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  • As Crain’s recognized last week, we were among the lucky few who got behind the scenes exclusives at Paris Club a few weeks ago and now you can be one of the first to dine there! Doors now open to the public at this river north French phenom.  We LOVE the mac and cheese, the French onion fondue and the steak frites.  Menu is huge so make your reso now if you want the feed.  If you missed all the hype, check out today’s Daily Candy and Tasting Table who both give good Paris.   59 W. Hubbard

    Paris Club Mini Burgers by Paris Club

  • We have not been there yet, but Fork looks fabulous.  Via Tasting Table today – “Lincoln Square’s Fiddlehead Café has morphed into Fork, with a new tapas-style menu of small and large plates, plus sandwiches and burgers. The beer list clocks in at a whopping 141 bottles and 38 drafts, with more on the way”. 4600 N. Lincoln Ave
  • I remember going to Mel Markon’s as a child in the 80′s.  Now Mel himself (last seen in the 1990′s with Dixie Que) makes his return with Bia for Mia, a self proclaimed “Italian fun pub” in West Town.  Phil Vettel writes, “The 85-seat Bia for Mia will feature a bit of everything, such as Italian-seasoned brisket, pork chop with grilled peaches, pizzas and paninis and even a little sushi. Entree prices will top out at $19; the wine list will include plenty of under-$30 options”. Will Markon’s return rule as he once did in the 80′s?  Stay tuned… 1147 W Grand Ave. Want More? Check out today’s Thrillist and yesterday’s Grub Street with PDF menu.
  • Stay tuned for Frontier Chicago‘s opening this Thursday.  The good ole team behind Lottie’s Pub & The Pony Inn are behind this West Town tavern and it’s looking good….
  • Hubbard Inn opens this Thursday, 2/10 in an 8000 square foot space at 110 W. Hubbard. This two story European restaurant serves quality flatbreads & small plates until 2am folks! Nice. According to Dish writers, the menu is made up of “sharable” plates such as salads, sandwiches, burgers, cheeses & the previously mentioned items. The owners aim for a bohemian vibe…We shall see.

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Morning cock block?  This is one you’ll dig.  EYP loves that both Tasting Table and Daily Candy BOTH featured French inspired Rewster’s Cafe today.  Apparently the newest cock on the block is stellar and the menu is no exception.

Leek Sandwich / Grilled Cheese at Rewster's Courtesy of Tasting Table

We at Elevate Your Presence love local newbie quality cafes.  Rewster’s speaks to us.  What’s nicer than free WiFi, frittatas (weekly specials) and sandwiches that come with soup salad or chips for $9-$11. Breakfast and lunch are served daily from 7am and our mouths are watering.

Rewster’s locally roasted Dark Matter coffee, aka, the Cock Blocker, will have you energized beyond belief.    Their breakfast sounds to die for: croissants (Tasting Table says among the city’s BEST), pastries, muffins, tarts, quiches, frittatas all made by Frederic Zahm (Peninsula’s Pierrot Gourmet).  Lunch includes grilled cheese with honey brioche, bread pudding stuffed with turkey, leeks, and potatoes, and apple-banana-honey tart, tuna, and fresh soups.

Rewster's Crew Courtesy of Daily Candy

Rewster’s Weekly Specials:
Soup: Celery Root & Coconut
Frittata: Butternut Squash & Cinnamon
Bagel: Cinnamon
Cream Cheese: Chive
Coffee: Java Pre-Anger

Food Mafia can’t wait to get there along with everyone else in the city.   Go Local.   Stay tuned.


Reminder Delicious DIRT. Events

TODAY   1/27 Small Bar ‘s Lincoln Park location -$15 buys the first 50 people unlimited sliders, pints of Brooklyn Lager and Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout  between 7 and 9 p.m. READY GO! Via @ChicagoMag (1415 W. Fullerton Ave.; 773-525-2727),

Beer Mussels at Three Aces

TODAY    1/27 730p—Three Aces one of the many new Italian spots garnering acclaim in Little Italy, is hosting the inaugural dinner of its monthly rock and roll dinner series. January’s theme is Exile on Taylor Street, and will feature a four-course, $40 menu inspired by rock icons’ January birthdays, such as Elvis. For more info, call Three Aces at 312 243 1577. (Eater Chicago)

Today 1/27 THE GRAND OPENING OF “MUSEUM WORKS GALLERY @ Museum Works Galleries6:30pm – 9:30pmMuseum Works Galleries 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite # 1850, Chicago!/event.p…

Friday 1/28 6p   14th annual Grand Chefs Gala for Cystic Fibrosis taking place at the Fairmont Hotel. Tix are $400 for 4-course dinner, hosted cocktail reception and postprandial dessert reception. Silent and live auction included. If this is too much money for you to spend right now, do it up at the After Party beginning at 930p for $60. Some of the city’s hottest mixologists will be there shaking it up, while Libido Funk Circus will provide the music to your shakin’.

1/28 No, it’s not Halloween, but The Fifty/50 is having a Heaven and Hell party. There’s free mini burgers and drinks from 8-9p. And get there EARLY. It’s first come, first served. They’re also having a costume contest. One guy and one girl with the best angel/devil costume (after sending in pics to The Fifty/50) will win a private booth in “hell” for them and five of their friends. Read about it here via Mextromix

Monday 1/31 The Local Tourist will host her first Chef’s Table of the year at LoKal, a Wicker Park hotspot. Tix are $25, and you can get more info here kk

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David Richards closes Mado & now Sweets & Savories! Sources say there was a lack of money to pay its chefs and staff. Via Eater

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Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, scheduled to open in May with the chef/partner Worachai Thapthimkuna (known as Chao), formerly at one of our favs, Sushi Wabi. (via 230 W. Erie St.

Sepia is expanding and will now open Private Dining by Sepia (135 N. Jefferson St.; 312-441-1920).  PDS -slated to open this spring occupying the storefront next door for private dinners and cocktail receptions. @ChicagoMag

Sepia's Braised Shortribs

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Etno Village Grill – opened last week. Etno presents quick-service (like Chipotle), Eastern European grub, including cevapcici (Balkan sausage) on lepinja (crusty pita-like bread) made to order with the diner’s choice of 20 condiments. (via @ChicagoMag) 2580 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-698-8069

Gosu – Opened yesterday. Previously occupied by Rustik, Gosu has high hopes that its Korean-Japanese flare will blow Logan Square away. The menu features loads of Korean dishes, 30 maki options, and other plates.  Greatness lies in the fact they will make you anything you want even if not on menu… now thats what Food Mafia LOVES! 2515 N. California Ave.; 773-276-7330

Gosu's Sushi

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In this issue: Openings, Valentine’s Day Offers, Deals, Events, Juice

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Today 1/25: Get in before the crowds! Starting now, Grant Achatz is previewing dinners for Aviary & Next (via @Gachatz) **NEED A JOB?  Think you can take the heat?  Next/Aviary are hiring for kitchen positions. Send inquiries here:

TACO JOINT Urban Taqueria and Cantina in Lincoln Park will open their doors today!  TACO JOINT is the latest idea out of mastermind Edgar Castaneda + partner of Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar in River North. Dishes will be executed by a trio of chefs from Zocalo, will offer a selection of tacos made with braised & grilled meats, authentic salsas and handmade tortillas. Signature tacos will include Barbacoa from Central Mexico, Cochinita Pibil from Yucatán and Birria from Jalisco. Taco Joint will also offer tortas , huaraches, antojitos, guacamoles, salads and side items. Unlike any other venue, TACO JOINT will provide Chicago’s first tequila lockers, offering guests the option to store bottles for future visits and keep em’ comin back for more.Located 1969 North Halsted, 412.951.2457,

1/28 Sweet Ride Mobile Bakery Starting Friday 1/28/11, this new food truck circulates cupcakes, pudding, whoopie pies and other sweet treats and HAPPINESS making weekend laps around the city. You can’t miss this vintage pink ice cream truck with orange flames adorned on the side, and you’ll be grateful it’s an easy spot when you taste its menu lineup including handmade gourmet sweets: cupcakes, sweetie pies, puddings, chocolate mousse and other delish desserts creatively-named flavors such as “Whoop It Good”.  In Chicago’s frigid months, hot drinks such as cinnamon spiced hot cocoa are available for sale, with plans for cold drinks in the summer and eventually coffee year round.  And, conveniently, individual-sized milk jugs to wash it all down. (via Metromix) Track the truck’s location @SweetRideChi

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Fixture– Shop @Fixture in ChicagoHead to Fixture Boutique in Roscoe Village and mention Delicious Dirt at check out for an exclusive gift card. Not to mention, January is HANDBAG SALE month at Fixture! All handbags – (Hobo, Big Buddha, Ebisu, Brynn Capella) 20% off! All Clutches and Wristlets 15% off! All Wallets 10% off! Get organized in 2011 with a new wallet! Order anything on and get free shipping this January

GIVEAWAY- Elevate Your Presence WIN IT! CC SKYE most wanted Onie Messenger Bag as seen on Olivia Palermo.  Follow us, then e-mail us why YOU love CC SKYE

Delicious DIRT. Events

TODAY 1/25 @6pm Spain vs. France Wine Tasting and Spanish Tapas Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba will challenge your taste buds through sampling food and dozens of wines from Spain and France. Enjoy the Spanish tapas signature dishes including Winter Paella and Untraditional Croque Monsieur Dijon. $25, 773-935-5000 (Via Metromix)

1/26 Landmark Grill -  Please join BOKA GROUP this Wednesday, January 26th, for their Motown Wine Tasting event! They will be playing a selection of Motown’s greatest hits, and pairing four featured wines and passed appetizers with songs from the evening’s play list. They will also be offering all of their Wino Wednesday specials. This event is free to the public. If you would like to RSVP ahead of time, please call 312.587.1600. Click here for more info.

Now through 1/29 Chicago Originals Restaurant Week Enjoy 2-4 course menus for only $29.11 at some of the best independent restaurants in Chicago! Discover the $29.11 cheap eats!

1/26 6PM-9PM Nacional 27 & Vital Bridges team up to supports Chicagoans afflicted with HIV/AIDS. $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase tix at

1/27 THE GRAND OPENING OF “MUSEUM WORKS GALLERY @ Museum Works Galleries6:30pm – 9:30pmMuseum Works Galleries 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite # 1850, Chicago!/event.p…

1/27 Bull & Bear two-year Anniversary- Celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the River North sports bar with Ultimate Fighting Championship Ring Girls Arianny Celeste and Rachelle Leah – Fellas: Does it get any better than this?!? Game on.Located 431 N. Wells St. – Chicago (River North) 312-527-5973 (via Metromix)

1/28 6PM-9PM 14th Annual Grand Chefs Gala for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation will bring together Chicago’s most recognized chefs at the elegant Fairmont Hotel to prepare and present their signature dishes for over 500 guests. Proceeds will go to the The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.Please visit or 312 236 4491 call for ticket information.

1/31 6:30PM-9PM Chowdah Fest Chicago Bringing Boston’s Chowdah feast to Chi-town! Feast on an array of delish chowders while local chefs compete for an Audience Choice Award and DA TITLE of “Best Chowdah in Town”. Located at The Columbia Yacht Club at East Randolph & Lake Shore Drive. Benefits from this event will go to the Sea Scouts youth sailing-program. Featured chefs include: Giuseppe Tentori of BOKA/ GT Fish & Oyster, Baasim Zafar, Executive Chef of The Drake Hotel, Radhika Desai of Top Chef and English, Daniel Marquis of Fox & Obel Market, Private chef to celebs, Julius Russell, Guy Meikle of Nana Organic, Dean Sanders of Brown Trout, Dirk’s Fish & Gourmet Shop, Calumet Fisheries on 95th, Benny’s Chop House, Shaw’s Crab House, and a few others…

1/29 – 3/26 (Every last Saturday of the month through 3/26 8AM – 3PM Nana Pajammy-Jam Brunch – Receive a free fresh-squeezed orange juice mimosa or hot chocolate if you show up to brunch in your pajamas at the Bridgeport organic restaurant…as if we needed another reason to roll out in public in our PJ’s. Sounds like the perfect Friday night/Saturday morning cure!Located 3267 S. Halsted St. – Chicago (Bridgeport/Sox) (via Metromix)

1/26 & EVERY last Wednesday of the month 7PM-9PM Quartino’s Monthly Wine Bash allows local wine bashers the opportunity to sample the best red, white, rose and sparkling wines featured for 2010.Located at 626 N. State St. – Chicago (River North), $20 312-698-5000 (via Metromix)

Boka Restaurant 2/8 & Second Tuesday of the month @ 630PM Boka Restaurant hosts its Test Your Palate night. Guests will be quizzed on the wine, region, and grape knowledge. (Each person receives one “hint” ticket that they can use on any of the four wines for those less in the know). The customer with the most correct answers wins a $100 gift certificate to Michelin starred Boka restaurant! It’s a great way to hone your palate and learn in a fun environment. Make sure you go to the next one!

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  • Chris Curren, formerly of Blue 13, is taking over the kitchen at the eco-friendly Hotel Felix restaurant Elate
  • Chicago Food Mafia has a JOB alert! Giuseppe Tentori and Boka Grp ‘s GT Fish & Oyster are seeking an Assistant General Manager! Please submit resume/cover letter 2
  • Tiny Lounge is absolute perfection!  It’s mellow, yet upscale, gorgeous, yet comfortable.  Smells from the kitchen – stays open serving premier cuisine until 1am folks- are AMAZE!  Tiny is a cult classic, one we hope never gets too too mainstream… yet, we know our hopes are idealistic as Tiny is always packed, always jamming and always top notch. After the massive success from last week’s @GrouponChicago Tiny Lounge has blown up even more. The well-loved martini list, newly expanded classic cocktail list and, 10 beers on tap & more than 70 by the bottle are a real treat. The menu features duck empanadas with avocado mousse and cotija cheese and lamb pizetta with goat cheese, organic yogurt and mint (DELISH!) Beat the rush!
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  • Cellar Angels is a local operation that partners with many prominent Napa and Sonoma wineries. Each wine acquisition donates a good amount of sales to charities which you select upon purchase. Feel free to jump in & help a better cause – a great accessory to bring along to BYO dinners!
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Valentine’s Day DIRT

33 Club is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day for $39 highlights include: oysters, scallops and a 5-oz prime rib @33_Club

Luxbar is offering a $20 Sweetheart Special, including two glasses of Prosecco and a chocolate dessert for two. @LuxBarChicago

More V-Day LOVE soon… Stay tuned…

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Paris Club


Hush Supper Club

Flav’s Fried Chicken

Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar

Next Restaurant

ING (Imagining New Gastronomy)

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Barrio Urban Taqueria

Silom 12 Thai Bucktown 1846-48 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-489-1212 (via Metromix)

Med Kitchen Quick-serve Mediterranean in the form of to-go kabobs and pita breakfast sandwiches for hungry on-the-move downtown cubicle dwellers.219 W. Washington St. 312-606-0633 (via Metromix)

The Butcher & Larder 1026 N. Milwaukee Ave. 773-687-8280 @butcherlarder (via Metromix)

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OPENING TODAY- Elevate Your Presence can’t wait to feast the flavor of Barrio Urban Taqueria NOW open on Diversey. More via Thrillist- Breaking away from the family biz of traditional Mexican restaurants in the suburbs of Chicago, Barrio’s a 60-seat “urban taqueria” opens TODAY at 11am at 714 W Diversey in Chicago.

NOW OPEN in Iowa- Flavor Flav’s Fried Chicken. So Kanye West‘s suburban Fatburger closed, but good news for all you Delicious Dirt, Elevate Your Presence readers, Chicagoist reports you can now quench your thirst for hip hop owned fast food joints with Flavor Flav’s Fried Chicken where employees wear giant clock necklaces at all times…

Elevate Your Presence is loving this new post by Design*Sponge on Tour de Fork, a Milan design lab that artfully reuses food waste… Get inspired and then get even more fired up checking out the AMAZE – the Sustainable Living Roadshow and Kopali Organics / Kopali Communities.

Elevate Your Presence ♥ ‘s Prada… Check them out now using illustrators instead of models for new #Sunnies Promotion – calling them “Minimal-Baroque” via

And,  @ElevatePresence tid bits-
Yumm Is A Delicious For Your Favorite Recipes On The Web via @TechCrunch

Support LOCAL!! Elevate Your Presence is psyched to announce Chitown’s newest hottest local butcher shop, The Butcher & Larder, is NOW OPEN! Sweetness- owner Rob Levitt‘s newbie is now serving lunch too! Even Tasting Table got there early and stocked up on maple breakfast sausages, chicken, and oh did we say pig foot?

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