Delicious DIRT. Hot Event Alert: Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation Summer Soiree at Roka Akor July 25th, 2012.

One of the best events of the year is next week folks!  Get down while giving back, mingling and eating sushi at Roka Akor July 25.  The third annual Summer Soiree benefits The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, an organization near and dear to our hearts. Thank you to our media sponsor, Chicago Sun Times, for your coverage!!

Check out Sun Times coverage here: Over its 27 years of existence, the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation has raised more than $25 million in the search of a cure for breast cancer. 94 percent of all funds donated to the foundation support the understanding, research and treatment of breast cancer. Each year, more than 60,000 mammograms are performed at the Lynn Sage Breast Screening Center and the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center. Through high-profile events that attract hundreds of socially connected women, this charity makes an impact! With efforts to reach younger donors, the foundation will host its third annual Summer Soiree 7/25 at Roka Akor.

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Delicious DIRT. TRUE WIN WIN! 

Have YOU bought your tickets yet to the hottest poker tournament in Chicago 6/29?? Give back while mixing and mingling with the best of ‘em! Oh, and win big, if you can…. Jesse White Foundation, Official‘s Casino night Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. Register today! www.jwfpoker.org. Get some goodness from Skinny PopBody By BondEvolution Wines & Spirits, and us: Elevate Your Presence!

Join us 6/29 at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago to benefit Jesse White Community Center. LIKE  Jesse White Foundation on Facebook here -> Jesse White Foundation, Official. More info and buy tickets: www.jwfpoker.org for more information

What are YOU waiting for?? It’s a true win win!

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Delicious DIRT. Running Is Elevating: Little Steps, Big Stars Fundraiser; Get Ann Sather’s At New Location; Caffe De Luca Closing to Make Way for Grass Fed

DIRT Inside: Chicago Run, Fulton’s on the River, Little Steps Big Stars, Ann Sather, Bananas Foster Cafe, Caffe De Luca, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Grass Fed

Chicago Classic, Ann Sather’s, Heading to Broadway / Granville

Ann Sather

Chicago veteran Ann Sather has been warming up our insides with amazing creations for over 65 years (gotta love those gooey, luscious cinnamon rolls), but this Swedish breakfast hotspot will be expanding! In the coming weeks, watch for the fifth Ann Sather location to be opening up at Broadway and Granville, at the old Bananas Foster Café that closed abruptly to the shock of it’s local following. We gotta know: What’s your favorite Ann Sather treat? [Eater]

Run for Fun + Benefit Kids @ “Little Steps, Big Stars” Fundraiser. Below.

Caffe De Luca Sold: Opening Sustainable Meat Resto In Its Place. Below.

Caffe De Luca Facebook.

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Delicious DIRT. Celebrate Uncle Sam & Tax Day at Chicago Q; Newest Food Awards ->The Munchies: YOU Get to Choose Your Food Faves; + Music, Goods, & FOOD Benefiting Chicago HOPES.

DIRT Inside: Chicago q, Tax Day Prix-Fixe, Travel Channel, Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern, General Mills, Giordano’s, Big Star, Intelligentsia Coffee, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Defloured, Chicago HOPES, Bright Lights for Bright Kids, Beat Kitchen, Minor Characters, Debello, Dead Sheriff

Chicago HOPES Brings the Beats & Benefits @ Beat Kitchen 4/14

Spicy Thai Chicken Pizza at Beat Kitchen. Photo by Food Digest

When food, music, and charity come together in one event, it’s a killer combo you absolutely cannot miss. This Saturday, April 14,sweet spot, Beat Kitchen, is hosting Chicago HOPES Bright Lights for Bright Kids IV event benefiting after-school programs for children living in homeless shelters. The show will feature music from local Chicago talent: Minor Characters, Debello, and Dead Sheriff (Dead Sheriff is absolutely incredible, New Americana Garage Rock -> check ‘em out). Come play, eat and dance. Have you tried Beat Kitchen’s spicy Thai chicken pizza?? A must. Enjoy music + food for a great cause! Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door, and you can also get the VIP ticket package for $35. This includes pre-show VIP dinner with the bands, a gift from Chicago HOPES, and a raffle ticket (prizes like as a Sprint Tablet PC, a 15-person wine-tasting, Cubs Tickets, a Roscoe Village Bikes gift set, and a football autographed by Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher). Talk about a fun, tasty, beneficial, elevating event. GET TICKETS. 2100 W. Belmont.

Got The Munchies? Vote for Your Favorite Food Nerds + Food Porn. Below

Tax Day STEAL Prix-Fixe @ One of Our DRY RUB FAVES, Chicago Q. Below

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Delicious DIRT. Chef Week is Here; Can’t-Miss Event: Dinner Tales @ Kahan’s Blackbird; Fed Up Fighting Food Deserts with Desserts for Deserts

DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Martial Noguier, Bistronomic, Jason Paskewitz, Gemini Bistro, Rustic House, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Boka, GT Fish & Oyster, Mercadito, Publican, Tavernita, Dinner Tales, Tasting Table, Citi, Blackbird, Paul Kahan, David Posey, Bryce Caron, Lynn House, Fed Up, Desserts for Deserts, Fresh Moves, Greenhouse Loft, Green Exchange, fig media, Mari Gallagher

History, Dishes, Drinks: Dinner Tales @ Blackbird

Veal Sweetbreads from Blackbird - Simple, beautiful, perfection.

What an awesome event! Dinner Tales is a one-of-a-kind culinary event that happens on one night only by Tasting Table and Citi®. And the entire purpose of the evening is to provide a background of the selected restaurant’s history through dishes and stories for the people who are involved and know it best. Sounds amazing, interesting, and above all – DELICIOUS. We’re so excited to say that on Tuesday, March 20, Dinner Tales is on at Paul Kahan‘s West Loop hotspot, Blackbird. The current team at Blackbird, chef de cuisine David Posey, pastry chef Bryce Caron and mixologist Lynn House, along with Paul Kahan, will be in house for this amazing celebration – a night full of history and food. Don’t miss it – buy tickets! Your ticket gets you signature cocktails and canapés, courses paired with a well-chosen wine, and a special gift. See the night’s menu here. And more info on the Dinner Tales @ Blackbird event, here.

Make a Better World, In a SWEET Way: Desserts for Deserts

CHEF WEEK Rolls in Starting Sunday 3/18

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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 hello@amusearts.com 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. ‘INVEST FOR KIDS’ RAISES $1.1 MILLION DOLLARS

TOP GLOBAL MONEY MANAGERS “DONATED” INVESTMENT ADVICE BENEFITING CHICAGO CHILDREN’S CHARITIES 

Sam Zell @ IFK 2011

Top money managers from around the world presented their coveted ideas to a packed crowd of almost eight hundred at the Third AnnualInvest For Kids Conference on November 9, 2011 at Chicago’s Harris Theater.  The investable ideas conference raised $1.1 million all of which will directly benefit seven local children’s charities. The crowd was a collection of the most respected and prominent family offices, hedge funds, asset managers, and investors in the Chicago investment community.

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Delicious DIRT. Top Money Managers To Donate Their Best Investment Ideas for Chicago Children’s Charities @ The 3rd Annual Invest For Kids Conference In Chicago 11/9 @ Harris Theater

11/9 Ten of the nation’s most prominent investment managers will share their best investable ideas at the third annual Invest For Kids conference. This unique investment conference features well known investment managers who will present their outlook and best investment ideas in concise 15 minute presentations. Every dollar raised directly benefits seven local children’s charities. Tickets are on sale now for this important charity event held on Wednesday, November 9th from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Chicago’s Harris Theater. 205 E Randolph

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Delicious DIRT Is Stoked To AMP IT UP For Intonation Music Workshop


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Our food nerd wet dream has officially begun. This fall, the city’s annual event line up might actually blow your mind. Well, maybe not your mind, but certainly your waistline is a GONER. Prepare to eat, drink and eat more…food porn galore. We’ll love every minute of it and thinking you will too.

Since there’s oh so many edible extravaganzas this fall, we did the dirty for you. Inside this post, the DIRT Team rounds up 7 of Chicago’s not to miss annual food festivals, events, + fiestas.

Chicago Gourmet Favorite Chocolate Cake by Barry Callebaut

Inside: Chris Pandel, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, Graham Elliot, Chicago Gourmet, Hamburger Hop, Harris Theater Rooftop, Cultivate Chicago, Chipotle, Family Farmed, Paul Kahan, Tony Mantuano, Bruce Sherman, Paul Virant, Richard Blais, Michael Chiarello, Jonathan Waxman, Chicago magazine, Chicago’s Table, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Big Star, Davanti Enoteca, The Florentine, Longman & Eagle, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Second Annual Food Film Festival, New York Food Festival, Chicago’s Gateway Green, Green Tie Ball, A. Finkl & Sons, Return to Emerald City, Supreme Lobster Chef Challenge, Royster with Oyster, Shaw’s Crab House, Adam Richman, Man V Food
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Delicious DIRT’s Fall Food Event Extravaganza Roundup

Courtesy of Eianz SEQ

9/17  Did you go green? This year’s Green Tie Ball boasted 65 Restaurants, 4 food trucks, and a partridge and a pear tree. Chicago’s Gateway Green hosted the 20th annual Green Tie Ball. This event truly helps keep Chicago green + serene. This year’s theme = The Return to Emerald City. We filled our pumpkin chariot with food, drinks + a huge party. Stay tuned for a full report on Delicious DIRT. Hint: our fave was the Bull + Bear BURGER. Heavenly. WE ate 6 of them! Hey, they were mini’s… For now, we hope you raised your glasses, loosened your belts, and helped keep Chicago sustainable.

Kouzina 2010 by Portokolada.com

9/21- 9/23 Get Everyone to the Greek! Join intellectuals, socialites, philanthropists and straight up food nerds at National Hellenic Museum’s Kouzina dedicated to showcasing culinary + cultural awesomeness of The Mediterranean culture. 9/21 entails sampling + tasting from Chicago’s trendiest most progressive varieties in Greek & Mediterranean foods + wines. On 9/22 Food Network star David Schneider, mastermind behind Taxim, serves a 4 course, 5 star meal paired with grandiose Greek wines as Culinary Institute of America Chairman Bill Anton wins his inaugural Cultural Icon Award. Food, wine, book signings, cooking demos, & many Greek market place delicacies are sure to leave you satiated. $200 for all 3 days, 1 day pass is $100. Nature Hellenic Museum 333 S Halsted

Photograph by Andrew Stamm

9/23 – 9/25 One of Chicago’s biggest and most anticipated culinary events, Chicago Gourmet, returns with weekend filled with chefs + fabulous food!
Hamburger Hop kick starts the weekend event from 6 – 9 pm as many of our friends & favorite chefs battle it out for best burger. Take those burgers down in true Chicago fashion at the Harris Theater Rooftop.  Saturday & Sunday are filled with an insane line up of live cooking demonstrations, seminars, tastings, speakers, classes + more.  Hundreds of our favorite chefs participate in Chicago Gourmet and then some (hottie Bannos JR, Izard (girl crush), Bayless, Priolo, Hogan, Poli, and oh so many more). You’ll get your gourmet on hardcore with the multitude of food, demos, exhibitions and classes. Ticket prices vary depending on the events.  201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago Gourmet 2010 Courtesy of Deja Views USA

10/1 Cultivate Chicago = a FREE food filled festival that brings together eats, farmers, chefs, thought leaders (interesante), and musicians in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Chipotle sponsors this free event + sells crafted dishes specifically for the day –> proceeds going to an org we LOVE = familyfarmed.org. Chicago chefs Paul Kahan, Tony Mantuano, Bruce Sherman, and Paul Virant will be there in addition to Richard Blais, Michael Chiarello, and Jonathan Waxman. Perfect fall Saturday in the LP.

Courtesy of 4 BP Blogspot

10/10 – 10/14  The World Is Officially Your Royster. Another of our FAVORITE festivals is Shaw’s Royster with Oyster. Literally awesome mind-blowing lobster rolls, oyster po boys and food for the books! Slurp up! You must add Royster with Oyster to your autumn calendar. Join in the annual “Slurp-o-Rama” contest & hope Adam Richman from Man Vs Food doesn’t show up & shut the place down. This four day extravaganza in Shaw’s LONG TENT is non-stop action we savor: oyster suckin ‘n slurpin, lobster rolls you’ll moan while eating, live music, drinking, and outdoor activities. Shuck + swallow all the 50 cent oyster’s your little tummies can handle. 21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL.

Pork Belly w Asian BBQ sauce by Blue 13 @ Chicago Gourmet 2010

10/21 Another charitable food event is Chicago magazine’s Chicago’s Table which benefits research and therapies for stroke patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. From 6 – 9 pm indulge in food from some of our favorite Chicago restaurants and chefs such as Big Star, Davanti Enoteca, The Florentine, Longman & Eagle, and Sable Kitchen & Bar. $125  online. 435 East Illinois Street.

11/18-11/20 Taste what you see on the screen at the Second Annual Chicago Film Festival. This one of a kind event is THE film fest you certainly do NOT want to miss. Your senses will be overflowing! Details + line up soon to be released. Stay tuned. For now, get your New York Food Film Festival on October 13-16 at Tribeca Cinemas (hint Food Porn Party is surely to rock your world). Both fests feature food porn galore, movies you’ll feel all over + a ton of fun.

Michael Kornick @ Chicago Food Film Fest 2010

Hoosier Mama Pies @ Chicago Food Film Festival 2010

MBK

Molly Bett Kovler is a social worker turned social media strategist, editor, publicist, blogger and event executor. After graduating with a Master’s from The University of Chicago and working on the Obama ’08 campaign, MBK founded and runs Elevate Your Presence, LLC. EYP is a full service publicity, social media, editorial, management, and event execution firm defining excellence. MBK is highly connected & heavily embedded in the social web. Join EYP’s exclusive client list to Embrace. Evolve. Elevate – Elevate Your Presence. #DeliciousDIRT

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