WBEZ | baconfest chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/baconfest-chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Baconfest Chicago 2013: and the Golden Rasher goes to... http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/baconfest-chicago-2013-and-golden-rasher-goes-106763 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013poet.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Baconfest Chicago 2013 bacon poetry reading by contest winner Steve Nordin (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">The rumours of bacon&#39;s death have been greatly exaggerated by the food media for years. Oh the <em>Schadenfreude</em>&nbsp;they must have felt during last fall&#39;s worldwide bacon shortage prediction, which <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/05/162342072/bacon-shortage-is-hogwash"><u>proved to be &quot;hogwash&quot;</u></a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Long live bacon!&quot; was the implied collective cry at the <a href="http://baconfestchicago.com/"><u>fifth annual Baconfest Chicago</u></a>&nbsp;held Saturday at UIC Forum. Manifested as bacon eats and drinks from 128 restaurants, this year BFC donated $50,000 to the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer"><u>Greater Chicago Food Depository</u></a>. As always the 3,000 attendees themselves delivered with thousands of pounds of donation food too.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013browntrout.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Brandade fritters with spicy bacon lime hollandaise by Browntrout chef/owner Sean Sanders in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">I was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/source-all-bacon-baconfest-chicago-2012-98348"><u>back as a judge</u></a> for the coveted Golden Rasher award for the chef&#39;s &quot;Most Creative Use of Bacon&quot; at the lunch session, again with the <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s <u><a href="https://twitter.com/MikeSula">Mike Sula</a>.</u>&nbsp;This year we were joined by Alinea, Next, and Aviary co-owner <a href="https://twitter.com/nickkokonas"><u>Nick Kokonas</u></a>; Food Network&#39;s <em>Sandwich King</em> <a href="https://twitter.com/JeffMauro"><u>Jeff Mauro</u></a>, and <em>LTH Forum</em> co-owner Ron Kaplan (<a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&amp;u=127"><u>aka&nbsp;ronnie_suburban</u></a>).</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013barn.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bacon Bacon Bacon Baby Back Bones: bacon fat slather, bacon infused dry rub, bacon fat mop, bacon wrapped hickory smoked rib, bacon guajillo BBQ sauce by Barn &amp; Company Pitmaster Gary Wiviott in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">We each hit the floor on our own to taste 13 dishes then convened back in bacon judges&#39; chambers to confer. Our general consensus: a lot of great dishes, many of which we wanted more &mdash; but creative?</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013untitled.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="The “Love Me Tender”: Pork belly panino with smoked banana, truffle caramel, cashew butter by Untitled chef Joseph Heppe in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">This says more about how high we&#39;ve raised the creative bacon bar, especially in Chicago. Bacon donuts? Been there. Bacon ice cream? Eaten that. Bacon powder made with rendered bacon fat and tapioca maltodextrin? Made that.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013onenorth.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Pork belly adobo by One North chef Will Pagulayan in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">We&#39;re a tough crowd, as a city, and especially in that room Saturday afternoon. A well deserved kudos to all.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In the end, the Baconfest 2013 Golden Rasher award for the chef&#39;s &quot;Most Creative Use of Bacon&quot; at the lunch session went to Chef Joseph Rose at Lockwood for his slow poached egg, bacon ragout, bacon dashi, and nori.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013lockwood.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Slow poached egg, bacon ragout, bacon dashi, nori by Lockwood chef Joseph Rose in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Rose just took over at the historic Palmer House hotel last October, which lost its critical heat when EL Ideas chef/owner <a href="https://twitter.com/PhillipFoss"><u>Phillip Foss</u></a> left way back in 2010. Lockwood just re-opened April 7 after a two-week makeover. While the Golden Rasher award may be mostly fun, Rose&#39;s dish impressed my room of serious judges.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013templeton.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Blinker: Templeton Rye, grapefruit juice, raspberry syrup by Templeton Rye in Templeton, Iowa (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Last year&#39;s winner, <a href="http://www.redbutterchicago.com/index.html"><u>Red Butter chef/owner Monica Sharma</u></a> was back, this year with a tandoori bacon arancini and mint raita. Sharma has since held a series of successful pop-up dinners. With this one perfectly executed hot, crunchy, creamy, and complex bite, we had a winner indeed.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/baconfest2013redbutter.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Tandoori bacon arancini and mint raita by Red Butter chef/owner Monica Sharma in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><u><em>Watch<a href="http://www.flickr.com//photos/louisachu/sets/72157633295493438/show/">&nbsp;Slideshow: Baconfest Chicago 2013</a></em></u></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Follow Louisa Chu <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u>@louisachu</u></a>.</em></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/baconfest-chicago-2013-and-golden-rasher-goes-106763