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. Fave We Truly Crave = Chicago Cut Steakhouse

Inside: Behind the scenes at Chicago Cut, Kitchen, Jackie Shen, Food Mafia video shoot, y mas.

Feel #deliciousDIRT’s Chicago Cut FULL Behind The Scenes Look As Chef Jackie Shen Creates Her Chocolate Bag

#deliciousDIRT Goes Inside Chicago Cut’s Kitchen

This time, Food Porn Speaks A Million + Words Of True #deliciousDIRT.

***CLICK ALL PHOTOS TO ENLARGE . YOU. WILL. TASTE. LOVE.

Lobstah @ C Cut = #deliciousDIRT

Benedict @ Chicago Cut = #deliciousDIRT by MR

Chicago Cut Burrata = #deliciousDIRT FAVE by MBK

Bone In as BIG AS YOUR FACE by MBK

Jackie's Famous Chocolate Bag = LOVE @ C Cut by MBK

#deliciousDIRT @ Chicago Cut by MR

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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 Is Stoked To AMP IT UP For Intonation Music Workshop


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Delicious DIRT Gets Up Close & Personal With Chef Art Smith

Chef Art Smith

The executive chef and co-owner of Table Fifty-two + Art and Soul restaurants, Art Smith has received the culinary profession’s highest awards and has cooked for some of the world’s most famous celebrities. In 1997, Smith became the personal, day-to-day chef to Oprah Winfrey, a position that lasted ten years and has made regular television appearances on programs such as Iron Chef America, The Today Show, Nightline, Fox News, Extra, Dr. Oz and Oprah. In 2003 he founded Common Threads, a non-profit organization that teaches children about diversity and tolerance through the world’s great cultures. For his tireless Common Threads leadership, Smith was honored by Chicago magazine as a Chicagoan of the Year in 2007. That same year, the prestigious James Beard Foundation named him Humanitarian of the Year.  All photos courtesy of Kipling Swehla.  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Chef Art Smith on Twitter
Chef Art Smith on Food Mafia
Table Fifty-two

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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. Art Smith Exclusive

“The Gov. of Florida, taught me that in order to get ahead you had to understand politics and diplomacy. Oprah taught me to honor your word and always give people your best. Life taught me to always have a parachute,” Art Smith. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Deviled Eggs @ Table Fifty-two

Yes, Oprah gave her whole studio audience cars… However, the most meaningful gift she gave Chicago and food nerds across America was opening our eyes to the one and only wonderful Chef Art Smith. The TV star and head chef behind President Obama favorite Table Fifty-two and Art & Soul, (plus future restaurants in California and Atlanta) has a heart made of gold.  What you may NOT know is this fantastic chef has become a recent marathoner and runs a remarkable charity, Common Threads.

None of the above should be surprising to anyone who has met Chef Art Smith.  His Southern roots and upbringing shine not just in his cooking, but also in his overall demeanor.  The way Art treats everyone he meets is with pure kindness. We are sincerely proud to call him our friend.  Art cooks the food we love, the food we crave, and the food we devour!! Even better, he serves it with panache.  We, at Delicious DIRT, adore Chef Art Smith – as a mentor, a chef and a friend. Below, get to know Art Smith, up close and personal. We hope you’ll enjoy reading his interview as much as we loved giving it.

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Chow Down in Chow Town Delicious DIRT Style. Lollapalooza 2011. Food Mafia Feed

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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. Chow Down in Chow Town @ Lollapalooza 2011.

Calling all food nerds, music freaks, and festival geeks, Lollapalooza is this weekend (as most of you know). It’s hard to believe Perry Farrell, of Delicious DIRT fave Jane’s Addiction, started Lolla 20 years ago as a farewell Jane’s concert. Oh, #howtimeflies. Not only is the music line up star studded (My Morning Jacket, Eminem, Deadmau5, Coldplay, Foo Fighters), but the FOOD line up, aka Chow Town, most definitely beats the Taste Of Chicago spread.  #FoodPorn you’ll salivate over. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Graham Elliot's #streetfood: Lobster Corn Dog by Will Rice

We’re #crossingourfingers the weather won’t be SWAMP LIKE in Grant Park (high hopes).  Hint: check Tom Skilling‘s forecast – quite possibly the best weatherman ever.  Craving action before Lolla? Check Delicious DIRT’s weekly event roundup and satiate yourself…

Q-Tip Courtesy of PDS

Don’t fret because Lolla is sold out.  As always, you can get tickets on the scene if you’re smooth like butter.  Speaking of the masters, checked out Michael Rapaport’s just released documentary in Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest yet? Add it to your To Do. Now.

Courtesy of Lolla

Other than the music at Lolla, slews of other distractions such as Green Street, Activities and Lounge Centers and of course, our favorite, Chow Town, are sure to keep you busy (and FULL). Green Street showcases Lollapalooza’s green initiatives with eco-friendly shopping from Green Streets Art Market, fresh produce from the Farmers Market, and notable charities and organizations at Lolla Cares.

Lolla's Chow Town

Lolla’s food line up surely tops Taste of Chicagos! We know you Delicious Dirt devotees are most definitely excited about Chow Town, Lollapalooza’s ridiculous food extravaganza which includes many of Chicago’s best restaurants.  You’ll surely take down many Delicious DIRT FAVES – Lolla style (see below for full list and roundup).

2010 Lolla Delicious DIRT by Katherine Sacks

In case you haven’t heard, Graham Elliot heads Chow Town as Culinary Director for the second year in a row.

Graham Elliot @ Lolla w/ his signature lobster corn dog by Ashley Garmon via Eater

Elliot, along with Grahamwich + Graham Elliot Exec Chef Merlin Verrier, bring greatness for everyone.. no matter your diet.  Merlin tells Delicious DIRT, “Chow Town will now be on Columbus going north and south. This will add a great new feel for the food: the road is wider, all restaurants will be on the same street, individualized signage for each restaurant and great seating areas.  All that’s much better when eating some of the best festival food in the world.” He also told The Feast they plan to make 12,000 lobster corn dogs this year as last year’s 11,000 ran out too quickly and people were “freaking out.”  We LOVE.

Merlin Verrier by Mark Kinan

Prepare to indulge food geeks. Life is short. Your Lolla palate is sure to be full full full of true Delicious DIRT. Look for Smoke Daddy, Franks ‘N Dawgs luscious hot dogs, Kuma’s Corner renowned scrumptious burgers and Blue 13‘s to die for cactus tostada.

Courtesy of Franks N' Dawgs

Newcomers to the festival include Graham Elliot’s Grahamwich, Sola, Bonsoiree, and The Gage/Henri.  Embracing the vibe, Sola’s calling their Delicious DIRT, Solapalooza. #TheShoeFits.  Sola’s  Carol Wallack will rock your socks off in Chow Town with her edamame with hemp seed vinaigrette and kalua pork on banana bread. If you’re feeling the yearn for Chicago staples, there’s always Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza and or the Original Rainbow Cone= best bet to cool it down.

Delicious DIRT @ Kuma's by Sarah Collins

Thirsty? Quench it with non-alcoholic beverages once in a while. Grab an iced coffee from Chicago’s well known artisan coffee hot spot Metropolis Coffee Company or a flavored iced tea from Sweet Leaf Tea. You can’t go wrong with baos from Wow Bao, french toast from Jam, pulled pork sandwiches from Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs and or an Italian beef sandwich from Tuscany on Taylor StTake it all down? #MadProps #BringThePepcid

Stay ahead of the curve with the Lollapalooza app -> we can not hit Lolla without! The app allows you to connect with your facebook page (obsessed), create your own custom schedule of musicians,  and listen to free streaming tracks from artists at Lolla 2011 (plus past performers over the last 20 years).  A must.  Also, we suggest you plot your pig out with the Lollapalooza map.

Lolla Map by Lolla

Stuff your face, dance like no one’s watching and sing like no one’s listening.  Feel it. #LifeIsShort

EM + MBK @ Lolla Backstage

Lolla @ Night by NY Daily News Staff

Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead – she isn’t.  For all you rocker chic mamas and papas, your kids are in luck as they too can get down at Kidzapalooza. Get ready for hilarious rocker hair styles, fake tattoos, and jamming out rock band style! Play it up Griswald style… We know we know… no one can be Chevy cool.

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Delicious DIRT. Get Dosed: Food and Fashion, One Sunday a Month

Dose Courtesy of Aaron Becker

You’ve spent many a Sunday trekking from Bucktown to Chinatown, Andersonville to the Gold Coast, and back again, in order to soak up everything Chicago has to offer. Life would be easier if there were just one stop.  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Fresh berries from Seedling Fruit

Dose Market is just that: The new food and fashion market takes place one Sunday a month at the River East Art Center. Heather Sperling (Chicago Editor, Tasting Table) and Emily Fiffer (DailyCandy Chicago Editor) helm the food end; April Francis (the Haute Closet) and Jessica Herman (Associate Shopping Editor, Time Out Chicago) add a healthy dose of fashion and design to the mix. The foursome’s goal is simple: to expose Chicagoans to the creativity that makes this city tick – and put Chicago on the map, once and for all.

Gluten-free salted peanut brownies from Defloured

At the July 10 market, Grant Achatz crafted complimentary cocktails for guests in the morning hours.

Grant Achatz concocted a custom Dose cocktail, based on his new Thai menu at Next.

Slightly sloshed, shoppers soaked up the booze with Fritz Pastry’s buttery croissants and smeared them with passion fruit lime curd from Rare Bird Preserves.

Fresh from the fryer doughnuts from Fritz Pastry.

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Delicious DIRT’s Kitchen Insider At Chicago Cut

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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. Food N’ Booze by Hubie Greenwald For Food Mafia’s FEED

Hubie Greenwald Photo by MBK

Hubie Greenwald, Motel Bar owner, began his career in the restaurant industry in 1977 when he began working in the kitchen of Salvatore’s Ristorante at the advanced age of 12.  He worked for the ridiculous sum of $1.25 per hour… Evidently, his Mom was not concerned about child labor laws…or his income. He toiled in the kitchen until 1985 when he moved to Seattle to attend college and discovered the joys of bartending and it is safe to assume liquor.

Hubie Speaks Motel for Delicious DIRT

Did You Know:

**Mondays at Motel we show movies on our patio… listings as well as almost anything else you want to know about The Motel Bar www.themotelbar.com

**Tuesdays at Motel we offer an event called BeersCool on the last Tuesday of every month), can be found on our website www.themotelbar.com.

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