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. 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. 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

Courtesy of Ground Up

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

Photo via PopSugar

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 Recaps Chicago Food Film Festival 2011. Part 1 =Farm To Film To Table Night + A 247 LB Pig Roast @FoodFilmFest.

Poster Art By Mac Premo

Missed it? Feel it as you let your mind stroll inside the world of the 2011 Chicago Food Film Festival complete with a **massive slideshow** from three photographers’ perspectives below. Click one photo below + get on the bus.

Chicago Food Film Fest: Self-explanatory? Not so much. This festival ain’t your mama’s bag of buttered popcorn and rom-com. Food Film Fest = sold out weekend long party with wonderfully curated Chitown edibles and a crowd so hot we wanted to mac on them. Hey, you can’t blame us, this crowd was as sexy as the food porn on Festival screens. ChiFFF was most definitely a tall order. Everyone rocked it Friday through Sunday taking down mind blowing eats, luscious cocktails, and fab films. Chi Food Film Fest goers showed our many NYC pals how it’s done…Chicago style. Many thanks to Kendall College for hosting and reminding us just how fun college really is.

Below is Part 1 of 3 of our breakdown of the weekend complete with a photo ***slideshow*** from three photographers. Yup. So much love from the photogs. #Grateful. Stay tuned for Part 2 -> Edible Adventure Brunch @ Intelligentsia w Doughnut Vault, Danny Macaroons and mas + Part 3, The Great Chicago Shuck + Suck + Awards Brunch. Oh so much #DeliciousDIRT. We’re already craving next year. Much much much LOVE + mad respect to the entire Food Film Fest crew who shine so brightly, who kick serious ass and have hearts of gold.

Friday night = Farm To Film To Table + After Party 247 lbs Pig Roast. ***Photo Tour ***Slideshow*** & Mas below

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Delicious DIRT. We’re AMPED From 2011 Chicago Food Film Fest. Now You Can Be Too

Pleasant House Bakery's Tasty Meatball @ Chicago Food Film Fest by Marc Klutznick

If you’re food nerds like us and you happened to have missed the SOLD OUT 2011 Chicago Food Film Fest this past weekend, calm your inner food geek with these festival flicks. You won’t be having foodgasms while tasting what you saw as we did…but this is the #nextbestthing until #FFF 2012. For now, satisfy your inner food nerd with these short flicks below.

You’ll see hottie Danny Macaroons get down in his sweet kitchen + crave macs within twenty seconds. These macaroons actually need no intro, already have a cult following, + are the most soft plump fresh scrumptious macaroons we’ve had. See why for yourselves below and let us know when you get lucky enough to mac on those macs (hint: order here). You’ll also probably salivate over D Vault’s doughnuts which def walked the walk. Yes, we’ve officially lost our D Vault virginity and hell yes, it was worth the wait. #donutsarethenewcupcakes. And after seeing sexy chef Aaron make those doughnuts at 1am, we now know how much delicacy goes into these mind-blowing delights + why people stand in the rain for hours to scarf em down. You’ll also see #ChiFFF double award winner for best short + audience choice -> Buttermilk: It Can Help, Farm To Barstool + a few Intelligentsia shorts below… Food porn photo tours soon… stay tuned for more #DeliciousDIRT soon.

The Doughnut Vault: winner of the 2011 Chicago Food Film Fest’s Best Super Short, The Doughnut Vault by Mode Project:

Danny Macaroons by SkeeterNYC on Food Curated:

Buttermilk: It Can Help by Joe York

2011 #ChiFFF Awards: Audience Choice: Buttermilk: It Can Help, Best Super Short: The Doughnut Vault, Best Short: Buttermilk: It Can Help, Best Food Porn: Amor Pulpo, Food Filmmaker of the Year: Jason Lam for How to Make a Turtle Burger.
Few other flicks #ChiFFF below including Farm To Barstool by Sky Full Of Bacon’s Michael Gebert where we go behind the scenes at Art Jackson’s Pleasant House Bakery and a few Intelligentsia below:

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Delicious DIRT. CARNIVALE FARM TO TABLE BEGINS

Kickoff and Specials Featuring Sustainable Local Produce

Chicagoans are invited to experience the best of the Midwest one week each month, May through September as Carnivale Executive Chef David Dworshak showcases seasonal ingredients from his favorite local farms.

The Farm to Table menu in May will feature locally grown products from Mick Klug Farms in Southwestern Michigan and Maple Creek Farm in Yale, Michigan.  The full Farm to Table schedule and information about each farm is available below.  Reservations recommended, not required.

Carnivale will partner with Goose Island for a Farm to Table Kick-Off Event on Wednesday, May 25 for a 6-course dinner with products from Mick Klug Farms and Maple Creek Farm expertly paired with an array of Goose Island beers for $55 per person.  The dinner will be hosted by Executive Chef David Dworshak and Goose Island’s Brewmaster.

WHEN: Kickoff Party with Goose Island: Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM Farm to Table Week: Monday, May 23 – Sunday, May 29 COST: Kickoff Party: $55 per person

UPCOMING DATES AND FARMS:

  • June 20-26: Seedling Fruit and Mint Creek Farm
  • July 18-24: Genesis Growers and Dietzler Farms
  • August 22-28: Kinnikinnick Farm and Slagel Family Farm
  • September 19-25: Three Sisters Garden and Capriole Farm

CARNIVALE 702 West Fulton Market Chicago IL 60661 312-850-5005 www.carnivalechicago.com

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