Delicious DIRT. Opening Quickies.

DIRT Inside: Sandwich Me In, Lakeview, Duchamp, Troy Graves, Red Door, Green City Market

Troy Graves has Opened the Red Door

Alaskan Halibut Fava Beans, Strawberries, Pancetta, and Balsamic Gastrique from Chef Graves’ Old Spot, Eve via Star Chefs. 

So many openings, we are into. Earlier, we told you about Duchamp closing and Troy Graves’ Red Door opening. Now, it’s open. So check ‘em out! We love what they posted on their Facebook page: “We would like everyone to know we are not a restaurant with a great bar. We are a bar with great food. Salute!” 2118 N. Damen. [Eater]

Sustainability is Key @ NEW Sandwich Me In. Below.

Green City Market Kicks Off Outdoor Season. Below.

Green City Market by Nick Kindelsberger

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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. Feast Your Eyes on the Beauty That is One of One Jewelry

One of One Jewelry by Marc Klutznick

DIRT InsideOne of One Jewelry, Samantha Goldberg, House of Consignment, VH1, Corri McFadden, eDrop-Off, Windy City Live!, Spiro Tsaparas, Vicki Killingsworth, iRockit Clothing Line, Kristina McGrath, Mike McGrath, Korinna Isselhardt, Toni Canada, Dusty Stemer, Megan Taylor, Lynn McMahan, Renee Trikolas, Tarrah Cooper, Janet Davies

One of One by MBK

Remember when we got Dosed + One of One Jewelry gave us multiple eye-gasms? Now get this: VH1′s new show, House of Consignment, premiered Wednesday night with Delicious DIRT favorite rockin’ sex pot jeweler Sam Goldbergs jewelry line, One of One Jewelry front and center. House of Consignment is centered around another Chicago beauty we also adore, Corri McFadden, who owns eDrop-Off, a luxury consignment business. The entire show is shot and based right here in Chicago. Imagine our excitement when that beautiful sparkling necklace around Corri McFadden’s neck was none other than a kickass piece by our sexy love Sam Goldberg and her line, One of One Jewelry. Naturally, Sam’s jewelry is just like she is: incredibly chic, edgy, + glam. We love love loove busting out these show-stopping pieces on the regular. And YOU can too. Hint: follow One of One’s newly launched Twitter handle.

One of One by Megan Sontag

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Delicious DIRT. Make A Change. Get Involved. KONY 2012: Who, What, Where, When & Why. The Explosive Powers of Social Media

KONY 2012 via invisible.tumblr.com

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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. One of One Jewelry Blows Minds. Ooohlaalaaaa

One Of One Jewelry

It’s fair to say we got DOSED hardcore. AND WE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT.  Part 1 of  our full recap + photo tour on Dose’s HoliDose here

One of the best parts of getting Dosed was One of One. Delicious DIRT favorite rockin’ sex pot jeweler Sam Goldberg brought her line, One of One Jewelry to Dose Market for their HoliDose December event. Literally, it’s safe to say if our eyes could have orgasms, they’d have had multiple… We’re beyond excited to rock these chic edgy and oh so rad pieces on the daily.

Wanna get lucky? Check out our photo tour of One of One at Dose.  You’ll see tons of drop-dead gorgeous druzy necklaces, rings and more… Oh yea baby. Photos speak a million words…Need more info on a specific photo? Please email us @ DIRT@elevateyourpresence.com
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Delicious DIRT. Events You’ll Wanna Hit

Inside: Millennium Park, Lunchbreak Music Series, Pritzker Pavillion, Taste of Gold Coast, Carmine’s, Il Mulino, Chicago Q, Devon Seafood Grill, Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, Comedians You Should Know, Three Aces, MAN B QUE, New Holland Brewery, Marigold Restaurant, Indian Bazaar, Chicago Big Ten Alumni Challenge, Chicago Public Schools, Rockit, Theory, Public House, Bull & Bear, English, LaSalle Power Co, Moe’s Cantina, Howl at the Moon, Fado, Blue Frog’s Local 22, District, Greektown, Taste of Greece

Pritzker Pavilion

8/22  YUP, it’s Monday. After a fabulous weekend, we’re back to –>  grind. Hit up Millennium Park’s  FREE Lunchbreak Music Series at the Pritzker Pavilion. Picnic it up while you listen to jazz, blues, and beyond during the #remainingdaysofsummer. Booked today? This juiciness is available everyday at noon until September 4th. 205 E Randolph St.

8/23  FEAST IN THE VIAGRA TRIANGLE @ The 3rd Annual Taste of Gold Coast at Sutton Place Hotel from 6 – 9 pm. Food from 13 Gold Coast restaurants might blow you minds folks. Hit it. Eateries such as Carmine’s, Il Mulino, Chicago Q, and Devon Seafood Grill will be serving scrumptious goodness. Absorb the live entertainment and spend a little dough.. silent auction to benefit the North Dearborn Association. Tickets are available online for $100. 21 E. Bellevue Pl.

Trouble by Jon Cole

8/24  Timothy O’Toole’s Pub hosts Comedians You Should Know –> Wednesday evenings at 9 pm. Seen the hilarity yet?  One of these 6 hotties cast hosts a stand-up special with five local comedians. Bring the wit. Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door. 622 N. Fairbanks Ct.


8/25  TRIPLE TEAM? We love. Three Aces, MAN B QUE, and New Holland Brewery teamed up for a burger and beer pairing. For $25, take down the Anarchy Burger + swallow the Chooch Brew.  Three Aces and MAN B QUE travelled to Holland, MI (no no no, not Holland) to create this beer.  We hope the burger is as tasty as it sounds –> pretzel bun, sautéed mushrooms, pickled fennel, wild boar bacon, grilled romaine, smoked tomatoes, grilled fresno chili aioli, and pickled red onion. Quite the mouthful. 1321 W. Taylor Street.

8/26  Eat. Drink. Tattoo. Celebrate Marigold Restaurant’s 5th Anniversary at their Indian Bazaar from 5 – 11 pm. Eat at Indian street food stalls, sip creations from Bar Bazaar, and decorate yourself with henna tattoos. Advanced tickets are available which will be “Marigold Rupees” and will allow you to purchase items at the bazaar through the evening. The smallest denomination of tickets for purchase is $6.17 (includes the service charge) and are available for purchase online.

8/27  Miss college? Not so much. But we LOVE participating in the Chicago Big Ten Alumni Challenge because 100% of the proceeds go Chicago Public Schools.  Take the Challenge and suck down cocktails.  It is a bar crawl after all…at 12 different bars in River North -Rockit, Theory, Public House, Bull & Bear, English, LaSalle Power Co, Moe’s Cantina, Howl at the Moon, Fado, Blue Frog’s Local 22 and District.  Help raise $50,000 + grab your friends. #NothingWrong with pretending like it’s just a college football Saturday. You drunkards do it often enough. Barcrawl@ChicagoBIGTEN.org  Tickets are $15 in advance ($27 at the door). 773.340.0010.

8/27 – 8/28  GO GREEK –>  Head to Greektown for the Taste of Greece from 12 pm to 11 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Indulge in Greek food, crafts, activities for the kids and live music. Opa is one word we plan to say all week long. 100-400 S. Halsted Street.

Delicious DIRT Takes It Down @ The Wieners Circle

Inside: Wieners Circle, Delicious DIRT, Restaurant Recap, Char Cheddar Burger, Cheese Fries.
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Photo by MBK

Returning to our roots at Wieners Circle felt so damn good!! For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is the joint to hit up for supreme late night dining…open til 5am folks. We’d literally tackle those Wieners on the daily if we could. #OldSchool

CHEDDAR FRIES = PURE DELICIOUS DIRT by MBK

The Circle is a hot dog / hamburger stand in the heart of Lincoln Park that actually lives up to the hype. You’ll get yelled at by the lady we love behind the counter and, if you’re lucky, (#eyeofthebeholder), you’ll get flashed while sitting at the wood community table benches we love.  You’ll laugh out loud while witnessing verbal abuse beyond belief, but you’ll soon be quickly calmed by the mouth watering char-dogs + char-burgers you’ll devour.

Counter Action by MBK

It’s all an experience you’ll savor because the food is pure Delicious DIRTyou won’t regret taking down. EVER. In fact, you’ll devour those calories and most definitely go back for more.

Fave We Crave = Char Cheddar Burger + Cheddar Fries by MBK

The char cheddar burger at Wieners Circle is our fave simply because it’s insanely delicious. The burger itself is always perfectly well done, hot, juicy, and loaded with that fake cheddar sauce we want to down by the gallon. #theworks

Char Cheddar Burger by MBK

The cheddar fries are to die for. The potatoes are not too small and not too large – just right in size and oh so smothered in fake cheddar + doused in ketchup. HEAVEN.  You don’t even have to ask for extra cheddar if you’re a cheese addict like MBK, you actually get enough. Hot damn, we’re making ourselves hungry writing this. #HotTip: if you’re not into using your hands, bring a fork.

More Cheddar Fries by MBK

Sadly we forgot to swallow Wieners’ famous chocolate shake…
Coulda Woulda Shoulda.  #NextTime.

Wieners Circle -> 2622 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614

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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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

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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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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