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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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.

Kouzina 2010 by

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

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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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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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Inside: Taxim, Iron Chef, April Supper Club, Nature Museum, Japan Relief, Chen’s, Takashi, Cafe Ba-Ba Reeba, Ramp Dinner, Paul Virant, Branch 27, Food Truck Summit, Goose Island Brewery, Standard Club, Mercat a la Plana, Publican, El Cid, y mas.

This week there’s a lot on tap… Um, when isn’t there? Check ‘em out and let us know what DIRT you find Delicious.

4/11 April Supper Club City Provisions hosts multi-course supper clubs at The Nature Museum and comes paired with cocktails made with liquor from Wisconsin-based Death’s Door Spirits. Reservations required. $100

4/11 ‘Iron Chef’ dinner Mercat a la Planxa Chef Jose Garces prepares five dishes featuring Mexican chocolate, which he created on the Food Network show. 638 South Michigan Ave.

4/12 Japan Benefit at Chen’s. 630-930pm Celebrate the 17th anniversary of Chen’s; the occasion doubles as a fund-raiser to benefit relief efforts in Japan. Foods include: Pork belly bao, Peking duck, and a roast whole suckling pig are on the menu at this cmaki, fried rice, cream cheese wontons, and Coca-Cola chicken wings. $50 suggested donation. More via Chicago Reader here.

4/12 Bodega Wine Tasting Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! 35 wines and appetizers including tangerine-glazed almond chicken and asparagus and goat cheese strudel. 2024 N. Halsted St.

4/13 Standard Club hosts Champagne and great style tips from the experts at Kehoe Designs! Learn about all the hot trends for the next year and then create and take home your own gorgeous centerpiece! It’s only $45 to attend, which includes the Bubbles, the Blooms, and a great menu of heavy hors d’oeuvre! Call or email the Club’s Programming Office to make reservations today! (312) 427-9100 ext. 5198 or

4/13 Socca and Allocation Wines present the Audelssa Wine Dinner!  5 Course Dinner.  6:30pm reception • 7pm seating $60 per person.  630-930pm 3301 N Clark, Chicago, IL 

4/13 Ramp Dinner Spring! Vie chef Paul Virant celebrates with a six-course meal built around an early harbinger–the ramp. Wine pairings are $20. $80-$100 via Chicago Reader. At Vie  4471 Lawn Ave.

4/14 Branch 27 will host a High West Distillery whiskey dinner at 7 p.m., featuring Double Rye and Rendezvous Rye  and delish foods for $50. 1371 W. Chicago Ave.  More here.

4/16-17 Modern Vintage Chicago Spring Fashion and Jewels Journeymen Plumbers Hall Vintage dealers from around the country sell clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry and more.  1340 W. Washington Blvd. 10am-5pm

4/17 The Bruery Beer Dinner at Publican from 5-10pm. Culinary teams from two of Paul Kahan’s restos – Big Star and Publican- take turns serving six courses paired with the Bruery.  Food and drinks all night folks. $75, $23 for beer pairings via Chicago Reader.  Publican 837 W. Fulton St.

4/17 Pig & Swig 2-5pm. El Cid gets what it can from a spit-roasted pig–the menu includes pulled pork tortas, tacos, and burritos, and some sauces and side dishes–at monthly roasts planned for every third Sunday until September.  More here via Chicago Reader.  El Cid @ 2645 N. Kedzie Ave.

Delicious DIRT @ Takashi, Courtesy of Takashi

4/18 Dinner and Japanese earthquake relief fundraiser at Takashi Restaurant TAKASHI ASSEMBLES SUPERSTAR LINEUP TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JAPAN DISASTER RELIEF. Elevate Your Presence HEARTS Takashi and this time he’s done it again! This is a food porn event you won’t want to miss. 4/18 Join some of Chicago’s most talented & giving chefs on Monday, April 18 at Takashi as over 13 local chefs prepare a six-course meal to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami. Includes wine.

Delicious DIRT @ Takashi, Courtesy of Takashi

4/19 Food Truck Summit and Book Signing at Goose Island. We LOVE food trucks! New release- Food Trucks: Dispatches and Stories From the Best Kitchens on Wheelsoccasions. spawns a food truck summit at Goose Island! Dig into foods from local mobile vendors like Gaztro-Wagon, 5411 Empanadas, Southern Mac, and others. The brewery also taps Curbside, a Belgian saison that Shouse collaborated on, and the author will sign copies of the book. More here.

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Elevate Your Presence HEARTS Takashi and this time he’s done it again!  This is a food porn event you won’t want to miss.

Takashi Yagihashi, Photo Courtesy of Facebook

4/18 Join some of Chicago’s most talented & giving chefs on Monday, April 18 at Takashi as they come together, raising funds to provide assistance to those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that took place in Japan on March 11.

Monday, April 18 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Six courses, $200 – $250+ per person, inclusive of wine, tax and gratuity. All proceeds benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society.

Takashi Cuisine, Courtesy of Facebook

Participating Chefs

Jimmy Bannos, Sr.- Heaven on Seven
Jimmy Bannos, Jr.- Purple Pig
George Bumbaris- Praire Fire, Praire Grass
Sebastian Canonne- French Pastry School
John Hogan- Keefer’s
Paul Kahan- Blackbird
Bill Kim- Urban Belly, Belly Shack
Tony Mantuano- Spiaggia
Mindy Segal- Hot Chocolate
Sarah Stegner- Praire Fire, Praire Grass
Paul Virant- Vie, Perennial Virant
Dean Zanella- Rhapsody
Takashi Yagihashi- Takashi

All Proceeds Go To Red Cross

Event Juice

  • On Monday, April 18, chefs from across Chicago will join forces to prepare a spectacular six-course meal at Takashi restaurant. This is a case where too many cooks in the kitchen is a good thing – so many chefs are donating their skills that many will be acting as servers on what will surely be a one-of-a- kind evening. The restaurant will be open at 5:00 p.m., with the last seating at 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 773- 772-6170 and 100% of the funds raised go directly to disaster relief.
  • Seating between 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. & at 10:00 p.m.: $200 minimum Seating between 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: $250 minimum Price is inclusive of dinner, wine, tax & gratuity

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Inside: Paul Virant, Perennial Virant, Boka Group, NO CORKAGE 2/26, COCHON555, Flaco’s Tacos, Nacional 27, LOKaLChicago, @thesmokedaddy, @Chizakaya, @tacojointlp, Quince, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca Pizzeria/ Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square, Dunlays on Clark, Kit Kat Lounge / Supper Club, Zocalo Restaurant / Tequila Bar, redFLAME Pizzeria, Gossip Girl, Oscar Bingo, iPad 2, Brass Knuckle Bon Bons

Delicious DIRT. Food Nerds Delight

After loads of speculation and a lot of hype, today, our friends Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz, aka big shots and co-owners of Boka Group, announced Paul Virant will replace Ryan Poli (Tavernita) as executive chef at Perennial.  Not only is Virant, of Vie in Western Springs, soon to be cooking up glory, he is now part owner as well.  Perennial is now aptly named Perennial Virant.  We love the boys’ video announcement earlier today (see below).  Boehm is a superstar on video as you know from his quickie on Food Mafia.

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BYO delights customers. For 1 night only, THIS SATURDAY- February 26, Chicago restaurants will be waiving their corkage fee! Participating restaurants include: @LOKaLChicago, @thesmokedaddy, @Chizakaya, @tacojointlp, Quince, D.O.C. Wine Bar, Frasca Pizzeria/ Wine Bar, Dunlays on the Square, Dunlays on Clark, Kit Kat Lounge / Supper Club, Zocalo Restaurant / Tequila Bar, redFLAME Pizzeria.

Traveling culinary competition @COCHON555 promoting sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs is coming to Chicago March 20!  Mike Sheerin, Andrew Zimmerman, Top Steph (Girl & the Goat), Chris Pandel (The Bristol), and Michael Fiorello (Mercat a la Planxa) are all signed up on the roster. More info read Eater’s piece

Flaco’s Tacos just opened a 2nd local in South Loop & Nacional 27 is celebrating Brazilian Carnaval!  Between March 4-8, get your hips shaking with dance performances, Samba lessons, loads of parades, parties, tapas, and caipirinhas galore. Get tickets now

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LOVING the @gossipgirl #fashion this season! #Dior #fishnets #lace #pattern oh my! #Guiltypleasures. #Hedonist.

Apple Will Likely Unveil #iPad 2 at March 2 conference via @newser.

Check out the @Thrillist #Oscar Award Night Bingo. LOVE.  As they say, let’s keep if from feeling like 127 Hours…

Are you ready Food Mafia? Desserts with an Edge: Brass Knuckle Bon Bons start selling online today via @dailycandy.

I Will Check My #Phone At #Dinner And You Will Deal With It via one of our FAVES @techcrunch.  Great piece.  Recommended reading.

Who doesn’t LOVE a wardrobe challenge:? We can’t stop looking at the photos from the 30 days without repeating a closet item @FabiolaBeracasa via @ellemagazine

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