Delicious DIRT. March Is HERE. Lion Style. Events This Week Below

Farmhouse by Kate Bernot

DIRT Weekly Events Inside: The Bedford, School of Sip and Shuck, Goose Island, Beer Academy: Stouts & Porters, Little City Junior Board’s 3d Annual Food Frenzy, Coco Pazzo, Farmhouse, City Provisions, Chicago History Museum, Chicago’s Greatest Dive Bars, Seventh Annual Chiditarod, Greater Chicagoland Food Depository, Chicago Polar Plunge, Special Olympics, Elly’s Pancake House, Stanley’s Kitchen & Tap, Speak Easy Comedy, Morehouse College Glee Club, Harris Theater, Intelligentsia Coffee

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Delicious DIRT’S Slideshow Photo Tour from Cultivate Festival 2011

Tiny But Mighty Popcorn we LOVE @ Cultivate by MBK

As if Chipotle hadn’t done enough already to woo eaters of all stripes! From food nerds to tree-huggers to just plain burrito-lovers, Chipotle (wonderful sponsor of Food Film Fest) threw an enormous and thoughtful bash in Chicago’s Lincoln Park on a gorgeous October Saturday. The first annual kickass Cultivate Festival rocked us with killer food, sexy tunes, and inspiring ideas. Repping the Artisan Hall, Birky Family Farm’s Cornbread+BBQ pork+blueberries= perfect balance of sweet, smoky, and savory while Rich Chocolates melted in our mouths. Tiny But Mighty foods blew our minds with their popcorn (and their name which is anything but tiny on taste).  Bell’s Brewery, Chicago fave Goose Island and more kept us delightfully tipsy as we soaked in the sun and rocked out to White Rabbits and Calexico, just to name a few… Of course, we learned much too: Paul Virant, Paul Kahan, and Bruce Sherman rounded out the who’s-who of Chitown’s top chefs who led demos in tents across the park while Amanda Freitag (Food Film Fest goddess) brought her NYC goodness. Virant’s skirt steak salad with Dietzler Farm beef and heirloom tomatoes elevated picnic fare to a whole new level.

Seedling @ Cultivate by MBK

Take a spin through Delicious DIRT‘s **massive slideshow** photo tour inside this post (click read more). Relive the glory or see what you missed. Here’s to Chipotle Cultivate Festival 2012! CLICK ONE PHOTO TO ENLARGE AND PRESS PLAY. PLAY PLAY PLAY
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Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly. Ode To Autumn

Courtesy of Look Recipes

Inside: The Scout, Bistro Beer Dinner, Goose Island, Slow Food Chicago, Scratch Homemade, Lis David, Zvi Bar-Chaim, Due Lire, One Year Anniversary Dinner, Chicago Michelin Guide, Bib Gourmand Restaurants, Avec, Cumin, Gemini Bistro, Maude’s Liquor Bar, Taste of Peru, Chicago Food Film Festival, Ukrainiain Village, Winter Market, Artisan Far, Katherine Anne Confections, Black Dog Gelato, Sweet Cakes Bakery, Farm to Film to Table, Sky Full of Bacon, Farm to Barstool, A Midwinter Soup Frenzy, Pleasant House Bakery, Hoosier Mama, Magnificent Mile Light Festival, Xoco, Rice Table pop-up dinner, Kirkwood Bar + Grill, Chicken Fried Trivia, Markethouse, Thanksgiving Dinner Heartland 101 Meal 

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Delicious DIRT. Events Week of Labor Day 2011

Inside: Colin Quinn: Long Story Short, Colin Quinn, Foodlife, Lettuce Entertain You, Book Club, The Whistler, Paul McGee, Toque: An Evening with Chicago’s Culinary Masters, Children’s Oncology Services (COSI), Dr. Sandy Goldberg, Michael Kornick, Chris Pandel, Stephanize Izard, Mindy Segal, Graham Elliot, 900 N Michigan Fashion’s Night Out, Mario Tricoci, Bloomingdales, David Burke’s Primehouse, Sixteen at Trump, prasion, Brad Goreski, Windy City Wine Festival, Slow Food Chicago, 3rd Annual Pig Roast, Goose Island, Slagel Farms, Rick Gresh, Rob Levitt, Intelligentsia, Chris Spear, Uncommon Ground, Shedd Aquarium, Community Discount Days, Eleven City Diner

9/6  WE LOVE LAUGHING. Who doesn’t? Chuckle it up as you check out  Colin Quinn: Long Story Short. The former SNL member rounds up of the history of the world in 75 minutes. The show runs through September 10th so get it while you can. Chow down at one of our faves Foodlife  before the show if you’re open to pig out. You know this Delicious DIRT go to =  Lettuce Entertain You’s upscale food court… Stay tuned as Foodease (their expansion) opens soon. Showtime is 730pm through 9/10 @ Broadway Playhouse. 175 E. Chestnut St.

9/7 Attend the alternative Book Club at The Whistler at 6:00 pm where bartender, Paul McGee, picks a book from his personal library and creates a monthly cocktail party based on the chosen book. Past events featured tropical tiki drinks based off the book Trader Vic’s Bartender’s Guide by Victor “Trader Vic” Bergeron. We dig. 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave.

9/8 Give back + eat eat eat at one of our favorite events of the year. Toque: An Evening with Chicago’s Culinary Masters at The Renaissance Hotel supports a truly important charity, Children’s Oncology Services (life changing important organization + past Invest For Kids recipient). Host Dr. Sandy Goldberg has the pleasure of welcoming popular Chicago chefs like Michael Kornick, who happens to be the chef coordinator, Chris Pandel, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, and Graham Elliot.  This annual event is on our #MUST list. 630pm, $250 @ One W. Wacker Drive.

Brad Goreski Courtesy of Brad Goreski

9/8 Fame, Fashion & Flavor @ 900 North Michigan Shops. Hit up Bravo TV’s fashion guru Brad Goreski and CS Magazine on Fashion’s Night Out for the ultimate party in Chicago. Head to 900 N Michigan for Fashion’s Night Out and shop ‘til you drop from 6 – 9 pm. Head to Mario Tricoci and Bloomingdales for complimentary lash extensions, hair flair, and mini manicures. If shopping makes you hungry, nibble on bites from David Burke’s Primehouse, Sixteen at Trump and #FaveWeCrave -> Prasino. Big spenders -> $1,000 gets you access to TZAR’s VIP Lounge to hang out with Bravo TV’s Brad Goreski. 900 North Michigan Avenue.

9/9 – 9/10 Buckingham Fountain is the jam for 2011′s Windy City Wine Festival. Sample more than 270 wines, participate in wine seminars + cooking demonstrations and get down to live music. You’ll be drunk enough to dance like no one’s watching you (if you’re lucky). Listen up all you designated drivers, $10 allows you to play too… with two non-alcoholic drinks and all the same entertainment the winos drunkenly swallow.  Regular tickets are $27 advance, $35 at door. 500 S. Columbus Drive.

9/11  Slow Food Chicago presents their 3rd Annual Pig Roast at Goose Island featuring 5 chefs preparing different dishes using Slagel Farm pigs. Tons of our favorite chefs are involved in this annual Slow Food Chicago fundraiser (Rick Gresh + Rob Levitt + more). Down Goose Island beer and sober up with Intelligentsia coffee. Attention #vegetarians, look for Chris Spear of Uncommon Ground‘s meat free dishes you’ll devour. $60, 2-5pm, 1800 W. Fulton St.

9/12 – 9/13 FREE FREE FREE. Not a lot better than FREE.  Take advantage of the Shedd Aquarium Community Discount Days as Illinois residents receive free general admission… While in the area, dive into some solid deli food at Eleven City Diner. 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive.

Delicious DIRT. In Chef’s Hands – Food Therapy For The Soul Event NOT To Miss

Two of Chicago’s renowned Chefs, Chef Rodelio Aglibot + Chef Todd Stein have teamed up with Jeremy Dubin and Scott Crane, to co-found In Chef’s Hands with some of Chicago’s most influential food industry experts.  Their kick off event is June 14th at Old Town Social.

Stay tuned to Delicious DIRT for Scott’s guest post which is sure to captivate you.  You’ll read his words and taste his story and how he started food therapy programs in hospice situations.  Life changing. Pivotal.  Everlasting.   Thank you Scott for all you do and all the beauty you represent.  Cookbook ahead… We. Can. Not. Wait.

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Inside: Frontier, Rock Bottom, Chili Cook-Off, Chicago Fire Department, Charlie Sheen, The Piggery, Blackbird, Schubas, Goose Island, MCA, First Fridays, Scotch & Steak, BaconFest, Style Series, Ever After, Palmer House, Chic Boutique, Ivy House, Underground, Sophia Vintage, Lush, Enclave, Chicago Theatre and more.

Evolving Round Up:

3/29 Charlie Sheen Night @ The Piggery is TONIGHT. Get ready for the Adonis to hit Chi this weekend by flocking to the Piggery with other tiger blooded clones.  Featured on Urban Daddy and selling tickets like hot cakes, this event is #winning.  Let us know if you make it and send in a video of your best Sheen imitation and you might even get lucky…  Event FB page here. 7pm, show starts at 8pm 1625 West Irving Park

3/29 GREAT CAUSE EVENT.  Rock Bottom’s Chili Cook-Off to benefit Chicago Fire Dept and Muscular Dystrophy Association. 6-8pm, $5 and you’re devouring Chili!!  $10 and you’re eating and drinking Rock Bottom Brewery’s Fire Chief Ale, an Irish red.  The annual chili cook-off, benefiting the Chicago Fire Department and the Muscular Dystrophy Association is sure to be a rockin time.  1 W. Grand, 312-755-9339.

3/29 The Bluebird, one of our faves, hosting a tasting of delightful brews and snacks for $30. Reservations recommended. 7:30-9:30 PM, The Bluebird, 1749 N. Damen, 773-486-2473, $30. More info on Chicago Reader here.

3/29 Frontier’s 2$ Tuesdays! We love anything for 2$ especially when it comes from greatness.  Frontier invites Chicagoans to enjoy their $2 Tuesdays, available every Tuesday from 4:00 PM to 1:30 AM.  Tuesday specials will feature items such as select half-pints, oysters, deviled eggs and tacos, all for $2 each.  1072 N. Milwaukee

3/30 Schubas + Goose Island are partnering for a beer dinner! Four Goose Island Beers and cuisine from Harmony Grill, Schubas’ restaurant, will have you smiling for some time.  RSVP on Facebook for a spot.  We love Schubas so check it.  More info via Refinery 29.

3/30 Getting married?  Check out Ever After @ Palmer House via CS Modern Luxury.  Watch a Macy’s Bridal Salon Fashion Show with wedding planner, Erin McDonald. Taste gowns, make overs, shopping, table top designs and more. You’ll get a gift bag and some edibles while on the scene. More info here. 6-9pm 17 E. Monroe St.

3/31 CS Modern Luxury Chic Boutique at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios 6-9pm, Enjoy hors d’oeuvres by C Catering Boutique and sip Voga wine while shopping featured Spring looks from Chicago’s Chic Boutiques-  12 E. Ohio Street FB event page here.

3/31 Sophia Rocks Fashion show at Underground with Sofia Vintage and a live performance by My Gold Mask.  Style Series presented by Rockit Ranch Productions and PopSugar is a six night series celebrated on Thursday nights March 31 through May 5. Doors open nightly at 9 p.m., fashion shows begin promptly at 11 p.m. Private reception from 9-10pm.   Must RSVP:

3/31 Private Michigan Ave Party At River East Arts Center… We hear Redford’s in the house! Keep you posted…

3/31 Check out this play –> The 13th of Paris, LiveWire Chicago Theatre, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago,60614 

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4/1 First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Every first Friday of every month, the MCA has a sweet fiesta.  We highly recommend it and now that the terrace will be open, get in while you can enjoy the fresh spring air.  220 E Chicago Avenue, Chicago 60611

4/3 Want to meet Charlie for $750? We didnt think so…  Regular ol’ tix for his tour sold out in 18 minutes folks…  This is your only hope.   By now you know the tormented but hilarious Charlie Sheen will be in the Chi for his “Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour” in Chicago this Sunday.  Freaky fans can meet Sheen with a VIP package priced at $750.

4/3 Charlie’s Enclave After Party.  After his Chicago Theatre show, fans can dance the night away with high hopes of seeing the tiger blooded star at Enclave.  Our guess- no chance he shows, but you’re def #winning if we’re wrong!  Event FB page here.

WE HEART LUSH and you will too. Let us know your faves while you taste the grapes.


4/1 ROSCOE VILLAGE LUSH Play your best prank, then head to LUSH for some very serious sipping. Melissa from Jo Snow Syrups will be adding her concoctions (think: Ginger Passion Fruit, Fig Vanilla Black Pepper, and Cardamom Rose Water) to some Santome Prosecco, courtesy of Jordan from Candid Wines. Enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail with us! 2232 West Roscoe

4/2 ROSCOE VILLAGE LUSH 4-6pm: A rare Saturday tasting at LUSH! Jason from Vintage is popping by this afternoon this open some elegant gems from around the world.2232 West Roscoe

4/3 LUSH TASTING EVENTs @ UNIVERSITY VILLAGE, Roscoe Village, and  WEST TOWN LUSH Joints — 2-5pm: Sundays with LUSH, Cabernet Franc. 1257 South Halsted and 1412 West Chicago Ave and Roscoe locations

4/3 School of LUSH – Island Wine. As many islands as possible. Salty. Crunchy. Snacks, wine, and education.  $35 per person. 6:30-8pm RSVP required to 1412 West Chicago Ave

Heads up:
Scotch and Steak at Standard Club April 7
Baconfest April 9

In case you’re living in a cave and missed Food Mafia’s launch, read about it on Eater and Thrillist.

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