Delicious DIRTDanny Macaroons Named “Best Store Bought Cookie” By Food & Wine Magazine.

Oprah Magazine Names Danny Macaroons Among Their Favorite “Easy Cookie Recipes” From Danny Macaroons’ Inaugural Cookbook, The Macaroon Bible.

Salted Caramel Macaroons from Danny Macaroons by Molly Bett Kovler

Salted Caramel Macaroons from Danny Macaroons by Molly Bett Kovler

JOIN US: Danny will be in Chicago 12/17, 12-2pm to celebrate the release of his book at Foodease Market. We’d love to have you come by, meet him, eat tasty gluten free cookies, hear about the book, the story of his business and a have a whole lot of fun.

Danny Cohen, founder of the widely successful artisanal macaroonery, Danny Macaroons, has stolen the hearts of people across the country with deliciously light and fluffy coconut cookies in flavors such as hibiscus, s’mores, salted caramel, maple pecan pie and more.  Just this week, Food & Wine named the macaroons “Best Store Bought Cookie” and O Magazine lists them as their favorite, “Easy Cookie Recipes”.

Danny won NYC’s Smorgasburg’s People’s Choice Award and attracted the praise of big names such as Danny Meyer, Martha Stewart, Art Smith, Padma Lakshmi and many others. His cookies are sold all over NYC and Chicago, from Bergdorf Goodman to The Whitney Museum, La Colombe, Goddess & Grocer, Southport Grocer, Lincoln Park Zoo, Belly Q, East Bank Club, Foodease Market and more. They are a true testament to how addictively delicious macaroons from Danny Macaroons are.

Danny, his cookbook, and the evolution of his business encompass an awesome and rather rare story. Wonderfully, this tale is filled with scrumptious food recipes, a unique business launch (from media to macaroons) and delightful gluten free cookies that people can’t get enough of…chocolate stout, spiced pumpkin, bourbon, salted caramel, jam-filled and more.  Danny has been featured in  Food & WineOprah Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Grub Street, ABC, DNA Info, Daily Candy, Eater, CrainsABC News and more.

Danny Macaroons, courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine. PHOTO BY KIRSTEN STAMN

Danny Macaroons, courtesy of Food & Wine Magazine. PHOTO BY KIRSTEN STAMN

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Delicious DIRT. Taste What You See on the Screen! Food Film Fest November 20th- 23rd, 2013  at Kendall College

Festival Week is Here! 5 Events, 30+ Films, 100+ Foods

 OFFICIAL EVENTS OF THE 2013 CHICAGO FOOD FILM FESTIVAL: Below

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Delicious DIRT. DANNY MACAROONS RELEASES COOKBOOK. The Macaroon Master, Winner of Smorgasburg’s People’s Choice Award, To Launch The Macaroon Bible; Signing Books At Whisk NYC 9/24 6-8pm, Smith + Chang 9/25 6-8pm, Chicago Parties To Be Announced Soon

DIRT Inside: Danny Macaroons, The Macaroon Bible, Whisk, Smith + Chang, Bergdorf Goodman, The Whitney Museum, La Colombe, Lincoln Park Zoo, Danny Meyer, Martha Stewart, Art Smith, and Padma Lakshmi

Danny Macaroons, S'more. Reprinted with permission from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt from The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen. Photography by Alice Gao. Copyright 2013.

Danny Macaroons’ S’more by Alice Gao

Danny Macaroons brings his delicious delectables sweets to the masses with the debut of his first cookbook, The Macaroon Bible. With over 40 recipes and stories, The Macaroon Bible will excite dessert fans, gluten free freaks, and coconut connoisseurs, alike.

Danny will be in New York City on 9/24 to celebrate the launch at Whisk Manhattan 6-8pm.  He will also be at  Smith & Chang General Goods on 9/25 in Jersey City from 6-8pm. Chicago launch party to be announced soon.

Feel free to come by, meet him, eat tasty gluten free cookies, hear about the book, the evolution of his business (from media to macaroons) and a have a whole lot of fun

Back of The Macaroon Bible

Back of The Macaroon Bible

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Delicious DIRT. Bacon Love; Whiskey Lovers Unite At Untitled; Brunch Now At Acadia, Tesori, El’s Kitchen;

DIRT Inside: Acadia, Belly Shack, Baconfest, Bar Toma, El’s Kitchen and Bar, Ginger Snap Sweets,Great Lakes Distillery, Heaven Hill, Kristine Subido, Maker’s Mark, Matt Troost, Mercat a la Planxa, The Pecking Order, Quay, Rey Villalobos, Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue, Tresori, Three Acres, Untitled, Whiskey Fest, Wild Turkey, Wildfire,

El’s Kitchen, Acadia, Tesori Now Open For Brunch

Brunch by El's Kitchen

Brunch by El’s Kitchen

Brunch is one of our all time favorite meals! Been to any of these three joints lately? Check out their latest brunch options what are guaranteed to please. In Lincoln Park, El’s Kitchen and Bar, known for their BBQ, is now serving brunch with bottomless bloody mary’s and mimosas( $15) and reasonably priced food options like brisket egg’s Benedict ($10). PERK: Kids even eat free before 1pm. On April 28th award- winning Acadia will be open for Sunday brunch with their prixe-fixe menus for $35/ person. This includes three scrumptious courses with items like Crepes with Gruyere cheese and Lobster Eggs Benedict. Lastly, Tesori Italian restaurant is now open for brunch on the weekends and it looks quite  good.  We’re amped to taste Tesori’s French Toast with rum soaked brioche and the Tesori Benedict made with prosciutto and creamy brie cheese. Enough said.

Untitled Hosts First Annual American Whiskey Fest. Below

Chefs Come Together & Share Bacon Love -> Baconfest. Below

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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 

Fashion Rocks: Sweet Styles And Tasty Bites For A Cause

Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

bellyQ’s Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

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&OysterDanny MacaroonsBelly ShackCarriage 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, fashionrocks@brownpapertickets.com.

Nifty New Feature for Google Maps On iPhone. Below

Chicago Chef Week Begins 3/17. Below

Bistronomic’s fish soup courtesy of Martha Williams for Time Out Chicago

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Delicious DIRT. Hot Event Alert: Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Summer Soiree at Roka Akor July 25th, 2012.

One of the best events of the year is next week folks!  Get down while giving back, mingling and eating sushi at Roka Akor July 25.  The third annual Summer Soiree benefits The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, an organization near and dear to our hearts. Thank you to our media sponsor, Chicago Sun Times, for your coverage!!

Check out Sun Times coverage here: Over its 27 years of existence, the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation has raised more than $25 million in the search of a cure for breast cancer. 94 percent of all funds donated to the foundation support the understanding, research and treatment of breast cancer. Each year, more than 60,000 mammograms are performed at the Lynn Sage Breast Screening Center and the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center. Through high-profile events that attract hundreds of socially connected women, this charity makes an impact! With efforts to reach younger donors, the foundation will host its third annual Summer Soiree 7/25 at Roka Akor.

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Delicious DIRT. TRUE WIN WIN! 

Have YOU bought your tickets yet to the hottest poker tournament in Chicago 6/29?? Give back while mixing and mingling with the best of ‘em! Oh, and win big, if you can…. Jesse White Foundation, Official‘s Casino night Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. Register today! www.jwfpoker.org. Get some goodness from Skinny PopBody By BondEvolution Wines & Spirits, and us: Elevate Your Presence!

Join us 6/29 at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago to benefit Jesse White Community Center. LIKE  Jesse White Foundation on Facebook here -> Jesse White Foundation, Official. More info and buy tickets: www.jwfpoker.org for more information

What are YOU waiting for?? It’s a true win win!

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Delicious DIRT. Three DIRT-Worthy Events To Stimulate Your Senses

DIRT Inside: Jason Paskewitz, Gemini Bistro, Rustic House, Quay, Cakebread Wine, Dennis Cakebread, Phil Stefani, Tuscany Café, Ralph Childs

What They’re Cookin’ Up: It’s Halibut Season

Gemini Bistro.

The oh-so-short Wild Alaskan Halibut season is here. Chef Partner Jason Paskewitz and his two Lincoln Park hotspots, Gemini Bistro + Rustic House, are prepared to serve up this tender white fish in a bunch of delicious ways. Weekly specials at Gemini Bistro = pan seared halibut with pea shoots, roasted baby carrots, caramelized onions and a lemon beurre blanc for $32. At Rustic House, pan seared Atlantic halibut is prepared with a corn purée, sauteed asparagus and shimeji mushrooms for $28. Paskewitz will be highlighting the mild, yet slightly sweet nature of wild Alaskan halibut by pairing it with fresh, seasonal ingredients. BONUS DIRT: the fish is certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council. The weekly specials at both of these hotspots will rotate weekly, and just as a heads up, both spots are closed on Mondays. Gemini Bistro: 2075 N. Lincoln. Rustic House: 1967 N. Halsted.

 Join Quay + Dennis Cakebread for Cakebread Wine Dinner. Below

Tuscany Café + Artist Ralph Childs = An Evening of Art. Below.

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Delicious DIRT. Who To HEAR at Taste of Chicago; DO NOT MISS Sexy Rockers Adam Ezra Band in Chicago 4/26; No More Cheezborgers at Billy Goat’s Washington St Location

DIRT Inside: Taste of Chicago, Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab for Cutie, Chaka Khan, Dierks Bentley, Adam Ezra Group, Martyrs’, Billy Goat Tavern, Naf Naf Grill

The Sexy Adam Ezra Group FINALLY Back In Chicago 4/26

Adam Ezra Blowing Minds

Our friend, the one and only smoking hot musician, Adam Ezra is back to blow your mind and rock your world. We can’t wait to dance our asses off at this NOT TO MISS ROCK & ROLL EVENT.  We sure do love us some sexy rockers. Few top Adam Ezra Group‘s vibe and we welcome our good friends and treasured talents as they are finally coming back to Chicago! If you’re ready to have yourself a killer night, get it on Thursday, April 26 at Martyrs’ @ 10 PM. No exaggeration, you’ll be overcome by amazing music + pure rock & roll smokin’ sexiness. TICKETS at their website. Need a sneak peak? Check ‘em out on YouTube. 3855 N. Lincoln.

Who to Jam to During This Year’s Taste of Chicago. Below.

Billy Goat Tavern Washington Street Location Set to Close May 1. Below

Triple Cheezborger at Billy Goat by George Motz

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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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