Happy New Year Bacon Nation!

Baconfest Chicago (4/17 & 4/18) is T-minus 12 weeks away and we have two tasty pieces of news to share with you.

Mark your calendars! General Admission Tickets ($100 + fees) go on sale at noon on Monday, February 16th. 

As usual, tickets will be available through our Eventbrite ticketing site.

(Can’t wait till then to buy tickets?  Cooking Channel VIP Hour tickets are available now at CHICAGO TICKETS.) Ticket-holders will be able to select from three sessions that span two days, April 17-18. Attendees get all inclusive access to all the food offered during the shift selected, drink tickets, and a reusable Baconfest tote bag.

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You can win tickets, too! Fan contests include the Nueske’s Amateur Bacon Cook-off, Bacon Cocktail Challenge and bacon poem contest to name a few.  Follow us on Facebook/Twitter and sign up on our mailing list to be kept in the loop!

Check out the largest and most diverse Baconfest Chicago Restaurant Roster of all time!

We hate to brag (OK we live to brag) but we challenge anyone on this planet Earth to find a more awe-inspiring collection of bacon-smiths ever assembled in one celebration. Our first event in 2009 featured ten yeoman chefs making tasty bacon-creations. This year, more than 160 chefs and restaurants (50 plus per session) will share their bacon-prowess at the legendary gastro-orgy known simply as “B. F. C.”  (Yes that’s right, I said gastro-orgy.)

Baconfest Chicago would not be possible without the generous support of these chefs and restaurants. Each and every one of them donates time, talent and resources inspired by a love of bacon and a desire to share said love with you, Bacon Nation. Perhaps most importantly, we all, chefs, sponsors and guests alike, gather together at Baconfest in support of our long-standing charity partner, The Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Drumroll please! Here is the Exhibition Roster for Baconfest Chicago 2015!

312 CHICAGO – Luca Corazzina

676 RESTAURANT AND BAR – Anthony Herve (* 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

694 WINE & SPIRITS – Chris Dunstatter

ACRE – Michael Lathrop

ARA-ON RESTAURANT – Trevor Hoyte

ATWOOD – Brian Millman (* 6 year BFC VET)

AUTRE MONDE CAFE & SPIRITS – Andrew Kerns

AVLI RESTAURANT – Louie Alexakis

AY CHIWOWA

BACARO – Drew Starkey

BACINO’S – Allison Doerr

BAKIN’ & EGGS – Bob and Gina Hartwig

BANG BANG PIE SHOP – Patrick Cloud (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

BARBAKOA – Dudley Nieto

BARN & COMPANY – Gary Wiviott

BEAVER’S COFFEE & DONUTS

BENNY’S CHOP HOUSE – Aaron Lindgren (* 2013 & 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

BIG JONES – Paul Fehribach (* 6 year BFC VET)

BIRCHWOOD KITCHEN – Jesse Williams

BISTRO DRE – Andre Christopher

BITE CAFE – Todd Decker

BLACK DOG GELATO – Jessica Oloroso

BLUE DOOR FARM STAND – Justin Ferguson

BOTTLEFORK – Kevin Hickey / Evan Packer

BRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN – Mark Hemmer

BROWNTROUT – Sean Sanders

BURGER BAR CHICAGO – John McLean

CARNITAS URUAPAN – Marcos Carbajal

CARNIVALE – Rodolfo Cuadros

CELESTE – Nick Lacasse

CERES’ TABLE – Giuseppe Scurato

CHARLATAN – Matthew Troost

CHICAGO q – Ian Thompson

CHICAGO-365 HOSPITALITY – Erin Wishon

COURAGEOUS BAKERY – Laura Pekarik

DAVANTI ENOTECA – Daniel Harris

DAVID BURKE’S PRIMEHOUSE – Amanda Warren (* 8 year BFC VET)

DÖNERMEN – Shawn Podgurski

E+O FOOD AND DRINK – Rodelio Aglibot

EDZO’S BURGER SHOP – Eddie Lakin

EPIC RESTAURANT – Daniel Marquis

FARMHOUSE – Eric Mansavage (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

FIRECAKES – Jonathan Fox

FIREFLY GRILL – Niall D. Campbell II

FLO AND SANTOS – Mark Rimkus

FLO CAFE & BAR – Leonard Sanchez

FORK – Timothy Cottini

FRANCESCA’S RESTAURANTS – Elvia Granados (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

FREESTYLE FOOD + DRINK – Geordan Stenson

FRESCO 21 – Brian Wolters (* 2013 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

FRONTIER – Brian Jupiter

FULTON MARKET KITCHEN – Kyle Petersen

GAYLE’S BEST EVER GRILLED CHEESE – Gayle Voss

GINGERSNAP SWEETS & SUCH – Jen Templeton

GLAZED AND INFUSED – Chris White

HASH HOUSE A GO GO – Brad Gold

HOMESTEAD – Rob Shaner

HONEY BUTTER FRIED CHICKEN – Joshua Kulp & Christine Cikowski (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

HOWELLS & HOOD – Brett Neubauer

HUB 51 – Mike Bellovich

HUBBARD INN – Matt Wilde

HUSKY HOG BBQ – Joseph Woodel

HUTCH AMERICAN BISTRO – Marc Wuenschel

III FORKS PRIME STEAKHOUSE – Billy Caruso

INSPIRATION KITCHENS – Greg Darrah

ITALIAN VILLAGE RESTAURANTS – Jose Torres

JORDAN’S FOOD OF DISTINCTION – Jordan Spritz

KAISER TIGER – Pat Berger

KAMA BISTRO – Vikram Singh

KANELA BREAKFAST CLUB – Don Penza

KNIFE & TINE – Paul Caravelli (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

LABRIOLA CAFE & RISTORANTE

LE BOUCHON & LA SARDINE – Oliver Poilevey & Scott Jambrosek

LIBERTAD – Armando Gonzalez

LINKS TAPROOM – Cary Michael

LOBBY LOUNGE

LOCKWOOD RESTAURANT at the Palmer House – Mathew Wiltzius (* 2013 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

LOKaL – Artur Wnorowski

MADDY’S DUMPLING HOUSE – Chrissy Camba

MARION STREET MARKET – Bret Bohning

MAX’S WINE DIVE – Jessica Brumleve

MERCADITO COUNTER – Aldo Ayala

MERCAT A LA PLANXA – Evan Behmer

MICHAEL JORDAN’S STEAKHOUSE – Craig Couper

MINDY’S HOT CHOCOLATE – Amanda Barnes

MITY NICE BAR & GRILL – John Chiakulas (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

MORE – Patty Rothman

MOXEE RESTAURANT – Rob Stromm

MRS. MURPHY & SONS IRISH BISTRO – Jeanne Carlson

NaanSense – Hiran Patel & Sahil Singh

NANA – Jeremy Kiens

NONNA SANTI’S BISCOTTI – Jo-Marie Frigo

OLD TOWN POUR HOUSE – Paul Katz

OLD TOWN SOCIAL – Corderro Miller

OSTERIA LA MADIA – Jonathan Fox

OSTERIA LANGHE – Cameron Grant (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

OSTERIA VIA STATO – David DiGregorio

PADDY LONG’S – Patrick Berger & Chris Latchford (* 7 year BFC VETS)

PARAMOUNT ROOM – Stephen Dunne

PERENNIAL VIRANT – Paul Virant & Ed Sura

PIECE – Bill Jacobs & Charlie Springer

PINSTRIPES – Cesar Gutierrez

PLEASANT HOUSE BAKERY – Art and Chelsea Jackson

PORKCHOP – Kenneth Robinson

PRIMEBAR – David Reyes

PUBLIC HOUSE – Amy Arnold

PURE KITCHEN – Sean Spradlin

Q-BBQ – Michael LaPidus

QUINCE – Kristine Antonian (* 2014 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

RANDOLPH TAVERN – Wilbert Pagulayan

RED BUTTER – Monica Sehgal Sharma (* 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

RED DOOR – Troy Graves (* 8 year BFC VET, 2009 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

REVOLUTION BREWING – Charlie Eure

ROCKIT BAR & GRILL/ROCKIT BURGER BAR – Amanda Downing

RUB’S BACKCOUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE – Jared Leonard

SAIGON SISTERS RESTAURANT – Matt Riordan

SEEDLING FRUIT – Peter Klein

SHEEKAR DELIGHTS – Diane Khouri Joseph

SIGNATURE ROOM – Cardel Reid (* 8 year BFC vet restaurant, 2010 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

SLURPING TURTLE – Takashi Yagihashi (* 2015 Award for Most Creative Use of Bacon)

SON OF A BUTCHER TAVERN – Frank Valdez

SOUTH WATER KITCHEN – Roger Waysok (* 6 year BFC VET, 2010 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

SPACCA NAPOLI – Jonathan Goldsmith

SPARROW COFFEE – Chris Chacko

SPENCER’S JOLLY POSH FOODS – Garrett Christiansen

STAN’S DONUTS – Rich Labriola

STANLEY’S KITCHEN AND TAP

STATE & LAKE at The Wit Hotel – Kevin Atkinson

STOUT BARREL HOUSE & GALLEY – Michael Matthews

SUNDA – Jess De Guzman

TABLE, DONKEY & STICK – Scott Manley

TACO JOINT – Edgar Torres

TANTA – Jesus Delgado

TAVERN ON RUSH – John Gatsos

TERZO PIANO at the Art Institute of Chicago – Megan Neubeck

TÊTE CHARCUTERIE – Thomas Rice & Kurt Guzowski

THE BAD APPLE – Craig Fass (* 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

THE BEDFORD & CARRIAGE HOUSE – Michael Galen

THE BRIXTON – Alex (Jethro) Gialanella

THE CHEESIE’S TRUCK – Eddie Cisneros

THE CHOP SHOP – Nick Moretti

THE DAWSON – Shaun King

THE RADLER – Nathan Sears (* 8 year BFC VET, 2011 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

THE SALSA TRUCK – Dan Salls

THE SOUTHERN – Eric Michael

THE WINCHESTER – Greg Bastien

THREE ACES – Matt Troost (* 2012 & 2013 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

THREE FLOYDS BREWING Co. – Pat Niebling

TRAVELLE – Scott Green

TRENCHERMEN – Pat Sheerin – (* 7 year BFC VET, 2010 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

TROQUET RIVER NORTH – Tim Davidson

TWO RESTAURANT AND BAR – Kevin Cuddihee

UGLY MUG CAFE – Mik J. Wright

UNCLE BUB’S BBQ – Kyle VerVynck

UNITE URBAN GRILL – Rob Schlitt

UNTITLED SUPPER CLUB – Bryan Collante

VANILLE PATISSERIE – Stacy Waldrop

VELVET TACO – John Franke

VIAND BAR & KITCHEN – Tyler Nelson

VIE – Brian Motyka (* 8 year BFC VET Restaurant, 2015 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

VINCENT – Adam Grandt

WEST LOOP SALUMI – Gregory Laketek

WEST TOWN BAKERY & DINER – Chris Teixeira

WHISK – Ricardo Rodriguez

WOLLENSKY’S GRILL – Victor Newgren

WOODHAVEN BAR & KITCHEN – Zachary Prince

WOW BAO

XOCO WICKER PARK – Rick Bayless

ZAPATISTA – Alberto Mendez

ZED451 – Andrea Williams – (* 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner)

 

The restaurants will be exhibiting over 3 sessions: Friday Dinner (4/17) and Saturday Lunch and Dinner (4/18). We are in the process of finalizing each session’s line up. Stay tuned for those details early next month. But rest assured, whichever day and time you attend, you will be assaulted by bacony awesomeness.

We would be remiss if we did not give a BIG shout-out to our Bacon Sponsor, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats. For the 7th straight year, they are generously offering our exhibitors their bacon supply. This is an insanely generous gift, especially as the scope of the event has grown. Last year’s bacon allowance amounted to almost 8,000 pounds of delicious Wisconsinian cured meat. Viva la Nueske’s! Viva all of our Sponsors!

If you are a restaurateur wondering “where’s my invite?,” feel free to reach out to [email protected] and we’ll get you on the wait-list. (At the very least we’ll get you in the database for next year).

If you are interested in being a Sponsor and would like to exhibit at Baconfest 2015, please email [email protected] for a sponsor packet.

For questions, press requests and additional info, email [email protected] or call 773-257–FEST (3378)

Again, Happy New Year Bacon Nation!
Andre, Michael and Seth
Team Baconfest Chicago