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. 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. Sixth Annual NYC Food Film Festival Announces 2012 Lineup

We are thrilled to announce the Official Selections of The 2012 NYC Food Film Festival!  This year’s Fest will feature 30 +  food films with 18 World Premieres, 7 US Premieres, and 4 NYC Premieres!  Read on for the full list and you can click here for the latest full press release.

As you all know, The Food Film Festival is the only festival in the world where guests get to taste what they see on the screen.  Produced in association with the James Beard Foundation, the Festival will run from October 18 through October 21, 2012 in New York City and November 15-17 in Chicago.

More details including the announcement of Festival judges, the full schedule of events, and information on ticket sales are coming soon!

2012 NYC Official Selections Below:

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Delicious DIRT. Spring/Summer Opening JUICE: Crosby’s Kitchen Replaces Leo’s Coney Island; Clandestino Owner/Chef Opening Sandwich Shop; & More Tacos (Antique Taco) in Wicker Park

Tacos Heading To Wicker Park Soon by Antique Taco

DIRT Inside: Leo’s Coney Island, Dunlay’s, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, Frasca, Crosby’s Kitchen, Andrew Easterday, Efrain Cuevas, Clandestino, Antique Taco, Antique Kitchen, Flash Taco, Big Star, Wicker Park, Milwood Bar & Grill

Crosby’s Kitchen Coming to Southport Ave.

Like it at Dunlays? You'll love Crosby's Kitchen by Dunlays

Remember Leo’s Coney Island? The Detriot-style hot dog chain that was placed nicely on the corner of Southport and Cornelia? As you know, it closed in September and now the owners of Dunlays, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, and Frasca are turning the space into Crosby’s Kitchen. Two awesome new features: a bar and street-front windows = a perfect summer spot. And Andrew Easterday will be moving from Frasca to Crosby’s Kitchen to… run the kitchen. If you love the skillet cookie and/or the Key Lime pie from Dunlays, watch for it at Crosby’s Kitchen. Opening in June. Read more about this opening on Dish. 3455 N. Southport Ave.

More Tacos, This Time ‘Antique Tacos’, Heading to Wicker Park. Inside.

Gourmet Sandwich Shop? We Are So There. Below.

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Delicious DIRT. We Already LOVE

NOW OPEN: Brendan Sodikoff’s Done It Again @ Au Cheval

Bolognese w/ bucatini, charred tomato & parmesan @ Gilt Bar by MBK

Our lovely friend and insanely talented hot restauranteur, Brendan Sodikoff, (Gilt Bar, Maude’s Liquor Bar, Doughnut Vault,) has added another eatery to his fantastic mouth-watering resume. TODAY, Au Cheval, his classic diner with a gastronomic touch, opened in Chicago’s West Loop.  We can hardly contain our excitement!  Au Cheval is a dinner / late night joint, but Sodikoff hopes to eventually go 24 diner style.

This once gyro grease pit turned true beauty is not your typical diner folks…think more upscale local bordello you’ll want hit often (we already basically live at Gilt). The menu houses traditional diner items (patty melt) as well as more intense elaborate dishes (smoked whitefish pasta). Au Cheval is stocked with a full bar (36 draft beers), an open kitchen, menu items like chilaquiles (we die), burgers, melts, king crab, chopped chicken liver (think Jewish deli), fried-bologna sandwich, peppered bacon steak with truffle jus w potato purée, and classic eggs.  If you have not already left any diner stereotype you had at the door, you will.  Au Cheval is quickly becoming our new fave we crave.

***BONUS: eat/drink/be merry at Au Cheval TODAY and TOMORROW (Wednesday 2/22 and Thursday 2/23) and proceeds will go to Bright Pink and Heshima Kenya. 800 W. Randolph.

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DeliciousDIRT. Gotta Have It: Deep Fried Gravy, Bill and Giuliana’s RPM, and the Mountain Lion

DeliciousDIRT Inside: Wiener and Still Champion, Deep Fried Gravy, Gus Paschalis, Chief Frying Officer, Evanston, RPM Italian, Bill Rancic, Giuliana Rancic, Melman Siblings, RJ Melman, Jerrod Melman, Molly Melman, River North, Doug Psaltis, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Apple, iMessage, Twitter, iChat, Flickr, Vimeo, Microsoft, Google

Did We Read That Correctly? DEEP FRIED GRAVY?!

Oozing Gravy Goodness @ Wiener and Still Champion

Yes, believe it. That is a DEEP FRIED patty of GRAVY on a burger. Wiener and Still Champion in Evanston has had this orgasmic item on it’s secret menu for about a year, but luckily for all of us FOOD PORN stars, it’s BACK and REVAMPED. CFO (you better believe that stands for Chief Frying Officer) Gus Paschalis says it’s all in the combo of chicken gravy and the special seasoned flour that makes this amazing oddity to heavenly. And get this: you can add it to ANY burger for only $1.50. As if this didn’t already feel like a dream enough, the patties of gravy cooked to order. Your first bite will = warm, gooey, oozing gravy goodness. Go. Now. 802 Dempster, Evanston.

OPENING SOON: RPM Italian -> Melmans + Rancics’ Eatery in River North

Soon-to-be Hotspot in River North, RPM by Bill Rancic

A 225-seater, 10,000-square-foot River North Italian hotspot called RPM Italian – from the Melman siblings (Hub 51, Paris Club) and the reality TV power couple themselves, Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Why you’ll LOVE it: Doug Psaltis is running the kitchen, light cooking + great ingredients + classic Italian, and an approachable, comfortable, food-sharing environment. We’ll even give you a HINT of what’s to come: brussel sprouts with spicy peppers, Roman-style artichoke, duck-misson fig ravioli, and wood-grilled whole branzino with Ligurian olive oil, capers, and oregano. Cocktails, too. We can’t wait to sing RPM’s praises. Watch for it at the end of the month. 52 W. Illinois.

Adios iChat, Aloha Twitter, Flickr & Vimeo: Apple Reveals Mac OS X Mountain Lion

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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. Got Dosed. Part 1

Pineapple skewers @ Dose From X-Marx by Nathan Michael

It’s safe to say we lost our Dose virginity today and man was it sweet. Our fave monthly market, curated by the hottie editors we love, kicked ass. Sadly we had not been to this blowout event sooner in the year, but it was so worth the wait + we are now getting dosed regularly. Literally, minds were blown, waistlines were shot, mouths were satiated. Oh, and that’s just the tip.

Luckily, we have a shitload of photos for you to see just how rad this food and fashion event actually was. More to come… For now, get DOSED below in Delicious DIRT’s Part 1 of 2.  Need more info on a specific photo? Please email us @ DIRT@elevateyourpresence.com 
CLICK PHOTO BELOW TO BEGIN SLIDESHOW –> PRETTY SWEET.  CHECK IT.

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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. Food Nerds Rejoice

Delicious DIRT got lucky Monday night when one of our favorite Chicagoans and loyal DIRT member, James Goeke, attended Food + Wine’s Entertaining Showcase at the MCA. Below is James’ food porn tour you’re sure to salivate over.

Next's Delicious DIRT by James Goeke

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