Delicious DIRT. Celebrate Uncle Sam & Tax Day at Chicago Q; Newest Food Awards ->The Munchies: YOU Get to Choose Your Food Faves; + Music, Goods, & FOOD Benefiting Chicago HOPES.

DIRT Inside: Chicago q, Tax Day Prix-Fixe, Travel Channel, Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern, General Mills, Giordano’s, Big Star, Intelligentsia Coffee, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Defloured, Chicago HOPES, Bright Lights for Bright Kids, Beat Kitchen, Minor Characters, Debello, Dead Sheriff

Chicago HOPES Brings the Beats & Benefits @ Beat Kitchen 4/14

Spicy Thai Chicken Pizza at Beat Kitchen. Photo by Food Digest

When food, music, and charity come together in one event, it’s a killer combo you absolutely cannot miss. This Saturday, April 14,sweet spot, Beat Kitchen, is hosting Chicago HOPES Bright Lights for Bright Kids IV event benefiting after-school programs for children living in homeless shelters. The show will feature music from local Chicago talent: Minor Characters, Debello, and Dead Sheriff (Dead Sheriff is absolutely incredible, New Americana Garage Rock -> check ‘em out). Come play, eat and dance. Have you tried Beat Kitchen’s spicy Thai chicken pizza?? A must. Enjoy music + food for a great cause! Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door, and you can also get the VIP ticket package for $35. This includes pre-show VIP dinner with the bands, a gift from Chicago HOPES, and a raffle ticket (prizes like as a Sprint Tablet PC, a 15-person wine-tasting, Cubs Tickets, a Roscoe Village Bikes gift set, and a football autographed by Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher). Talk about a fun, tasty, beneficial, elevating event. GET TICKETS. 2100 W. Belmont.

Got The Munchies? Vote for Your Favorite Food Nerds + Food Porn. Below

Tax Day STEAL Prix-Fixe @ One of Our DRY RUB FAVES, Chicago Q. Below

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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. 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. Frog N’ Snail Debuts; Opening May 1: Jackie Shen @ Argent; What’s New @ Troquet? Croque Monsieur + mas

DIRT Inside: Jackie Shen, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Argent, Dana Hotel, Troquet, Brad Phillips, Frog N Snail, Lakeview, Dale Levitski, La Colombe Coffee

Frog N’ Snail

Frog N Snail

Taken it down at Frog N Snail in Lakeview yet? (Check out Eater’s virtual tour.) Feeling that French vibe even more now with Frog N Snail’s debut last week? Dale Levitski’s food is sure to satiate as it’s looking trés magnifique: croque monsieur with two-year-aged white cheddar and rosemary ham; white anchovy crostini; bibb lettuce salad with pickled peaches, grilled NY strip carpaccio salad; open-faced turkey and pastrami sandwich with horseradish, beet slaw, sunny side egg and apple; steak frites; chicken kiev and more. Dale Levitski’s new hotspot bistro / coffee shop in Lakeview will also be launching a bakery inside within the weeks to come filled with housemade baked goods and La Colombe coffee. What did you have for lunch at Frog n Snail on opening day? Dig it? Want more? Check out the full menu –>  frognsnaillunch0330 3124 N. Broadway

Troquet Debuts New Menu Items - Below.

Chef Jackie Shen Heading to Argent in Dana Hotel - Below

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Delicious DIRT. Take Home Fresh Rotisserie Chicken Sundays @ Rustic House; SHUCK Our Fave for Free @ GT Fish & Oyster 3/31; Eat and Watch Iron Chef-Style @ Slurping Turtle 4/1

DIRT Inside: Rustic House, Chef Jason Paskewitz, GT Fish & Oyster, Giuseppe Tentori, Takashi, Chef Takashi Yagihashi, Slurping Turtle, Iron Chef America

Slurping Turtle Iron Chef America Showing Chef Takashi

Photo via Slurping Turtle

Unfortunately the special Iron Chef dinner at Takashi has sold out, BUT there is still an amazing place where you can watch Chef Takashi Yagihashi impress with the best on Iron Chef America, April 1. Slurping Turtle will be showing the show on a large screen for the occasion. The secret ingredient menu will be available a la carte once the item is revealed on the show (approx after 9 PM). Food nerds welcome! Obviously massive food porn to eat your heart out to and support Chicago’s finest! 116 W. Hubbard.

SHUCK ‘EM! Free Oysters at GT Fish & Oyster 3/31. Below.

Sunday Take Out @ Rustic House

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Delicious DIRT. Feast Your Eyes on the Beauty That is One of One Jewelry

One of One Jewelry by Marc Klutznick

DIRT InsideOne of One Jewelry, Samantha Goldberg, House of Consignment, VH1, Corri McFadden, eDrop-Off, Windy City Live!, Spiro Tsaparas, Vicki Killingsworth, iRockit Clothing Line, Kristina McGrath, Mike McGrath, Korinna Isselhardt, Toni Canada, Dusty Stemer, Megan Taylor, Lynn McMahan, Renee Trikolas, Tarrah Cooper, Janet Davies

One of One by MBK

Remember when we got Dosed + One of One Jewelry gave us multiple eye-gasms? Now get this: VH1′s new show, House of Consignment, premiered Wednesday night with Delicious DIRT favorite rockin’ sex pot jeweler Sam Goldbergs jewelry line, One of One Jewelry front and center. House of Consignment is centered around another Chicago beauty we also adore, Corri McFadden, who owns eDrop-Off, a luxury consignment business. The entire show is shot and based right here in Chicago. Imagine our excitement when that beautiful sparkling necklace around Corri McFadden’s neck was none other than a kickass piece by our sexy love Sam Goldberg and her line, One of One Jewelry. Naturally, Sam’s jewelry is just like she is: incredibly chic, edgy, + glam. We love love loove busting out these show-stopping pieces on the regular. And YOU can too. Hint: follow One of One’s newly launched Twitter handle.

One of One by Megan Sontag

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Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love: Friday DIRT -> Wine Bar + Speakeasy Lounge Openings, Chef Moves

DIRT Inside: Todd Stein, Florentine, Piccolo Sogno Due, Tony Priolo, Mark Newman, Piccolo Sogno, Rosebuf Restaurants, Bar Umbriago, River North, Alex Dana, George Dana, Michael Ponzio, Eatt, Hotel Raffaello, Drumbar, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Pelago, Mauro Mafrici

Chef Moves: Todd Stein (who we LOVE) of the Florentine Heading to Piccolo Sogno Due

Courtesy of The Florentine

Current chef at the Florentine, Todd Stein, will be leaving his post there to pursue the executive chef position at the soon-to-open (SWEET) Piccolo Sogno Due (sister resto to Piccolo Sogno). When Chef Stein heads out at the end of April, he’ll also be bringing his sous chef Mark Newman to Tony Priolo’s new resto. What to watch for from Chef Stein and Piccolo Sogno Due: pizza, great fish and pasta plates. BRING. IT. ON. 340 N. Clark.

To Open: Rosebud’s Own Bar Umbriago Wine Bar. Below.

Speakeasy Lounge Alert: Drumbar To Open in Hotel Raffaello. Below

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Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love: Make Your Spring + Summer GREENER @ Green City Market w/ Events -> Paul Virant Signing; Spring Fling; & Peak Season Tastings

Green City Market. Photo via Green City Market Facebook

DIRT Inside: Green City Market, Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Boka Restaurant Group, A New Leaf, Spring Fling, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Jared Van Camp, Nellcôte, Old Town Social, The Locavores, Rick Bayless, Charlie Trotter’s, Savor the Season Tasting Series

Spring has sprung & we’ve got the DIRT on juuust how to celebrate.

Taste Green: Peak Season Tasting Series. Below

Celebrate Green: Spring Fling @ A New Leaf 4/26. Below. 

Read Green: Paul Virant Book Signing & Dinner @ Perennial Virant 4/3

Paul Virant‘s book The Preservation Kitchen will be released on April 3 and to celebrate, Perennial Virant will be hosting a special dinner and book signing. We LOVE Paul’s own preserves which are delish, local and sustainable. Tickets are $125 each, and include a five-course menu, wine pairings, a signed copy of the book, and get this: $20 of each reservation will be going directly to Green City Market – so worth every penny! Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu: Fried Brunkow Cheese Curds- pickled pepper vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, preserved tomato sauce, prairie fruits farm pecorino; and Caramel ice cream, brandied figs, whole wheat shortbread -> see the whole menu here. Make your reservation ASAP – April is closer than you think! Call 312.981.7070. 1800 N. Lincoln.

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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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