Delicious DIRT. Running Is Elevating: Little Steps, Big Stars Fundraiser; Get Ann Sather’s At New Location; Caffe De Luca Closing to Make Way for Grass Fed

DIRT Inside: Chicago Run, Fulton’s on the River, Little Steps Big Stars, Ann Sather, Bananas Foster Cafe, Caffe De Luca, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Grass Fed

Chicago Classic, Ann Sather’s, Heading to Broadway / Granville

Ann Sather

Chicago veteran Ann Sather has been warming up our insides with amazing creations for over 65 years (gotta love those gooey, luscious cinnamon rolls), but this Swedish breakfast hotspot will be expanding! In the coming weeks, watch for the fifth Ann Sather location to be opening up at Broadway and Granville, at the old Bananas Foster Café that closed abruptly to the shock of it’s local following. We gotta know: What’s your favorite Ann Sather treat? [Eater]

Run for Fun + Benefit Kids @ “Little Steps, Big Stars” Fundraiser. Below.

Caffe De Luca Sold: Opening Sustainable Meat Resto In Its Place. Below.

Caffe De Luca Facebook.

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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. Spring/Summer Opening JUICE: Crosby’s Kitchen Replaces Leo’s Coney Island; Clandestino Owner/Chef Opening Sandwich Shop; & More Tacos (Antique Taco) in Wicker Park

Tacos Heading To Wicker Park Soon by Antique Taco

DIRT Inside: Leo’s Coney Island, Dunlay’s, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, Frasca, Crosby’s Kitchen, Andrew Easterday, Efrain Cuevas, Clandestino, Antique Taco, Antique Kitchen, Flash Taco, Big Star, Wicker Park, Milwood Bar & Grill

Crosby’s Kitchen Coming to Southport Ave.

Like it at Dunlays? You'll love Crosby's Kitchen by Dunlays

Remember Leo’s Coney Island? The Detriot-style hot dog chain that was placed nicely on the corner of Southport and Cornelia? As you know, it closed in September and now the owners of Dunlays, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, and Frasca are turning the space into Crosby’s Kitchen. Two awesome new features: a bar and street-front windows = a perfect summer spot. And Andrew Easterday will be moving from Frasca to Crosby’s Kitchen to… run the kitchen. If you love the skillet cookie and/or the Key Lime pie from Dunlays, watch for it at Crosby’s Kitchen. Opening in June. Read more about this opening on Dish. 3455 N. Southport Ave.

More Tacos, This Time ‘Antique Tacos’, Heading to Wicker Park. Inside.

Gourmet Sandwich Shop? We Are So There. Below.

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Delicious DIRT. JUICE WE LOVE: To Open -> To Check Out: Balena’s Desserts, Storefront Company’s Short Rib Fried Rice, and Old Town Pour House’s Brews

DIRT Inside: Balena, Storefront Company, Old Town Pour House, Bottleneck Management Group, Paul Katz, John Madden, Boka Restaurant Group, Bristol, Chris Pandel, Amanda Rockman, Wicker Park, Debonair Social Club, Bryan Moscatello, Food & Wine, Gary Weidner

Balena’s Got It: Chef Pandel and Pastry Chef Rockman Steal Our Hearts

Pistachio gelato with nougat and burnt-orange caramel. Photo: Jeff Kauck

Thanks to the lovely boys at Boka Restaurant Group and the Bristol crew, Balena is opens today (and for DD readers, that’s two amazing openings in one day). Balena and chef Chris Pandel have been on our To Open radar for some time now and it’s totally work the wait! We’re into their house-made pastas, wood-burning pizzas and amaro-based cocktails… oh yes, definitely worth the wait. This Tuscan-inspired spot’s tagline is “Italian inspired. Honest cooking” so look for Italian-style foods but with the benefit of being sourced from Midwest farms. We are loving all of this local attention! Speaking of attention, we cannot take our eyes off of pastry chef Amanda Rockman‘s sweet creations – watch her in action. And a Delicious DIRT insider: the Balena wine list is incredible, featuring 300+ labels of 95% Italian wines -> BONUS, there’s a glossary. Check out the full menu, and check out Balena for yourself. 1633 N. Halsted.

In Wicker Park: Storefront Company = Now Open

Photo via Storefront Company Facebook

Another long-awaited opening: Storefront Company in Wicker Park… and even better, this creation from the masterminds behind Debonair Social Club and chef Bryan Moscatello is now open! What you have to know: Chef Moscatello was a 2003 Food & Wine Best New Chef; Storefront is bringing a seasonal menu of farm-to-table goodness to the table; and the century old space features an enormous 34′ x 13′ mural by local artist Gary Weidner.

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Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love

We’ve Got Wood Over Glazed and Infused

Courtesy of Doughnut Vault

We all know, doughnuts ARE the new cupcakes… It’s no secret, we LOVE doughnuts. Have not heard the stellar news for doughnut lovers in Chicago like us? We’re getting moooore. Glazed and Infused (genius name, by the way), the upcoming doughnut shop by our friend Scott Harris (um, can you say The Purple Pig + Francesca’s among tons more?), will be…wait for it… a total of three different doughnut shop locations. Adios, New Years Resolution, and hellooo doughy deliciousness. These newbies are sure to give Doughnut Vault a run for their money. Watch for Glazed and Infused at the corner of Halsted and Fulton Market in the West Loop, at a window on the Damen Avenue side of Francesca’s Forno in Wicker Park, and near the Armitage Brown Line stop in Lincoln Park. WHEW. So many doughnuts, so little time. Possible flavors include Milk Chocolate Malt, Crème Brûlée, and Coconut Crunch and coffee will be Intelligentsia. We’re sold.

Saying Farewell to Single-Living with BBq

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Delicious DIRT. Halloween Is Here. Events This Week

M Burger by George Motz

Inside: The Boundary, Project Runway, Cityscape Bar,  Method Man, Curren$y, Congress Theater, Revolutionary Brewery, Day of the Dead, Zocalo, Chicago Avenue Halloween Bar Crawl, Roots, High Dive, Cleo’s, Green City Market Junior Board, Masquerade del Mercado, Carnivale, Dale Levitski, Sprout, Jared Van Camp, Old Town Social, David Dworshak, Halloween on Halsted Parade, Spin Nightclub, Duck N Roll Truck, Sweet Ride Chi, Chick Pea Delight, Chef Amy Le, Bing Zhou, Chen’s Chinese

10/25 NOW THAT’S THE SPIRIT! Wicker Park’s getting into it + you can too. Embrace Halloween with pumpkin carving at The Boundary from 5 – 11 pm. Trick-n-treats + make your own candy apple bar will also be available.  HUNGRY already. 1932 W. Division St.

Project Runway Self Portrait by Evelyn Kiefer

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Delicious DIRT. Events This Week

Inside:  Movies in the Parks, Food Truck Tuesdays, Quartino, Taste of Lincoln Avenue, The Variety Show: A Drinking Game Performance, Bikes, Bites & Brews Tour, West Side Story, Diva Indulge, Pour  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Courtesy of Chicago Park District: Movies In The Parks

7/25   If you can tear yourself away from The Bachelorette, there’s not a lot better than an outdoor movie and dinner.  This is a rarity to embrace… After the latest heat wave, how can you actually resist?  A Movie in Oz Park is a perfect opportunity to grab a #hotdate (if you can get one) and or your friends for a #DeliciousDIRT style picnic with sweet libations of your choice.  West Side Story airs at dusk… We’re thinking Puerto Rican or Italian dishes might help you choose your allegiance –> Shark or a Jet??  #TrueLove  2021 N. Burling St.   

7/26 Food Trucks Galore!!  Haven’t had a chance to try food from Chicago’s slew of Food Trucks? Head to the CB2 Parking Lot in Lincoln Park from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m for Food Truck Tuesdays to taste some of Chicago’s best food trucks such as Gaztro Wagon and Flirty Cupcakes. 800 W. North Ave.

7/27  Wine Wednesdays – we adore the sound of that!  Quartino is having their monthly wine bash so stop by and sample regional wines + appetizers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  $20. 626 N. State St.

#DeliciousDIRT @ + Courtesy of Quartino

7/28  The Variety Show: A Drinking Game Performance  –> Live, Laugh, Drink + Vote with friends at this BYOB  improv sketch comedy show.  Even better, your vote counts as audience members decide hit or miss on cast member jokes… We don’t know what’s better… winning or losing?  Losing cast member MUST drink with the audience.  #comedywillroar #nottooshabby.   Good news?  This juiciness rocks the house every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. (until August 27) for $7-$12. 4210 N. Lincoln Ave.

7/29  See Chicago in a different light and take the Bikes, Bites, & Brews Tour from Bobby’s Bike Hike. INDULGE in Chicago pizza, hot dogs, cupcakes and beer while cruising through Chicago’s neighborhoods.  Scope angles of Wicker Park, Logan Square, Wrigleyville, Gold Coast and Lakeview you have yet to see. Tours  offered Monday through Friday at 11:30 am.  $59.

7/30 & 7/31  Festival season is HIGH GEAR right now and we love to FEAST @ a classic Chicago Food + Music FEST.  Taste of Lincoln Avenue is here folks.  #TimeFlies.  Bonus, we might even have a weekend of beautiful weather – low humidity? We can hope eh?  In case you live in a cave, this weekend long festival features over 300 vendors offering food, beer, art and merchandise.  This year, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Sister Hazel and Carbon Leaf are among the other bands to #dancelikenooneswatching to.  12 p.m. to 10 p.m both days. 2400 N. Lincoln Ave.

7/30 Diva Indulge 2011 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

7/31 “Pour” – Wine Tasting, Social Awareness from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Delicious DIRT. Events

Boy has the DIRT team been busy!  Between Food Mafia’s official launch, the Union opening, the Cantina 46 media preview event, The Food Film Festivals calls for entries, the Red Hot Midnight Kiss Event prep and the Porkchop pre-opening party, Delicious DIRT has had very little time to bring you all you so richly deserve!  Don’t frown, all that juice is a comin’.   If you’re craving action this week, check out this list of events and stay tuned for much flavorful juicy action.

Inside: Chicago WingMadness, Dick’s Last Resort, U.S. Air Guitar Championships, Double Door, Tequila tasting series, Zocalo, Sake Tasting, Japonais, Thirsty Girls, SushiSamba, Paint -n- Palate, Alliance Française de Chicago, Green Festival, McCormick Place, The Vintage Bazaar, Pop-up shop, Coffee 101, UnGeeked

Delicious DIRT. Events


  • Chicago WingMadness The second annual wing-eating battle between Chicago’s first responders. The finest members of the Chicago Police Department will take on the Chicago Fire Department in a no holds barred, last man standing competition judged by a panel of esteemed Chicagoans 530pm.  $25 per person (includes food and soft drinks, cash bar available). 100% of the proceeds benefit Easter Seals Metropolitan ChicagoDick’s Last Resort – 315 N. Dearborn St.
  • 5/12-14  The unGeeked Elite Retreat in Chicago is proud to host our event at University Center Conference ChicagoAn event right up our alley! #unGeeked presents inat’l, nat’l and regional consultants, leaders and NYT best sellers.  This 3 day conference and one of a kind national event is donating all money from the May 11th #RoastBrogan unGeeked Celebrity Roast to Sit Stay Read. Sit Stay Read works to help children become better readers and young authors.  525 S. State Street For More INFO click here. Chris Brogan RULES!  If you don’t know him… you should! $50. More info here for this specific roast


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Delicious DIRT. Weekly Events

The DIRT Team is back in the Chi!  We have rounded up a bunch of good ol’ Chitown events so you do not have to go searching all over for the goodies!  Special shout-out to Metromix.

Inside: Chateau de Beaucastel Tasting,  The Bristol, Sprinkles, Geja’s, First Tuesdays, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, District Bar, Sit Stay Read, Stim Soc, Green City Market, Salud, Northside Bar, Bump Club, Whle Foods, El Zocalo Plaza, W Lakeshore, The Spot, Taste of Columbia, Chicago Yacht Club

Seen the Food Mafia VIDEO yet? NOT TO MISS…. Events below…

5/2 Since high school we’ve LOVED Gejas! Prom, romantic fondue booths and the sweet smell of melting chocolate and cheese…um, does it get better than that?  Case + point! Tonight check out the Winemaker dinner at Geja’s Cafe A four-course dinner features wine pairings from Wollerscheim Winery. 6:30 p.m. - 340 W. Armitage Ave.

Courtesy of Gejas

5/4 5:30-9pm  DO NOT MISS Stimulus Social Club’s monthly event! @ District Bar benefiting SSR! We ♥ ♥ ♥ animals! Support Sit Stay Read, a non-profit close to Elevate Your Presence‘s heart!  Get INVOLVED.   See firsthand how bringing dogs into schools ELEVATES life for these wonderful kids. More info below… TONIGHT –> Complimentary appetizers are from 6-7PM + 1 Drink!  $10 Cash donation at the door – This month’s beneficiary is near and dear to The DIRT Team– Sit Stay Read. 170 West Ontario Street

5/4 – 10/29 Green City Market Chicago Green City Market – Shop for locally farmed and organic meats, fruits, vegetables, cheeses, honey, baked goods and more. The market also features chef demonstrations and… Wednesdays and Saturdays : 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. (May 4 through October 29) 1750 N. Clark St.

5/5 Cinco de Mayo Street Fest Salud Tequila Lounge – The fifth annual outdoor party includes live music, Zumba performances and a barbecue. May 5 : 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. 1471 N. Milwaukee Ave. – Chicago

5/5 Bucktown/Wicker Park Neighborhood Guide Launch Party Northside Bar and Grill – 1635 N. Damen Ave.

Bristol's Grilled prawns with anchovy butter Courtesy of The Bristol

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Reminder Delicious DIRT. Events

TODAY   1/27 Small Bar ‘s Lincoln Park location -$15 buys the first 50 people unlimited sliders, pints of Brooklyn Lager and Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout  between 7 and 9 p.m. READY GO! Via @ChicagoMag (1415 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-525-2727),

Beer Mussels at Three Aces

TODAY    1/27 730p—Three Aces one of the many new Italian spots garnering acclaim in Little Italy, is hosting the inaugural dinner of its monthly rock and roll dinner series. January’s theme is Exile on Taylor Street, and will feature a four-course, $40 menu inspired by rock icons’ January birthdays, such as Elvis. For more info, call Three Aces at 312 243 1577. (Eater Chicago)

Today 1/27 THE GRAND OPENING OF “MUSEUM WORKS GALLERY @ Museum Works Galleries6:30pm – 9:30pmMuseum Works Galleries 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite # 1850, Chicago!/event.p…

Friday 1/28 6p   14th annual Grand Chefs Gala for Cystic Fibrosis taking place at the Fairmont Hotel. Tix are $400 for 4-course dinner, hosted cocktail reception and postprandial dessert reception. Silent and live auction included. If this is too much money for you to spend right now, do it up at the After Party beginning at 930p for $60. Some of the city’s hottest mixologists will be there shaking it up, while Libido Funk Circus will provide the music to your shakin’.

1/28 No, it’s not Halloween, but The Fifty/50 is having a Heaven and Hell party. There’s free mini burgers and drinks from 8-9p. And get there EARLY. It’s first come, first served. They’re also having a costume contest. One guy and one girl with the best angel/devil costume (after sending in pics to The Fifty/50) will win a private booth in “hell” for them and five of their friends. Read about it here via Mextromix

Monday 1/31 The Local Tourist will host her first Chef’s Table of the year at LoKal, a Wicker Park hotspot. Tix are $25, and you can get more info here kk

Delicious Afternoon JUICE:

Are You A Member?  Food Mafia wants you!

Calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon.  To receive an exclusive invitation, click here.  Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

David Richards closes Mado & now Sweets & Savories! Sources say there was a lack of money to pay its chefs and staff. Via Eater

Delicious DIRT. To Open

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, scheduled to open in May with the chef/partner Worachai Thapthimkuna (known as Chao), formerly at one of our favs, Sushi Wabi. (via 230 W. Erie St.

Sepia is expanding and will now open Private Dining by Sepia (135 N. Jefferson St.; 312-441-1920).  PDS -slated to open this spring occupying the storefront next door for private dinners and cocktail receptions. @ChicagoMag

Sepia's Braised Shortribs

Delicious DIRT. Recently Opened

Etno Village Grill – opened last week. Etno presents quick-service (like Chipotle), Eastern European grub, including cevapcici (Balkan sausage) on lepinja (crusty pita-like bread) made to order with the diner’s choice of 20 condiments. (via @ChicagoMag) 2580 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-698-8069

Gosu – Opened yesterday. Previously occupied by Rustik, Gosu has high hopes that its Korean-Japanese flare will blow Logan Square away. The menu features loads of Korean dishes, 30 maki options, and other plates.  Greatness lies in the fact they will make you anything you want even if not on menu… now thats what Food Mafia LOVES! 2515 N. California Ave.; 773-276-7330

Gosu's Sushi

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