Delicious DIRT. Juice We Love: Make Your Spring + Summer GREENER @ Green City Market w/ Events -> Paul Virant Signing; Spring Fling; & Peak Season Tastings

Green City Market. Photo via Green City Market Facebook

DIRT Inside: Green City Market, Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Boka Restaurant Group, A New Leaf, Spring Fling, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Jared Van Camp, Nellcôte, Old Town Social, The Locavores, Rick Bayless, Charlie Trotter’s, Savor the Season Tasting Series

Spring has sprung & we’ve got the DIRT on juuust how to celebrate.

Taste Green: Peak Season Tasting Series. Below

Celebrate Green: Spring Fling @ A New Leaf 4/26. Below. 

Read Green: Paul Virant Book Signing & Dinner @ Perennial Virant 4/3

Paul Virant‘s book The Preservation Kitchen will be released on April 3 and to celebrate, Perennial Virant will be hosting a special dinner and book signing. We LOVE Paul’s own preserves which are delish, local and sustainable. Tickets are $125 each, and include a five-course menu, wine pairings, a signed copy of the book, and get this: $20 of each reservation will be going directly to Green City Market – so worth every penny! Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu: Fried Brunkow Cheese Curds- pickled pepper vinaigrette; Yukon Gold Potato Gnocchi, preserved tomato sauce, prairie fruits farm pecorino; and Caramel ice cream, brandied figs, whole wheat shortbread -> see the whole menu here. Make your reservation ASAP – April is closer than you think! Call 312.981.7070. 1800 N. Lincoln.

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Delicious DIRT. Chi’s Own Final Beard Noms; Perennial Virant Mixologist Leaves; Mini Monday Round Up

DIRT Inside: James Beard Foundation, Next, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Spiaggia, Topolobampo, Dave Beran, Michael Carlson, Schwa, Stephanie Izard, Girl and the Goat, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Andrew Zimmerman, Sepia Perennial Virant, Matty Eggleston, Tenzing Wine & Spirits, Jessica Oroloso, Black Dog Gelato, Ukranian Village, Bleeding Heart Bakery, Intelligentsia, Merchandise Mart, Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center

Mini Monday Moves: What’s Going On In the CHI

Black Dog Gelato Courtesy of Grub Street

Jessica Oloroso’s Black Dog Gelato will be getting a second spot this spring, and it looks like it will be MUCH needed with all this beautiful spring and summer weather we are having here in the Chi. DIRT: BDG’s original location is in Ukranian Village, but the second gelato shop will be opening in Bleeding Heart Bakery’s old location @ 1955 W. Belmont. (BONUS DIRT: flavors like goat cheese cashew caramel and malted vanilla = TO DIE FOR.)

Brews Coming to the Merchandise Mart. Photo via Q Blog

Intelligentsia will be opening it’s fourth cafe, and this time in the Merchandise Mart. 1871, a tech-friendly center by Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, will house Intelligentsia in the Merch Mart. 22-seater, 12th floor, Wi-Fi included, all your coffee/tea/goodie cravings. Watch for it May 2.

Perennial Virant Saying Goodbye to Matty Eggleston. Below

Beard Noms Update: CONGRATS Chicago Noms. Below.

Oh my food porn feast...Goat Leg @ Girl and the Goat Courtesy of

Straight off the James Beard Foundation’s Twitter feed, we followed the live announcement of the final list of noms, and it’s as fresh as you can get: we’re delivering the Chicago noms to you. We’d like to congratulate all of the noms and send out a special congrats to everyone nominated in Chicago. Winners will be announced May 4 and May 7, so we’ll keep you posted! Full List below.

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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. Estate on the Riverfront, Chicago Brings Home the Nods, & Never Too Many Donuts

DIRT Inside: Estate Ultra Bar, Chris Turano, Dan De Los Monteros, 2012 JBF Restaurant and Chef Awards, Bistronomic, Next, The Aviary, The Violet Hour, Paul Kahan, Blackbird, Tony Mantuano, Spiaggia, Carrie Nahabedian, Naha, Patrick Fahy, Café des Architectes, Mindy Segal, Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, Tru, Donnie Madia, One Off Hospitality, Topolobampo, Sepia, Dave Beran, Matthew Kirkley, L2O, David Posey, Matthew Carlson, Schwa, Stephanie Izard, Girl and the Goat, Martial Noguier, Chris Nugent, Goosefoot, Bruce Sherman, North Pond, Giuseppe Tentori, GT Fish & Oyster, Andrew Zimmerman, Do-Rite Donuts, Petterino’s.

Never Too Much of a GOOD THING: Do-Rite Donuts Opens in Loop

Bacon + Donuts = LOVE @DoRiteDonuts

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! DONUTS ARE THE NEW CUPCAKES. We learned via Grub Street Chicago, that THIS morning @ 6:30 AM, Do-Rite Donuts opened in the Loop, attached to Petterino’s on Randolph. Francis Brennan and Jeff Mahin are the masterminds behind the latest addition to the doughnut line-up, bringing Lettuce Entertain You into the mix. And they’ve got some SERIOUS goodies in store: ranging from “gourmet” doughnuts (peanut butter + jelly + peanut better mousse topping) and “old-fashioned” cake doughnuts (topped with Tahitian vanilla or Valhrona chocolate) –> SO MUCH YUM. Definitely the next stop on our doughnut train. 50 W. Randolph.

NOW OPEN: Estate Ultra Bar is Rollin’ on the River

Peppadew Peppers by Estate Ultra Bar

Moving into some prime real-estate on the riverfront, Estate Ultra Bar is now open in River West.

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Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly. It’s December…

It Ain't Easy Being Cheesy by My Pizza Brothers

Inside: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Watch the Throne, The Tasting Room, Market Bar, Holiday Rock & Roll, Cafe des Architectes, Share Our Strenth, Michelle & Vinny Garcia, Bleeding Heart Bakery, Amanda Rockman, The Bristol, Greg Mosko, North Pond, One of a Kind Show and Sale, XOCO, Do Division Holiday Event, Doggy Style Pet Shop, Elevenzees & Temple Beautiful, Kiz, Jerry’s Sandwiches, SmallBar, The Smoke Daddy, Lincoln Square Christkindl Market, WildClaw Theatre, Deathscribe 2011, Heartland Cafe, Hungry Brain, Pizza Film Festival, Chicago’s Pizza 

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Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly

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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