Delicious DIRT. NYC Food Film Fest Tickets FOR SALE

Chefs Brad Farmerie and Amanda Freitag Set to Rock 5th Annual NYC Food Film Festival

Tickets On Sale Today via DailyCandy Deals Exclusively!

Chef Brad Farmerie & Saxon + Parole to Serve Up Food Porn Party

Chef Amanda Freitag to Close Festival with Farm to Film to Table Event

Chef Gastón Acurio’s Mistura is Focus of Edible Adventure #3

Chef Brett Reichler in for Opening Night at Tribeca Cinemas with Burgers + Craft Beers

Matt Timms Returns with Tribeca Taco Takedown

New Festival Website Offers Details + Food Film Videos :

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Delicious DIRT. Interview

Inside: Potenza Productions, Curtis Duffy, Brandon Baltzley, Michael Kornick, Giuseppe Tentori, D.C. Crenshaw, Chicago Cut, Fish Bar, Jackie Shen, Food Mafia, Elevate Your Presence, Delicious DIRT

You watched it, you loved it, you wanted it. Thanks to Potenza, our Food Mafia launch video is an absolute hit!  We KNOW Ebert would give it 4 stars **** aka 5 stars in the resto world for all you food nerds!  From the first minute we saw Potenza’s clips, we were hooked. The day we began working with them, well, let’s simply say, could not have been better!

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Food Mafia Launches Exclusive Member Based Restaurant Recommendation Website

Local Eateries Gain Exposure Through Food Insiders; Consumers Learn Best Of In Each City

CHICAGO, IL – March 25, 2011 – –   Food Mafia is thrilled to announce the launch of its website – THE exclusive online destination for food fanatics.   Chicago Food Mafia, the first of many city-centric Food Mafia communities to launch, is the most interactive user-friendly restaurant review site in existence. Users will find this member-based site a scrumptious eatery reference system integrating technology and food. Content is user-generated through Food Mafia members- a community of premiere chefs (ie, Michael Kornick), restaurant owners (ie, Michael Kornick, Kevin Boehm, Curtis Duffy, Jason Freiman), sommeliers, bloggers, industry professionals (ie, George Motz, D.C. Crenshaw), cuisine obsessives and more.

In a world of anonymous reviews, it has become increasingly difficult to find credible recommendations. “Because tastes are subjective, I created Food Mafia to provide users with insight from like minded food lovers,” said Stacy Johnson, CEO/Founder of Food Mafia, Inc. “Food Mafia is a real time social media restaurant guidebook, piloting in Chicago.  I wanted to create a quick easy way to find and give great recommendations for restaurants that are unique to each city.  Food Mafia is the solution,” Stacy explained.

The distinctive site is exquisite, giving consumers luscious Feeds straight from the kitchens of their favorite local culinary personalities and cuisine insiders.  Food Mafia organizes and curates the hottest restaurant suggestions, culinary events, sweet deals and news all generated by food insiders and juicy blogs (ie, Delicious DIRT).

  • Food Mafia supports local by allowing users to sort by local only establishments.
  • Food Mafia gives chefs the opportunity to create a more personal connection with consumers, promote their own restaurants, and share their favorites.
  • Food Mafia features, Feeds such as Delicious DIRT, keep readers up to date on the latest tidbits and culinary happenings through social networking/ blogging integration, food news aggregation, sexy deals and hot events.
  • Food Mafia has the scoop on where and what to eat, pricing, and how the cuisine actually tastes. The Mafia Meter allows users to find exactly what they’re on the hunt for with integrative search options such as sorting restaurant searches by member recommendations.

Visit Food Mafia at and get the Delicious DIRT from your city’s food scene.

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Molly Bett Kovler
Elevate Your Presence, LLC



Looking for an Elevate Your Presence recommendation for a cozy and guaranteed DELICIOUS meal tonight? Check out always phenomenal Maude’s Liquor Bar. Every bite of every dish tasted better than the next. Let us know what you tried. Sneak peek here….

Cassoulet by Maude’s Liquor Bar

Have you tried goat at the Girl & the Goat yet?? A favorite!!!

Bourbon Poached Lobster and Crab with goat belly, fennel, vanilla bourbon butter at Girl & The Goat. Quite good eating goat at the Goat!

Elevate Your Presence ♥’s Gilt Bar

Tartar by Gilt Bar

Have you tried goat at the Girl & the Goat yet? What about these divine green beans? The SUGO? Our mouths are watering over here…. Simply fantastic! Elevate Your Presence recommends you get to this Boka Grp staple and try all Stephanie Izard‘s creations…. and pronto.

Goat Pork and Veal SUGO at Girl & The Goat with pappardelle, rosemary, and cape goose berries. Sau…teed Green Beans with a fish sauce vinaigrette and cashews – both are Delicious DIRT FAVORITES – Heavenly.

Who does not LOVE a perfect flavorful breakfast burrito? Silver Cloud Chicago‘s breakfast burrito shines like the brightest star. We highly recommend you get there…..

Amazing Breakfast Burrito -> DD FAVE at Silver Cloud

We LOVE our vintage CC SKYE with our EJ ring. EPY ♥ CC SKYE & EJ

Public House has officially opened and with a BANG! Owners David Rekhson, Luke Stoioff, & Brandon Zisman have created a gastropub that shines. Inside this upscale corner joint you’ll devour quality cuisine by chef David Blonksy & dessert creations by Hot Chocolate’s renowned pastry chef Mindy Segal. Stay tuned for more details… for now, see the food porn below and get there soon….

Half eaten – PUBLIC HOUSE – Flintstone Beef Rib- big & bad ass! Served with crisp napa slaw, roasted poblano cream cornbread, & maple honey butter. AMAZING IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT

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Seared Ahi tuna, baby bok choy, maitaki mushrooms, roasted shallots, violet mustard ale broth – PUBLIC HOUSE- DELICIOUS

Smoked half eaten half chicken served with crispy house cut fries, napa cabbage slaw and white BBQ sauce- (BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar and mayonnaise). PUBLIC HOUSE – literally AMAZE.

Sheep’s milk ricotta dumplings served on top of a braised short rib ragu served with crispy sage – did we say PUBLIC HOUSE DELISH

Crispy smoked chicken wings dusted with house dry rubbed seasoning served with red and white BBQ sauce. PUBLIC HOUSE – Food Mafia is dancing while eating the best wings ever!

Lobster pot pie made with fresh whole Maine lobster meat, carrots, potatoes and celery in a lobster sherry cream sauce baked in a butter crust. PUBLIC HOUSE AMAZE

Chili Lime Corn Nuts – behind the scenes @ PUBLIC HOUSE…. Diving in now….

The Keg Cooler @ PUBLIC HOUSE – 100 in house beers….,gastropub galore

Loving our private & massive tour of PUBLIC HOUSE- divine

Eating our way through the menu & oh, did we say behind the scenes exclusive in the smoked meat locker? SMELLS FROM HEAVEN @ Public House in Chi! Stay tuned for Elevate Your Presence & Food Mafia exclusive on Public House on Delicious Dirt…

Public House endings are always never ending fabulousness!

PUBLIC HOUSE Waffles & Bananas —> Food Mafia FAVORITE! Layers of crisp waffle cookies, smoked banana ice cream, toasted marshmallows, milk chocolate hot fudge- PERFECT

Chocolate Stout Float at PUBLIC HOUSE. Left hand milk stout, triple vanilla bean ice cream, warm chocolate chip salted pretzel cookies (AMAZE), soft caramel- YUMMMM

Stay tuned for delicious details and more information on Public House.

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?

Elevate Your Presence Update- Brooklyn Bowl / Blue Ribbon Restaurants next project- Chicago Bowl- is moving forward in its development! Insanely exciting for us in the Chi! Congrats to friend Peter Shapiro! For more see Eater’s piece below as well as our own EYP piece with Chicago Bowl background here.

Elevate Your Presence has the perfect way for you to ring in December. Tomorrow night- CS Modern Luxury‘s Holiday Mixology event from 6-8pm with Edward Swiderski at Old Town Social. You know Chicago Food Mafia will be on the scene too when mixologists create charity cocktails! You know you want some action. See you there.

Love music? Love Absolut? Love to dance? Join Elevate Your Presence for the Young Leadership Division of JUF‘s fiesta this Thursday, December 2nd at Cuvee sponsored by Absolute.

YLD’s Chanukah Party
YLD’s Chanukah Party  Thursday, December 2, 2010   7:30 – 10:30 p.m. Cuvée     308 West Erie, Chicago   $20 in advance • $25 at the door Cost includes 2 drink tickets for the featured liquor of the night.  Register online at

Check out The Modern Man: A Christmas Edition at The Underground Chicago this Thursday at 11pm where Sofia Vintage Clothing & Accessories and more will guide you to greatness for men in your life. From what Elevate Your Presence hears, Chef Ryan Poli will strut his stuff on the catwalk too. Fashion show begins at 11pm so be there and you won’t be square!

This Saturday- December 4th are two Elevate Your Presence recommended events. First, come hear true musical beauty from David Singer and the Sweet Science at Hideout Inn! Then, be sure to wear your ugliest sweater for the Annual Ugly Sweater Party to Benefit The American Cancer Society at Mahoney’s.  Oh what a night it will be…. 

Next week, Elevate Your Presence recommends you check out the Rock The Recession conference December 9-10 hosted by Flyover Geeks and Social Tech Pop and moderated by Edward Swiderski. This two day Startup Nation event brings together some of the best. Check it and get Rocked.  To buy tickets- click Rocked The Recession: Startup The Nation.

Elevate Your Presence Elevate Your Presence hearts Mastro’s Restaurants! Coming out of steak retirement at the Chicago Mastro’s opening was could not have been more delicious and Chicago Food Mafia was there to witness it.  See why Crain’s Chicago Business says you can grab Vegas in the Chi at below.

Vegas-style sizzle heats up Mastro’s | Business Of Life

Elevate Your Presence loves this Delicious Dirt via Eater Chicago on Michelin Guides‘ parties with food nerds galore – chefs like Grant Achatz , restaurant owners such as Boka Grp‘s Rob, Kevin and Giuseppe, journalists /bloggers such as the one and only fabulous Ari Bendersky and the rest of the good ol’ Chitown crew!

Elevate Your Presence wants you to get to know Grant Achatz in this video interview attached below! Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate the Alinea chef on his Michelin Guides 3 stars! Achatz writes, “I’ve done my share of interviews, but its pretty fun when you get to do it while cruising town in a Lexus.”


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