Girl & the Goat truly does walk the walk. Unless you’re living in a cave, by now you know about this Elevate Your Presence favorite! Girl & The Goat is the newest venture from Boka Grp‘s Kevin Boehm & Rob Katz, and genius Chef Stephanie Izard. Get ready for all the luscious details & Delicious Dirt.

LIVES UP TO THE HYPE! Girl & The Goat’s menu from an Elevated Food Mafia dinner on 1/8/11. Note, a…ll starred items were devoured & loved. Many plates were so divine, we even ordered multiple rounds! Our other delish dishes are not even listed on this menu… Can you say OYSTERS? Stay tuned for full report on Delicious Dirt & many food picture posts.

OPENING ALERT- Elevate Your Presence is thrilled to check out this sexy wine bar, DiSotto Enoteca. DiSotto, located at 200 E Chestnut below Francesca’s, is the latest by Jimmy Bannos and Scott Allen Harris who are the geniuses behind The Purple Pig, Davanti Enoteca, Dough Boys and the Fran

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Check out the menu for DiSotto Enoteca, the new wine bar from restaurateur Scott Harris.

Another heavenly meal at Elevate Your Presence favorite Gilt Bar. Elevate Your Presence was on the scene delighting in paris mushroom & truffle pasta, ricotta gnocchi w/ sage & brown butter, parmesan crusted whitefish (well done) w/ lemon, butter, capers, brussel sprouts w/ amaze bacon, & warm milk chocolate chunk brownies. Cream pie below, ah next time!

Elevate Your Presence is beyond excited to welcome Maude’s Liquor Bar to the Chi. We LOVE Gilt Bar so when owners Brendan Sodikoff and chef Jeff Pinkus (previously of Alinea) opened Maude’s, we knew stellar would be an understatement. Stay tuned…

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Maude’s Liquor Bar opens tonight.

If you’re in Chicago this holiday weekend, Elevate Your Presence recommends you try these eating events via Chicago Reader. At Sixteen – a delicious dessert tasting, Cyrano’s Bistrot & Wine Bar -$37.50 for several sexy courses, TAKASHI -5 courses for a reasonable $58 ($88 includes wine), & Piccolo Sogno ‘s feast of fishes.

Elevate Your Presence literally can’t wait to try Dough Boys‘ 3 foot long pizza!!! Now open in little Italy, Dough Boys is the creation of the The Purple Pig & Davanti Enoteca Team & we know it’s gonna be more than just dough. Both Chicago Food Mafia & EYP will be on the scene soon so stay tuned!

Unless you’re living in a cave you know Graham Elliot opened Grahamwich to rave reviews after massive hype- even trended on Twitter. Elevate Your Presence confirms deliciousness & hears graham elliot‘s sister spot will open in more locations soon & Grahamburger is next on this Master Chef’s plate!

Now open- Elevate Your Presence is so excited Green Corner has officially opened its doors today in Buck Town !! Congrats to friends Elizabeth & Colleen Murzyn, the dynamic sister duo who opened this all organic juice bar which also serves smoothies, soups, pastries and more!! Get there- 1880 N Damen – at Cortland in Chicago.

We heart end of year best lists more than most! Here is Chicago Reader ‘s Best Restaurants of 2010 which has many Elevate Your Presence favorites.

Huge congrats to Elevate Your Presence favorite Longman & Eagle which made GQ ‘s Top 10 Best New Restaurants in America list. We heart this Logan Square gastropub and could not agree more with Alan Richman in that the food is “triumphant”!

Not a lot better than fabulous end of year best lists! Elevate Your Presence recommends you check out Time Out Chicago‘s 100 Best Eats & Drinks 2010 which includes many Chicago Food Mafia favorites – Davanti Enoteca‘s raviolo, Spacca Napoli Pizzeria‘s “transcendent” burrata & The Southern‘s

Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence LOVE a great burger – especially Michael Kornick‘s DMK Burger Bar creations!   ***CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

DMK Burger Bar, The No.4 – Roasted Hatch Green Chile with Jack Cheese
Photo by Kris Brearton

When was the last time you took down a triple? We crave it. Elevate Your Presence recommends Billy Goat Tavern Chicago‘s cheezborger cheezborger cheezborger any time!

Triple Cheezborger at Billy Goat Tavern & Grill.
Photo by George Motz

Mouth watering Turtle Pie from Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse – an Elevate Your Presence favorite!! Dangerously divine.

Gibsons’ Turtle Pie! Photo via Gibsons

Check out Elevate Your Presence friend Hell’s Kitchen ‘s Chef Tony’s Restaurant BIG & little’s on Orleans and Oak in Chicago. Sample Menu attached and we can’t wait to check in!

Elevate Your Presence can not get enough of Michael Kornick ‘s tuna tartar tastiness  at mk The Restaurant and loving every bite.

MK’s Tuna Tartare is AMAZING! Just look at this picture! Our mouths are watering.

LOVE dessert @ mk The Restaurant ? We sure do! Thanks Michael Kornick

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Delicious Mexique- all the time, anytime. We could not get enough! Thanks to Chef Carlos Gaytan for a fabulous night of divine delights.

 

Mexique shortribs with bacon sprouts parsnip purée & deliciousness
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Elevate Your Presence knows you #crave #deliciousDIRT. Check out Mexique for one highly recommended Delicious DIRT favorite! Dig in.

 

Scallops at Mexique…. Oh, did we mention THIS IS A MUST EAT!

Elevate Your Presence LOVES Tempo deliciousness all the way! Eggs as big as your head surely satiate.
 

As Big As Your Face @ Tempo

Oyster Po’ boy anyone? Elevate Your Presence heart’s BIG & little’s attached! Serious YUMMMMM action. You. Will. Go. Back. OFTEN.

BIG & Little’s, Oyster Po’boy Photo by Caesar Chiang
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Elevate Your Presence Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence LOVE mk The Restaurant and DMK Burger Bar! So obviously when we got confirmation that the one & only Michael Kornick is opening another restaurant, and with David Morton, we could not be more jovial. We’re told, this newbie is slated to be a great chef hangout perfect for …Food Mafia. Fish Bar is set to open in Lincoln Park at 2951 N. Sheffield. Stay tuned for more…

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Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence are so excited to learn TAKASHI is opening a new restaurant on Hubbard next summer! This “new concept” is said to be a more affordable casual eatery. We know one thing for sure- this newbie will knock our socks off with the same Takashi top notch food. Can not wait!

Update- Elevate Your Presence overheard Takashi’s newbie will most likely be called Togarashi, Grill and Noodles by Takashi.  Penny Pollack, dining editor at Chicago Magazine tweeted  the lunch tab will be around $18 and dinner $36.  BRING IT!

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
Bristol
Browntrout
Ceres’ Table
Cumin
deca
De Cero
DeCOLORES
Frances’ Deli
Frontera Grill
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
Han 202
Hopleaf
Jaipur
Kith & Kin
La Creperie
La Petite Folie
Los Nopales
Lula Café
mado
Mexique
M. Henry
Mixteco Grill
Nana
Nightwood
Opart Thai House
Otom
Paramount Room
Perennial
Publican
Purple Pig
Raj Darbar
Riccardo Trattoria
Smak-Tak
Smoque BBQ
Spacca Napoli
Taste of Peru
Thai Village
Twin Anchors
Urban Belly
Veerasway
West Town Tavern

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!

Elevate Your Presence is psyched the florentine, blt restaurant group‘s newbie is now finally open! Last night the VIP opening was a tremendous success with Todd Stein, Rodelio Aglibot and all those foodies. The after party was said to be rockin’ at Big Star Chicago too. The Mafia even got some delicious dirt- The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English will be opening in Chicago’s Gold Coast summer 2011 in a 10,000 square foot space in the lower level of an undisclosed hotel. Stay tuned.

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Elevate Your Presence enjoyed some dangerously delicious chocolate cake tonight at Coco Pazzo! What and where are some of your favorite Chicago indulgences?

Great Foodie Event Alert – Some of Chicago Food Mafia & Elevate Your Presence‘s favorite chefs – Chef Rick Bayless, Chef Art Smith, Charlie Trotter, will be at Chicago Cultural Center for Chicago’s Chefs Live November 19th with New York Times Magazine writer Frank Bruni and Lee Brian Schrager – Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival to discuss all things food! Expect some Mafioso on site!!

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Jewish women are sexy! Elevate Your Presence hopes you want to laugh with us tonight at YLD’s Big Event Featuring Sarah Silverman. Free smiles attached. Check it.

Elevate Your Presence can not wait for Bangers & Lace! News flash- soft opening last night so you won’t have to wait any longer!! Congrats to friends Jason Freiman and Nick Podesta!!

After the insanely amazing IPO Opening on Wednesday and hanging out with Chef Hoyte and Cece Segarra, I really thought the week had peaked.   Boy was I wrong.  That was only Wedneday!  OMG, what was I thinking?

Here’s what Elevate Your Presence had to say about it on Facebook-

Elevate Your Presence: Shaw’s Crab House Oyster Fest last night was killer. Chicago Food Mafia and Elevate Your Presence made killer appearances chowing down on delightful oysters, lobster rolls, catfish sandwiches, fried shrimp, and more…. Delicious all around.

So, details –  Friday brought Royster with the Oyster, Shaw’s Crab House’s 22nd annual oyster festival.  This was an all out street party filled with some of the best food.  Not kidding. Does eating two giant lobster rolls- enormous lobster rolls – and moaning with each bite tell you something?  That wasn’t even enough my loyal readers.  No, I then ate tons of crab claws, fried shrimp, catfish, and raw oysters galore.  The combination almost had me in a food coma, but somehow I managed to mix and mingle my way through the crowds.

I walked in and immediately was given the royal treatment.  Susie, (Shaw’s PR) gave us (me and my friend Allison) press passes and off we went with packets of Shaw’s money and smiles on our faces.  We were consistently introduced to media types and industry folk as we kibitzed with other party goers.

The vibe was relaxed yet happy.  The weather was cool yet not cold.  The food was hot and yet cold.  All I can say is after the festival, I was in an oyster coma for the first time ever and I loved every minute!

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