Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly

Inside: Grub Street Chicago, City Provisions, Finch’s Beer Co., Slackjawed Dunkel, Chicago History Museum, Dress Code 2011, Charles James, Adler Planetarium, Adler After Dark: Spooky Space, Metropolitan Brewing Company, Modern Vintage Chicago, Third Coast Filmless Festival, Table Fifty-Two, Wines of the American South, Chef Art Smith,  Gaztro-Wagon, Tamale Sapceship, Admiral Theatre, Food Mafia, Rewster’s Cafe, Dark Matter, Studio Paris, Cheeky Chicago

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10/18-21 Two of our favorite food trucks, Gaztro-Wagon and Tamale Spaceship, are teaming up this week + dishing out Delicious DIRT outside The Admiral Theatre. Food trucks and zombie strippers…only in Chicago.  More details on this multiple day event on their schedule here. 3940 W. Lawrence Ave

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10/18 Beer connoisseurs in the house? Grub Street Chicago notes another one of our faves, City Provisions, hosts the debut of Finch’s Beer Co. –> Slackjawed Dunkel from 6 to 9 pm. Free Tasting with SNACKS = we love it already! 1818 West Wilson.

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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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Press / Media Contact:
Molly Bett Kovler
Elevate Your Presence, LLC


Delicious DIRT. Upcoming

Heads up–>coming soon–>Elevate Your Presence‘s Delicious DIRT covers:

Inside: Frontier, Michael Kornick, Tru, Ari Bendersky, CC SKYE, Brandon Baltzley, Tula, Purple Pig, Food Mafia, Onie Bag

  • Frontier’s opening night – cocktails, oysters and 5 cheese Mac & Cheese– SHINES.

    Frontier's Mac & Cheese DELIGHTFUL BEYOND WORDS

  • Delicious DIRT contributor’s inside JUICE on the Tru experience.  AF’s day in Tru’s kitchen and night in the dining room.
  • Jose Cervante’s Pop Up dinner for his newbie, Tula Restaurante.  Oh and did we mention, hottie Brandon Baltzley cooked up a storm??

Stay tuned for all that and then some including Restaurant Week Juice….

Delicious DIRT. EATS

Last night, we dined at one of our favorites- Gilt Bar.  Believe us, we felt only pleasure, no remorse.

Mouths will water… taste buds will thank you. EVERY BITE is better than the next at Gilt Bar. Thank you Brendan Sodikoff, Love, Elevate Your Presence & Chicago Food Mafia.

Gilt Bar's Short Ribs

It truly does not get better than this mushroom truffle pasta Gilt Bar. Chicago Food Mafia can not get enough. Again, Brendan Sodikoff, we can’t wait to devour more…

Gilt Bar's Truffle Pasta

Banana split never hurt anyone… Chicago Food Mafia felt no guilt at Gilt Bar savoring every bite….

Banana Spilt at Gilt Bar

Can’t wait to actually get on Food Mafia?  Here’s something to ease your anticipation….Below is a preview of MBK’s Food Mafia review of Gilt Bar posted a bit ago.

I have to say I can not believe I waited so long to try Gilt. My reason was simple- all the other restaurants in that space (many), have gone under so fast I thought it might not be worth it. Man was I WRONG! Gilt Bar has instantly become a favorite, a go to, and a staple in my regular rotation! In fact, I had my birthday dinner there this week and literally wanted to go back the following night… The atmosphere is my definition of PERFECT. It’s dark, yet not pitch black, it’s classy, yet not uptight, it’s lounge like, yet not cheesy. Gilt Bar is literally the perfect date spot. I have not even gotten to the food- in one word- exceptional. I loved every single bite more than the next. Here is what we ate- paris mushroom & truffle pasta, ricotta gnocchi w/ sage & brown butter, parmesan crusted whitefish (super well done) w/ lemon, butter, capers, brussel sprouts w/ probably the best bacon ever, & warm milk chocolate chunk brownies w/ tons of whipped cream, hot caramel & chocolate sauces on the side. I can not wait to get back there and I give Gilt the highest recommendation possible! Maude’s Liquor – their sister spot, opened this week too and is stellar…Stay tuned for DIRT’s report on Maude’s.  Don’t forget to check out Gilt’s downstairs lounge. AMAZING

Are You A Member?  Food Mafia wants you!

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…

Delicious DIRT. Exclusive VIDEO

Kevin Boehm, (BOKA GRP) restaurateur extraordinaire, surely knows greatness when he sees it.  Check out a sneak preview video of why he loves Food Mafia pre launch below.

Click here to get in Food Mafia’s Facebook greatness now. Stay tuned for official site launch soon.

BOKA RESTAURANT GROUP was founded by Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm in 2003 and includes some of Chicago’s most popular restaurants including Boka, Landmark Grill & Lounge, Perennial, and Stephanie Izard’s Restaurant, Girl & the Goat. Each of their restaurants is crafted individually and conceptually unique. Along with Kevin and Rob, BRG is led by an extraordinary team including partner and corporate Chef Giuseppe Tentori, Director of Operations Ian Goldberg, and Perennial Executive Chef Ryan Poli.


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?

Food Mafia’s Official Website Launching Soon!

Food Mafia is THE exclusive online destination for food lovers. Throughout select cities globally, Food Mafia focuses on supporting restaurant communities. Our members will promote their favorite restaurants & bars through our unique recommendation system while keeping up to date on the latest & greatest food news through our online magazine, food news aggregator, & social network. Can’t wait? Get a taste of the Mafia pre-launch on Food Mafia’s Facebook page!

It pays to be in the know! Food Mafia is a member based website launching in the coming weeks. Membership is exclusive to those who are passionate about wanting to find and share local hidden cuisine gems. Mafia members are food lovers, chefs, culinary students, sommeliers, bloggers, restaurant owners and industry professionals.

The Mafia knows its members will keep Food Mafia up to date on the sexiest restaurants, hottest happenings and most fabulous chefs! The Mafia will also give its members ALL the Delicious Dirt and Deals.

Food Mafia is THE luxury online destination that combines its one of a kind restaurant review system with its culinary news aggregator and social networks. Can you be the next Godfather of the Food Mafia?

Press / Media Contact:
Molly Bett Kovler
Elevate Your Presence, LLC
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Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence want to know— what is your favorite term to describe a food lover? Foodie? Food Nerd? Food Geek? Foodista? Food Person? Food Connoisseur? Send your favorites and or better yet, come up with a Nice Newbie Nugget to win something Delicious!

Updated story- Elevate Your Presence has some delicious dirt for Chicago Food Mafia. October 30th, after his Hype Park rally for Alexi Giannoulias and Quinn, President Barack Obama dined for three hours at Topolobampo owned by Chef Rick Bayless. Sunday October 31st, the three ate at Hype Park staple, Valois Cafeteria – “See Your Food”. For details including what everyone ate, see below.

Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia heart Chef Rick Bayless! He even tweeted President Barack Obama‘s delightful surprise visit last night at Topolobampo including a stream of photos (see below). Way to go Bayless. Love the social media usage!!

YUMMMM- Chicago Food Mafia, Elevate Your Presence and even President Barack Obama love the scallops and lobster at Chef Rick Bayless‘s Topolobampo. Delicious Dirt no matter which way you dice it.

Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence congratulate one of our favorite restaurants, Cibo Matto! Bon Appétit Magazine named Chicago’s Cibo Matto on their list of best pasta places in the country!!! Mouth is watering.

Chicago Food Mafia Had a GREAT afternoon Friday October 29, 2010 with Elevate Your Presence and Michael Kornick (of mk The Restaurant and DMK Burger Bar). It was great watching Michael in action and we can’t wait to have dinner at MK tonight! Welcome to the Chicago Food Mafia Michael!!!

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