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

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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

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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. Make A Change. Get Involved. KONY 2012: Who, What, Where, When & Why. The Explosive Powers of Social Media

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Delicious DIRT. ‘INVEST FOR KIDS’ RAISES $1.1 MILLION DOLLARS

TOP GLOBAL MONEY MANAGERS “DONATED” INVESTMENT ADVICE BENEFITING CHICAGO CHILDREN’S CHARITIES 

Sam Zell @ IFK 2011

Top money managers from around the world presented their coveted ideas to a packed crowd of almost eight hundred at the Third AnnualInvest For Kids Conference on November 9, 2011 at Chicago’s Harris Theater.  The investable ideas conference raised $1.1 million all of which will directly benefit seven local children’s charities. The crowd was a collection of the most respected and prominent family offices, hedge funds, asset managers, and investors in the Chicago investment community.

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Delicious DIRT. Top Money Managers To Donate Their Best Investment Ideas for Chicago Children’s Charities @ The 3rd Annual Invest For Kids Conference In Chicago 11/9 @ Harris Theater

11/9 Ten of the nation’s most prominent investment managers will share their best investable ideas at the third annual Invest For Kids conference. This unique investment conference features well known investment managers who will present their outlook and best investment ideas in concise 15 minute presentations. Every dollar raised directly benefits seven local children’s charities. Tickets are on sale now for this important charity event held on Wednesday, November 9th from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Chicago’s Harris Theater. 205 E Randolph

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Delicious DIRT. Give Back @ US Holocaust Memorial Museum Luncheon + In Chef’s Hands Event

Inside: National Holocaust Museum Risa K. Lambert Luncheon, Deborah E. Lipstadt, Rahm Emanuel, Diane, Gershowitz, Hal Gershowitz, Chef Rodelio Aglibot, Chef Todd Stein, In Chef’s Hands

National Holocaust Memorial Museum Luncheon.


Courtesy of USHMM: USHMM Pledge Wall that displays pledges submitted by on-site and online visitors to help meet the challenge of genocide.

11/7 Give back, learn and eat at the National Holocaust Museum Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon. Special guest appearances being made by Deborah E. Lipstadt, the worlds leading expert on Holocaust denial, and Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. Take part in honoring Diane and Hal Gershowitz, who have both been actively involved in the museum since its inception, 20 years ago. The luncheon will be held at Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Make a reservation here for this exclusive event that aims to never forget the past and to always protect the future. Doors open for the event at 11:15 a.m. and goes on until 2 p.m. 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611.

In Chef’s Hands

11/8 In Chef’s Hands the new food nerd-driven non-profit organization founded by Chef Rodelio Aglibot, Chef Todd Stein, Jeremy Dubin, Chris Considine, Josh Daitch, Scott Crane, Mike Crane and Teena Crane. Their mission is to provide culinary educational experiences with renowned professional chefs for individuals with special needs who have a passion for food and cooking. Enjoy drinks compliments of our sponsors Ultimat Vodka, Patron Reprosado, Patron XO World Wide Wine and Goose Island, Wine Imports and passed appetizers from 6-830 by Chef Joho of Paris Club all while you learn about Chicago’s newest charitable organization, the culinary forces behind it and how to help those who literally “live” for the art of cooking. Tickets -> www.inchefshands.org $35 online and $45 at the door.

 

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Our food nerd wet dream has officially begun. This fall, the city’s annual event line up might actually blow your mind. Well, maybe not your mind, but certainly your waistline is a GONER. Prepare to eat, drink and eat more…food porn galore. We’ll love every minute of it and thinking you will too.

Since there’s oh so many edible extravaganzas this fall, we did the dirty for you. Inside this post, the DIRT Team rounds up 7 of Chicago’s not to miss annual food festivals, events, + fiestas.

Chicago Gourmet Favorite Chocolate Cake by Barry Callebaut

Inside: Chris Pandel, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, Graham Elliot, Chicago Gourmet, Hamburger Hop, Harris Theater Rooftop, Cultivate Chicago, Chipotle, Family Farmed, Paul Kahan, Tony Mantuano, Bruce Sherman, Paul Virant, Richard Blais, Michael Chiarello, Jonathan Waxman, Chicago magazine, Chicago’s Table, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Big Star, Davanti Enoteca, The Florentine, Longman & Eagle, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Second Annual Food Film Festival, New York Food Festival, Chicago’s Gateway Green, Green Tie Ball, A. Finkl & Sons, Return to Emerald City, Supreme Lobster Chef Challenge, Royster with Oyster, Shaw’s Crab House, Adam Richman, Man V Food
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Delicious DIRT’s Fall Food Event Extravaganza Roundup

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9/17  Did you go green? This year’s Green Tie Ball boasted 65 Restaurants, 4 food trucks, and a partridge and a pear tree. Chicago’s Gateway Green hosted the 20th annual Green Tie Ball. This event truly helps keep Chicago green + serene. This year’s theme = The Return to Emerald City. We filled our pumpkin chariot with food, drinks + a huge party. Stay tuned for a full report on Delicious DIRT. Hint: our fave was the Bull + Bear BURGER. Heavenly. WE ate 6 of them! Hey, they were mini’s… For now, we hope you raised your glasses, loosened your belts, and helped keep Chicago sustainable.

Kouzina 2010 by Portokolada.com

9/21- 9/23 Get Everyone to the Greek! Join intellectuals, socialites, philanthropists and straight up food nerds at National Hellenic Museum’s Kouzina dedicated to showcasing culinary + cultural awesomeness of The Mediterranean culture. 9/21 entails sampling + tasting from Chicago’s trendiest most progressive varieties in Greek & Mediterranean foods + wines. On 9/22 Food Network star David Schneider, mastermind behind Taxim, serves a 4 course, 5 star meal paired with grandiose Greek wines as Culinary Institute of America Chairman Bill Anton wins his inaugural Cultural Icon Award. Food, wine, book signings, cooking demos, & many Greek market place delicacies are sure to leave you satiated. $200 for all 3 days, 1 day pass is $100. Nature Hellenic Museum 333 S Halsted

Photograph by Andrew Stamm

9/23 – 9/25 One of Chicago’s biggest and most anticipated culinary events, Chicago Gourmet, returns with weekend filled with chefs + fabulous food!
Hamburger Hop kick starts the weekend event from 6 – 9 pm as many of our friends & favorite chefs battle it out for best burger. Take those burgers down in true Chicago fashion at the Harris Theater Rooftop.  Saturday & Sunday are filled with an insane line up of live cooking demonstrations, seminars, tastings, speakers, classes + more.  Hundreds of our favorite chefs participate in Chicago Gourmet and then some (hottie Bannos JR, Izard (girl crush), Bayless, Priolo, Hogan, Poli, and oh so many more). You’ll get your gourmet on hardcore with the multitude of food, demos, exhibitions and classes. Ticket prices vary depending on the events.  201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago Gourmet 2010 Courtesy of Deja Views USA

10/1 Cultivate Chicago = a FREE food filled festival that brings together eats, farmers, chefs, thought leaders (interesante), and musicians in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Chipotle sponsors this free event + sells crafted dishes specifically for the day –> proceeds going to an org we LOVE = familyfarmed.org. Chicago chefs Paul Kahan, Tony Mantuano, Bruce Sherman, and Paul Virant will be there in addition to Richard Blais, Michael Chiarello, and Jonathan Waxman. Perfect fall Saturday in the LP.

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10/10 – 10/14  The World Is Officially Your Royster. Another of our FAVORITE festivals is Shaw’s Royster with Oyster. Literally awesome mind-blowing lobster rolls, oyster po boys and food for the books! Slurp up! You must add Royster with Oyster to your autumn calendar. Join in the annual “Slurp-o-Rama” contest & hope Adam Richman from Man Vs Food doesn’t show up & shut the place down. This four day extravaganza in Shaw’s LONG TENT is non-stop action we savor: oyster suckin ‘n slurpin, lobster rolls you’ll moan while eating, live music, drinking, and outdoor activities. Shuck + swallow all the 50 cent oyster’s your little tummies can handle. 21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL.

Pork Belly w Asian BBQ sauce by Blue 13 @ Chicago Gourmet 2010

10/21 Another charitable food event is Chicago magazine’s Chicago’s Table which benefits research and therapies for stroke patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. From 6 – 9 pm indulge in food from some of our favorite Chicago restaurants and chefs such as Big Star, Davanti Enoteca, The Florentine, Longman & Eagle, and Sable Kitchen & Bar. $125  online. 435 East Illinois Street.

11/18-11/20 Taste what you see on the screen at the Second Annual Chicago Film Festival. This one of a kind event is THE film fest you certainly do NOT want to miss. Your senses will be overflowing! Details + line up soon to be released. Stay tuned. For now, get your New York Food Film Festival on October 13-16 at Tribeca Cinemas (hint Food Porn Party is surely to rock your world). Both fests feature food porn galore, movies you’ll feel all over + a ton of fun.

Michael Kornick @ Chicago Food Film Fest 2010

Hoosier Mama Pies @ Chicago Food Film Festival 2010

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Delicious DIRT. Events You’ll Wanna Hit

Inside: Millennium Park, Lunchbreak Music Series, Pritzker Pavillion, Taste of Gold Coast, Carmine’s, Il Mulino, Chicago Q, Devon Seafood Grill, Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, Comedians You Should Know, Three Aces, MAN B QUE, New Holland Brewery, Marigold Restaurant, Indian Bazaar, Chicago Big Ten Alumni Challenge, Chicago Public Schools, Rockit, Theory, Public House, Bull & Bear, English, LaSalle Power Co, Moe’s Cantina, Howl at the Moon, Fado, Blue Frog’s Local 22, District, Greektown, Taste of Greece

Pritzker Pavilion

8/22  YUP, it’s Monday. After a fabulous weekend, we’re back to –>  grind. Hit up Millennium Park’s  FREE Lunchbreak Music Series at the Pritzker Pavilion. Picnic it up while you listen to jazz, blues, and beyond during the #remainingdaysofsummer. Booked today? This juiciness is available everyday at noon until September 4th. 205 E Randolph St.

8/23  FEAST IN THE VIAGRA TRIANGLE @ The 3rd Annual Taste of Gold Coast at Sutton Place Hotel from 6 – 9 pm. Food from 13 Gold Coast restaurants might blow you minds folks. Hit it. Eateries such as Carmine’s, Il Mulino, Chicago Q, and Devon Seafood Grill will be serving scrumptious goodness. Absorb the live entertainment and spend a little dough.. silent auction to benefit the North Dearborn Association. Tickets are available online for $100. 21 E. Bellevue Pl.

Trouble by Jon Cole

8/24  Timothy O’Toole’s Pub hosts Comedians You Should Know –> Wednesday evenings at 9 pm. Seen the hilarity yet?  One of these 6 hotties cast hosts a stand-up special with five local comedians. Bring the wit. Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door. 622 N. Fairbanks Ct.


8/25  TRIPLE TEAM? We love. Three Aces, MAN B QUE, and New Holland Brewery teamed up for a burger and beer pairing. For $25, take down the Anarchy Burger + swallow the Chooch Brew.  Three Aces and MAN B QUE travelled to Holland, MI (no no no, not Holland) to create this beer.  We hope the burger is as tasty as it sounds –> pretzel bun, sautéed mushrooms, pickled fennel, wild boar bacon, grilled romaine, smoked tomatoes, grilled fresno chili aioli, and pickled red onion. Quite the mouthful. 1321 W. Taylor Street.

8/26  Eat. Drink. Tattoo. Celebrate Marigold Restaurant’s 5th Anniversary at their Indian Bazaar from 5 – 11 pm. Eat at Indian street food stalls, sip creations from Bar Bazaar, and decorate yourself with henna tattoos. Advanced tickets are available which will be “Marigold Rupees” and will allow you to purchase items at the bazaar through the evening. The smallest denomination of tickets for purchase is $6.17 (includes the service charge) and are available for purchase online.

8/27  Miss college? Not so much. But we LOVE participating in the Chicago Big Ten Alumni Challenge because 100% of the proceeds go Chicago Public Schools.  Take the Challenge and suck down cocktails.  It is a bar crawl after all…at 12 different bars in River North -Rockit, Theory, Public House, Bull & Bear, English, LaSalle Power Co, Moe’s Cantina, Howl at the Moon, Fado, Blue Frog’s Local 22 and District.  Help raise $50,000 + grab your friends. #NothingWrong with pretending like it’s just a college football Saturday. You drunkards do it often enough. Barcrawl@ChicagoBIGTEN.org  Tickets are $15 in advance ($27 at the door). 773.340.0010.

8/27 – 8/28  GO GREEK –>  Head to Greektown for the Taste of Greece from 12 pm to 11 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Indulge in Greek food, crafts, activities for the kids and live music. Opa is one word we plan to say all week long. 100-400 S. Halsted Street.

Delicious DIRT. Inside United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Chicago Events

As more than 300 supporters in their 20s, 30s and 40s gathered on June 2 at Museum Works Galleries in Chicago to learn more about genocide prevention at the Next Generation event, they were treated to signature cocktails and bites from Mercadito and soon-to-open Tavernita.    CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Mercadito @ 2011 Next Generation Event by Lynn Renee

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