Delicious DIRT. Taste What You See on the Screen! Food Film Fest November 20th- 23rd, 2013  at Kendall College

Festival Week is Here! 5 Events, 30+ Films, 100+ Foods

 OFFICIAL EVENTS OF THE 2013 CHICAGO FOOD FILM FESTIVAL: Below

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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. 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. Juice We Love

We’ve Got Wood Over Glazed and Infused

Courtesy of Doughnut Vault

We all know, doughnuts ARE the new cupcakes… It’s no secret, we LOVE doughnuts. Have not heard the stellar news for doughnut lovers in Chicago like us? We’re getting moooore. Glazed and Infused (genius name, by the way), the upcoming doughnut shop by our friend Scott Harris (um, can you say The Purple Pig + Francesca’s among tons more?), will be…wait for it… a total of three different doughnut shop locations. Adios, New Years Resolution, and hellooo doughy deliciousness. These newbies are sure to give Doughnut Vault a run for their money. Watch for Glazed and Infused at the corner of Halsted and Fulton Market in the West Loop, at a window on the Damen Avenue side of Francesca’s Forno in Wicker Park, and near the Armitage Brown Line stop in Lincoln Park. WHEW. So many doughnuts, so little time. Possible flavors include Milk Chocolate Malt, Crème Brûlée, and Coconut Crunch and coffee will be Intelligentsia. We’re sold.

Saying Farewell to Single-Living with BBq

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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. Juice We LOVE: Ribs

Inside: Ribs, Ribfest Chicago

Unlimited RUBS…We mean dry rubs…Ooh, that didn’t sound good either. Endless dry rub ribs @RibfestChicago 6/10-12!  BBQ + Ribs so good they’ll make you wanna rub one out @Ribfest Chicago.  Take down all the BBQ + ribs you can eat @Elevate Your Presence fave RibFest Chicago.   PURE #deliciousDIRT

Tons of participating restos + bars we love with live music you can pig out to. Get your PIG ON at Ribfest Chicago!   CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Photo by Ribfest Chicago

 

Photo by Ribfest Chicago

Photo by Ribfest Chicago

Ribfest Details: June 10, 11, 12

http://www.ribfest-chicago.com/

Lincoln/Irving Park/Damen, Chicago, IL 60618
Fri: 6/10 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat +Sun: 6/11/12 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Delicious DIRT. Several Restaurant Week Participants Extend Offers

Inside: Zealous, Chicago q, Riva, Phil Stefani’s, Quartino, Tavern On Rush, Texas De Brazil, Tuscany, Hub 51, Mon Ami Gabi, Mercadito, Chicago Chefs Week

Delicious DIRT’s RW Extenders… list is evolving…

In case you did not get a chance to indulge in Chicago Restaurant Week, you’re in luck! Many participating restaurants are extending their deals and special offers for a few more weeks… Some are even going throughout the month of March!  SWEET for us food nerds who want to get to as many as possible.   Why not?  Deals include 3 or 4 courses for $22-$44 folks!

And get ready for Chicago Chef’s Week March 20-26th….

CHICAGO q
Extended through Thursday, March 3. 1160 N. Dearborn St. | Chicago, IL 60610 |  www.chicagoqrestaurant.com

Hub 51
51 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60654-4603 (312) 828-0051 www.hub51chicago.com

Mercadito
108 West Kinzie Street Chicago, IL 60654-4508 (312) 329-9555 www.mercaditorestaurants.com

Mon Ami Gabi
2300 North Lincoln Park West Chicago, IL 60614-3456 (773) 348-8886 www.monamigabi.com

PHIL STEFANI’S 437 RUSH
Extended through Thursday, March 31.
437 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.222.0101 | www.philstefanis437rush.com

QUARTINO RISTORANTE
Lunch menu only extended through Sunday, March 6.
626 N. State | 312.698.5000 | www.quartinochicago.com

RIVA CRAB HOUSE
Extended through Thursday, March 31.
700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 | www.rivanavypier.com

TAVERN ON RUSH
Extended through Sunday, March 6.
1031 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.9600 | www.tavernonrush.com

TEXAS DE BRAZIL
Extended through Thursday, March 3.
51 East Ohio St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.670.1006 | www.texasdebrazil.com

TUSCANY RESTAURANT on Taylor Street
Extended through Thursday, March 31.
1014 W. Taylor St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.829.1990 | www.tuscanychicago.com

Zealous
Extended through March 12th 419 W Superior | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.475.9112
www.zealousrestaurant.com

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