Delicious DIRT. Top Money Managers To Donate Their Best Investment Ideas for Chicago Children’s Charities @ The 3rd Annual Invest For Kids Conference In Chicago 11/9 @ Harris Theater

11/9 Ten of the nation’s most prominent investment managers will share their best investable ideas at the third annual Invest For Kids conference. This unique investment conference features well known investment managers who will present their outlook and best investment ideas in concise 15 minute presentations. Every dollar raised directly benefits seven local children’s charities. Tickets are on sale now for this important charity event held on Wednesday, November 9th from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Chicago’s Harris Theater. 205 E Randolph

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Delicious DIRT. Give Back @ US Holocaust Memorial Museum Luncheon + In Chef’s Hands Event

Inside: National Holocaust Museum Risa K. Lambert Luncheon, Deborah E. Lipstadt, Rahm Emanuel, Diane, Gershowitz, Hal Gershowitz, Chef Rodelio Aglibot, Chef Todd Stein, In Chef’s Hands

National Holocaust Memorial Museum Luncheon.

Courtesy of USHMM: USHMM Pledge Wall that displays pledges submitted by on-site and online visitors to help meet the challenge of genocide.

11/7 Give back, learn and eat at the National Holocaust Museum Risa K. Lambert Chicago Luncheon. Special guest appearances being made by Deborah E. Lipstadt, the worlds leading expert on Holocaust denial, and Mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. Take part in honoring Diane and Hal Gershowitz, who have both been actively involved in the museum since its inception, 20 years ago. The luncheon will be held at Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Make a reservation here for this exclusive event that aims to never forget the past and to always protect the future. Doors open for the event at 11:15 a.m. and goes on until 2 p.m. 301 E North Water St, Chicago, IL 60611.

In Chef’s Hands

11/8 In Chef’s Hands the new food nerd-driven non-profit organization founded by Chef Rodelio Aglibot, Chef Todd Stein, Jeremy Dubin, Chris Considine, Josh Daitch, Scott Crane, Mike Crane and Teena Crane. Their mission is to provide culinary educational experiences with renowned professional chefs for individuals with special needs who have a passion for food and cooking. Enjoy drinks compliments of our sponsors Ultimat Vodka, Patron Reprosado, Patron XO World Wide Wine and Goose Island, Wine Imports and passed appetizers from 6-830 by Chef Joho of Paris Club all while you learn about Chicago’s newest charitable organization, the culinary forces behind it and how to help those who literally “live” for the art of cooking. Tickets -> $35 online and $45 at the door.


Delicious DIRT. Deals

  1. Today only, Just Grapes in the West Loop is offering 50% off Pinot Noir. Those of you that know wine know that Pinot Noir, because it’ such a temperamental grape that takes constant coddling to thrive, is usually very expensive—so take advantage of this offer, and warm yourself in this blizzard with a nice, yummy (DISCOUNTED) glass of red.
  2. God, we love a deal. Phil Stefani’s restaurants (437 Rush, Riva Crab House, Tuscany) are offering auto show attendees 20% off from Feb. 11-20, with just a flash of their auto show ticket stub. Awesome.
  3. Fixture– Shop @Fixture in ChicagoHead to Fixture Boutique in Roscoe Village and mention Delicious Dirt at check out for an exclusive gift card. Not to mention, all handbags – (Hobo, Big Buddha, Ebisu, Brynn Capella) 20% off! All Clutches and Wristlets 15% off! All Wallets 10% off! Get organized in 2011 with a new wallet! Order anything on and get free shipping.
  4. GIVEAWAY- Elevate Your Presence WIN IT! CC SKYE most wanted Onie Messenger Bag as seen on Olivia Palermo.  Follow us, then e-mail us why YOU love CC SKYE

Delicious DIRT. Juice

  • If some of Chicago’s food nerds had no idea who they’d vote for in the next mayoral election, we’re sure their minds have been changed now: Rahm Emanuel “actually lean(s) towards allowing” food trucks, and he wants to use them to “combat food deserts.” Well, Rahm, we think that’s a novel idea. Read the story here.  So psyched for The Southern’s Mac and Cheese Truck- 4 more days… 
  • If you’ve never been to Bray, England’s temple of molecular gastronomy The Fat Duck, well, you’re not the only one. But you may have just a slightly better chance of getting to Heston Blumenthal’s newest spot, Dinner, which opened at the Mandarin Oriental in London two days ago.
  • This is the some of the best news we’ve ever heard: Acclaimed French chefs such as Guy Savoy, Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon have created the Culinary College of France. Can you imagine what brilliant toques will walk out of that school?!
  • Stephanie Izard is still riding the wave of success. She plans publish “Girl in the Kitchen” during the fall, and has already taken cover shots. Read about what she’s doing here.

Delicious DIRT’s Reminder

Restaurant week is coming soon! Feb 18-27 – Map out our #foodporn course here via @gapersblock

Delicious DIRT. To Open

We stared with our mouths agape when we heard Brasserie Jo shut its doors, but smiled delightfully when we were told whiz kid Melman brothers are reopening the space as Paris Club. The revamped space is absolutely captivating. As you recall, Elevate Your Presence was at Paris for the Rahm Emanuel / Andy Samberg event last week. We know you’ve been anticipating the opening date and the menu. Finally, we can tell you the doors will open to the public on Feb. 9. GET THERE.

Paris Club

Thanks Ari for the detailed info on highly anticipated, @ChefMartial new resto, Bistronomic which will open on 2/4. This newbie, on Wabash between Pearson and Chestnut is slated to be a “combination of bistro & gastronomic” via @eaterchicago. WELCOME to the gold coast!

Delicious DIRT. Blizzard Postponements

ZEALOUS Spanish wine dinner POSTPONED until Thursday, Feb. 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. This special meal will include 5 courses paired w/ Spanish wines & is priced at $125 pp (plus tax & gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling 312.475.9112.

Stimulus Social Club – CANCELED on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd and postponed to Wednesday, February 9th. Stay Tuned for updates. For now see updated Facebook event page here.

Delicious DIRT. Events

Don’t forget the PAWS event Friday! 2/4, Friday Animal Magnetism at Galleria Marchetti. As we said in previous posts, we are so passionate about PAWS Chicago & excited for their 5th Annual Animal Magnetism on February 4 emceed by Fox Chicago’s Anna Davlantes. All the beautiful details of Animal Magnetism are here. This stellar event also has a SWEET auction!

2/5 It’s that time of year again—time for chocolate, and another one of our fave foodie events of the year is the For the Love of Chocolate Gala to benefit the French Pastry School. The event is black tie and there’s a sit-down dinner with chocolate infused creations, as well as desserts from pastry palaces and chocolatiers all around the city. You can even check out the deal that Gilt City is offering for a deeper discount.

Photo by Gilt City

Photo by Gilt City

Delicious DIRT. JUICE

Most Chicagoans have heard of the Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL, but you may not have heard about Hamburger University in Shanghai. McDonald’s are popping up around China like weeds, and because the Chinese are super diligent and competitive about EVERYTHING, they also turn managing a McDonald’s into sport. Their five-day managerial training course only accepts eight out of every 1000 applicants, and has a lower acceptance rate than Harvard’s, which hovers around 7 percent. Wow!

Our buds over at the Daily Meal revealed what they thought to be the “14 most bank-breaking dishes” here. Do you agree? What foods or menus have you had that required taking out a second mortgage?

UPDATE- Seems this event has sold out!  However, VIP tickets are still available.  Will let you know if anything opens up last minute….

Event Alert- Elevate Your Presence recommends you experience Paris Club BEFORE it opens! Support Rahm Emanuel for mayor and meet SNL star Andy Samberg this Friday, 1/21/11. Check out what’s sure to be the next genius creation by R.J. Melman & Jerrod Melman!

Rahm Emanuel at PARIS CLUB 1/21/11
Elevate Your Presence recommends you join hosts Jason and Michelle Friedman, RJ, Jerrod and Molly Melman for a fundraiser for Rahm Emanuel with SNL’s Andy Samberg on Friday, January 21, 2011, 6:30pm, at Paris Club – 59 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL 60610

VIP EXCLUSIVE MEET AND GREET AT 6PM, $1000 donation per person

Photo by David Shankbone

Delicious DIRT. 2010 USHMM Luncheon Kicked ASS

So excited for this year’s USHMM Luncheon 11/7/11. Museum supporters in Chicago will come together again 11/7/11 l for the annual Chicago Luncheon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.  The theme of this year’s luncheon is Truth or Denial: When Law and the Holocaust Meet. It will feature remarks by Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt, whose new book,The Eichmann Trial, explores the dramatic impact of survivors’ testimony on this landmark trial that occurred 50 years ago. Through her work and her personal experience as the target of a lawsuit by an outspoken Holocaust denier, Dr. Lipstadt has seen firsthand the Holocaust’s relevance in our world today.

Check out last year’s, 2010 luncheon did bits below…

MBK’s Twitter Feed re: the fabulous and important USHMM – United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Event October 2010

Molly Bett Kovler
mbkov Molly Bett Kovler
You’re welcome! What a day! RT @HolocaustMuseum @mbkov Thanks 4 photos frm in Chicago, Molly! Hope 2 see more .

Rahm + Daley @ USHMM Lunch 2010 by MBK

mbkov Molly Bett Kovler
@mayorahmemanuel loved talking 2 u Monday @HolocaustMuseum with Frieda! Where can I volunteer?

Frieda + Rahm by MBK

Molly Bett Kovler
mbkov Molly Bett Kovler
Slightly blurry but I loved talkin to current & future Chitown mayors today & seeing support 4 @HolocaustMuseum
Molly Bett Kovler
mbkov Molly Bett Kovler
Words can never suffice, but Frieda-strong, wise, beautiful inside & out. I love you FW @HolocaustMuseum
Molly Bett Kovler
Molly Bett Kovler
mbkov Molly Bett Kovler
Chi election season heating up. Feelin the fever! Loved talking to Rahm- Chitown’s next mayor @HolocaustMuseum
Molly Bett Kovler
mbkov Molly Bett Kovler
Hope you consider joining our committee- Next Generation @HolocaustMuseum

@mbkov @HolocaustMuseum: Amazing. Very jealous. Three very excellent and powerful people to have in the room.

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