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,

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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. 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. BaconFest 2011

Inside: Moto, Boka, Nana, The Piggery, Bakon Vodka, David Burke’s Primehouse, iNG, Piccolo Sogno, RB Grille, Park Grill, The Black Sheep, Forest Grill, Custom House Tavern, Boka, Gemini Bistro, Inovasi, Vie, The Bedford, Zacapa Rum, Sable Kitchen & Bar, South Water Kitchen, Terzo Piano, one sixtyblue, Signature Room, Longman & Eagle, Lillie Q’s, Cafe des Architectes, Big Jones, Black Dog Gelato y mas.

LOVE ♥ ♥ bacon?  The heavenly smell, the luscious taste, the simple ease of its flavor make bacon -> irresistible FOOD PORN.   That’s why us food nerds could not get enough of BaconFest 2011! Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia are literally still FULL from Baconfest Chicago! Much Delicious DIRT below… Brace yourselves as your mouths will water, your hearts will flutter, your stomachs will CRAVE.  ♥, DeliciousDIRT ‘s BaconFest Team!  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Longman & Eagle is an Elevate Your Presence #favorite. Photo: Longman & Eagle’s Bacon rillette lollipop w/ maple bacon cotton candy. See pic below

Photo by Erin Majder

You get your spatzel on? Elevate Your Presence could not get enough of Boka Grp + Giuseppe Tentori‘s #DeliciousDIRT @ Baconfest Chicago. Boka Grp’s braised #bacon with bacon spatzel @ Baconfest Chicago. We ♥ Giuseppe Tentori. See photo below.

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Big Jones’ Bacon & Foie Gras Moon Pie

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Black Dog Gelato’s Banana + Bacon’s Foster

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Anyone devour this #DeliciousDIRT (below)? Elevate Your Presence ♥’s David Burke’s Primehouse‘s bacon suckers from Baconfest Chicago. See photo below for David Burke’s Primehouse’s bacon daddy–>whiskey caramel #bacon #candy #suckers.

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Nana’s Life’s Little Pleasures Candy Bar: house-smoked bacon cake, koval whiskey, burton’s maplewood farm syrup, caramel. 

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Moto’s BLT…

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Bakon Vodka & The Piggery’s BLT Martinis… Dangerously DELISH

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Adored Lillie Q’s pork belly & grit hash with smoked gulf shrimp, bacon E.N.C. and vinegar sauce

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Vie’s roasted pork belly with meyer lemon marmalade, buttermilk biscuit, and pinenut aillade. Paul blows us away! 

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Inovasi’s Becker Lane belly quick cure and confit with grits, blue Mediterraneo cheese, and verjus-pickled cauliflower. AMAZE 

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Gemini Bistro’s The Elvis: homemade crunchy peanut butter, fried banana, honey-peppered bacon, + griddled banana bread. 

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Delicious DIRT. To Eat. Chicago Restaurant Week February 18-27

Inside: Bistronomic, Blackbird, Boka, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Duchamp, Eatt, La Madia, Le Colonial, N9NE, OneSixtyBlue, Osteria Via Stato, Prosecco, Purple Pig, Sable, Smith & Wolensky and why we DIG each…

If you haven’t heard because you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that Restaurant Week commences this Friday, Feb. 18 and runs through Feb. 27. Make resos if you haven’t already, because RW is incredibly popular. Most Chicago food nerds think agree it’s the best invention since sliced bread- especially in a down economy. Some of our faves are participating including OneSixtyBlue, Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Prosecco, Michelin starred Blackbird and Boka. Lunches are $22 for three courses, while dinners range from $33-44 depending on the restaurant and its food. Eat up and enjoy! Not only is RW a great opportunity to eat til you drop, it’s a huge revenue maker ($11.6 million) for our city! Support local!

Our list of Chicago Restaurant Week (#CRW) places to hit up and why:

bistronomic 840 N. Wabash Ave. | Chicago IL 60611 312 944-8400 Chef Martial Noguier’s new home offering the neighborhood an intimate French bistro experience.*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s – Because its new and we know its delish!

Duchamp: Food Nerds can choose from mouth tantalizing dishes including duck pâté with roasted chestnuts & black truffle mustard, sautéed rainbow trout in lemon-thyme brown butter & banana-rum crème brûlée to name a few. There’s also an optional fourth course of steak tartare or tempura oysters with spicy mayo. * Added to our Restaurant Week to-do’s because we know the place ROCKS. Check the full menu here ($44 per person for four courses; 773 235-6434). via Zagat *

Eatt 6 W. Hubbard St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 494-3288 Diner-style, comfort food for breakfast, lunch or dinner at this eatery.*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — They have fabulous moules and frits and we want that for breakfast, lunch, & dinner!

La Madia 59 W. Grand Ave. | Chicago IL 60654 312 329-0400 
A modern American take on an ancient Italian concept offering the perfect experience. *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Perfect for groups, and Delicious food!

Le Colonial Restaurant 937 N. Rush St. | Chicago IL 60611 312 255-0088 Critics rave “Le Colonial is at the top of its class.”*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Because we have only ever had cocktails there and the idea of French + Vietnamese bites sound out of this world

N9NE Steakhouse & ghostbar 440 W. Randolph | Chicago IL 60606 312 575-9900. “One of the hottest and best places to eat in the entire world.” -Conde Nast Traveler; *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Their Rock Shrimp appetizer is literally the perfect bite to eat….We crave this. Always.

Osteria Via Stato 620 N. State St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 642-8450 
A Lettuce Entertain You restaurant. They say “the best of Italy…Its food, its wine, its sense of humor”….We say the “best of Chicago *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — DA PERFECT thin crust pizza in Chicago

Purple Pig 500 N. Michigan Ave. | Chicago IL 60611 312 464-1744 
*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Because the food is phenomenal and the scene is just an added bonus and we adore Jimmy Banos Jr. Looking forward to Chicago summers and weekend 4PM bottle of champagne and small bites <3 Good luck getting in there for #RW

Sable Kitchen & Bar 505 N. State St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 755-9704 Gastro lounge serving and eclectic shared plates and a complex cocktail program.*Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Because it’s a great spot, has great ambiance, great food & cocktails, and great location with great friends. Put it on your to-do list.

Smith & Wollensky 318 N. State St. | Chicago IL 60654 312 670-9900 “The Steakhouse that ends all arguments.” Piano entertainment Tues.-Sat. Private rooms. *Added to our list of Restaurant Week to-do’s — Strictly for their truffle macaroni & cheese side. You.will.die.

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Elevate Your Presence is calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon. To receive an exclusive invitation, email us @ Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

Snowed In?

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Delicious DIRT. Blizzard got you down?  Check out what some restos are doing to keep you from going hungry.

  1. @Piecechicago IS delivering tonight
  2. Boka, Perrenial and Landmark are giving you 25% off Tuesday and Wednesday says owner @Kevinboehmboka

    Kevin & Rob, Boka Group Owners

  3. @Stephandthegoat says seats are opening up at Girl & The Goat
  4. Smoke Daddy has 1/2 price Wings, Burgers, and Nachos $2 Rumps, $3 Jameson, $3 Mint Hot Chocolate
  5. @blokesbirds: all you can eat fish & chips tonight $14. Come warm up with a pint of 3 Floyd’s Golden Leader! 3343 N Clark
  6. @6degreesbar: is open and rockin during the blizzard! Come in for great beer specials and half off appetizers!
  7. @rick_bayless: Frontera, Topolo and Xoco are all open to warm you up with chile and the appropriate libations.
  8. Kuma’s Corner: “Several empty tables right now.”
  9. Schuba’s and Lincoln Hall staying open, iO and Second City closed

Photo by Smoke Daddy

    Are You A Member?  Food Mafia wants you!

    Calling all Food Nerds, Chefs, and Cuisine Obsessives. Food Mafia is launching soon.  To receive an exclusive invitation, email us @ Plus, send us your juiciest FOOD PORN and you might even get lucky…

    Heard on @ElevatePresence

    CHITOWN #BLIZZARD activity: What would you name your roll? Win a Spot on Union Sushi’s Launch Menu! Free @SouthwestAir Flight  via @EaterChicago @AriBendersky @mikeandchaochow

    1st round voting starts TODAY — Hottest Chef Round 1: Desai, @ryanpoli , @curtisduffy, @brycecaron, Thapthimkuna &@BrandonBaltzley via @EaterChicago

    Lets be serious – The #bodega is out of milk, yet the storm has not fully hit yet… ARE YOU READY? via @chicagotribune

    Metromix’s article has some closings you might want to read here.


    Elevate Your Presence

    Elevate Your Presence Reminder -

    Tomorrow, 12/8, 2010,  Chicago Food Mafia will be chowing down with Elevate Your Presence when Boka Grp‘s Giuseppe Tentori serves up his $12 lobster roll & clam chowder combo! From 1130-1pm, Tentori will be on the Gaztro Wagon outside his newbie GT Fish & Oyster at Grand/ Wells. No, GT Fish & Oyster is not open yet (slated to open 2011), but you can get a taste tomorrow nonetheless. We can not wait.

    Chicago Food Mafia

    Who doesn’t love free wine and appetizers at BOKA? Tonight join Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia for Boka Grp‘s monthly free wine tasting event Test Your Palate Wine Tasting at Boka! You might even win a $100 gift certificate.

    In case you missed our announcement on Chicago Food MafiaMichelin Guides released their Chicago awards this morning- a day early! Both the Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate award winners. 3 stars (highest honors) went to Grant Achatz‘s Alinea and L20, 2 stars to Trotter’s, Avenues and Ria, while 1 star went to Chef Rick Bayless‘s Topolobampo (an Obama favorite) and Boka Grp‘s Boka among many more.

    See full list of restaurants and their rating below.

    Taken from Crain’s Chicago Business- “Nabbing a three-star rating, the highest awarded by Michelin, is a tough feat as only 93 other restaurants in the world have been able to accomplish it. Five New York and two San Francisco restaurants earned a three-star rating in the 2011 guides. Chicago is the third North American city to be covered annually by the Michelin Guides. New York was the first in 2005.”

    Michelin Guide Chicago 2011′s Complete List:

    ***  Three Stars

    • Alinea
    • L20
    ** Two Stars 

    • Avenues at the Peninsula Hotel
    • Charlie Trotter’s
    • Ria at the Elysian Hotel
    * One Star
    • Blackbird
    • Boka
    • Bonsoiree
    • Crofton on Wells
    • Everest
    • Graham Elliot
    • Longman & Eagle
    • NAHA
    • NoMI
    • Schwa
    • Seasons
    • Sepia
    • Sixteen
    • Spiaggia
    • Takashi
    • Topolobampo
    • Tru
    • Vie
    Michelin’s Chicago 2011 more affordable Bib Gourmand restaurant list, defined as two courses and dessert or wine for $40 or under, was released last week and is listed in full below.
    Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Chicago 2011 Restaurants: 

    Ann Sather
    Belly Shack
    Bistro 110
    Ceres’ Table
    De Cero
    Frances’ Deli
    Frontera Grill
    Gilt Bar
    Girl & The Goat
    Green Zebra
    Han 202
    Kith & Kin
    La Creperie
    La Petite Folie
    Los Nopales
    Lula Café
    M. Henry
    Mixteco Grill
    Opart Thai House
    Paramount Room
    Purple Pig
    Raj Darbar
    Riccardo Trattoria
    Smoque BBQ
    Spacca Napoli
    Taste of Peru
    Thai Village
    Twin Anchors
    Urban Belly
    West Town Tavern

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