Elevate Your Presence literally can’t wait to try Dough Boys‘ 3 foot long pizza!!! Now open in little Italy, Dough Boys is the creation of the The Purple Pig & Davanti Enoteca Team & we know it’s gonna be more than just dough. Both Chicago Food Mafia & EYP will be on the scene soon so stay tuned!

Unless you’re living in a cave you know Graham Elliot opened Grahamwich to rave reviews after massive hype- even trended on Twitter. Elevate Your Presence confirms deliciousness & hears graham elliot‘s sister spot will open in more locations soon & Grahamburger is next on this Master Chef’s plate!

Now open- Elevate Your Presence is so excited Green Corner has officially opened its doors today in Buck Town !! Congrats to friends Elizabeth & Colleen Murzyn, the dynamic sister duo who opened this all organic juice bar which also serves smoothies, soups, pastries and more!! Get there- 1880 N Damen – at Cortland in Chicago.

Elevate Your Presence loves this Delicious Dirt via Eater Chicago on Michelin Guides‘ parties with food nerds galore – chefs like Grant Achatz , restaurant owners such as Boka Grp‘s Rob, Kevin and Giuseppe, journalists /bloggers such as the one and only fabulous Ari Bendersky and the rest of the good ol’ Chitown crew!

Elevate Your Presence wants you to get to know Grant Achatz in this video interview attached below! Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate the Alinea chef on his Michelin Guides 3 stars! Achatz writes, “I’ve done my share of interviews, but its pretty fun when you get to do it while cruising town in a Lexus.”


Elevate Your Presence is psyched the florentine, blt restaurant group‘s newbie is now finally open! Last night the VIP opening was a tremendous success with Todd Stein, Rodelio Aglibot and all those foodies. The after party was said to be rockin’ at Big Star Chicago too. The Mafia even got some delicious dirt- The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English will be opening in Chicago’s Gold Coast summer 2011 in a 10,000 square foot space in the lower level of an undisclosed hotel. Stay tuned.

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Elevate Your Presence enjoyed some dangerously delicious chocolate cake tonight at Coco Pazzo! What and where are some of your favorite Chicago indulgences?

Great Foodie Event Alert – Some of Chicago Food Mafia & Elevate Your Presence‘s favorite chefs – Chef Rick Bayless, Chef Art Smith, Charlie Trotter, will be at Chicago Cultural Center for Chicago’s Chefs Live November 19th with New York Times Magazine writer Frank Bruni and Lee Brian Schrager – Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival to discuss all things food! Expect some Mafioso on site!!

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Jewish women are sexy! Elevate Your Presence hopes you want to laugh with us tonight at YLD’s Big Event Featuring Sarah Silverman. Free smiles attached. Check it.

Elevate Your Presence can not wait for Bangers & Lace! News flash- soft opening last night so you won’t have to wait any longer!! Congrats to friends Jason Freiman and Nick Podesta!!

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Hooray!! November 1st – Chicago Bowl gets unanimous support from East Village Association in Chicago. Elevate Your Presence gives huge congratulations to friend Peter Shapiro, (Brooklyn Bowl owner), for not only developing a much NEEDED 16 lane bowling alley in the Chi, but also for incorporating a Blue Ribbon Restaurants eatery (first outside of NYC) and soon to be one of the all time great performance venues to the area! Did we mention Chicago Bowl will employ at least 100 locals? Bring it on!!!

East Village Association, neighbors working together in Chicago’s West Town community: Chicago Bowl.

Get ready to rock, eat & bowl at the upcoming Chicago Bowl slated to open in the 1800 block of West Chicago Ave. Elevate Your Presence congratulates Brooklyn Bowl owner & friend Peter Shapiro on his latest venture- Chicago Bowl! Brooklyn Bowl has been home to such EYP favorites as Talib Kweli, Questlove & even President Bill Clinton. CB is sure to become one of Chitown’s biggest, baddest, & best venues!! With comfort food all under $20 by Blue Ribbon Restaurants, Chicago Bowl is already a smashing strike to us! Stay tuned.

Updated story- Elevate Your Presence has some delicious dirt for Chicago Food Mafia. October 30th, after his Hype Park rally for Alexi Giannoulias and Quinn, President Barack Obama dined for three hours at Topolobampo owned by Chef Rick Bayless. Sunday October 31st, the three ate at Hype Park staple, Valois Cafeteria – “See Your Food”. For details including what everyone ate, see below.

Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia heart Chef Rick Bayless! He even tweeted President Barack Obama‘s delightful surprise visit last night at Topolobampo including a stream of photos (see below). Way to go Bayless. Love the social media usage!!

YUMMMM- Chicago Food Mafia, Elevate Your Presence and even President Barack Obama love the scallops and lobster at Chef Rick Bayless‘s Topolobampo. Delicious Dirt no matter which way you dice it.

Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate one of our favorite restaurants, Cibo Matto! Bon Appétit Magazine named Chicago’s Cibo Matto on their list of best pasta places in the country!!! Mouth is watering.

Chicago Food Mafia Had a GREAT afternoon Friday October 29, 2010 with Elevate Your Presence and Michael Kornick (of mk The Restaurant and DMK Burger Bar). It was great watching Michael in action and we can’t wait to have dinner at MK tonight! Welcome to the Chicago Food Mafia Michael!!!

Chicago Food Mafia via Elevate Your Presence is thrilled to see some of our favs – Salpicon, Mexique & Chef Rick Bayless‘s spots on Chicago magazine‘s Top 12 List of Best Mexican Restaurants! Check out more below via Eater Chicago.

Chicago Food Mafia News Flash via Elevate Your Presence: Chef Todd Stein leaving Cibo Matto to open the Florentine November 11th in Chicago’s JW Marriott hotel. For entire story and pictures see Eater Chicago.

Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia are thrilled the Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball raised $200,000 last week! Chefs from some of our favorite restaurants- The Purple Pig, Province, Girl & the Goat, Perennial, Avec and tons more participated in this annual awesome event. Read more about it here via Eater Chicago.

OPENING – Elevate Your Presence is happy to report that Mastro’s Restaurants is opening their Beverly Hills classic steakhouse in Chicago this friday in River North at 520 N. Dearborn. Stay tuned for all the Delicious Dirt.

Exciting News Flash- Chicago Food Mafia is thrilled Big Star Chicago is building an enclosed patio that will be open year round! The Mafioso and Elevate Your Presence might just need to go indulge in Big Star’s fabulous food, magical margaritas, tasty tostadas and fresh guacamole right now to celebrate!!

Tostada de Pescado: wood grilled basa, cucumber-onion spread, radish, cabbage, avocado. $3.

Tostada de Pescado: wood grilled basa, cucumber-onion spread, radish, cabbage, avocado. $3 @ Big Star

Best post and uncovering of a story was my discovery of Ed Burns’ escapades in the Chi via Twitter!!!  By piecing together a bunch of tweets, Elevate Your Presence was able to break the below story first- before local media…

Elevate Your Presence has always loved Edward Burns. Brothers McMullen is pure genius! Burns was in Chicago Filmspotting while promoting Nice Guy Johnny (Comcast 10/26). Friday, when Crain’s Shia Kapos tweeted Burns, he replied he couldn’t get a table at Girl & the Goat & went to Giordanos. The mellow down-to-earth actor even replied to Girl & Goat owner Kevin Boehm sayin no worries & he’d be back next time. Delicious Dirt all around.

After the insanely amazing IPO Opening on Wednesday and hanging out with Chef Hoyte and Cece Segarra, I really thought the week had peaked.   Boy was I wrong.  That was only Wedneday!  OMG, what was I thinking?

Here’s what Elevate Your Presence had to say about it on Facebook-

Elevate Your Presence: Shaw’s Crab House Oyster Fest last night was killer. Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence made killer appearances chowing down on delightful oysters, lobster rolls, catfish sandwiches, fried shrimp, and more…. Delicious all around.

So, details –  Friday brought Royster with the Oyster, Shaw’s Crab House’s 22nd annual oyster festival.  This was an all out street party filled with some of the best food.  Not kidding. Does eating two giant lobster rolls- enormous lobster rolls – and moaning with each bite tell you something?  That wasn’t even enough my loyal readers.  No, I then ate tons of crab claws, fried shrimp, catfish, and raw oysters galore.  The combination almost had me in a food coma, but somehow I managed to mix and mingle my way through the crowds.

I walked in and immediately was given the royal treatment.  Susie, (Shaw’s PR) gave us (me and my friend Allison) press passes and off we went with packets of Shaw’s money and smiles on our faces.  We were consistently introduced to media types and industry folk as we kibitzed with other party goers.

The vibe was relaxed yet happy.  The weather was cool yet not cold.  The food was hot and yet cold.  All I can say is after the festival, I was in an oyster coma for the first time ever and I loved every minute!

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