Delicious DIRT. Danny Macaroons on ABC News with Steve Dolinksy:

Our favorite macaroon master has done it again. Watch Danny Macaroons whip up some mouthwatering macaroon magic in this ABC 7 Chicago segment. Thank you Steve and ABC!!

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Delicious DIRT. DANNY MACAROONS RELEASES COOKBOOK. The Macaroon Master, Winner of Smorgasburg’s People’s Choice Award, To Launch The Macaroon Bible; Signing Books At Whisk NYC 9/24 6-8pm, Smith + Chang 9/25 6-8pm, Chicago Parties To Be Announced Soon

DIRT Inside: Danny Macaroons, The Macaroon Bible, Whisk, Smith + Chang, Bergdorf Goodman, The Whitney Museum, La Colombe, Lincoln Park Zoo, Danny Meyer, Martha Stewart, Art Smith, and Padma Lakshmi

Danny Macaroons, S'more. Reprinted with permission from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt from The Macaroon Bible by Dan Cohen. Photography by Alice Gao. Copyright 2013.

Danny Macaroons’ S’more by Alice Gao

Danny Macaroons brings his delicious delectables sweets to the masses with the debut of his first cookbook, The Macaroon Bible. With over 40 recipes and stories, The Macaroon Bible will excite dessert fans, gluten free freaks, and coconut connoisseurs, alike.

Danny will be in New York City on 9/24 to celebrate the launch at Whisk Manhattan 6-8pm.  He will also be at  Smith & Chang General Goods on 9/25 in Jersey City from 6-8pm. Chicago launch party to be announced soon.

Feel free to come by, meet him, eat tasty gluten free cookies, hear about the book, the evolution of his business (from media to macaroons) and a have a whole lot of fun

Back of The Macaroon Bible

Back of The Macaroon Bible

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Delicious DIRT. Celebrating Chef Week; Can’t Miss Charity Event: Fashion Rocks

DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Mindy Segal, Martial Noguier, Boka, Rustic House, Mercadito, Publican, bellyQ, haberdash, GT Fish&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage House, Common Threads, West Loop Community Organization 

Fashion Rocks: Sweet Styles And Tasty Bites For A Cause

Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

bellyQ’s Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

We know you love fun fashion, good food, and enjoying it while giving back. So, you are in for a real treat on April 7th from 6:30pm-9pm as bellyQ teams up with men’s fashion experts over at haberdash to bring you, “Fashion Rocks”. With cooking stations and delicious eats sponsored by some of our favorites (GT Fish&OysterDanny MacaroonsBelly ShackCarriage House etc.), as well as a showcasing of the haberdash Spring 2013 line, this is sure to be a wonderful evening. The best part is that all proceeds go to the awesome charities Common Threads and West Loop Community Organization. For tickets ($150 each) email, fashionrocks@brownpapertickets.com.

Nifty New Feature for Google Maps On iPhone. Below

Chicago Chef Week Begins 3/17. Below

Bistronomic’s fish soup courtesy of Martha Williams for Time Out Chicago

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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 Quickies: Publican Quality Meats Brings Burgers; Doughnut Vault Best in the USA; Troy Graves’ Red Door Opens In Duchamp Space; Do-Rite Donuts Open Saturdays; Beer and Wine Coming to Starbucks Lakeview; Retractable Glass Roof to the Wit.

DIRT Inside: Publican Quality Meats, Paul Kahan, Food Film Fest, Doughnut Vault, Food & Wine, Duchamp, Jason Freiman, Troy Graves, Red Door, Christopher Peckat, Fei Tang, Do-Rite Donuts, Starbucks, Lakeview, Wit Hotel, Roof at Wit Hotel

May 1 = First Burger Night at Publican Quality Meats

Publican Quality Meats by Scott Manlin

Chef Paul Kahan tweeted Publican Quality Meats will now serve burgers and we’re salivating already. Beginning May 1, PQM serves up their first burger night. One thing we KNOW for sure, we expect juicy burgers. Hopefully George Motz will hit this joint on his next Chi trip so we know the low down from the true burger expert himself… Until then, we’ll juuuust have to sample the goods ourselves. 312.445.8977. 825 W. Fulton Market. [Grub Street]

Red Door Opening In Duchamp Space. Below

Do-Rite Donuts Open Saturdays. Below

Retractable Roof at Wit Hotel on May 9. Below

Beer + Wine To Starbucks Chi Specifics. Below

Doughnut Vault Gets Best in Country. Below

Doughnut Vault by Nathan Michael

We love when our friends win big! Congrats to friend Brendan Sodikoff + team -> aka Food Film Fest winner, Doughnut Vault on being named Best Doughnuts in the COUNTRY by Food & Wine Magazine. NOT a surprise to us. Serious foodgasms are a sure thing when taking these babies down.

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Delicious DIRT. Dine With Design at The Glass House; Where to Get BBQ + Burgers in the Chi this May; Dine on the Patio with your Pooch at Bistronomic

DIRT Inside: Food Film Festival, Glass House, Phillip Johnson, Frederic Kieffer, George Motz, Dine With Design, National Trust for Historic Preservation, New York Times, Chicago Cut, Chicago q, Gemini Bistro, Luxbar, Frontier, Porkchop, Rosebud, Tavern on Rush, Bistronomic, Martial Noguier

Food Film Fest Event 6/9 @ The Glass House

This is a one in a lifetime opportunity that you cannot miss. Join us on June 9 for an unbelievable evening of the perfect pairing of food, film, and modern design. This event will be held at the Phillip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Built in 1949 as Phillip Johnson’s own residence, it is regarded as a masterpiece in the use of glass, but also extremely important and influential in modern architecture. Like all Food Film Fest events (incredible, duh), you will be treated to some of the most intriguing and relevant food films accompanied by epicurean delights. This time you will also have access to the exquisite 47-acre campus of the Glass House. Starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Artisan Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer, then onto the film program presented by Festival Director George Motz, this Dine With Design event will be sure to spark your fire. Watch eight short films and eat what you see as seven of them will be including food pairings. Best of all, proceeds will directly benefit the Phillip Johnson Glass House, (a site of The National Trust for Historic Preservation). The New York Times even covered this event, so you know it’s a big deal. Read up on it here. Most importantly, get more information and purchase tickets by clicking here. See you on June 9.

Where to Eat for May’s National Hamburger and BBQ Month. Below

Pooches on the Patio at Bistronomic. Below.

Bistronomic by Huge Galdones

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Delicious DIRT. Bleeding Heart Bakery: One Door Closes, Another Opens; Poutine: Be Bad, Get Happy, Mindy Segal’s Hot Chocolate Closing for AC Renovations

DIRT Inside: Bleeding Heart Bakery, Oak Park, BadHappy, Mindy Segal, Hot Chocolate, Tom Kern

Mindy Segal’s Hot Chocolate Closing – Temporarily

Beautiful, decadent goodness via Hot Chocolate

Rumors were a-buzzin’ of a closing when Mindy Segal posted a pic of her Bucktown resto/bakery Hot Chocolate under construction. No reason to worry. Mindy’s Hot Chocolate will be closing only from April 24 until May 8 -ish for renovations (hint: air conditioning). This long-standing hotspot has been around for more than 10 years. Enjoy the decade-long goodness in May guys. 1747 N. Damen. [312 Dining Diva]

Bleeding Heart Update: Closing Burbs Shop. Below.

Love Poutine? Get It Right Here in the CHI. Below

Poutine via BadHappy

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Delicious DIRT. Tech Juice We Love. For the Technocrat -> Embed Spotify; Is Springpad Becoming the “Smart” Pinterest?; Speaking of Pinterest…Pin More Videos with Vimeo Collab.

DIRT Inside: Spotify, Spotify Play Button, Tumblr, Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Guardian, ELLE, People, Mashable, Popdust, Springpad, Pinterest, Vimeo, YouTube

Pinterest + Vimeo = Awesomeness

Some of the #FoodPorn + #DeliciousDIRT on Elevate Your Presence Pinterest Page

Speaking of Pinterest… Look forward to pinning more videos as Vimeo and Pinterest have teamed up so users can now pin Vimeo videos directly to their boards. This isn’t the first video integration from Pinterest. Back in August, Pinterest also introduced YouTube video support on boards. For both Vimeo and YouTube, just install the Pin It! bookmarklet into your browser’s bookmark bar for easy pinning and follow the simple steps from there – pin away. While you’re pinning, be sure to check us out on Pinterest and Vimeo and YouTube! [Tech Crunch]

Springpad 3.0 Being Deemed “Smart” Pinterest. Below

Spotify Gets Embedded: Play On Your Site or From Your Favorite Sites. Below

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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 Juice News, Awards + Shuffles: Danny Grant of RIA and Balsan Named a Best New Chef 2012; Chef Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo to The Florentine; Chuy Valencia Leaves Chilam Bilam to Start Concept Cafeteria

DIRT Inside: Danny Grant, RIA, Balsan, Waldorf Astoria, Food & Wine, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan, Giuseppe Tentori, Coco Pazzo, Chris Macchia, The Florentine, Todd Stein, Piccolo Signo Due, JW Marriott, Chuy Valencia, Chilam Bilam, Top Chef, Soraya Rendon, Phil Tadros, Doejo, Natalia Oswald

Such Chef Moves:

Chilam Bilam Chicago via Facebook

Chuy Valencia of Chilam Bilam (and Top Chef Season 9 alum) has sold his shares in the resto to his partner Soraya Rendon, and has decided to move on to partner with hotness Phil Tadros in creating a chef-driven cafeteria. Tadros is interactive agency Doejo founder / coffee shop entrepreneur who’s been down since the social boom. This new cafeteria concept will allow diners to get classic dishes like a patty melt, beef stroganoff, meat loaf and other classic comforts. We’re hearing it’s possible name is “Ursa” and located in the East Lakeview area. Valencia is also releasing a book in the near future, “M.E.A.L.S.: Menus, Entrees, Anecdotes, Lies and Some Truth to Protect the Innocent and Equally Evil and Advantages That Helped Me Out Along the Way.” Chef Valencia will be leaving the kitchen at Chilam Bilam to his sous chef Natalia Oswald. We’ll keep you updated as more details on Chilam Bilam and the cafeteria project unfold. [Eater]

Chef Moves: Chef Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo to Start at The Florentine 4/23. Below.

Chef Danny Grant Named Best New Chef 2012. Below.

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