Delicious DIRT. Juicy New Menu Round-Up

DIRT Inside: LM Restaurant, Brad Phillips, Troquet, Brasserie, LUXBAR, Frog N Snail

Brunch Newbies at LUXBAR.

Dig brunch? Love LUXBAR as much as we do? Friday’s, Saturday’s, and Sundays starting at 8:00 AM, get down to LUXBAR for new spring brunch eats like Gold Coast Omelet ($11.50), House Cured Salmon Frittata ($11.00), Breakfast Burrito ($10.50), Veggie Hash ($9.50), Fresh Berries ($9.00) and more. We know you’re not going to forget brunch cocktails… Prosecco Mimosas ($8.25) and LUXBAR’s signature Zing Zang Bloody Mary ($8.75). BONUS DIRT: We love this patio. Make it official –> reservations @ 312.642.3400. 18 E. Bellevue.

LM Menu Newbies = Flashbacks to 2009. Below.

Complete Menus for Newbie Frog N Snail. Below.

Chocolate Dessert @ Frog N Snail via Chicago Magazine

Caught the Delicious DIRT that is Frog N Snail?

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Delicious DIRT. Dine With Design at The Glass House; Where to Get BBQ + Burgers in the Chi this May; Dine on the Patio with your Pooch at Bistronomic

DIRT Inside: Food Film Festival, Glass House, Phillip Johnson, Frederic Kieffer, George Motz, Dine With Design, National Trust for Historic Preservation, New York Times, Chicago Cut, Chicago q, Gemini Bistro, Luxbar, Frontier, Porkchop, Rosebud, Tavern on Rush, Bistronomic, Martial Noguier

Food Film Fest Event 6/9 @ The Glass House

This is a one in a lifetime opportunity that you cannot miss. Join us on June 9 for an unbelievable evening of the perfect pairing of food, film, and modern design. This event will be held at the Phillip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Built in 1949 as Phillip Johnson’s own residence, it is regarded as a masterpiece in the use of glass, but also extremely important and influential in modern architecture. Like all Food Film Fest events (incredible, duh), you will be treated to some of the most intriguing and relevant food films accompanied by epicurean delights. This time you will also have access to the exquisite 47-acre campus of the Glass House. Starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Artisan Executive Chef Frederic Kieffer, then onto the film program presented by Festival Director George Motz, this Dine With Design event will be sure to spark your fire. Watch eight short films and eat what you see as seven of them will be including food pairings. Best of all, proceeds will directly benefit the Phillip Johnson Glass House, (a site of The National Trust for Historic Preservation). The New York Times even covered this event, so you know it’s a big deal. Read up on it here. Most importantly, get more information and purchase tickets by clicking here. See you on June 9.

Where to Eat for May’s National Hamburger and BBQ Month. Below

Pooches on the Patio at Bistronomic. Below.

Bistronomic by Huge Galdones

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Delicious DIRT. JUICE WE LOVE: To Open, New Brews

DIRT Inside: Franks N’ Dawgs, The Peasantry, Alexander Brunacci, Luxbar, Bell’s Java Stout, Water Street Coffee Joint

Brunacci of Franks ‘n Dawgs to Open The Peasantry in May

Courtesy of Franks N Dawgs

Owner of Franks ‘n Dawgs, Alexander Brunacci, is gearing up to bring us a second restaurant – and no doubt flavors will blow minds. Brunacci will be sticking to the same street food / fine dining flavors for his new project called The Peasantry while adding a additional menu items. The Peasantry is scheduled to open in May, and although there is no set menu yet, get these ideas in your naughty food porn mind: gyros made from ingredients like baby octopus, duck, or venison; duck wings prepared in buffalo-wing style; escargots; frog legs; grilled flatbreads; and house-made pastas. If this isn’t even the full menu yet, can you just IMAGINE what we’ve got in store? Word has it that a few of Franks ‘n Dawgs signature items (the house made sausages and lobster-roll bun) will transfer over to The Peasantry. What to expect: table service, a possible liquor license, and reasonably priced original food. Can not wait. 2723 N. Clark St.

Limited Time Only: Luxbar Adds Bell’s Java Stout

The more beer the better.  LUXBAR announced a new beer to their oh-so-varied family – Bell’s Java Stout from local Bell’s Brewery in Michigan. Featuring 7.5% alcohol, this custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally just for Bell’s by Water Street Coffee Joint, means crazy intense flavors. As one of the of the only spots in Chicago to serve Bell’s Java Stout, this brew is only available for a limited time, so you gotta rush in! $8.50

Spill – have you found orgasmic turkey chili yet?  As we said before, most of you devoted Delicious DIRT readers know, we’ve been on a hardcore hunt for truly satisfying turkey chili all year. We’ve discovered that this find is almost as rare as mind blowing sex.  Fill. US. IN.

Luxbar = 18 E Bellevue Place. Photo courtesy of Luxbar’s FB page.

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NOW OPEN: Publican Quality Meats. Another Paul Kahan Masterpiece

Publican Quality Meats by Scott Manlin

Meet Your MEAT. Attention MEAT LOVERS: from the amazing Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality (oh you know, Avec, Big Star, The Publican) we bring you the NOW OPENED Publican Quality Meats! And guess what? It’s located right across the street from one of our faves, The Publican. PQM is a complete quadruple threat -> a butcher shop, market, bakery, and cafe all in one. PQM offers whole animal service, house-made bread, house-smoked meats, and retail favorites like olive oils, dairy, eggs, jams.  Lucky buyers will also find local Delicious DIRT such as AMAZING Bill Kim‘s Belly sauces, sandwiches, house-made sausages, charcuterie, more scrumptious prepared foods, coffees (an Intelligentsia blend), and beers on tap. Get there 10 AM to 6 PM daily, with lunch beginning at 11 AM. 835 W. Fulton Market.

Our Search For Orgasmic Turkey Chili Continues As Luxbar Adds White Bean Turkey Chili To Their Menu. On Our List Of Hopeful Foodgasm Inducers.

Turkey Chili @ Luxbar

As most of you devoted Delicious DIRT readers know, we’ve been on a hardcore hunt for truly satisfying turkey chili all year. We’ve discovered that this find is almost as rare as mind blowing sex.

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DIRT. Weekly. EVENTS

INSIDE: 86 Hunger Dinner @ Heaven on Seven,  South American Wine 101 at Carnivale, Chicago Live! w/ Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas @ Chicago Theatre, Quince, Shaw’s, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum @N9NE, Chicago Children’s Museum, Luxbar, Quartino, Mercadito

Delicious DIRT. Events

2/23 If you want some down home Cajun cuisine and a chance to kick it with the Bannos clan, get to the 86 Hunger dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 23.  The multi-course dinner takes place at Heaven on Seven and benefits the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Tickets are $150. If you’re feeling generous, purchase them here. EATER CONTEST ALERT: Win 2 Tix to 86 Hunger Dinner w/ Jimmy Bannos Sr & Jr

INSIGHT: The 86 Hunger dinners are part of an ongoing dinner series at some of the city’s best restaurants. They’re private affairs at such places as Spiaggia, Custom House and West Town Tavern. Some of the city’s finest chefs share every part of the experience with you… 86 often sells out, so jump on the opportunity immediately so that you can help 86 hunger.

2/23 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  South American Wine 101 at Carnivale – 702 W. Fulton St. – Warehouse District Sommelier Rebecca Green leads a tasting of wines from Chile and Argentina. Includes appetizer pairings from executive chef David Dworshak.

2/24 Shaw’s Crab House welcomes seafood lovers alike for an exclusive five-course wine dinner featuring the wines of Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, En Route and Dolce on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. $135 per person all inclusive.    DONT FORGET SHAW’S AMAZE LOBSTER ROLL RESTAURANT WEEK SPECIAL- Lobster Bisque and Key Lime Pie for $22. Check out the dinner menu.

Shaw's Lobster Roll Courtesy of Shaw's- HEAVEN on a plate

2/24 730pm Tribune’s Chicago Live! event with Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas at the Chicago Theatre. The proprietors of Alinea and Next/Aviary will be mingling up close and personal with attendees! PURCHASE TICKETS here. Topics include the upcoming release of the Achatz memoir Life, on the Line, the imminent opening of the highly anticipated Next/Aviary, as well as Michelin, James Beard, and San Pellegrino.  Should be a wonderful, stimulating conversation. The Chicago Theatre -175 N State Street

2/24 Broadway Playhouse (aka Water Tower) The other event is with Charlie Trotter. In conjunction with the new Broadway In Chicago musical, Working, a “local hero” will be featured alongside a Working cast member to engage in a post-performance convo. Purchase tix here. 175 E. Chestnut

2/24 Dior Spring 2011 Trunk Show at Nordstrom 55 E. Grand Ave. 312.464.1515 x1350 View and specially order the Dior spring runway collection 11am to 4pm.

2/25 Food nerds in the know are aware of the popular Evanston restaurant, Quince. The resto will host a three-course Austrian wine dinner for $65. If you didn’t know that Austria had a wine country, then you need to be at this dinner. Taste the wonders of Austrian reds and whites by calling 847 570 8400. Check out the restaurant here

2/26 9pm-11pm The US Holocaust Museum’s Next Generation Board‘s event at N9NE’s GHOST BAR. With anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial on the rise and genocide a recurring threat today, the Museum’s mission is now more urgent than ever.  $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door. Cocktails and dessert will be served. What We Do Matters at N9NE (Ghost Bar) 440 W. Randolph Street

2/26 Chicago Children’s Museum Come to their Hide N Seek event February 26 at Chicago Children’s Museum 9:00pm-1am. $100. VIP $200 (include access to the VIP lounge/ a private bar) 700 E Grand Ave— Buy tix here.

2/26 Experience the heART of the City at Zhou B. Art Center: A fundraiser including appetizers, premium open bar, @akirachicago fashion show and live painting! This space is phenom. & just a short trip south of the city! 1029 W. 35th St. – Bridgeport/Sox 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

2/26 Virtually Home, a Chicago-based animal rescue organization, has partnered yet again (3 years and counting) with Gold Star Bar to host Sexy Black – an event dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of our four-legged buddies and their challenges in finding lasting homes. 1755 W. Division 7-10 p.m.

2/27 Chicago WingFest 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Start prepping your tum for all-you-can-shovel-in-your-mouth wings at the 12th annual WingFest at Bailey Auditorium featuring 20 of Chicago’s top named wing restos in a competition to win the title of top dog (er chicken)! Bailey Auditorium – 1340 W Washington Blvd – Chicago

2/28 Chicagoans are invited to join Quartino Ristorante for an exclusive Wine Dinner in partnership with Branko.  Winemaker Igor Erzetic will lead the wine dinner and will feature a reception and five-course menu created by Quartino Executive Chef John Coletta. $49 per person plus tax and gratuity, reception starts at 7:30PM, Reservations required, call Quartino 312.698.5000, 626 N State St.

2/28 6 p.m. Mexican cooking classes at Double A – Lower level. Enter through Mercadito – 108 W. Kinzie St. – River North — Mercadito chef Patricio Sandoval demonstrates how to prepare four dishes.

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DIRT. Weekly. EVENTS

INSIDE: TheFifty/50 to Blackhawks, MRJBF @ Underground for Children’s Memorial Hospital, Restaurant Week, UCCRF’s No-Tie Ball @ James Hotel, Polar Beer Festival @ Rock Bottom, CS Bridal @ Trump, South American Wine 101 at Carnivale, Chicago Live! w/ Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas @ Chicago Theatre, Shaw’s, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum @N9NE, Chicago Children’s Museum, Luxbar, TAX FREE SHOPPING @ 900 N. Michigan Ave, WingFest @ Bailey Auditorium

Delicious DIRT. Events

2/16  TONIGHT!  Hockey action– @TheFifty50 to host chartered bus trip to the United Center for #Blackhawks vs. Minnesota February 16. Check out the action!

2/17 Medical Research Junior Board Foundation (MRJBF) “KICKOFF EVENT” AT THE UNDERGROUND to support pediatric medical research initiatives conducted at the Children’s Memorial Hospital and the Children’s Memorial Research Center. Private reception and passed apps included. $20 at door.

2/18-2/27 Restaurant Week- If you haven’t heard because you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ll know that Restaurant Week commences this Friday, Feb. 18 and runs through Feb. 27. Make resos if you haven’t already, because RW is incredibly popular. Most Chicago food nerds think agree it’s the best invention since sliced bread- especially in a down economy.Not only is RW a great opportunity to eat til you drop, it’s a huge revenue maker ($11.6 million) for our city! Support local!

2/19-2/21 TAX FREE SHOPPING! Celebrate Presidents’ Day with tax-free shopping at The 900 Shops. Take advantage of the “Alexander Hamilton” $10 parking-with-purchase validation. February 19-21. Mon.-Sat. 10am to 7pm; Sun. 12pm to 6pm. At 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312.915.3916, shop900.com.

2/19 Take off the preppy ties and get out your dancing shoes for the UCCRF Associates Board No-Tie Ball located at James Hotel, 55 East Ontario. For more information about this event, please contact the UCCRF Associates Board, 773-834-1899 or email kcoady@medicine.bsd.uchicago.edu.

2/19 Rooftop party? In February?  IN Chitown?  YES- POLAR BEER Festival! Gulp more than 15 winter ales produced by Half Acre, Haymarket, Three Floyds(and more) at the Polar Beer Festival @ Rock Bottom 1 W. Grand Ave. – River North 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

2/20 Evening of Bridal Luxury — Join CS Brides for an evening of opulence and grandeur at the 5th annual Evening of Bridal Luxury at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago feat. exclusive runway show by Vera Wang in addition to gowns from Belle Vie Bridal Couture, event décor by Heffernan Morgan and photography and video stylings by Fig Media. Brides will receive luxe swag bags and can register for an exclusive gift from Dom Pérignon. A percentage of proceeds will benefit Bright Pink. 5PM-8PM.  RSVP required by February 18. To purchase tickets, visit csbrideseveningofbridalluxury.eventbrite.com or call 312.274.2508 for event details.

2/23 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  South American Wine 101 at Carnivale – 702 W. Fulton St. – Warehouse District Sommelier Rebecca Green leads a tasting of wines from Chile and Argentina. Includes appetizer pairings from executive chef David Dworshak.

2/24 Shaw’s Crab House welcomes seafood lovers alike for an exclusive five-course wine dinner featuring the wines of Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, En Route and Dolce on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. $135 per person all inclusive.

2/24 730pm Tribune’s Chicago Live! event with Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas at the Chicago Theatre. The proprietors of Alinea and Next/Aviary will be mingling up close and personal with attendees! PURCHASE TICKETS here. Topics include the upcoming release of the Achatz memoir Life, on the Line, the imminent opening of the highly anticipated Next/Aviary, as well as Michelin, James Beard, and San Pellegrino.  Should be a wonderful, stimulating conversation. The Chicago Theatre -175 N State Street

2/24 Broadway Playhouse (aka Water Tower) The other event is with Charlie Trotter. In conjunction with the new Broadway In Chicago musical, Working, a “local hero” will be featured alongside a Working cast member to engage in a post-performance convo. Purchase tix here. 175 E. Chestnut

2/24 Dior Spring 2011 Trunk Show at Nordstrom 55 E. Grand Ave. 312.464.1515 x1350 View and specially order the Dior spring runway collection 11am to 4pm.

2/26 9pm-11pm The US Holocaust Museum’s Next Generation Board‘s event at N9NE’s GHOST BAR.  With anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial on the rise and genocide a recurring threat today, the Museum’s mission is now more urgent than ever.  $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door. Cocktails and dessert will be served. What We Do Matters at N9NE (Ghost Bar) 440 W. Randolph Street

USHMM, Event @ N9NE 2/26/11

2/26 Chicago Children’s Museum Come to their Hide N Seek event February 26 at Chicago Children’s Museum 9:00pm-1am. $100. VIP $200 (include access to the VIP lounge/ a private bar) 700 E Grand Ave— Buy tix here.

CCM's Hide N Seek 2/26/11

2/26 Experience the heART of the City at Zhou B. Art Center: A fundraiser including appetizers, premium open bar, @akirachicago fashion show and live painting! This space is phenom. & just a short trip south of the city! 1029 W. 35th St. – Bridgeport/Sox 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

2/26 Virtually Home, a Chicago-based animal rescue organization, has partnered yet again (3 years and counting) with Gold Star Bar to host Sexy Black – an event dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of our four-legged buddies and their challenges in finding lasting homes. 1755 W. Division 7-10 p.m.

2/27 Chicago WingFest 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Start prepping your tum for all-you-can-shovel-in-your-mouth wings at the 12th annual WingFest at Bailey Auditorium featuring 20 of Chicago’s top named wing restos in a competition to win the title of top dog (er chicken)! Bailey Auditorium – 1340 W Washington Blvd – Chicago

2/27 Governor’s Ball Oscar Party at KIT KAT featuring bites inspired by @WolfgangBuzz and prima ballerinas from University Ballet of Chicago, and “Black Swan” celeb @AuroraSexton will be performing.  Swan themed Effen cocktails will be flowing while Executive Chef Mark Kasper spits out his best (…ah hmmm) Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie. Dishes range $9-$18 and the Oscars ceremony will be on the big screen.  Kit Kat Lounge 3700 N. Halsted

2/27 Pick winners at the Red Carpet Party at Luxbar, benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Tickets start at $65. 18 E. Bellevue Pl., 312-642-3400;

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