Delicious DIRT. Celebrating Chef Week; Can’t Miss Charity Event: Fashion Rocks

DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Mindy Segal, Martial Noguier, Boka, Rustic House, Mercadito, Publican, bellyQ, haberdash, GT Fish&Oyster, Danny Macaroons, Belly Shack, Carriage House, Common Threads, West Loop Community Organization 

Fashion Rocks: Sweet Styles And Tasty Bites For A Cause

Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

bellyQ’s Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts via Foodspotting

We know you love fun fashion, good food, and enjoying it while giving back. So, you are in for a real treat on April 7th from 6:30pm-9pm as bellyQ teams up with men’s fashion experts over at haberdash to bring you, “Fashion Rocks”. With cooking stations and delicious eats sponsored by some of our favorites (GT Fish&OysterDanny MacaroonsBelly ShackCarriage House etc.), as well as a showcasing of the haberdash Spring 2013 line, this is sure to be a wonderful evening. The best part is that all proceeds go to the awesome charities Common Threads and West Loop Community Organization. For tickets ($150 each) email,

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Chicago Chef Week Begins 3/17. Below

Bistronomic’s fish soup courtesy of Martha Williams for Time Out Chicago

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Delicious DIRT. Chef Week is Here; Can’t-Miss Event: Dinner Tales @ Kahan’s Blackbird; Fed Up Fighting Food Deserts with Desserts for Deserts

DIRT Inside: Chicago Chef Week, Martial Noguier, Bistronomic, Jason Paskewitz, Gemini Bistro, Rustic House, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Boka, GT Fish & Oyster, Mercadito, Publican, Tavernita, Dinner Tales, Tasting Table, Citi, Blackbird, Paul Kahan, David Posey, Bryce Caron, Lynn House, Fed Up, Desserts for Deserts, Fresh Moves, Greenhouse Loft, Green Exchange, fig media, Mari Gallagher

History, Dishes, Drinks: Dinner Tales @ Blackbird

Veal Sweetbreads from Blackbird - Simple, beautiful, perfection.

What an awesome event! Dinner Tales is a one-of-a-kind culinary event that happens on one night only by Tasting Table and Citi®. And the entire purpose of the evening is to provide a background of the selected restaurant’s history through dishes and stories for the people who are involved and know it best. Sounds amazing, interesting, and above all – DELICIOUS. We’re so excited to say that on Tuesday, March 20, Dinner Tales is on at Paul Kahan‘s West Loop hotspot, Blackbird. The current team at Blackbird, chef de cuisine David Posey, pastry chef Bryce Caron and mixologist Lynn House, along with Paul Kahan, will be in house for this amazing celebration – a night full of history and food. Don’t miss it – buy tickets! Your ticket gets you signature cocktails and canapés, courses paired with a well-chosen wine, and a special gift. See the night’s menu here. And more info on the Dinner Tales @ Blackbird event, here.

Make a Better World, In a SWEET Way: Desserts for Deserts

CHEF WEEK Rolls in Starting Sunday 3/18

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Delicious DIRT. It’s Not Only The Weather That’s Warm This Week in Chicago

Green Zebra by Elisa Cicinelli

Inside: Chicago Originals Restaurant Week, Mexique, Trattoria Roma, Cafe Bernard, Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, Ameriville, Athenian Room, Dine Around West Town, Arami, Green Zebra, Leopold, Ruxbin, Rink at Wrigley, D’Agostino’s Pizza and Pub, Printers Row Live, Wael Ghonim, Revolution 2.0, Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah’s Pastries & Candies, Natural Wonders: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel, Field Museum, Eleven City Diner, Tornado Alley, Museum of Science and Industry, Bonjour Bakery, American Idiot, Green Day, Mercadito  

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Delicious DIRT. Fundraiser –> United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 6 p.m.
Museum Works Galleries
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1850

A refugee from the genocide in Darfur. Chad, 2007. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Event Chairs
Marla and Larry Gilbert, Jordan Goodman, Melissa Grund, and
Emily Sachs Wong and Thad Wong

“A memorial unresponsive to the future would violate the memory of the past.”

—Elie Wiesel, Founding Museum Chairman  

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Delicious DIRT. Several Restaurant Week Participants Extend Offers

Inside: Zealous, Chicago q, Riva, Phil Stefani’s, Quartino, Tavern On Rush, Texas De Brazil, Tuscany, Hub 51, Mon Ami Gabi, Mercadito, Chicago Chefs Week

Delicious DIRT’s RW Extenders… list is evolving…

In case you did not get a chance to indulge in Chicago Restaurant Week, you’re in luck! Many participating restaurants are extending their deals and special offers for a few more weeks… Some are even going throughout the month of March!  SWEET for us food nerds who want to get to as many as possible.   Why not?  Deals include 3 or 4 courses for $22-$44 folks!

And get ready for Chicago Chef’s Week March 20-26th….

Extended through Thursday, March 3. 1160 N. Dearborn St. | Chicago, IL 60610 |

Hub 51
51 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60654-4603 (312) 828-0051

108 West Kinzie Street Chicago, IL 60654-4508 (312) 329-9555

Mon Ami Gabi
2300 North Lincoln Park West Chicago, IL 60614-3456 (773) 348-8886

Extended through Thursday, March 31.
437 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.222.0101 |

Lunch menu only extended through Sunday, March 6.
626 N. State | 312.698.5000 |

Extended through Thursday, March 31.
700 E. Grand Ave. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.7482 |

Extended through Sunday, March 6.
1031 N. Rush St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.644.9600 |

Extended through Thursday, March 3.
51 East Ohio St. | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.670.1006 |

Extended through Thursday, March 31.
1014 W. Taylor St. | Chicago, IL 60607 | 312.829.1990 |

Extended through March 12th 419 W Superior | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.475.9112


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Stay Tuned for Behind the scenes at Public House, Frontier Newbie Niceness, Purple Pig PIG-OUT, Exclusive with Michael Kornick himself, Food Mafia action at N9NE, Gilt Bar, & Mike + Chao, y mucho mas Delicious DIRT.


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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Delicious DIRT. JUICE

INSIDE: Mercadito, Tavernita, Eatocracy for Girl & The Goat’s Stephanie Izard, Sushi Samba Rio’s Carnaval, Food and Wine, Eatocracy, James Beard Dinner, and more.

To Open: Mercadito Sister Spot in the Chi- Tavernita

It’s general consensus that we all love Mercadito—that New York import that took Chicago by storm with its delicious Mexican food. Now we have even more reason to love it. It’s getting a sibling of sorts this summer.

Though we loved the baked goat cheese at Martini Park, it wasn’t enough to keep the patrons rolling in, so the owners of Mercadito decided to purchase the space and transform it into Tavernita. “It’s not Mexican. It’s somewhat of an eclectic mix of Latin, Spanish, American concept…” said Larry Silver, Managing Partner Mercadito Hospitality. Sounds incredibly appetizing. But close your mouths for a minute. It’s not scheduled to open until this summer. But until then, Mercadito is still hot and is even participating in restaurant week. Get your Mexican food fix from Feb. 17-28 during the course of Chicago Restaurant Week.

In Girl & The Goat News: Saveur, Food & Wine’s ‘People’s Best’, James Beard Dinner…

The highly respected food monthly Saveur, has just announced that they will include long form essay-type restaurant reviews in every issue beginning with the March 2011 issue, and Girl & the Goat and Stephanie Izard are lucky number one. Kudos continues to roll in for the restaurant. Executive Editor Dana Bowen wrote the review, and she seems to be enamored with the place. “Stephanie Izard’s pizza doesn’t taste like any pizza I’ve had before…it’s crisp in all the right places and piping hot with gooey cheddar, Gouda, and tomme-style cheeses…”

The Mediterranean goat-heavy fare has won fans the world over, and has even received a nod from the James Beard Foundation. Stephanie and The Goat were selected to host a James Beard house dinner at the restaurant, which quickly sold out. But the recognition doesn’t stop there. Vaunted publication Food & Wine introduces us to their Best New Chefs every year, and this year, they’ve implemented a People’s Best New Chef award that includes Stephanie Izard as a nominee for the Great Lakes region. If you’re interested to see who will come out as top toque, why don’t you take part of this democratic process and vote in the eatocracy here?

Eatocracy Courtesy of CNN

Sushi Samba Rio’s Carnaval March 5th:

Brazilian Carnaval is upon us, and we love that the sexiness that it exudes, although we don’t celebrate it in the States. However, SushiSamba Rio is having its own Carnaval version here in the city. On March 5, the restaurant will transform into the streets of Rio with samba dancers, drummers, and costumes inspired by Carnaval performers. There will even be a Brazilian inspired menu and drinks to really get you in a sexy Brazilian mood. Call 312 595 2300 to make a reservation, and check out for info about the restaurant.

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