Baconfest Chicago finished its eighth year feeding over 4,500 people as 150 of Chicago's chefs joined together for a weekend festival at UIC Forum for three sessions of bacon-inspired cocktails, craft beer and unlimited bacon treats. We were there to check out all the porky goodness, here's what we saw!
"We are really honored to be a part of Chicago's foodie scene and have seen first hand how it has grown... " - Seth Zurer, co-founder of Baconfest Chicago
As part of each session, participating chefs competed for the Golden Rasher Award, an award to celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts. A panel of judges gave awards for "Most Creative Use of Bacon" and "Best Front of House Presentation."
The winners of each award are as follows:
Most Creative Use of Bacon:
Saturday Lunch:Honey Butter Fried Chicken - Joshua Kulp & Christine Cikowski, Bacon Chicken and Grits
Saturday Dinner: Osteria Langhe - Cameron Grant Bacon Plin - With smoky dijon serrano jus
Sunday Brunch: Mercat a la Planxa
Best Front of House Presentation:
Saturday Lunch: Mity Nice Bar & Grill - John Chiakulas, Pigskin Wings
Saturday Dinner: GingerSnap Sweets & Such - Jen Templeton Bacon Opera Cake and The Bad Apple - Craig Fass Baconthology - The smokey and tasty history of bacon
Sunday Brunch: Italian Village and Pork & Mindy's
Baconfest Chicago also presented $50,000 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, an organization that makes sure no one goes hungry in the Second City.
"We now have the best chefs in the city participating, chefs that are Michelin-Star recipients, James Beard nominees, on the 2016 Bib Gourmand List all creating delectable bacon dishes." - Seth Zurer