Delicious DIRT. Taste What You See on the Screen! Food Film Fest November 20th- 23rd, 2013  at Kendall College

Festival Week is Here! 5 Events, 30+ Films, 100+ Foods


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Delicious DIRT. An Easier Way to Crack the Nut by Danny Macaroons

Salted Caramel Danny Macaroons = An all time favorite

We loved his post so much that we just had to share with you. Not only does this rock star macaroonist, Danny Macaroons, blow minds with his baking, he also enlightens us in the kitchen on so many levels. For those of you who always wondered, but never knew…

How To Open Pistachio Nuts That Just Won’t Open

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Delicious DIRT.Much to LOVE: Tax-Free Shopping, Make Art W A Muse @ Floriole, Bistronimic’s New Cocktails, Pizza for a Cause

DIRT inside: Homemade Pizza Company, Snow City Arts, Invest for Kids, 900 North Michigan Shops, Michael Kors, J.Crew, Club Monaco, Mark Shale, Bistronomic, Bistronomic 75, Chef Martial Noguier, Floriole, Make Art W A Muse

ART + KIDS + FLORIOLE + President’s Day +No School = Make Art with A Muse

Floriole's Apple Fritter by MBK

A Muse Arts and our friend, the one and only truly talented hottie, Danielle Klinenberg aka Muse in Chief, host, “No School? Make Art with A Muse”, an art-making program on President’s Day 2/20. Catch this quick bit of Delicious DIRT?  Some of Danielle’s paintings were used in the Vince Vaughn/Jennifer Aniston Chicago-filmed flick,“The Break-up” (Catch her sweet interview on Gaper’s Block here). SO, back to Monday’s awesome. Kids will design and create habitats and environments for animals, fantastical creatures, and or themselves in the cozy, sun-lit space of Floriole Café and Bakery. Mingle, sip coffee, and chill on your own time. Email for more info.

Takin’ the Tax Off: Shop Tax Free at 900 N. Michigan Shops

The 900 North Michigan Shops

We LOVE this time of the month. For the fourth year in a row, 900 North Michigan Shops bring TAX FREE shopping. Turning splurges into STEALS all weekend long.

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Delicious DIRT. Action Jackson. Events

Inside: Lillie’s Q, MCA, Tuesday on Terrace, Wolfgang Puck, Nichols Farm, Green City Market, Fulton’s on the River, Ethyl Beer and Wine, Retro on Roscoe, Lollapalooza, Chow Down at Chow Town. CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Courtesy of Lillie's Q

8/1  Lillie’s Q 1 year anniversary is today. Stop by at 9 p.m. for free samples of their whole smoked hog and get $1 samples of their Lillie’s Q-Rita cocktail. BBQ + summer = perfection. Chef Charlie McKenna is phenomenal + award winning (winner Memphis-In-May World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest). Chef Charlie McKenna, aka the Southern BBQ MASTER, is now whipping out Bacon infused moonshine aka “MoonSWINE”.  Have you indulged? BBQ + Dry Rub Ribs so good you’ll literally wanna rub one out. We know we do. 1856 W. North Ave.

Courtesy of Lillie's Q

8/2 Feelin’ a sophisticated evening with jazz music and contemporary art?  Tuesdays on the Terrace at the Museum of Contemporary Art is calling  your name.

MCA Tuesdays by Nathan Keay

Every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. jazz musicians perform on the front terrace for free. If you’d like to dine and enjoy the music, take down their dinner buffet available for $23 catered by Puck. Call 312-397-4034 for dinner reservations as tables are limited. This Tuesday enjoy the sounds of Dee Alexander, hosted by Alice Brown. 220 E. Chicago Ave.

8/2 Fulton’s on the River will have their 3rd annual Clam Bake this Tuesday. From 5 to 8 p.m., stuff your heart’s desire with two Hoegaarden beers and all the clams you can tackle for $25. PLUS, $4 beers, $6 cocktails and $8 glasses of wine also available. 315 N. LaSalle Drive.

Courtesy of Nichols Farm

8/3 Heard about Green City Market Chef’s BBQ Benefit which took place on that stifling hot July 21 evening? This is a big one food nerds! Chefs annually come together to benefit the Green City Market’s educational programs and outreach initiatives.  So… the question remains, have you had a chance to stop by the Green City Market? Hit it. They’re open every Wednesday (+Sat) from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. so stop by to pick up some Snookelfritz Ice Cream or fresh produce from Nichols Farm & Orchard.

8/4  DD FAVE = Trucking Thursdays. We mentioned Food Truck Tuesdays in the CB2 parking lot last week + here is another weekly opportunity to delve into Chicago’s food truck trend. Head to Ethyl Beer and Wine for Trucking Thursday which features a slew of Chicago’s favorite food trucks, Good Island Beer and music from 6 to 9 p.m. 324 S. Racine Ave.

EM + MBK @ Lolla Backstage

8/5 – 8/7 Friday is the first day of the 20th Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park. Get down to Coldplay, Eminem, My Morning Jacket + so many more while you Chow Down at Chow Town. 500 S. Columbus Drive.

Too White Crew @ Retro On Roscoe by MBK

8/6 – 8/7 Head to our old haunt -> Retro on Roscoe from 12 to 10 pm to enjoy live music, food vendors and a 50 car antique car show. Some of our faves = 16 Candles (best 80′s tribute band), Two White Crew (best 90′s hip hop cover band) and more will help you let it all go while you literally dance your ass off.  For you chili lovers, don’t miss the Windy City Chili Cook-Off 2000 W. Roscoe St.

Playful MBK + LS @ Retro

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


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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. Events This Week To Wet Your Palate. More Ahead.

Inside: Dos Diablos, Don Julio, Citizen Bar, Jennifer Olvera, Barnes & Noble, Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago, Chef Rick Bayless, Paul Kahan, Green City Market, Dank- haus, Food the Dole, chef Hugh Amano, El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade, Millennium Park, Frontier Chicago

6/21 Now that it’s FINALLY starting to feel like #summer in Chicago, Citizen bar is inviting everyone to bask in the rays on their #lovelypatio.  Starting at 6 PM double-fist your two free cocktails and mac on some apps.  Just $15  + will sell out. More info here. 364 W Erie St Chicago, IL

Frontier's Oysters Courtesy of Frontier, Click this picture to TRULY FEEL IT.

6/21 Oysters lead to lovin’… Dont we know… Frontier’s 2$ Tuesdays. We adore anything for 2$ especially when it comes from greatness. Frontier invites Chicagoans to enjoy their $2 Tuesdays, available every Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 1:30 AM. Tuesday specials will feature items such as select half-pints, oysters, deviled eggs and tacos, all for $2 each. 1072 North Milwaukee, Chicago, IL

6/21 We like to read, we like to eat, reading about eating? #fantastic Jennifer Olvera will be signing her book Food Lovers’ Guide to Chicago at Barnes & Noble. Best part?  Get the #deliciousDIRT on ChiFests + ChiChefs like chef Rick Bayless and Paul Kahan.   More info here. : 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

6/22 After hitting up Wednesdays #greencitymarket, get more of your local on with a locavore meal and docu film screening at DANK-haus in Ravenswood.  Meal and flick = $30 and just $10 for the youngins’.  More info here. 4740 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

6/22 Winter = stews.  Summer = seafood.  Join Food on the Dole chef Hugh Amano for a repeat of the awesome #SeafoodSalon.  Bring white wine, throw back oysters, then chow down on whatever Chef Amano cooks up.  Tickets $60. Snatch ‘em up fast! More info here.

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6/23 We’re feeling like cha-chaing all the way to the El Coto de Rioja Paella ParadeTen chefs making paella?  AND #Rioja.  We’re going to rock this until our lips turn purple. Best part?  10% of the $35 ticket goes to fight world hunger.  Still not sold, it’s at the Millennium Park Rooftop.  Catch those rays on the day after the longest day of the year and see our #famousBEAN. 205 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL

6/23 One YEAR Anniversary FIESTA at Dos Diablos!  7-9pm.  Come celebrate with Dos Diablos as they host their one year – still can not believe it’s been one whole year – anniversary bash!  Salsa dancing, mariachis, pinatas and all the DON JULIO you can gulp! Kiss Miguel for us and you get extra brownie points.  15 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 

Dos Diablos Chocolate Tamali = #deliciousDIRT, Courtesy of DD

Delicious DIRT. Oscar Roundup: Watch, Play, Eat, Go Behind Scenes and BINGO

Inside: Oscar Backstage Pass APP, Oscar BINGO, Gene Siskel Film Center, Petterino’s, Six Corner’s Bar, Center on Halsted, State, Lux Bar, JDRF, Rockit with Richard Roeper, Kirkwood, Wolfgang Menu, and more

Delicious DIRT’s OSCAR Insider

LOVE THIS!! Watch them just the way you like it…. with the #OscarBackstagePass application for #iPhone, #iPod touch & #iPad.  Pretty sweet to be able to get backstage, skip the bores and go straight to what you want! Check itDownload it and let us know what you LOVED.

Oscar Backstage Pass, Courtesy of Apple

Check out the @Thrillist #Oscar Award Night Bingo. LOVE.  As they say, let’s keep if from feeling like 127 Hours…  Squares like, “Natalie Portman has her baby on the stage after winning”, “A winner in a category no one cares about starts crying” and ”George Clooney looks amazing” is a –FREEBIE.  Gotta love Oscar Bingo!

@WolfgangBuzz Discusses #Post-Oscars #Menu - @GapersBlock #Chicago

Check the Challenge from @StyleChicago — 3 #Chicago designers vying for #Oscar Glory

The Oscars are Feb 27th…where are you going to be?!?

Go to the OFFICIAL Oscar Night America Awards-sanctioned party at Gene Siskel Film CenterPetterino’s indulges you with classic Oscar bites and cocktails while the special event is viewed on multiple screens.   $100 per ticket 
164 N. State; 312-846-2072 More info here.

Oscars on big screen @sixcornersbar Sunday! Inspired #drinkspecials & Oscar predication cards w/ winners! #DeliciousDIRT

Center on Halsted’s gay-friendly “On the Red Carpet” Oscar party featuring food/drinks and a heated rooftop tent to mingle on. Attire is “fun and fabulous”; $75-$125 per ticket 3656 N. Halsted; 773-661-0788  More info here.

STATE Restaurant & Cafe will be beaming with 100 flat screen TVs airing the Oscars at their ‘A Red Carpet Affair’ event. Hosted by the Chicago Sport and Social Club, the event features a dinner buffet, Oscar trivia, and a three-hour open bar with beer, vodka, rum and whiskey cocktails. Dress the part and be sure to look your best on the red carpet complete. $25 per ticket 935 W. Webster; 773-975-8030 Facebook Event Invite here.

LUXBAR & the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation are partnering for the 2nd annual JDRF Red Carpet Party. The red carpet will roll out at 6 p.m., celebrating the movie industry’s biggest night! 17 flat screen HD TVs, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are all included in the $65 tickets that must be purchased or pay $80 at the door. Full disclosure: Event hosted by NBC Chicago’s Ginger Zee and Marcus Riley.

Chicago film critic, Richard Roeper, will host the annual Oscars Party at Rockit Bar & Grill. Bites from Rockit’s menu, Oscar-themed cocktails and Oscar pools. Tickets are $50 for general admission and $75 for preferred seating.

Free admission Oscar party at Kirkwood with the option of $60 bottles of Veuve Clicquot and whatever coclatils your heart desires. Oscar Trivia with cash prizes for winners! 2935 N. Sheffield Ave.

Old Town Social is hosting an Oscar Party as well.  Red carpet “Paparazzi” photographer!
Old fashioned popcorn maker! Special “Best Picture” cocktail list! DJ playing all of your favorite, iconic and cult classic movie soundtracks to get you through the commercials! Complimentary bottle of Moet White Star for groups of 6 or moreCheck it. 455 W. North Avenue


Elevate Your Presence is calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon. Email us to receive an exclusive invite. Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

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Stay Tuned for Behind the scenes at Public House, Frontier Newbie Niceness, Purple Pig PIG-OUT, Exclusive with Michael Kornick himself, Food Mafia action at N9NE, Gilt Bar, & Mike + Chao, y mucho mas Delicious DIRT.

Who doesn’t love laughing? Elevate Your Presence recommends you check out the one & only Mike Young this week in Chitown at Zanies Comedy Clubs. Ever hear of Jerry Seinfeld ? Who hasn’t been laughter induced by witty Jews? I mean, What Would Larry David Do? Get there!

If you’re in Chicago this holiday weekend, Elevate Your Presence recommends you try these eating events via Chicago Reader. At Sixteen – a delicious dessert tasting, Cyrano’s Bistrot & Wine Bar -$37.50 for several sexy courses, TAKASHI -5 courses for a reasonable $58 ($88 includes wine), & Piccolo Sogno ‘s feast of fishes.

We heart end of year best lists more than most! Here is Chicago Reader ‘s Best Restaurants of 2010 which has many Elevate Your Presence favorites.

Huge congrats to Elevate Your Presence favorite Longman & Eagle which made GQ ‘s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. We heart this Logan Square gastropub and could not agree more with Alan Richman in that the food is “triumphant”!

Not a lot better than fabulous end of year best lists! Elevate Your Presence recommends you check out Time Out Chicago‘s 100 Best Eats & Drinks 2010 which includes many Chicago Food Mafia favorites – Davanti Enoteca‘s raviolo, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria‘s “transcendent” burrata & The Southern‘s

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