Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly. Party Like It’s 1999. Oh WAIT -> 2012

DMK Burger Bar by Jonathan Tam

Inside:  Mike Young, Zanies, Foodease, Chicago Cultural Center, The Gage, A Christmas Story, The Musical!, The Comedy Bar, Kyle Lane, Portillo’s,Hub 51, Public House, Roka Akor, Hideout, MCA, Ice Skate in the John Hancock Building, Signature Room, Monday Night Live, Petterino’s, Iron St Farm, MCA Chicago   

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Delicious DIRT. Events Weekly.

Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies w Butterscotch Caramel Sauce. Courtesy of EverydayAppetite

Inside: Events Weekly, French Pastry School, Chen’s Chinese and Sushi, Marigold Indian Restaurant, Holiday Party for a Cause, Care for Real, The Southern’s Winter Bourbon Dinner, Maker’s 46, Knob Creek, Chef Paul Morrison, Zed451, Chef Patrick Justice, Public House, Date Night Heroes in Ugly Sweaters, Kenmore Live Studio, The Publican, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Season’s Eatings: Artisan Food Market, Katherin Anne Confections, Ingram’s Jam & Bread, Feast of the Seven Seas, Clandestino, Mexican themed dinner, A Christmas Carol, The Goodman Theatre, State & Lake, In Fine Spirits, Resonance Wine + Spirits, Koval, City Olive, Mess Hall + Co.

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Delicious DIRT. Events You’ll Wanna Hit

Inside: Millennium Park, Lunchbreak Music Series, Pritzker Pavillion, Taste of Gold Coast, Carmine’s, Il Mulino, Chicago Q, Devon Seafood Grill, Timothy O’Toole’s Pub, Comedians You Should Know, Three Aces, MAN B QUE, New Holland Brewery, Marigold Restaurant, Indian Bazaar, Chicago Big Ten Alumni Challenge, Chicago Public Schools, Rockit, Theory, Public House, Bull & Bear, English, LaSalle Power Co, Moe’s Cantina, Howl at the Moon, Fado, Blue Frog’s Local 22, District, Greektown, Taste of Greece

Pritzker Pavilion

8/22  YUP, it’s Monday. After a fabulous weekend, we’re back to –>  grind. Hit up Millennium Park’s  FREE Lunchbreak Music Series at the Pritzker Pavilion. Picnic it up while you listen to jazz, blues, and beyond during the #remainingdaysofsummer. Booked today? This juiciness is available everyday at noon until September 4th. 205 E Randolph St.

8/23  FEAST IN THE VIAGRA TRIANGLE @ The 3rd Annual Taste of Gold Coast at Sutton Place Hotel from 6 – 9 pm. Food from 13 Gold Coast restaurants might blow you minds folks. Hit it. Eateries such as Carmine’s, Il Mulino, Chicago Q, and Devon Seafood Grill will be serving scrumptious goodness. Absorb the live entertainment and spend a little dough.. silent auction to benefit the North Dearborn Association. Tickets are available online for $100. 21 E. Bellevue Pl.

Trouble by Jon Cole

8/24  Timothy O’Toole’s Pub hosts Comedians You Should Know –> Wednesday evenings at 9 pm. Seen the hilarity yet?  One of these 6 hotties cast hosts a stand-up special with five local comedians. Bring the wit. Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door. 622 N. Fairbanks Ct.


8/25  TRIPLE TEAM? We love. Three Aces, MAN B QUE, and New Holland Brewery teamed up for a burger and beer pairing. For $25, take down the Anarchy Burger + swallow the Chooch Brew.  Three Aces and MAN B QUE travelled to Holland, MI (no no no, not Holland) to create this beer.  We hope the burger is as tasty as it sounds –> pretzel bun, sautéed mushrooms, pickled fennel, wild boar bacon, grilled romaine, smoked tomatoes, grilled fresno chili aioli, and pickled red onion. Quite the mouthful. 1321 W. Taylor Street.

8/26  Eat. Drink. Tattoo. Celebrate Marigold Restaurant’s 5th Anniversary at their Indian Bazaar from 5 – 11 pm. Eat at Indian street food stalls, sip creations from Bar Bazaar, and decorate yourself with henna tattoos. Advanced tickets are available which will be “Marigold Rupees” and will allow you to purchase items at the bazaar through the evening. The smallest denomination of tickets for purchase is $6.17 (includes the service charge) and are available for purchase online.

8/27  Miss college? Not so much. But we LOVE participating in the Chicago Big Ten Alumni Challenge because 100% of the proceeds go Chicago Public Schools.  Take the Challenge and suck down cocktails.  It is a bar crawl after all…at 12 different bars in River North -Rockit, Theory, Public House, Bull & Bear, English, LaSalle Power Co, Moe’s Cantina, Howl at the Moon, Fado, Blue Frog’s Local 22 and District.  Help raise $50,000 + grab your friends. #NothingWrong with pretending like it’s just a college football Saturday. You drunkards do it often enough. Barcrawl@ChicagoBIGTEN.org  Tickets are $15 in advance ($27 at the door). 773.340.0010.

8/27 – 8/28  GO GREEK –>  Head to Greektown for the Taste of Greece from 12 pm to 11 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Indulge in Greek food, crafts, activities for the kids and live music. Opa is one word we plan to say all week long. 100-400 S. Halsted Street.

Heads Up- Choose Chicago is giving away $100 a day for 50 days towards Chicago Restaurant Week which is February 18-27th. Produced by Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, Restaurant Week involves over 200 Chicago joints all with special prix fixe menus from $22-$44. Such a treat!

Check out some Elevate Your Presence recommended LOCAL events via Eater Chicago here. Tomorrow – Enjoy free soups from Milk & Honey Cafe & MANA food bar at Hideout Inn – all donations to Irving Park Community Food Pantry!

Then, on February 1st, Zealous is hosting a 5 course wine dinner which is sure to blow you away!

LOVE SUPPORTING LOCAL RESTAURANTS? WANT A GREAT DEAL? Chicago Food Mafia via Elevate Your Presence suggest you check out Chicago Originals Restaurant Week in January… Stay Tuned for February’s Restaurant Week next month!

Public House has officially opened and with a BANG! Owners David Rekhson, Luke Stoioff, & Brandon Zisman have created a gastropub that shines. Inside this upscale corner joint you’ll devour quality cuisine by chef David Blonksy & dessert creations by Hot Chocolate’s renowned pastry chef Mindy Segal. Stay tuned for more details… for now, see the food porn below and get there soon….

Half eaten – PUBLIC HOUSE – Flintstone Beef Rib- big & bad ass! Served with crisp napa slaw, roasted poblano cream cornbread, & maple honey butter. AMAZING IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT

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Seared Ahi tuna, baby bok choy, maitaki mushrooms, roasted shallots, violet mustard ale broth – PUBLIC HOUSE- DELICIOUS

Smoked half eaten half chicken served with crispy house cut fries, napa cabbage slaw and white BBQ sauce- (BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar and mayonnaise). PUBLIC HOUSE – literally AMAZE.

Sheep’s milk ricotta dumplings served on top of a braised short rib ragu served with crispy sage – did we say PUBLIC HOUSE DELISH

Crispy smoked chicken wings dusted with house dry rubbed seasoning served with red and white BBQ sauce. PUBLIC HOUSE – Food Mafia is dancing while eating the best wings ever!

Lobster pot pie made with fresh whole Maine lobster meat, carrots, potatoes and celery in a lobster sherry cream sauce baked in a butter crust. PUBLIC HOUSE AMAZE

Chili Lime Corn Nuts – behind the scenes @ PUBLIC HOUSE…. Diving in now….

The Keg Cooler @ PUBLIC HOUSE – 100 in house beers….,gastropub galore

Loving our private & massive tour of PUBLIC HOUSE- divine

Eating our way through the menu & oh, did we say behind the scenes exclusive in the smoked meat locker? SMELLS FROM HEAVEN @ Public House in Chi! Stay tuned for Elevate Your Presence & Food Mafia exclusive on Public House on Delicious Dirt…

Public House endings are always never ending fabulousness!

PUBLIC HOUSE Waffles & Bananas —> Food Mafia FAVORITE! Layers of crisp waffle cookies, smoked banana ice cream, toasted marshmallows, milk chocolate hot fudge- PERFECT

Chocolate Stout Float at PUBLIC HOUSE. Left hand milk stout, triple vanilla bean ice cream, warm chocolate chip salted pretzel cookies (AMAZE), soft caramel- YUMMMM

Stay tuned for delicious details and more information on Public House.

Elevate Your Presence has a relaxing date night for you this Friday. Head to Sepia after you see Sepia’s cameo in The Dilemma. Bring your ticket stub and get a free cocktail. We can’t wait to see the windy city itself and our favorite Swinger Vince Vaughn on the big screen. Via Chicago magazine

Tomorrow- Public House Opening Event. The boys behind Bull & Bear, David Rekhson, Luke Stoioff, and Brandon Zisman have opened this beercentric gastropub. Elevate Your Presence recommends Public House’s BBQ smoked rotisserie dishes and of course their truffle mac & cheese while you drink your way through their enormous beer list (100 brands in house). Chef David Blonsky and pastry chef Mindy Segal  (Hot Chocolate) have created quite a menu.  DELISH

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