Delicious DIRT. Chef Juice News, Awards + Shuffles: Danny Grant of RIA and Balsan Named a Best New Chef 2012; Chef Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo to The Florentine; Chuy Valencia Leaves Chilam Bilam to Start Concept Cafeteria

DIRT Inside: Danny Grant, RIA, Balsan, Waldorf Astoria, Food & Wine, Stephanie Izard, Paul Kahan, Giuseppe Tentori, Coco Pazzo, Chris Macchia, The Florentine, Todd Stein, Piccolo Signo Due, JW Marriott, Chuy Valencia, Chilam Bilam, Top Chef, Soraya Rendon, Phil Tadros, Doejo, Natalia Oswald

Such Chef Moves:

Chilam Bilam Chicago via Facebook

Chuy Valencia of Chilam Bilam (and Top Chef Season 9 alum) has sold his shares in the resto to his partner Soraya Rendon, and has decided to move on to partner with hotness Phil Tadros in creating a chef-driven cafeteria. Tadros is interactive agency Doejo founder / coffee shop entrepreneur who’s been down since the social boom. This new cafeteria concept will allow diners to get classic dishes like a patty melt, beef stroganoff, meat loaf and other classic comforts. We’re hearing it’s possible name is “Ursa” and located in the East Lakeview area. Valencia is also releasing a book in the near future, “M.E.A.L.S.: Menus, Entrees, Anecdotes, Lies and Some Truth to Protect the Innocent and Equally Evil and Advantages That Helped Me Out Along the Way.” Chef Valencia will be leaving the kitchen at Chilam Bilam to his sous chef Natalia Oswald. We’ll keep you updated as more details on Chilam Bilam and the cafeteria project unfold. [Eater]

Chef Moves: Chef Chris Macchia of Coco Pazzo to Start at The Florentine 4/23. Below.

Chef Danny Grant Named Best New Chef 2012. Below.

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Delicious DIRT. Take Home Fresh Rotisserie Chicken Sundays @ Rustic House; SHUCK Our Fave for Free @ GT Fish & Oyster 3/31; Eat and Watch Iron Chef-Style @ Slurping Turtle 4/1

DIRT Inside: Rustic House, Chef Jason Paskewitz, GT Fish & Oyster, Giuseppe Tentori, Takashi, Chef Takashi Yagihashi, Slurping Turtle, Iron Chef America

Slurping Turtle Iron Chef America Showing Chef Takashi

Photo via Slurping Turtle

Unfortunately the special Iron Chef dinner at Takashi has sold out, BUT there is still an amazing place where you can watch Chef Takashi Yagihashi impress with the best on Iron Chef America, April 1. Slurping Turtle will be showing the show on a large screen for the occasion. The secret ingredient menu will be available a la carte once the item is revealed on the show (approx after 9 PM). Food nerds welcome! Obviously massive food porn to eat your heart out to and support Chicago’s finest! 116 W. Hubbard.

SHUCK ‘EM! Free Oysters at GT Fish & Oyster 3/31. Below.

Sunday Take Out @ Rustic House

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Delicious DIRT. Estate on the Riverfront, Chicago Brings Home the Nods, & Never Too Many Donuts

DIRT Inside: Estate Ultra Bar, Chris Turano, Dan De Los Monteros, 2012 JBF Restaurant and Chef Awards, Bistronomic, Next, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia, Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Patrick Fahy, Café des Architectes, Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Tru, Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality, Topolobampo, Sepia, Dave Beran, Matthew Kirkley, L2O, David Posey, Matthew Carlson, Schwa, Stephanie Izard, Girl and the Goat, Martial Noguier, Chris Nugent, Goosefoot, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster, Andrew Zimmerman, Do-Rite Donuts, Petterino’s.

Never Too Much of a GOOD THING: Do-Rite Donuts Opens in Loop

Bacon + Donuts = LOVE @DoRiteDonuts

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! DONUTS ARE THE NEW CUPCAKES. We learned via Grub Street Chicago, that THIS morning @ 6:30 AM, Do-Rite Donuts opened in the Loop, attached to Petterino’s on Randolph. Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin are the masterminds behind the latest addition to the doughnut line-up, bringing Lettuce Entertain You into the mix. And they’ve got some SERIOUS goodies in store: ranging from “gourmet” doughnuts (peanut butter + jelly + peanut better mousse topping) and “old-fashioned” cake doughnuts (topped with Tahitian vanilla or Valhrona chocolate) –> SO MUCH YUM. Definitely the next stop on our doughnut train. 50 W. Randolph.

NOW OPEN: Estate Ultra Bar is Rollin’ on the River

Peppadew Peppers by Estate Ultra Bar

Moving into some prime real-estate on the riverfront, Estate Ultra Bar is now open in River West.

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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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Delicious DIRT. Food Mafia Launch Video –> LIVE!

Video speaks a million words!   You waited patiently and now it is HERE!   The Food Mafia launch video is now live!  Thank you to all our lovely chefs / owners + Potenza Productions!

Food Mafia Launch Video from Elevate Your Presence on Vimeo.


Chef Michael Kornick — Chef and Partner of mk, DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar, N9NE
Curtis Duffy — Executive Chef of Avenues
Boka Group‘s Kevin Boehm + Rob Katz — Owners of Girl & Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Perennial Virant, Landmark, Boka
Chef Giuseppe Tentori — Executive Chef at GT Fish & Oyster, Boka
Brandon Baltzley — Executive Chef at Tribute Restaurant
D.C. Crenshaw — Food Critic
Hubie Greenwald — owner of The Motel Bar
Dion AnticThe Bagel on Damen, Porkchop, Harry’s Velvet Room
Jackie Shen — Executive Chef of Chicago Cut Steakhouse
David Morton — partner at DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar
Mike Gierdon — Chef at FishBar
Stacy Johnson — Founder and CEO, Food Mafia, Inc.

More information –> Food Mafia. Check Food Mafia on Eater and Thrillist.

Food Mafia Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York to launch in the coming months!  Get your fork on!   So much #DeliciousDIRT, so little time…

Delicious DIRT’s Quickie Juice:

Newsflash: Boka Grp‘s Kevin Boehm announced via Twitter –> GT Fish & Oyster will open this Thursday in Chicago. Reservations start next wk, but walk-ins are welcome Thursday. Get there + taste the master, Giuseppe Tentoris cuisine –> sure to delight.

OYSTERS ANYONE? Elevate Your Presence ♥’s Shaw’s Crab House. Get there tonight if you’re able….

Photo by Shaw’s.  Stop by for a couple dozen fresh-shucked oysters tonight, a pint of Guinness and some great live Chicago Blues from Matthew Skoller and the Band.

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.


Elevate Your Presence

Elevate Your Presence Reminder -

Tomorrow, 12/8, 2010,  Chicago Food Mafia will be chowing down with Elevate Your Presence when Boka Grp‘s Giuseppe Tentori serves up his $12 lobster roll & clam chowder combo! From 1130-1pm, Tentori will be on the Gaztro Wagon outside his newbie GT Fish & Oyster at Grand/ Wells. No, GT Fish & Oyster is not open yet (slated to open 2011), but you can get a taste tomorrow nonetheless. We can not wait.

Chicago Food Mafia

Who doesn’t love free wine and appetizers at BOKA? Tonight join Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia for Boka Grp‘s monthly free wine tasting event Test Your Palate Wine Tasting at Boka! You might even win a $100 gift certificate.

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