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. Super Hot NYC Based Cookie Company, Danny Macaroons, Launches in Chicago

DIRT Inside: belly Q, Belly Shack, Dan Cohen, Danny Macaroons, The Haute Dog, JP Graziano, La Colombe, Little Beans

Salted Caramel, Chocolate Almond + Double Chocolate Danny Macaroons

Salted Caramel, Chocolate Almond + Double Chocolate Danny Macaroons

Heads up Chicago!! Get ready to experience the most scrumptious macaroons of your life as Danny Macaroons are now sold in the Windy City! Now you can be one of the first to get in on the early first stages of the Chicago launch of these macaroons. We aren’t talking about French macarons here, but instead the coconut (gluten free) variety, and boy do they have us raving about their awesomeness. New Yorkers fell in love with these award winning macs, created by macaroonist we love, Danny Cohen, and now Chicago is going bananas over them as well.

Small, yet decadent, Danny Macaroons come in over 50 flavors. You’ll easily find salted caramel, chocolate almond, chocolate dipped, and more in Chicago stores. Soon, you might get lucky and chow down on chocolate banana nut, stout, peanut butter + jelly, and bourbon. If your mouth is watering and you want to get your hands on these macaroons to find out what everyone is talking about, you can now find Danny Macaroons at these Chicago locations: Belly Shack, La Colombe, Little Beans, JP Grazianos, Filter Cafe, Goddess + Grocer, and The Haute & The Dog for just $2-3 each. You can also catch Danny Macaroons’ pop up at Bow Truss 3/6, 3/13, 3/16…

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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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Delicious DIRT. Juice For You

NOW OPEN: Publican Quality Meats. Another Paul Kahan Masterpiece

Publican Quality Meats by Scott Manlin

Meet Your MEAT. Attention MEAT LOVERS: from the amazing Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality (oh you know, Avec, Big Star, The Publican) we bring you the NOW OPENED Publican Quality Meats! And guess what? It’s located right across the street from one of our faves, The Publican. PQM is a complete quadruple threat -> a butcher shop, market, bakery, and cafe all in one. PQM offers whole animal service, house-made bread, house-smoked meats, and retail favorites like olive oils, dairy, eggs, jams.  Lucky buyers will also find local Delicious DIRT such as AMAZING Bill Kim‘s Belly sauces, sandwiches, house-made sausages, charcuterie, more scrumptious prepared foods, coffees (an Intelligentsia blend), and beers on tap. Get there 10 AM to 6 PM daily, with lunch beginning at 11 AM. 835 W. Fulton Market.

Our Search For Orgasmic Turkey Chili Continues As Luxbar Adds White Bean Turkey Chili To Their Menu. On Our List Of Hopeful Foodgasm Inducers.

Turkey Chili @ Luxbar

As most of you devoted Delicious DIRT readers know, we’ve been on a hardcore hunt for truly satisfying turkey chili all year. We’ve discovered that this find is almost as rare as mind blowing sex.

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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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Delicious DIRT. NEXT Opens Childhood

Grant Achatz has done it again folks. The genius chef has brilliantly taken Next to the next level with his Childhood menu.

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What foods instantly transport you to your childhood?  This krafty combo of cheese hot dogs, Kraft mac + cheese, donuts, swedish pancakes, rice krispy treats, cereal, cheetos and more cereal might just do it for us… What foods make you feel those wonder years all over again? Do share.

Food Porn @ Next, Childhood -> A Photo Tour

One of Delicious DIRT‘s all time favorite people, the exceptional and utterly handsome James Goeke, got lucky at Next’s Childhood opening last week.  Now we’re the lucky ones because he shared his food porn with us. This time you might actually be screaming for those Brussels sprouts as you mutter, “ET phone home.” All photos courtesy of James Goeke. Click photos to enlarge.

The Menu

Hamburger

Mac + Cheese

Donuts + Batter -> AMAZING

Campfire

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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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