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Event Wed Mar 19 2014

April is Bacon Month in Chicago

Proclaiming April as "Bacon Month" in Chicago, Baconfest Chicago announced a month-long series of bacon-related programs and events that culminate in the 6th Annual Baconfest on April 25 & 26 at the UIC Forum.

Baconfest celebrates all things bacon, and participating Chicago chefs have a reputation of delivering wildly creative bacon concoctions. Baconfest attendees and a judges panel pick their favorite bacon dishes. Last year's winners of the "Golden Rasher" awards included:


  • Most Creative Use of Bacon for Lunch went to Lockwood Restaurant for Slow-Poached Egg with Bacon Ragout

  • Most Creative Use of Bacon for Dinner went to Three Aces for Wake 'n Bacon

Baconfest Golden Rasher Winner for Most Creative Use of Bacon for Lunch - Slow poached egg with bacon ragout by Lockwood'
Slow-Poached Egg with Bacon Ragout by Lockwood Restaurant

Baconfest Golden Rasher Winner for Most Creative Use of Bacon for Dinner - Wake 'n Bacon by Three Aces'
Wake 'n Bacon by Three Aces

Baconfest "Bacon Month" Programs include:

First Annual Bacon Month Charity Dine-Around, April 1 - 30
Over 30 restaurants will feature special bacon dishes and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Bacon Month Kickoff Cocktail Party, April 1
Co-hosted by ACME Hotel Company, three Chicago mixologists will create bacon-inspired cocktails that will be paired with BLT sliders, BBQ pork sliders, bacon popcorn and chocolate-covered bacon.

Bacon Cocktail Contest
Amateur mixologists are encouraged to submit their best original recipes. The deadline to submit recipes is March 28. Three finalists will receive complimentary tickets to attend the Bacon Month Kickoff Cocktail Party, where the finalists' recipes will be judged and a winner selected.

Various Baconfest Sampling Events and Chef Demos at select Whole Food Market locations

Baconfest Chicago, April 25 & 26 at the UIC Forum
Tickets are sold out for the Saturday Lunch and Dinner sessions, but a few tickets remain for Friday Dinner on 4/25.

Photos courtesy of Baconfest

 

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Event Mon Jul 21 2014

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By Judy Wu

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