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Thursday, December 7

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Event Fri Apr 19 2013

April Showers Bring Bacon

Bacon, it's like the bowl of jelly belly's, the leftover Dunkin Donuts box from the morning office meeting, everyone stops when they see it, paused in the eye-brow raised linger--is that bacon you got there?


Dogs go crazy for it.
Poems are written about it.
Vegetarians even do it.

Whether it's the classic BLT or the smell of a thick slab hitting a black iron skillet, there's something about bacon that can't be denied - it has the power to control. It's no secret, Chicago loves itself some bacon. But how did we get to a place where we write comics about it, make soap out of it, put it in our chocolate?

I will find out at this weekend's sold-out Baconfest Chicago. The irony or maybe cruelty that a peso-vegetarian will be attending the one event dedicated solely for bacon lovers when the last pork I had was, well, what month is this, might have a few of you reeling. Do I have it in me to devour all that is bacon? Can my hummus and kale loving palate handle the grease? Will I be converted to a baconator? Follow me on twitter @brandygonsoulin to see how this pans out and check back for the recap next week.

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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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