Delicious DIRT. Chef Jackie Shen Creates Her Famous Chocolate Bag

Inside: Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Chef Jackie Shen, Chocolate Bag, #deliciousDIRT, Photos Galore.

Feel #deliciousDIRT’s Chicago Cut FULL Food Porn Dinner: Lobster, Steak, Crab, Mac + Cheese, Burrata, Crab Legs, + MORE.

#deliciousDIRT Goes Inside Chicago Cut’s Kitchen

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Post Shoot - Now We EAT

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Delicious DIRT On Frontier Chicago

Inside: Updated, Restaurant Recap, Frontier Chicago, MBK’s Food Mafia Review, $2 Tuesdays, Mac + Cheese, Oysters, Lotties Pub, The Pony, Chef Brian Jupiter, Whole Animal Service.
Swoon over swine? Check Frontier’s 247 pound pig from Butcher + Larder at 2011 Chicago Food Film Festival’s pig roast here.
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Poor Little Piggy @ Frontier

Delicious DIRT was among the lucky few to sample oysters galore + mac + cheese (5 cheese) at Frontier Chicago‘s opening night last winter. The boys, our friends, behind Lotties Pub and The Pony really brought it when they opened this newbie!

Frontier is a chill restaurant / sports bar (24 flat screens) with a SWEET menu + extensive drink list. The crowd is usually pretty low key and unpretentious. Atmosphere is casual, wooden, rustic and calming. Don’t forget to head upstairs as well…

Frontier's Mac by MBK

Frontier is an eatery that will most likely end up in your regular rotation – it’s def in ours – kitchen OPEN TIL 1AM FOLKS. On MBK’s palate most nights she’s there –> red wine, oysters and 5 cheese Mac & Cheese… all of which SHINE brightly!

Frontier's Oysters by MBK

Wanna PIG OUT? Get your swine on bc they do whole animal service too.. for the meat LOVER in you… Literally, hottie Chef Brian Jupiter will roast an entire pig, lamb, goat and or wild boar for you and your friends to PIG OUT on. Great idea for a party…

Smiling Piggy. Whole Animal Service @ Frontier

 

Faves: Frontier’s oyster sampler, 5 cheese Mac & Cheese, DELIGHTFUL.

Juice You Must Know:

Frontier’s 2$ Tuesdays! We love anything for 2$ especially when it comes from greatness. Frontier invites Chicagoans to enjoy their $2 Tuesdays, available every Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 1:30 AM. Tuesday specials will feature items such as select half-pints, oysters, deviled eggs and tacos, all for $2 each. 

Delicious DIRT. Action Jackson. Events

Inside: Lillie’s Q, MCA, Tuesday on Terrace, Wolfgang Puck, Nichols Farm, Green City Market, Fulton’s on the River, Ethyl Beer and Wine, Retro on Roscoe, Lollapalooza, Chow Down at Chow Town. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Courtesy of Lillie's Q

8/1  Lillie’s Q 1 year anniversary is today. Stop by at 9 p.m. for free samples of their whole smoked hog and get $1 samples of their Lillie’s Q-Rita cocktail. BBQ + summer = perfection. Chef Charlie McKenna is phenomenal + award winning (winner Memphis-In-May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest). Chef Charlie McKenna, aka the Southern BBQ MASTER, is now whipping out Bacon infused moonshine aka “MoonSWINE”.  Have you indulged? BBQ + Dry Rub Ribs so good you’ll literally wanna rub one out. We know we do. 1856 W. North Ave.

Courtesy of Lillie's Q

8/2 Feelin’ a sophisticated evening with jazz music and contemporary art?  Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art is calling  your name.

MCA Tuesdays by Nathan Keay

Every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. jazz musicians perform on the front terrace for free. If you’d like to dine and enjoy the music, take down their dinner buffet available for $23 catered by Puck. Call 312-397-4034 for dinner reservations as tables are limited. This Tuesday enjoy the sounds of Dee Alexander, hosted by Alice Brown. 220 E. Chicago Ave.

8/2 Fulton’s on the River will have their 3rd annual Clam Bake this Tuesday. From 5 to 8 p.m., stuff your heart’s desire with two Hoegaarden beers and all the clams you can tackle for $25. PLUS, $4 beers, $6 cocktails and $8 glasses of wine also available. 315 N. LaSalle Drive.

Courtesy of Nichols Farm

8/3 Heard about Green City Market Chef’s BBQ Benefit which took place on that stifling hot July 21 evening? This is a big one food nerds! Chefs annually come together to benefit the Green City Market’s educational programs and outreach initiatives.  So… the question remains, have you had a chance to stop by the Green City Market? Hit it. They’re open every Wednesday (+Sat) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. so stop by to pick up some Snookelfritz Ice Cream or fresh produce from Nichols Farm & Orchard.

8/4  DD FAVE = Trucking Thursdays. We mentioned Food Truck Tuesdays in the CB2 parking lot last week + here is another weekly opportunity to delve into Chicago’s food truck trend. Head to Ethyl Beer and Wine for Trucking Thursday which features a slew of Chicago’s favorite food trucks, Good Island Beer and music from 6 to 9 p.m. 324 S. Racine Ave.

EM + MBK @ Lolla Backstage

8/5 – 8/7 Friday is the first day of the 20th Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park. Get down to Coldplay, Eminem, My Morning Jacket + so many more while you Chow Down at Chow Town. 500 S. Columbus Drive.

Too White Crew @ Retro On Roscoe by MBK

8/6 – 8/7 Head to our old haunt -> Retro on Roscoe from 12 to 10 pm to enjoy live music, food vendors and a 50 car antique car show. Some of our faves = 16 Candles (best 80′s tribute band), Two White Crew (best 90′s hip hop cover band) and more will help you let it all go while you literally dance your ass off.  For you chili lovers, don’t miss the Windy City Chili Cook-Off 2000 W. Roscoe St.

Playful MBK + LS @ Retro

Delicious DIRT’s Kitchen Insider At Chicago Cut

MBK

Molly Bett Kovler is a social worker turned social media strategist, editor, publicist, blogger and event executor. After graduating with a Master’s from The University of Chicago and working on the Obama ’08 campaign, MBK founded and runs Elevate Your Presence, LLC. EYP is a full service publicity, social media, editorial, management, and event execution firm defining excellence.  MBK is highly connected & heavily embedded in the social web.  Join EYP’s exclusive client list to Embrace. Evolve. Elevate – Elevate Your Presence. #DeliciousDIRT

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Delicious DIRT Quickie Inside Chicago Cut’s Kitchen on Food Mafia’s Feed

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at some of the country’s sexiest, busiest and top notch restaurants?  Wonder. No. More.

Delicious DIRT’s new series, Kitchen Insider, will answer all of your questions and then some.  Like our elevated interviews?  True food nerds like us simply can’t get enough food porn.  They don’t call us food geeks for nothing folks.  You’ll love going where all the action happens: inside premier kitchens like Chicago Cut, Girl & The Goat, Tiny Lounge, Frontier Chicago, Perennial Virant, Avenues, The Motel Bar, Table 52 and more. You’ll be so close you’ll feel it, you’ll almost taste it and either way, you’ll most definitely crave it.  Watch it, read it, hear it, and eat it.

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Delicious DIRT. Girl + The Goat = Fave We CRAVE. LOVE

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’re familiar with the Goat.  Just in case you missed this scrumptious post, we thought you might want to get your palate WET (originally appeared on DD in January 2011). Thank you to friends Kevin, Rob + Gary for such fab nights as always.

Sneak Preview of our Elevate Your Presence #deliciousDIRTy dinner at Girl & the Goat below. These oysters simply left us ordering more and more and more! Have you tried them yet? A MUST!

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Photo by MBK

Fried Tauton Bay Oysters @ Girl & The Goat with egg salad and a divine sauce with capers! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM does not even describe it.

What a beautiful dish! We love the chickpea fritters at Girl & the Goat. Have you tried em? You MUST!

Photo by MBK

Chickpea Fritters at Girl & The Goat with romesco, hazelnut hummus, sesame, goat feta. AMAZE and a definite FAVORITE

Simply divine! Craving more of Girl & the Goat‘s stellar squash ravioli right now! Elevate Your Presence thanks Kevin Boehm, the entire Boka Grp, & Stephanie Izard for such a wonderful #deliciousDIRT dinner.  Can not wait for more…

Girl & The Goat’s AMAZING kambocha squash ravioli with mushroom raisin ragout, brussel leaves and shroom creme fraiche. Could eat this every single night.

Goat @ The Goat by MBK

Sauteed Green Beans with a fish sauce vinaigrette and cashews- Girl & The Goat- YUMMMMMMMMM. Photo by MBK

Sauteed Skate with a yellowfin-salsify salad, blood orange, spiced hazelnuts at Girl & The Goat. SIMPLE PERFECTION. Photo by MBK

Hiramasa Crudo @Girl & The Goat with crisp pork belly with aji aioli and caperberries as well. DIVINE, Photo by MBK

Sauteed Green Beans with a fish sauce vinaigrette and cashews- Girl & The Goat- YUMMMMMMMMM. Photo by MBK

Goat Pork and Veal SUGO at Girl & The Goat with pappardelle, rosemary, and cape goose berries. Sauteed Green Beans with a fish sauce vinaigrette and cashews - both are FAVORITES- Heavenly. Photo by MBK

Delicious DIRT. KISS on NBC

RedHot Midnight Kiss Auditions…

The RedHot Midnight Kiss will be auditioning kissing couples LIVE June 2nd on NBC 5 News Morning Show between 5:30 AM and 6:30 AM. Pucker Up!

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Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia FEED

Inside: Girl & the Goat, Tempo, Silver Cloud, Feast, 33 Club, Alinea, Bob San, D’Agostino’s, mk, Gibson’s, Toast, Bella Note, Wells Street Popcorn, Fifty/50, Il Molino, Topo Gigio, Hub 51, Boss Bar.

Originally posted 11/10 in Food Mafia’s Feed.

This is my first official Delicious DIRT post for Food Mafia’s Feed and I could not be more thrilled.  EYP client, Food Mafia, is the sexiest concept online for food nerds like myself. Created by genius entrepreneur, Food Mafia CEO + ultimate Godfather Stacy Johnson, Food Mafia is literally a one of a kind restaurant review community.  In case you’ve been living in a cave and still don’t know all the sweet juice about Food Mafia, the bottom of this post has all the essential Delicious DIRT.  Check it and check out my Food Mafia profile here.

To give you a little background on me, I grew up in the city of Chicago and I literally eat my way through the city to this day. Eating is one of my top four favorite things in the universe. I am down for the fanciest joints such as Alinea, as well as biggest dives, Boss Bar. I love local hot spots, Girl & The Goat, as well as good old standby favorites, mk and best omelet and grilled cheese around the clock at Tempo.  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Omelets As Big As Your Face @ Tempo

Just so you know, I’m not one of those girls who won’t eat either. I literally eat everything and anything I want from Mac and cheese at 33 Club (sadly now closed) to extra crispy cheese pizza at D’Agostino’s (best sauce ever) to the heavenly enormous strawberry shortcake at Gibsons.

Gibson's Strawberry Shortcake = #DeliciousDIRT

It’s scary actually.  I mean, I should be three hundred pounds based on how much I actually eat.  But, my philosophy on food (and life), is carpe diem.  Life is too too precious and short not to eat isn’t it?   So I love to devour my  favorites regularly.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention some of my go-to Chitown favorites.  Because I’m such a huge BRINNER fan, I’ll begin with a few of my brunch loves.  My MUST EATS.  Let me give you some sunshine and start with the perfect Eggs Benedict (no exaggeration here). I am so lucky because I found this heaven at three Chicago spots each so diverse in their atmosphere, yet so similar in their perfect eggs Benedict- Toast, Gibsons, 33 Club (please reopen).  All use just the right amount of butter on their English muffins and toast them to perfection so they’re crispy and stay crispy throughout the entire meal. Did I mention the eggs are cooked perfectly and are runny to the exact right degree?? This is a hard science to master and to find a place that’s consistently cooking their egg yolks perfectly runny enough, yet the whites are cooked through, that’s a real find and a definite rarity I cherish! And to find not one, not two, but three spots in Chicago that you can regularly depend on this perfection is simply awesome. I have to mention the meat at 33 Club as well. I am not generally a ham fan, but 33 has some ham! After not having bacon or ham of any kind for eleven years, 33 Club’s was so special and delicious from its smell alone that I had to dive in! And I did not regret it. The hollandaise sauce each restaurant uses is not too heavy either. Toast’s is light and creamy enough, Gibson’s is the exact right consistency that I could literally down a gallon, while 33′s, you might even need to ask for more! DELIGHTFUL.

Breakfast Burrito @ Silver Cloud = True #DeliciousDIRT

Next let me delve into one of my other breakfast favorites, breakfast burritos! Two of my favorite local spots, Silver Cloud and Feast are my absolute go-to’s. Feast’s breakfast burrito is filled with some of my all time favorite guacamole, sour cream, the right amount of smooth and yet not too rich re-fried beans, some of the best gooiest pepper jack cheese, perfect egg whites (you have to specify that part – which they do charge extra for- but it’s worth it) and a great pico de gallo. On the side of the Feast breakfast burrito comes perfectly crispy potatoes with the exact right amount of salt. YUM! If you want to skip the potatoes, you can get a side salad and the dressing is a to die for balsamic that blends so well with the burrito if you like to mix it up like I do.

Silver Cloud’s burrito is quite different, yet just as delish!

Silver Cloud Breakfast Burrito

Their burrito is ENORMOUS!  It’s filled with  luscious cheddar cheese, a ton of plain and cooked to perfection black beans, sour cream, guacamole, eggs (white for me again) and topped with tons of shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and heavenly potatoes.  The way Silver Cloud includes the cheese in the burrito itself is simply divine. They roll the cheese inside the shell so in every bite you get just the right amount of cheese.  This is heaven for a giant cheese freak like me!  I get this burrito, and just about everything I eat, well done.  YUM!

Next posts will include my favorite Chicago Mac and cheeses, the lightest, most succulent salmon jalapeño sashimi appetizer from Bob San, pulled organic chicken nachos from Hub 51, amaze donuts, Australian lobster tail from Gibsons, cheese popcorn from Wells Street Popcorn, two delicious devilish rigatonis in Chicago: a la vodka at Bella Note and “the pasta al Topo Gigio” at Topo Gigio (my favorite since I was sixteen), and more galore.

Organic Chicken Nachos @ Hub = AMAZE #DeliciousDIRT

Go surf Food Mafia and let me know your thoughts and recommendations. What do you love about Chicago restaurants? What are your go to brunch spots? Your favorite dishes? I encourage you to comment here, on our EYP Facebook page and on Food Mafia’s Facebook page on some of your delights! Can not wait to see what conversations transpire. I’m looking forward to meeting you all and seeing you get Elevated on Food Mafia!!

Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia

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Delicious DIRT. Interview

Inside: Potenza Productions, Curtis Duffy, Brandon Baltzley, Michael Kornick, Giuseppe Tentori, D.C. Crenshaw, Chicago Cut, Fish Bar, Jackie Shen, Food Mafia, Elevate Your Presence, Delicious DIRT

You watched it, you loved it, you wanted it. Thanks to Potenza, our Food Mafia launch video is an absolute hit!  We KNOW Ebert would give it 4 stars **** aka 5 stars in the resto world for all you food nerds!  From the first minute we saw Potenza’s clips, we were hooked. The day we began working with them, well, let’s simply say, could not have been better!

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Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia Launch Video –> LIVE!

Video speaks a million words!   You waited patiently and now it is HERE!   The Food Mafia launch video is now live!  Thank you to all our lovely chefs / owners + Potenza Productions!

Food Mafia Launch Video from Elevate Your Presence on Vimeo.

Starring:

Chef Michael Kornick — Chef and Partner of mk, DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, N9NE
Curtis Duffy — Executive Chef of Avenues
Boka Group‘s Kevin Boehm + Rob Katz — Owners of Girl & Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Perennial Virant, Landmark, Boka
Chef Giuseppe Tentori — Executive Chef at GT Fish & Oyster, Boka
Brandon Baltzley — Executive Chef at Tribute Restaurant
D.C. Crenshaw — Food Critic
Hubie Greenwald — owner of The Motel Bar
Dion AnticThe Bagel on Damen, Porkchop, Harry’s Velvet Room
Jackie Shen — Executive Chef of Chicago Cut Steakhouse
David Morton — partner at DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar
Mike Gierdon — Chef at FishBar
Stacy Johnson — Founder and CEO, Food Mafia, Inc.

More information –> Food Mafia. Check Food Mafia on Eater and Thrillist.

Food Mafia Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to launch in the coming months!  Get your fork on!   So much #DeliciousDIRT, so little time…

Delicious DIRT. Obama ’12 -> Let The Journey Begin

Inside: Obama 2012, Organizing For America, MYBO

Yes We Can.  Yes We DID! Now We WILL AGAIN!!

Can’t believe it’s time to re-elect Obama already! Feels like YESTERDAY we were out there taking care of biz Obama ’08 style! Wanna see an oldie? Check out MBK’s first MYBO post from ’08 + get INSPIRED!!

4/27+ 4/28 This week–>> Get involved! Start a new chapter as we look toward 2012!  Organizing for America is having an Open House on Wednesday + Thursday of this week!  Come on down and get your meet and greet on!  You’ll get connected at this informational event while getting a taste of the work that needs to get done for the Obama Re-elect.   (Bring a fully charged cell phone!)

Specifics:
Start: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 5pm- 9pm
End:Thursday, April 28, 2011 5pm- 9pm
HOST: Brian Gorman
LOCATION: Organizing for America Downtown Office (Chicago, IL)
29 S. Lasalle St Chicago, IL 60603  More Info: HERE + RSVP HERE.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and score some loot!

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