We spent some time at Baconfest a couple weeks ago, and we’ll be the first to tell you: heaven is real, y’all.
This year’s ninth edition provided nearly 8,000 pounds of Nueske’s bacon—a staple for we bacon-crazed Chicagoans. Visits from 150 restaurants filled the UIC Forum over the course of the weekend, and Friday’s dinner set the bar high; especially when Bobby Flay stopped by.
For each of the three sessions, participating chefs competed for the Golden Rasher Award, which celebrated bacon achievement. *What a fabulous world we live in, where “bacon achievement” is not only acknowledged, but encouraged. *
The 2017 winners:
Friday Dinner – March 31
Best Front of House Winners – Mastro’s Steakhouse and Italian Village Restaurants
Most Creative Use of Bacon Winner – Jordan’s Food of Distinction, Lobster Pork Cappuccino
Saturday Lunch – April 1
Best Front of House Winners – Kitty o’ Sheas and Troquet River North
Most Creative Use of Bacon Winner – Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Loaded Mash with fried chicken chunks and bacon buffalo sauce
Saturday Dinner – April 1
Best Front of House Winner – The Bad Apple
Most Creative Use of Bacon Winner – Three Floyds Brewpub, Empanada with Confit Bacon & XO Sauce
Let’s not forget the $30,000 raised for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which provided 1,000 pounds in non-perishable food donations.