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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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Delicious DIRT’s Fall Food Event Extravaganza Roundup

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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.

Kouzina 2010 by Portokolada.com

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 = familyfarmed.org. 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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Molly Bett Kovler is a social worker turned social media strategist, editor, publicist, blogger and event executor. After graduating with a Master’s from The University of Chicago and working on the Obama ’08 campaign, MBK founded and runs Elevate Your Presence, LLC. EYP is a full service publicity, social media, editorial, management, and event execution firm defining excellence. MBK is highly connected & heavily embedded in the social web. Join EYP’s exclusive client list to Embrace. Evolve. Elevate – Elevate Your Presence. #DeliciousDIRT

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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. Events Weekly

Inside: Millennium Park, Pastoral, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Sixth Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Festival, Dose Market, Little Italy, Tequila Tasting Series, Zocalo, Taylor Street Festa Italiana, River East Arts Center, Cheeky, Taste The Nation, Steph Izard, Trevor Hoyte, Michael Kornick, Paul Virant, Share our Strength

My Brightest Diamond by Denny Renshaw

8/8  Shine on you crazy diamond!!  Not quite. No one comes close to the masters eh? Because you didn’t get enough music at Lolla this past weekend, check Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for My Brightest Diamond with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Enjoy this combo – orchestra, rock, and chamber music from singer-songwriter and instrumentalist Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond). Feeling brave? Bring a raincoat with your picnic dinner from Pastoral.  Even in the downpour, we #lovechicagosummers. 201 E. Randolph St.

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Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love. NEW Edibles at FISH BAR

Inside: Fish Bar’s Summer Fishing Report Starting Tuesday, June 28th, Menu Additions

Seafood Nerds REJOICE Over Fish Bar’s NEW Summer Menu

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Cortes Island Oysters by Fish Bar

“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” – Mark Twain

6/28Fish Bars new SUMMER MENU of #fresh #sustainable #delicious seafood launches 6/28.  All you seafood nerds like us, know this goodness will be luring in customers consistently, so get in while you can -> daily from 11 until midnight.  Get your #deliciousDIRT chowing down on their #summerfresh ceviche’s and tartare’s!

Salmon Carpaccio, Lobster Roll + Octopus A La Plancha = True Delicious DIRT @ Fish Bar Photo by MBK

Fish Bar caught a taste for chilled Lobster Gazpacho with tomato, cucumber and a whisper of spice, and let go Lobster Bisque until the leaves turn rust and scarlet.  Summer ceviches are made with tomato, jicama, Serrano chile, avocado, and lime; and tartares are made with cucumber, red onion, cayenne and dill.  Fish Bar also reeled in a new Tuna salad with avocado, celery and capers.  Fish Bar’s black board specials will continue to change often based on sustainability reports, weather conditions and mood rings.

Michael Kornick, Fish Bar Photo by MBK

Fish Bar is also no longer docking from 3pm – 4:30.  Beginning Tuesday, June 28th, Fish Bar will be sailing from 11am – midnight without interruption.

Delicious DIRT’s Exclusive Interview With Michael Kornick

Wanna get ELEVATED? Now you’re in luck because Delicious DIRT is beginning our series of flavorful interviews exclusives.  We’re getting up close and personal with some of our favorite big shots.  You’ll read it, you’ll watch it, you’ll hear it and if you’re lucky, you might even taste it.  By now you know we love flavorful JUICE as we’re huge food nerds.  Stay tuned as we serve up much Delicious DIRTFOOD MAFIA style!

The DIRT Team could not be more grateful for Chef Michael Kornick.  As you know, MK is executive chef + partner in mk, DMK Burger Bar, Fish Bar and partner in N9NE Group Vegas.  MK is not only a genius conscious chef, he is also a passionate family man who cares deeply about family, friends, dogs, community, politics, giving back, sustainable food / wine  + oh so much more.

A true Chicago man through and through, MK is an interesting and articulate dedicated chef who goes above and beyond to support local sustainable treasures more than most.  His culinary philosophy centers around serving locally produced conscious foods and wines.  Thank you for being you MK! Below, get to know this big shot as we go inside the mind of the man behind some of our all time #favorite meals.
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President Obama + Lisa & Michael Kornick @ mk, Photo by Todd Bannor

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**This spring, MK hosted Obama’s kick-off to the 2012 election campaign at mk the restaurant. His resto was chosen to hold the DNC’s first key fund-raising dinner for the 2012 Obama Democratic National Committee campaign.  AMAZE.  At $35,800 a plate, the event sold out at 50 people and served only sustainably produced food and wine.  Kornick told us, “President Obama asked how we’ve been, chatted a bit and kissed Lisa hello.  Truthfully, I thought that was the end for her.”  LOVE it. The Kornicks were avid on the campaign trail in ’08 and told the President, “We’ll be back out on the street to campaign with the kids again this time around.” GO BO!

**MK also sponsored a night at last year’s SOLD OUT 1st Annual Chicago Food Film Festival where he helped serve what you saw on the screen! DMK Burgers for all!  Don’t miss the 2011 NYC + Chi Food Film Fests this fall where you can TASTE WHAT YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN. MK might even bring some Fish Bar action in this time around. You. Never. Know.  Stay tuned…

**Heads up: Toque is Sept 8th.  This important culinary event raises money for Children’s Oncology Services (life changing important organization + past Invest For Kids recipient).  Chef Kornick is the chef chair of Toque which raises funds to send children with cancer to summer camp -> Camp One Step.  Toque’s success  helps children with pediatric cancer to just be kids by sending them to one of their camp.  Get to Toque + give back while enjoying delectable dishes created by Stephanie Izard, Michael Kornick, Mindy Segal, Mark Steuer, Graham Elliot Bowles,  and many more of your favorite Chicago chefs! Other Toque participating chefs include but are not limited to: Erick Williams (MK), Tony Galzin (MK), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), Cleetus Friedman (City Provisions), Frank Brunacci (Sixteen), Ryan Pitts (RL).
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Food Mafia Godfathers Michael Kornick + Hubie Greenwald @ Food Mafia Video Shoot, Photo by MBK

Thankfully, Michael Kornick himself was kind enough to let Delicious DIRT inside his heart and mind (BELOW).  And what a pleasure!  CLICK PHOTOS TO ENLARGE

Delicious DIRT (DD): How do you like & dress your Chicago hot dog?
Michael Kornick (MK):
Everything “Chicago Style” = mustard, onions, relish, dill pickle, tomato, sport peppers, celery salt, 9 to 1 natural casing steamed never grilled, poppy-seed bun. 
DD:
Where from?
MK:
Wiener’s Circle, Gold Coast Dogs and for simple tradition Gene and Judes.

Fried Lemon Rings @ Fish Bar = #DeliciousDIRT, Photo by MBK

DD: How do you like your pizza (thin, thick & what toppings)?  Where From?
MK
: Top 4. Thin only, in Chicago, Great Lake, Piece, Ranaldi’s, Giggios (Evanston) in NYC, John’s on Bleeker, Patsy’s in Harlem, Co. on 23rd and 9th. In L.A. Pizzaria Mozze, In Las Vegas, Nove Italiano and I am almost considering going to Arizona for Pizza Bianco.

MK on set @ Food Mafia Video Shoot, Landmark, Photo by MBK

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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.

Starring:

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…

Food Mafia Launches Exclusive Member Based Restaurant Recommendation Website

Local Eateries Gain Exposure Through Food Insiders; Consumers Learn Best Of In Each City

CHICAGO, IL – March 25, 2011 –  www.foodmafia.com –   Food Mafia is thrilled to announce the launch of its website – THE exclusive online destination for food fanatics.   Chicago Food Mafia, the first of many city-centric Food Mafia communities to launch, is the most interactive user-friendly restaurant review site in existence. Users will find this member-based site a scrumptious eatery reference system integrating technology and food. Content is user-generated through Food Mafia members- a community of premiere chefs (ie, Michael Kornick), restaurant owners (ie, Michael Kornick, Kevin Boehm, Curtis Duffy, Jason Freiman), sommeliers, bloggers, industry professionals (ie, George Motz, D.C. Crenshaw), cuisine obsessives and more.

In a world of anonymous reviews, it has become increasingly difficult to find credible recommendations. “Because tastes are subjective, I created Food Mafia to provide users with insight from like minded food lovers,” said Stacy Johnson, CEO/Founder of Food Mafia, Inc. “Food Mafia is a real time social media restaurant guidebook, piloting in Chicago.  I wanted to create a quick easy way to find and give great recommendations for restaurants that are unique to each city.  Food Mafia is the solution,” Stacy explained.

The distinctive site is exquisite, giving consumers luscious Feeds straight from the kitchens of their favorite local culinary personalities and cuisine insiders.  Food Mafia organizes and curates the hottest restaurant suggestions, culinary events, sweet deals and news all generated by food insiders and juicy blogs (ie, Delicious DIRT).

  • Food Mafia supports local by allowing users to sort by local only establishments.
  • Food Mafia gives chefs the opportunity to create a more personal connection with consumers, promote their own restaurants, and share their favorites.
  • Food Mafia features, Feeds such as Delicious DIRT, keep readers up to date on the latest tidbits and culinary happenings through social networking/ blogging integration, food news aggregation, sexy deals and hot events.
  • Food Mafia has the scoop on where and what to eat, pricing, and how the cuisine actually tastes. The Mafia Meter allows users to find exactly what they’re on the hunt for with integrative search options such as sorting restaurant searches by member recommendations.

Visit Food Mafia at www.foodmafia.com and get the Delicious DIRT from your city’s food scene.

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Delicious DIRT. Upcoming

Heads up–>coming soon–>Elevate Your Presence‘s Delicious DIRT covers:

Inside: Frontier, Michael Kornick, Tru, Ari Bendersky, CC SKYE, Brandon Baltzley, Tula, Purple Pig, Food Mafia, Onie Bag

  • Frontier’s opening night – cocktails, oysters and 5 cheese Mac & Cheese– SHINES.

    Frontier's Mac & Cheese DELIGHTFUL BEYOND WORDS

  • Delicious DIRT contributor’s inside JUICE on the Tru experience.  AF’s day in Tru’s kitchen and night in the dining room.
  • Jose Cervante’s Pop Up dinner for his newbie, Tula Restaurante.  Oh and did we mention, hottie Brandon Baltzley cooked up a storm??

Stay tuned for all that and then some including Restaurant Week Juice….
 
 

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 @ juice@elevateyourpresence.com 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.

GOT JUICE?  dirt@elevateyourpresence.com

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