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Event Mon Aug 20 2012

The Bacon Takedown Returns Sept. 16

bacontakedown2012.jpgThe third annual Bacon Takedown Chicago returns on Sept. 16, and there are still a few spots left for competitors.

Twenty contestants are each given 15 pounds of Hormel Black Label bacon to do with whatever they wish, provided it's edible and is brought to Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave., at noon on Sept. 16, for judging and sampling by the public.

Gapers Block took second place in the inaugural contest in 2010 with our bacon jam recipe, while chef Rafael Lopez of Harmony Grill took first with his bacon-gruyere brandad on bacon-fat mini English muffins. In 2011, the top winners were Josh Gutzwiller and Nick Angel with bacon mac'n'cheese bites wrapped in bacon and John Ihns with "spicy belly," spicy and sweet-glazed bacon.

What will tickle the judges' and audiences' gullets this year? Time will tell -- maybe it'll be your recipe. If it is, you could take home Le Creuset or Analon cookware, Wustoff knives, Microplane graters or even a year's supply of bacon. If you think you have what it takes, email chilitakedown@gmail.com ASAP to sign up.

And if you'd rather just eat a lot of bacon, keep your eye on the Bacon Takedown website for tickets, which will be $15.

 

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