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. Get Your February ON

Doughnut Vault @ Dose Market by Nathan Michael

Inside: DePaul Art Museum, Re:Chicago, Nesh, Chicago Magazine, Night of Discerning Drinking, Duchamp, Zocalo, Tequila Tasting Series, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Lucky’s Sandwich Company, Dose Market, Celestial Kitchens, Zingerman’s Creamery, Ipsento, Giordano’s, Give Me Some Sugar, Anti-Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class, Sit Stay Read, Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s Be My Valentine Event, Ritz Carlton, Haymarket Brewery

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Delicious DIRT. Let It Snow Chicago

Wildberry Pancakes & Café by Chicago Scene

Inside: Beat Kitchen, Chicago Underground Comedy, 90 Miles Cuban Cafe, Union Sushi and Barbeque Bar, Detox at Union Sushi and Barbeque Bar, Trucking Thursday, Goose Island, David Barton Gym, Top Chef, Spiaggia, Sarah Grueneberg, Tony Mantuano, Top Chef Masters, Machine Head, House of Blues, Tavernita, City Provisions Deli, Supper Club, Rick Gresh, David Burke’s Primehouse, Death’s Door Spirits, The Trocks, Harris Theater, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Pizano’s, Zocalo, Tequila, Bonnie, Logan Square Farmers Market, Lula, A Touch of Vintage, Provenance, Salted Caramel, Giordano’s, Dee Dee Bridgewater, To Billy With Love: A Celebration of Lady Day, Symphony Center, Atwood Cafe, Handmade Market Chicago, Empty Bottle, Bite Cafe, Chinese New Year, Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute, Z.J. Tong, Hing Kee Restaurant, Essay Fiesta, Book Cellar, 826CHI, Spoon Thai, Bryan Adams, Chicago Theatre, State and Lake, Book Cellar, Rachel Bertsche, MWF Seeking BFF, Margie’s Candies

NOW: At some point, even the most badass social butterflies among us have found ourselves wondering where we could find a BFF. Not content to wallow with a pint from Margie’s Candies, Chicago author Rachel Bertsche goes where few dare.  In her just released book, MWF Seeking BFF, Rachel brings back hilarious and engaging war stories from her year of 52 consecutive friend-dates. Catch her tonight on her book tour around the country now. And look sharp–maybe you’ll meet your new BFF.

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Delicious DIRT. Juice

Inside: French De-light @ Sofitel, James Beard Awards, Giordanos, My Pie, D’agostinos, Bricks

Last week, at the media preview French De-light,  Elevate Your Presence got a sneak preview of new healthy spa menu at Café des Architectes.  This resto, inside Chicago’s Sofitel, is a wonderful ode to French fare.  All of the gorgeous delicious presentations are low calorie (most are under 100).  Some highlights included coconut and passion fruit mousse and rillettes of mackerel. Check out CDA here, and Restaurant Week here. Can’t wait to indulge?  OH did we forget to mention -the French De-light menu is available during Restaurant Week too so get there soon.

Food nerds all over the world anxiously await the James Beard award nominees / winners every year. Some cuisine obsessives even get more excited than the nominees themselves! Literally, every year, from March to May, food lovers get dehydrated from salivating so much.  We’re sure you know by now that the JB semi-finalists were just announced. Of course, Chicago’s best are getting nods. Check out the list complete here and get ready, on March 21, the finalists will be announced. Delicious DIRT’s anticipating greatness…

How does pioneering deep dish pizza joint Giordano’s file for bankruptcy?! Yes, that’s what Crain’s Chicago Business reported last week. The chain defaulted on a Fifth Third Bank loan and has filed Chapter 11. The restaurants will remain open, but if things really go awry, we know the tourists will flock to Lou Malnati’s or, dare we say, Gino’s? We at Delicious DIRT and Food Mafia like My Pie, D’agostinos, and Bricks.  Stay tuned for all the inside info on the greatest pizza joints in the Chi….

Giordanos, Courtesy of Facebook

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

Best post and uncovering of a story was my discovery of Ed Burns’ escapades in the Chi via Twitter!!!  By piecing together a bunch of tweets, Elevate Your Presence was able to break the below story first- before local media…

Elevate Your Presence has always loved Edward Burns. Brothers McMullen is pure genius! Burns was in Chicago Filmspotting while promoting Nice Guy Johnny (Comcast 10/26). Friday, when Crain’s Shia Kapos tweeted Burns, he replied he couldn’t get a table at Girl & the Goat & went to Giordanos. The mellow down-to-earth actor even replied to Girl & Goat owner Kevin Boehm sayin no worries & he’d be back next time. Delicious Dirt all around.

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