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Contest Sun Aug 22 2010

Bacon Cupcakes and Bacon Tacos, Anyone?

The last time you were presented with 15 pounds of bacon to transform into your own culinary masterpiece you were living on a private island in the middle of the Pacific, your bank account balance was an infinite number not yet in existence, and you had your own crew of miniature robots at your beck and call. And then your roommate rudely woke you up to tell you that you slept past your alarm and were late for work yet again.

Now is your chance to live out at least some of your dreams when the Bacon Takedown makes it's way to Chicago this September.


Twenty local cooks will compete to win kitchen gear worth $1,500 from Wusthof, Microplane, and Anolon. Each entrant will be given 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label Bacon to work with for the competition. Cooks can still sign up to compete by emailing

The takedown will take place on Sept. 11 at 1:30pm at Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave.

If competition is not your thing, but bacon has a spot in your heart (and not in the clogged artery kind of way) you can attend the takedown for $15 which includes a tasting of all entries and an opportunity to vote for your favorite. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Feeding America.

Expect to see unique recipes like bacon candy, bacon Bloody Mary's and bacon ice cream. So, besides salivating, what would you do with 15 pounds of bacon?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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