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
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&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage 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, email@example.com.
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
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]
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.
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
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]
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
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
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
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
Delicious DIRT. JUICE WE LOVE: To Open, New Brews
DIRT Inside: Franks N’ Dawgs, The Peasantry, Alexander Brunacci, Luxbar, Bell’s Java Stout, Water Street Coffee Joint
Brunacci of Franks ‘n Dawgs to Open The Peasantry in May
Owner of Franks ‘n Dawgs, Alexander Brunacci, is gearing up to bring us a second restaurant – and no doubt flavors will blow minds. Brunacci will be sticking to the same street food / fine dining flavors for his new project called The Peasantry while adding a additional menu items. The Peasantry is scheduled to open in May, and although there is no set menu yet, get these ideas in your naughty food porn mind: gyros made from ingredients like baby octopus, duck, or venison; duck wings prepared in buffalo-wing style; escargots; frog legs; grilled flatbreads; and house-made pastas. If this isn’t even the full menu yet, can you just IMAGINE what we’ve got in store? Word has it that a few of Franks ‘n Dawgs signature items (the house made sausages and lobster-roll bun) will transfer over to The Peasantry. What to expect: table service, a possible liquor license, and reasonably priced original food. Can not wait. 2723 N. Clark St.
Limited Time Only: Luxbar Adds Bell’s Java Stout
The more beer the better. LUXBAR announced a new beer to their oh-so-varied family – Bell’s Java Stout from local Bell’s Brewery in Michigan. Featuring 7.5% alcohol, this custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally just for Bell’s by Water Street Coffee Joint, means crazy intense flavors. As one of the of the only spots in Chicago to serve Bell’s Java Stout, this brew is only available for a limited time, so you gotta rush in! $8.50
Spill – have you found orgasmic turkey chili yet? As we said before, 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. Fill. US. IN.
Luxbar = 18 E Bellevue Place. Photo courtesy of Luxbar’s FB page.
Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love: Technocracy, Chicago-Based Social Media
DIRT Inside: Apple, the new iPad, Windy Citizen, Chicago Social Network, Josh Metnick, Chicago.com, KONY 2012, Invisible Children, Vimeo, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Washington Post, Joseph Kony
Apple News: iPad 4G Released Next Week: March 16th, 2012
Last time you heard about the iPad 3 from us, we were gushing over the screen and calling it the “iPad 3.” Well, first of all, the must-have item will officially be available in 10 countries on March 16, and second of all, it is not being called the “iPad 3,” it’s now being called “The New iPad.” Prices will be identical to those of the iPad 2, Wi-Fi-only tablets: $499, $599, and $699 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions, respectively. 4G LTE connectivity: $629, $729, and $829 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB editions, not including carrier costs. Apart from being the first Apple device to have 4G LTE capability, the “retina display” is definitely going to be the new iPad’s key feature, with an absolutely incredible screen to view all the Delicious DIRT food porn (you KNOW you’re going to). Interestingly enough, Apple will continue to make the iPad 2, lowering the starting price to $399 (Wi-Fi version). Check out Apple’s website for all the comparisons and deets on iPad 4G. Oh, Apple, you hold a very special place in our hearts.
Now Launched: Chicago’s Own Social Network
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
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
Moving into some prime real-estate on the riverfront, Estate Ultra Bar is now open in River West.
Delicious DIRT. February: This Little Month Packs a BIG Punch.
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
Delicious DIRT.Much to LOVE: Tax-Free Shopping, Make Art W A Muse @ Floriole, Bistronimic’s New Cocktails, Pizza for a Cause
DIRT inside: Homemade Pizza Company, Snow City Arts, Invest for Kids, 900 North Michigan Shops, Michael Kors, J.Crew, Club Monaco, Mark Shale, Bistronomic, Bistronomic 75, Chef Martial Noguier, Floriole, Make Art W A Muse
ART + KIDS + FLORIOLE + President’s Day +No School = Make Art with A Muse
A Muse Arts and our friend, the one and only truly talented hottie, Danielle Klinenberg aka Muse in Chief, host, “No School? Make Art with A Muse”, an art-making program on President’s Day 2/20. Catch this quick bit of Delicious DIRT? Some of Danielle’s paintings were used in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston Chicago-filmed flick,“The Break-up” (Catch her sweet interview on Gaper’s Block here). SO, back to Monday’s awesome. Kids will design and create habitats and environments for animals, fantastical creatures, and or themselves in the cozy, sun-lit space of Floriole Café and Bakery. Mingle, sip coffee, and chill on your own time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.