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. The Best Things in Life are Free @ M Burger; The Roost Food Truck- Where The South Heads to Your Mouth; Patios + Beers = Three Floyds Mondays at Big Star

DIRT Inside: M Burger, George Motz, The Roost, Joe Scroggs, Big Star, Three Floyds Monday, Wicker Park

Free M Burgers Wednesday 3/21! Happy BIRTHDAY M!

The Double M Burger by George Motz

Free AMAZING BURGER Alert: Today only, a DeliciousDIRT absolute fave, M Burger, will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary by giving away one free burger per person with any purchase (you can buy anything, an order of fries, a drink, a shake). Get whatever you want: hamburger, cheeseburger, M Burger, even secret menu burgers. Free burgers at any of the M Burger locations. Get it. We highly recommend.

Southern Cookin’ Food Truck Alert: The Roost. Below.

Big Star Taps Their Kegs Every Third Monday. Below.

Cemitas de Milanesa. Photo from Big Star Facebook

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Delicious DIRT. Spring/Summer Opening JUICE: Crosby’s Kitchen Replaces Leo’s Coney Island; Clandestino Owner/Chef Opening Sandwich Shop; & More Tacos (Antique Taco) in Wicker Park

Tacos Heading To Wicker Park Soon by Antique Taco

DIRT Inside: Leo’s Coney Island, Dunlay’s, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, Frasca, Crosby’s Kitchen, Andrew Easterday, Efrain Cuevas, Clandestino, Antique Taco, Antique Kitchen, Flash Taco, Big Star, Wicker Park, Milwood Bar & Grill

Crosby’s Kitchen Coming to Southport Ave.

Like it at Dunlays? You'll love Crosby's Kitchen by Dunlays

Remember Leo’s Coney Island? The Detriot-style hot dog chain that was placed nicely on the corner of Southport and Cornelia? As you know, it closed in September and now the owners of Dunlays, D.O.C. Wine Bar, The Smoke Daddy, and Frasca are turning the space into Crosby’s Kitchen. Two awesome new features: a bar and street-front windows = a perfect summer spot. And Andrew Easterday will be moving from Frasca to Crosby’s Kitchen to… run the kitchen. If you love the skillet cookie and/or the Key Lime pie from Dunlays, watch for it at Crosby’s Kitchen. Opening in June. Read more about this opening on Dish. 3455 N. Southport Ave.

More Tacos, This Time ‘Antique Tacos’, Heading to Wicker Park. Inside.

Gourmet Sandwich Shop? We Are So There. Below.

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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

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

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 = 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.

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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


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Inside: MK, Beethoven, Beethoven Festival, Chicago Urban Art Society, Homage Street Foods, Berghoff Oktoberfest, Guinness Oyster Fest, Green City Market, Slow Food $5 Challenge, Matt Eversman, Bistro Voltaire, Double Door, Raincoats, Big Star, Violet Hour, A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company, Classic TV-Re-Runs, Mary’s Attic, Hamburger Mary’s, Green Tie Ball, Chicago’s Gateway Green, A. Finkl & Sons

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9/13 WE LOVE A BARGAIN and so will you! Throughout the month of September, mk the restaurant is offering wines at half price every Tuesday night. mk is one of our FAVORITES. Treat yourself + dive into your Tuesday w/ a stellar meal with reduced price wine. 868 N. Franklin.

Sweet Potato Fries @ DMK. Have you been to mk sister burger joint DMK Burger Bar yet? Stay tuned to Delicious DIRT for a full roundup of that heaven.

9/14 – 9/18
Celebrate Beethoven at the Beethoven Festival sponsored by  Chicago Urban Art Society. Over 100 musicians perform over the five day festival and exhibits showcase commissioned portraits of Beethoven.  Watch short film premieres and installations. Tickets online. Of course there’s food –> Homage Street Foods. 2229 South Halsted.

9/14 – 9/16
  LONGEST BRAT? You know it. Enjoy Berghoff Oktoberfest Chicago style held at John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza from 11 am to 9 pm both days. Indulge in classic German food, beer, and music. Not just the tip!  Don’t miss Berghoff’s attempt to beat the Midwest’s record of longest bratwurst = 45 feet on the 15th between 3 – 5 pm. Sales of this brat will go to the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls. Adams and Dearborn Streets.

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9/16 – 9/17  NO AW SHUCKS here! One of our FAVORITES is back folks!  Guinness Oyster Fest in Roscoe Village returns this weekend.  Slurp down plenty of oysters and sip on brews you’ll savor while enjoying live music.  Roscoe is oh so beautiful and relaxing. Hit up Fixture while there -> handbags, jewels, sweetness for your home? YUP. The festival is from 6 – 10 pm on the 16th and 11 am – 10 pm on the 17th. Roscoe between Damen + Western.

Photo by Eianz SEQ

9/17  Go Green. Green Tie Ball = 65 Restaurants, 4 food trucks, and a partridge and pear tree. Chicago’s Gateway Green hosts the 20th annual Green Tie Ball Saturday. This event truly helps keep Chicago green + serene. This year’s theme = The Return to Emerald City. Your pumpkin chariot awaits with food, drinks and a huge party. Get lucky when the Supreme Lobster Chef Challenge features its final round of the Chicago Summer Chef Challenge Series at the Green Tie Ball. All attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a pair trip tickets to Hawaii and a chance to judge the challenge. Raise your glasses, raise money, and help keep Chicago green. Event held @ A. Finkl & Sons 2011 N. Southport Ave.

9/17  Up for a challenge? ALWAYS.  Green City Market’s Slow Food $5 Challenge is to create $5 meals from produce bought at the farmer’s market this Saturday. The feeling is that “slow food shouldn’t have to cost more than fast food.” Vendors sell $5 meals + give their secret recipes away from 7 am – 1 pm. 1790 N. Clark.

Chef Matt Eversman by William DeShaze

9/18 Matt Eversman is hosting a pop-up 5-course dinner at Bistro Voltaire from 6 – 9 pm.  Dinner costs $100 -> includes cocktail + wine pairings. Look forward to Southeast Asian influences in his dishes like the Tuna with Grilled Watermelon & Ginger and Duck Pho. Tickets can be purchased online. 226 W Chicago Avenue

No Monday night blues! Head to Double Door for the Raincoats Monday. Doors open at 8:30 pm and the show starts at 9:00 pm. Tickets are $20. Grab a quick bite at Big Star before the show and then head to Violet Hour for drinks afterwards. 1551 N. Damen Ave.

9/20 NOT A LOT BETTER THAN CLASSIC TV. Even the theme songs get us singing like no one’s listening and smiling from ear to ear.  Every 3rd Tuesday of the month,   A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company performs Classic TV-Re-Runs in which actors perform staged readings of classic TV shows.  Watch in Mary’s Attic above Hamburger Mary’s and eat eat eat while you laugh laugh laugh. 7:30 pm + tickets are $10. 5400 N. Clark Street.

Chicago Food Mafia via Elevate Your Presence is thrilled to see some of our favs – Salpicon, Mexique & Chef Rick Bayless‘s spots on Chicago magazine‘s Top 12 List of Best Mexican Restaurants! Check out more below via Eater Chicago.

Chicago Food Mafia News Flash via Elevate Your Presence: Chef Todd Stein leaving Cibo Matto to open the Florentine November 11th in Chicago’s JW Marriott hotel. For entire story and pictures see Eater Chicago.

Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia are thrilled the Meals on Wheels Celebrity Chef Ball raised $200,000 last week! Chefs from some of our favorite restaurants- The Purple Pig, Province, Girl & the Goat, Perennial, Avec and tons more participated in this annual awesome event. Read more about it here via Eater Chicago.

OPENING – Elevate Your Presence is happy to report that Mastro’s Restaurants is opening their Beverly Hills classic steakhouse in Chicago this friday in River North at 520 N. Dearborn. Stay tuned for all the Delicious Dirt.

Exciting News Flash- Chicago Food Mafia is thrilled Big Star Chicago is building an enclosed patio that will be open year round! The Mafioso and Elevate Your Presence might just need to go indulge in Big Star’s fabulous food, magical margaritas, tasty tostadas and fresh guacamole right now to celebrate!!

Tostada de Pescado: wood grilled basa, cucumber-onion spread, radish, cabbage, avocado. $3.

Tostada de Pescado: wood grilled basa, cucumber-onion spread, radish, cabbage, avocado. $3 @ Big Star

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