. PQM offers whole animal service, house-made bread, house-smoked meats, and retail favorites like olive oils, dairy, eggs, jams.  Lucky buyers will also find local Delicious DIRT such as AMAZING Bill Kim‘s Belly sauces, sandwiches, house-made sausages, charcuterie, more scrumptious prepared foods, coffees (an Intelligentsia blend), and beers on tap. Get there 10 AM to 6 PM daily, with lunch beginning at 11 AM. 835 W. Fulton Market.

Our Search For Orgasmic Turkey Chili Continues As Luxbar Adds White Bean Turkey Chili To Their Menu. On Our List Of Hopeful Foodgasm Inducers.

Turkey Chili @ Luxbar

As most of you devoted Delicious DIRT readers know, we’ve been on a hardcore hunt for truly satisfying turkey chili all year. We’ve discovered that this find is almost as rare as mind blowing sex.

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Delicious DIRT’S Slideshow Photo Tour from Cultivate Festival 2011

Tiny But Mighty Popcorn we LOVE @ Cultivate by MBK

As if Chipotle hadn’t done enough already to woo eaters of all stripes! From food nerds to tree-huggers to just plain burrito-lovers, Chipotle (wonderful sponsor of Food Film Fest) threw an enormous and thoughtful bash in Chicago’s Lincoln Park on a gorgeous October Saturday. The first annual kickass Cultivate Festival rocked us with killer food, sexy tunes, and inspiring ideas. Repping the Artisan Hall, Birky Family Farm’s Cornbread+BBQ pork+blueberries= perfect balance of sweet, smoky, and savory while Rich Chocolates melted in our mouths. Tiny But Mighty foods blew our minds with their popcorn (and their name which is anything but tiny on taste).  Bell’s Brewery, Chicago fave Goose Island and more kept us delightfully tipsy as we soaked in the sun and rocked out to White Rabbits and Calexico, just to name a few… Of course, we learned much too: Paul Virant, Paul Kahan, and Bruce Sherman rounded out the who’s-who of Chitown’s top chefs who led demos in tents across the park while Amanda Freitag (Food Film Fest goddess) brought her NYC goodness. Virant’s skirt steak salad with Dietzler Farm beef and heirloom tomatoes elevated picnic fare to a whole new level.

Seedling @ Cultivate by MBK

Take a spin through Delicious DIRT‘s **massive slideshow** photo tour inside this post (click read more). Relive the glory or see what you missed. Here’s to Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2012! CLICK ONE PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND PRESS PLAY. PLAY PLAY PLAY
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