Baconfest Chicago 2012 was on April 14, 2012 at the UIC Forum in University Village.

AUTRE MONDE CAFE
Beth Partridge and Dan Pancake
Bacon Confit with Tropea Onion Agrodolce – confit of apple-wood smoked and peppered Nueske’s bacon with tropea onion agrodolce

BACARO
Thad Morrow
Bacon and Egg Sandwich – Triple-S Farm bacon, fried egg puree, pickled ramp relish, misato radish, and bacon challah

BARN & COMPANY
Gary Wiviott and Bob Zrenner
Smoked brisket slider with bacon jam and bacon BBQ sauce

BENNY’S CHOP HOUSE
Jonathan Lane
Nueske’s bacon and pork head cutlet with Michigan spring ramp kimchi on buttermilk biscuits, togarashi spiced pork rind ‘fries’, a Benny’s bacon-inspired cocktail

BIG JONES
Paul Fehribach
Bacon fat biscuit with crispy bacon, pea gravy, and piccalilli

BISTRO CAMPAGNE
Adam Dittmer
Roasted pork belly with bacon apricot marmalade and bacon almond brittle

BLEEDING HEART BAKERY
Michelle Garcia
Bacon-wrapped house-made sausage deep-fried in croissant dough with horseradish mustard

BLT AMERICAN BRASSERIE
Laurent Tourondel and Aksel Theilkuhl
Braised bacon slider with smoky BBQ glaze, apple & herb slaw, aged sherry

BRIDGE HOUSE TAVERN
Mark Hemmer
Bacon Cassoulet Egg Rolls, served with Hollandaise – white beans, grilled leeks, Nueske’s bacon, Nueske’s smoked chicken, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, BBQ, blue cheese

THE BRISTOL / BALENA
Chris Pandel
House extruded bacon pasta salad

BURGER BAR CHICAGO
John McLean
Pork Palooza Burger – Berkshire pork burger topped w/ candied cherrywood smoked pork belly, Jarlsberg swiss, red onion pickles, smoked mustard glaze

CAFÉ DES ARCHITECTES
Greg Biggers
Bacon-Mac-n-Cheese Bites

CHALKBOARD
Gilbert Langlois
Bacon & Eggs

CHICAGO q
Lee Ann Whippen
Smoked Bacon Baklava – brined and hickory/apple-smoked pork belly layered between phyllo sheets topped with honey sugar glaze

CHIZAKAYA
Harold Jurado
Baconomiyaki – Japanese-style stuffed “pizza” with Nueske’s bacon, napa cabbage, pickled ginger, scallion, shrimp, nori, and bonito flakes

CUSTOM HOUSE TAVERN
Perry Hendrix
Smoked pork sausage, smoked blue cheese & bacon slaw with pickled mustard seeds

deca
Mark Payne
Gunthorp Farm glazed pork belly, creamy Anson Mills polenta, fava beans & Bacon financier, bacon and egg ice cream

FLO AND SANTOS
Mark Rimkus
Peppered bacon-wrapped pork wing with a bourbon coffee barbecue sauce

FRONTIER
Brian Jupiter
Bacon-wrapped peppadew pepper, stuffed with Carr Valley Cocoa Cardona cheese and dates

HEARTY
Dan Smith and Jason Mousseau
Bacon Rice Crispies with assorted “cereal milk”

HOPLEAF
Ben Sheagren
Bacon rillette-stuffed arancini (cooked with bacon stock and Ommegang Three Philosophers), fava bean / ramp puree, preserved lemon, radish, and frisee

INOVASI
John des Rosiers
Quick cured & braised belly, Anson Mills farro verde, Argyle St. spice, wild ramp salsa

LA MADIA
Jonathan Fox
Bruschette of Bacon Lardon, spinach, balsamic, and ricotta salata

LILLIE’S Q
Charlie McKenna
“Bacon on Bourbon Street” – bacon custard filled bacon beignet with a Cafe Du Monde coffee and chicory bacon syrup

LOCKWOOD
Greg Elliot
Bacon Butty – buttered potato roll, wild cherrywood smoked bacon, Worcestershire sauce

LOKaL
Art Wnorowski
Potato-bacon pancake with apple compote

MAGNOLIA CAFE
Kasra Medhat
Jalapeno bacon wrapped bratwurst

MARKETHOUSE
Scott Walton
Maple Leaf Farms duck bacon-jam croque monsieur, Big Ed’s Gouda fondue

MAY ST. CAFE
Mario Santiago
Double-chocolate flan with cherry-smoked bacon, rum-cured cherries with berries

MEXIQUE
Carlos Gaytan
Pork Belly Taco – grilled apple, tomatillo pico de gayo, bacon, chile on a chocolate tortilla

MODERNO
Phillip Rubino
Homemade bacon cannoli, shaved reggiano, crushed pea powder

MRS. MURPHY & SONS IRISH BISTRO
Jeanne Carlson
Bacon Shepherds Pie

N9NE STEAKHOUSE
Tim Griffin
Topless Bacon & Steak Slider – on brioche with pickled pepper horseradish crème sauce and microgreens

OLD TOWN SOCIAL
Jared Van Camp
Smoked guanciale & ramp “Casatiello” with Taleggio

PADDY LONG’S
Chris Latchford and Pat Berger
Bacon Grenades – mini bacon bombs beer-battered and deep fried

PENINSULA HOTEL
Kai Lermen & Anthony Coriell
Crispy pork belly, schupf nudel, sauerkraut (pork belly cured with salt, pepper, juniper, caraway, thyme)

PIECE
Bill Jacobs
New Haven-Style Pizza – hand-formed, topped with our tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Nueske’s bacon & Big Black Mariah, an American-style porter with small percentage of smoked malt, 7% a.b.v.

PLEASANT HOUSE BAKERY
Art Jackson
Bacon and pork pie with bacon fat crust

DAVID BURKE’S PRIMEHOUSE
Rick Gresh
Cheddar Bacon Sliders

PUBLIC HOUSE
David Blonsky
Chicken-fried bacon, kimchi slaw, sweet & sour sauce

PURE KITCHEN
Steven Hubbell
Arabica coffee-cured bacon, black olive puree, scotch & coffee crunch, peppermint

RED BUTTER
Monica Sehgal Sharma
Bacon-chile gulab jamun topped with bacon-pistachio brittle

RED CANARY
Daniel Tolentino
Roasted jalapeno grits with Nueske’s applewood-smoked pepper-coated bacon, and a bacon mole sauce

ROOTS HANDMADE PIZZA
Greg Mohr and Scott Weiner
BLT Pizza – Canadian bacon and chopped bacon under the Quad Cities mozzarella blend cheese, topped with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes

SIGNATURE ROOM
Brandon K. Wolff
Bacon-wrapped loin of rabbit with a ragu of local asparagus and morels

SMALLBAR DIVISION
Justin White
Sunny Side Farm Egg, Braised Bacon & Potato Tart with Jalapeno Bacon Marmalade and Dunbarton Blue Cheddar

SOUTH WATER KITCHEN
Roger Waysok
Bacon and Egg Skewer – braised applewood-smoked bacon with pickled quail egg, confit fingerling potato.

SPACCA NAPOLI
Jonathan Goldsmith Pea, Bacon, and Pecorino Salad – bacon, fresh peas, sugar snap peas, pea shoots, pea sprouts, extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, pecorino romano

THE COOKING CHICKS
Vanessa Moses
Chef Vanessa’s lemon, white truffle, bacon potato salad & Bacon-inspired sweets – provided by Cooking Chicks, Cake Bite Girl and Zayna Bakes

THE FLORENTINE
Todd Stein
Short rib crostini, bacon jam, horseradish and parsley

UNCLE BUB’S BBQ
Mark Link and James Harvatt
Candied Bacon – Thick cut bacon coated with brown sugar and honey

UNION SUSH + BBQ
Chao
Panko Bacon with baby arugula salad – served with a bacon reduction and house-tonkatsu sauce

WEST TOWN TAVERN
Susan Goss
Bourbon-Bacon Caramel Corn

WILDFIRE
Paul Guerrero
Nueske’s bacon-wrapped braised pork belly with horseradish crust

ZED451
Kate Milashus
Bacon pancake pops in a bourbon glaze