Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly

Inside: Grub Street Chicago, City Provisions, Finch’s Beer Co., Slackjawed Dunkel, Chicago History Museum, Dress Code 2011, Charles James, Adler Planetarium, Adler After Dark: Spooky Space, Metropolitan Brewing Company, Modern Vintage Chicago, Third Coast Filmless Festival, Table Fifty-Two, Wines of the American South, Chef Art Smith,  Gaztro-Wagon, Tamale Sapceship, Admiral Theatre, Food Mafia, Rewster’s Cafe, Dark Matter, Studio Paris, Cheeky Chicago

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10/18-21 Two of our favorite food trucks, Gaztro-Wagon and Tamale Spaceship, are teaming up this week + dishing out Delicious DIRT outside The Admiral Theatre. Food trucks and zombie strippers…only in Chicago.  More details on this multiple day event on their schedule here. 3940 W. Lawrence Ave

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10/18 Beer connoisseurs in the house? Grub Street Chicago notes another one of our faves, City Provisions, hosts the debut of Finch’s Beer Co. –> Slackjawed Dunkel from 6 to 9 pm. Free Tasting with SNACKS = we love it already! 1818 West Wilson.

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In this issue: Openings, Valentine’s Day Offers, Deals, Events, Juice

Delicious DIRT. Openings

Today 1/25: Get in before the crowds! Starting now, Grant Achatz is previewing dinners for Aviary & Next (via @Gachatz) **NEED A JOB?  Think you can take the heat?  Next/Aviary are hiring for kitchen positions. Send inquiries here:

TACO JOINT Urban Taqueria and Cantina in Lincoln Park will open their doors today!  TACO JOINT is the latest idea out of mastermind Edgar Castaneda + partner of Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North. Dishes will be executed by a trio of chefs from Zocalo, will offer a selection of tacos made with braised & grilled meats, authentic salsas and handmade tortillas. Signature tacos will include Barbacoa from Central Mexico, Cochinita Pibil from Yucatán and Birria from Jalisco. Taco Joint will also offer tortas , huaraches, antojitos, guacamoles, salads and side items. Unlike any other venue, TACO JOINT will provide Chicago’s first tequila lockers, offering guests the option to store bottles for future visits and keep em’ comin back for more.Located 1969 North Halsted, 412.951.2457,

1/28 Sweet Ride Mobile Bakery Starting Friday 1/28/11, this new food truck circulates cupcakes, pudding, whoopie pies and other sweet treats and HAPPINESS making weekend laps around the city. You can’t miss this vintage pink ice cream truck with orange flames adorned on the side, and you’ll be grateful it’s an easy spot when you taste its menu lineup including handmade gourmet sweets: cupcakes, sweetie pies, puddings, chocolate mousse and other delish desserts creatively-named flavors such as “Whoop It Good”.  In Chicago’s frigid months, hot drinks such as cinnamon spiced hot cocoa are available for sale, with plans for cold drinks in the summer and eventually coffee year round.  And, conveniently, individual-sized milk jugs to wash it all down. (via Metromix) Track the truck’s location @SweetRideChi

Delicious Dirt. DEALS

Fixture– Shop @Fixture in ChicagoHead to Fixture Boutique in Roscoe Village and mention Delicious Dirt at check out for an exclusive gift card. Not to mention, January is HANDBAG SALE month at Fixture! All handbags – (Hobo, Big Buddha, Ebisu, Brynn Capella) 20% off! All Clutches and Wristlets 15% off! All Wallets 10% off! Get organized in 2011 with a new wallet! Order anything on and get free shipping this January

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Delicious DIRT. Events

TODAY 1/25 @6pm Spain vs. France Wine Tasting and Spanish Tapas Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba will challenge your taste buds through sampling food and dozens of wines from Spain and France. Enjoy the Spanish tapas signature dishes including Winter Paella and Untraditional Croque Monsieur Dijon. $25, 773-935-5000 (Via Metromix)

1/26 Landmark Grill -  Please join BOKA GROUP this Wednesday, January 26th, for their Motown Wine Tasting event! They will be playing a selection of Motown’s greatest hits, and pairing four featured wines and passed appetizers with songs from the evening’s play list. They will also be offering all of their Wino Wednesday specials. This event is free to the public. If you would like to RSVP ahead of time, please call 312.587.1600. Click here for more info.

Now through 1/29 Chicago Originals Restaurant Week Enjoy 2-4 course menus for only $29.11 at some of the best independent restaurants in Chicago! Discover the $29.11 cheap eats!

1/26 6PM-9PM Nacional 27 & Vital Bridges team up to supports Chicagoans afflicted with HIV/AIDS. $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase tix at

1/27 THE GRAND OPENING OF “MUSEUM WORKS GALLERY @ Museum Works Galleries6:30pm – 9:30pmMuseum Works Galleries 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite # 1850, Chicago!/event.p…

1/27 Bull & Bear two-year Anniversary- Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the River North sports bar with Ultimate Fighting Championship Ring Girls Arianny Celeste and Rachelle Leah – Fellas: Does it get any better than this?!? Game on.Located 431 N. Wells St. – Chicago (River North) 312-527-5973 (via Metromix)

1/28 6PM-9PM 14th Annual Grand Chefs Gala for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation will bring together Chicago’s most recognized chefs at the elegant Fairmont Hotel to prepare and present their signature dishes for over 500 guests. Proceeds will go to the The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Please visit or 312 236 4491 call for ticket information.

1/31 6:30PM-9PM Chowdah Fest Chicago Bringing Boston’s Chowdah feast to Chi-town! Feast on an array of delish chowders while local chefs compete for an Audience Choice Award and DA TITLE of “Best Chowdah in Town”. Located at The Columbia Yacht Club at East Randolph & Lake Shore Drive. Benefits from this event will go to the Sea Scouts youth sailing-program. Featured chefs include: Giuseppe Tentori of BOKA/ GT Fish & Oyster, Baasim Zafar, Executive Chef of The Drake Hotel, Radhika Desai of Top Chef and English, Daniel Marquis of Fox & Obel Market, Private chef to celebs, Julius Russell, Guy Meikle of Nana Organic, Dean Sanders of Brown Trout, Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop, Calumet Fisheries on 95th, Benny’s Chop House, Shaw’s Crab House, and a few others…

1/29 – 3/26 (Every last Saturday of the month through 3/26 8AM – 3PM Nana Pajammy-Jam Brunch – Receive a free fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosa or hot chocolate if you show up to brunch in your pajamas at the Bridgeport organic restaurant…as if we needed another reason to roll out in public in our PJ’s. Sounds like the perfect Friday night/Saturday morning cure!Located 3267 S. Halsted St. – Chicago (Bridgeport/Sox) (via Metromix)

1/26 & EVERY last Wednesday of the month 7PM-9PM Quartino’s Monthly Wine Bash allows local wine bashers the opportunity to sample the best red, white, rose and sparkling wines featured for 2010.Located at 626 N. State St. – Chicago (River North), $20 312-698-5000 (via Metromix)

Boka Restaurant 2/8 & Second Tuesday of the month @ 630PM Boka Restaurant hosts its Test Your Palate night. Guests will be quizzed on the wine, region, and grape knowledge. (Each person receives one “hint” ticket that they can use on any of the four wines for those less in the know). The customer with the most correct answers wins a $100 gift certificate to Michelin starred Boka restaurant! It’s a great way to hone your palate and learn in a fun environment. Make sure you go to the next one!

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  • Chris Curren, formerly of Blue 13, is taking over the kitchen at the eco-friendly Hotel Felix restaurant Elate
  • Chicago Food Mafia has a JOB alert! Giuseppe Tentori and Boka Grp ‘s GT Fish & Oyster are seeking an Assistant General Manager! Please submit resume/cover letter 2
  • Tiny Lounge is absolute perfection!  It’s mellow, yet upscale, gorgeous, yet comfortable.  Smells from the kitchen – stays open serving premier cuisine until 1am folks- are AMAZE!  Tiny is a cult classic, one we hope never gets too too mainstream… yet, we know our hopes are idealistic as Tiny is always packed, always jamming and always top notch. After the massive success from last week’s @GrouponChicago Tiny Lounge has blown up even more. The well-loved martini list, newly expanded classic cocktail list and, 10 beers on tap & more than 70 by the bottle are a real treat. The menu features duck empanadas with avocado mousse and cotija cheese and lamb pizetta with goat cheese, organic yogurt and mint (DELISH!) Beat the rush!
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  • Cellar Angels is a local operation that partners with many prominent Napa and Sonoma wineries. Each wine acquisition donates a good amount of sales to charities which you select upon purchase. Feel free to jump in & help a better cause – a great accessory to bring along to BYO dinners!
  • Sending mad love to all our clients for being so DELICIOUS

Valentine’s Day DIRT

33 Club is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day for $39 highlights include: oysters, scallops and a 5-oz prime rib @33_Club

Luxbar is offering a $20 Sweetheart Special, including two glasses of Prosecco and a chocolate dessert for two. @LuxBarChicago

More V-Day LOVE soon… Stay tuned…

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Delicious DIRT. Recently Opened

Barrio Urban Taqueria

Silom 12 Thai Bucktown 1846-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-1212 (via Metromix)

Med Kitchen Quick-serve Mediterranean in the form of to-go kabobs and pita breakfast sandwiches for hungry on-the-move downtown cubicle dwellers.219 W. Washington St. 312-606-0633 (via Metromix)

The Butcher & Larder 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8280 @butcherlarder (via Metromix)

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Food Truck Info Alert- Friday 1/21/11 Gaztro Wagon will be delivering downtown– Chicago Food Mafia suggests you get orders in by 10am….send orders to by 10am.   If our guesses are correct, The Wagon will be delivering more often than not on cold days… Stay tuned….  P.S. Send Elevate Your Presence any food  pictures of the deliciousness we know you will devour and maybe, just maybe, you will be featured…

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