Delicious DIRT. Events This Week Kick ASSSSS

Longman & Eagle's Tete du Cochon with Sunnyside Duck Egg by Zemanation

Inside:  Food Porn, In Chef’s Hands, Cocktail Party/Fundraiser, Studio Paris, Chef Rodelio Aglibot, Chef Todd Stein, Vivo’s 20th Anniversary, U.S. Holocaust Museum, City Swarm, Sips & Songs, Bar Novo, Tock of Ages, The Vintage Bazaar Holiday Pop-Up, Longman & Eagle, Fall Pastry Market, Logan Square Kitchen, Sweet Spot Macarons, Rare Bird Preserves, Mayana Chocolate, Food & Wine, Food & Wine Entertaining Showcase, Museum of Contemporary Art, Koren Grieveson, Avec, Stephanie Izard, Girl and the Goat, Takashi Yagihashi, Slurping Turtle

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11/8 Support In Chef’s Hands at their Cocktail Party/Fundraiser at Studio Paris. Jeremy Dubin, Chef Rodelio Aglibot and Chef Todd Stein helped start In Chef’s Hands in order to teach culinary skills to individuals with special needs. Enjoy drinks + passed appetizers while learning more about the organization + socialize with the best of ‘em. Tickets $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 59 W Hubbard. 6pm-9pm

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Zed 451 by William Pruyn Photography

Inside: Last Rites of Joe May, Landmark Century Centre Cinema, First Tuesdays with the Midwest Independent Film Festival, Forno Diablo, Martha Bayne, Sheila Sachs, Soup & Bread Cookbook:Building Community One Pot at a Time, Hideout, Longman & Eagle, The Butcher & Larder, Milk & Honey Cafe, North Pond, Modern Midwestern Table, Minimalism Friday Night, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jerome Baez, ZED 451, Beer Hoptacular, Aaragon Ballroom, Zanies Chicago, Late Show with David Letterman Talent Search, Schuba’s Tavern, Daniel Knox, Art of Pizza, Chalkboard, Baconfest Dinner, Baconfest, Loyola, Trilogy, Chainsaw Dupont & the Blues Warriors, Gala Fundraiser, Navy Pier Grand Ballroom, Chicago Children’s Museum, Lux Home, Merchandise Mart, Jake Melnicks Corner Tap, Third Annual Battle of the Bhut XXX Wing Eating Contest, ABC 7, Mark Nilsson, NBC 5, Natalie Martinez, Chicago’s Finest Firefighters, Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti, Tim “Gravy” Brown, United Center 

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Our food nerd wet dream has officially begun. This fall, the city’s annual event line up might actually blow your mind. Well, maybe not your mind, but certainly your waistline is a GONER. Prepare to eat, drink and eat more…food porn galore. We’ll love every minute of it and thinking you will too.

Since there’s oh so many edible extravaganzas this fall, we did the dirty for you. Inside this post, the DIRT Team rounds up 7 of Chicago’s not to miss annual food festivals, events, + fiestas.

Chicago Gourmet Favorite Chocolate Cake by Barry Callebaut

Inside: Chris Pandel, Stephanie Izard, Mindy Segal, Graham Elliot, Chicago Gourmet, Hamburger Hop, Harris Theater Rooftop, Cultivate Chicago, Chipotle, Family Farmed, Paul Kahan, Tony Mantuano, Bruce Sherman, Paul Virant, Richard Blais, Michael Chiarello, Jonathan Waxman, Chicago magazine, Chicago’s Table, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Big Star, Davanti Enoteca, The Florentine, Longman & Eagle, Sable Kitchen & Bar, Second Annual Food Film Festival, New York Food Festival, Chicago’s Gateway Green, Green Tie Ball, A. Finkl & Sons, Return to Emerald City, Supreme Lobster Chef Challenge, Royster with Oyster, Shaw’s Crab House, Adam Richman, Man V Food

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9/17  Did you go green? This year’s Green Tie Ball boasted 65 Restaurants, 4 food trucks, and a partridge and a pear tree. Chicago’s Gateway Green hosted the 20th annual Green Tie Ball. This event truly helps keep Chicago green + serene. This year’s theme = The Return to Emerald City. We filled our pumpkin chariot with food, drinks + a huge party. Stay tuned for a full report on Delicious DIRT. Hint: our fave was the Bull + Bear BURGER. Heavenly. WE ate 6 of them! Hey, they were mini’s… For now, we hope you raised your glasses, loosened your belts, and helped keep Chicago sustainable.

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9/21- 9/23 Get Everyone to the Greek! Join intellectuals, socialites, philanthropists and straight up food nerds at National Hellenic Museum’s Kouzina dedicated to showcasing culinary + cultural awesomeness of The Mediterranean culture. 9/21 entails sampling + tasting from Chicago’s trendiest most progressive varieties in Greek & Mediterranean foods + wines. On 9/22 Food Network star David Schneider, mastermind behind Taxim, serves a 4 course, 5 star meal paired with grandiose Greek wines as Culinary Institute of America Chairman Bill Anton wins his inaugural Cultural Icon Award. Food, wine, book signings, cooking demos, & many Greek market place delicacies are sure to leave you satiated. $200 for all 3 days, 1 day pass is $100. Nature Hellenic Museum 333 S Halsted

Photograph by Andrew Stamm

9/23 – 9/25 One of Chicago’s biggest and most anticipated culinary events, Chicago Gourmet, returns with weekend filled with chefs + fabulous food!
Hamburger Hop kick starts the weekend event from 6 – 9 pm as many of our friends & favorite chefs battle it out for best burger. Take those burgers down in true Chicago fashion at the Harris Theater Rooftop.  Saturday & Sunday are filled with an insane line up of live cooking demonstrations, seminars, tastings, speakers, classes + more.  Hundreds of our favorite chefs participate in Chicago Gourmet and then some (hottie Bannos JR, Izard (girl crush), Bayless, Priolo, Hogan, Poli, and oh so many more). You’ll get your gourmet on hardcore with the multitude of food, demos, exhibitions and classes. Ticket prices vary depending on the events.  201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago Gourmet 2010 Courtesy of Deja Views USA

10/1 Cultivate Chicago = a FREE food filled festival that brings together eats, farmers, chefs, thought leaders (interesante), and musicians in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Chipotle sponsors this free event + sells crafted dishes specifically for the day –> proceeds going to an org we LOVE = Chicago chefs Paul Kahan, Tony Mantuano, Bruce Sherman, and Paul Virant will be there in addition to Richard Blais, Michael Chiarello, and Jonathan Waxman. Perfect fall Saturday in the LP.

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10/10 – 10/14  The World Is Officially Your Royster. Another of our FAVORITE festivals is Shaw’s Royster with Oyster. Literally awesome mind-blowing lobster rolls, oyster po boys and food for the books! Slurp up! You must add Royster with Oyster to your autumn calendar. Join in the annual “Slurp-o-Rama” contest & hope Adam Richman from Man Vs Food doesn’t show up & shut the place down. This four day extravaganza in Shaw’s LONG TENT is non-stop action we savor: oyster suckin ‘n slurpin, lobster rolls you’ll moan while eating, live music, drinking, and outdoor activities. Shuck + swallow all the 50 cent oyster’s your little tummies can handle. 21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL.

Pork Belly w Asian BBQ sauce by Blue 13 @ Chicago Gourmet 2010

10/21 Another charitable food event is Chicago magazine’s Chicago’s Table which benefits research and therapies for stroke patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. From 6 – 9 pm indulge in food from some of our favorite Chicago restaurants and chefs such as Big Star, Davanti Enoteca, The Florentine, Longman & Eagle, and Sable Kitchen & Bar. $125  online. 435 East Illinois Street.

11/18-11/20 Taste what you see on the screen at the Second Annual Chicago Film Festival. This one of a kind event is THE film fest you certainly do NOT want to miss. Your senses will be overflowing! Details + line up soon to be released. Stay tuned. For now, get your New York Food Film Festival on October 13-16 at Tribeca Cinemas (hint Food Porn Party is surely to rock your world). Both fests feature food porn galore, movies you’ll feel all over + a ton of fun.

Michael Kornick @ Chicago Food Film Fest 2010

Hoosier Mama Pies @ Chicago Food Film Festival 2010


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Delicious DIRT. BaconFest 2011

Inside: Moto, Boka, Nana, The Piggery, Bakon Vodka, David Burke’s Primehouse, iNG, Piccolo Sogno, RB Grille, Park Grill, The Black Sheep, Forest Grill, Custom House Tavern, Boka, Gemini Bistro, Inovasi, Vie, The Bedford, Zacapa Rum, Sable Kitchen & Bar, South Water Kitchen, Terzo Piano, one sixtyblue, Signature Room, Longman & Eagle, Lillie Q’s, Cafe des Architectes, Big Jones, Black Dog Gelato y mas.

LOVE ♥ ♥ bacon?  The heavenly smell, the luscious taste, the simple ease of its flavor make bacon -> irresistible FOOD PORN.   That’s why us food nerds could not get enough of BaconFest 2011! Elevate Your Presence and Chicago Food Mafia are literally still FULL from Baconfest Chicago! Much Delicious DIRT below… Brace yourselves as your mouths will water, your hearts will flutter, your stomachs will CRAVE.  ♥, DeliciousDIRT ‘s BaconFest Team!  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Longman & Eagle is an Elevate Your Presence #favorite. Photo: Longman & Eagle’s Bacon rillette lollipop w/ maple bacon cotton candy. See pic below

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You get your spatzel on? Elevate Your Presence could not get enough of Boka Grp + Giuseppe Tentori‘s #DeliciousDIRT @ Baconfest Chicago. Boka Grp’s braised #bacon with bacon spatzel @ Baconfest Chicago. We ♥ Giuseppe Tentori. See photo below.

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Big Jones’ Bacon & Foie Gras Moon Pie

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Black Dog Gelato’s Banana + Bacon’s Foster

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Anyone devour this #DeliciousDIRT (below)? Elevate Your Presence ♥’s David Burke’s Primehouse‘s bacon suckers from Baconfest Chicago. See photo below for David Burke’s Primehouse’s bacon daddy–>whiskey caramel #bacon #candy #suckers.

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Nana’s Life’s Little Pleasures Candy Bar: house-smoked bacon cake, koval whiskey, burton’s maplewood farm syrup, caramel. 

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Moto’s BLT…

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Bakon Vodka & The Piggery’s BLT Martinis… Dangerously DELISH

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Adored Lillie Q’s pork belly & grit hash with smoked gulf shrimp, bacon E.N.C. and vinegar sauce

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Vie’s roasted pork belly with meyer lemon marmalade, buttermilk biscuit, and pinenut aillade. Paul blows us away! 

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Inovasi’s Becker Lane belly quick cure and confit with grits, blue Mediterraneo cheese, and verjus-pickled cauliflower. AMAZE 

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Gemini Bistro’s The Elvis: homemade crunchy peanut butter, fried banana, honey-peppered bacon, + griddled banana bread. 

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We at Elevate Your Presence really LOVE when The New York Times features a growing neighborhood in the Chi. Wanna learn about what is soon to become your next hot spot? You’re in luck, yesterday’s NYT Travel Section hit on some of our go-to’s in Logan Square. Hopefully our fave local joints won’t get too slammed….

Featured are:

2657 North Kedzie Avenue
(773) 276-7110

Photo by Longman & Eagle

2700 North Western Avenue
(773) 235-2930

Owen & Engine by Owen & Engine

2323 North Milwaukee Avenue
(773) 227-2739

Photo by Revolution Brewery

3131 West Logan Boulevard
(312) 698-8685


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

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