We hosted c. 3,000 guests, 107 restaurants, 9 alcohol sponsors, 18 bacontrepreneurs (including one for whom Saturday was her first day in business), 1 heritage pig sponsor, 1 mineral water sponsor, 1 energetic media sponsor, a neighborhood survey lounge, and 4,257 pounds of Nueske’s bacon.  You can see the menu and roll your own Baconfest here.


Photo Credit: Ben Collins-Sussman

Our guests bought $2,660 worth of raffle tickets and donated 2,298 pounds of food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

We handed over a 5-foot wide check for $50,000 to the GCFD!

We gave away 7 Golden Rasher Awards.  For the food, we had one main award per shift – Most Creative Use of Bacon.  Rather than try to come up with a “best” dish from among 50odd different unique options, we asked our judges to select the dish that blew their minds with its out-of-the-box approach to the use of bacon in a delicious context.  Three quarters of the restaurants opted to participate in the judging.  We also gave awards for each shift for the Best Front of House Table Presentation.

Lunch Session Awards

Best Front of House Presentation: 
Zed 451, Kate Milashus
gorgeous display from ZED451
Photo credit: Ben Collins-Sussman

Zed451:  Chef Kate Milashus
Photo credit: Ben Collins-Sussman

Most Creative Use of Bacon: 
Red Butter, Monica Sehgal Sharma 
Bacon-chile gulab jamun topped with bacon-pistachio brittle
Red Butter - bacon-chile gulab jamun topped with bacon-pistachio brittle
Photo Credit: Anne Petersen

Red Butter:  Chef Monica Sehgal Sharma
Photo credit: Ben Collins-Sussman


Photo credit: Alex Kramnik

Finalists:

Dinner Chef Awards

Best Front of House Presentation
676 Wine Bar, Daven Wardynski
display from 676
Photo credit: Ben Collins-Sussman

676 Restaurant & Bar:  Chef Daven Wardynski
Photo credit: Ben Collins-Sussman

Most Creative Use of Bacon: 
Three Aces, Matt Troost
Shake ‘n Bake: Bacon “Steak” ‘n Bacon Shake: A bacon “shake ‘n bake” with our own special blend, with bacon bolognese and a vanilla-bacon-bourbon milkshake
Three Aces - Shake 'n Bake
Photo Credit: Anne Petersen

Three Aces:  Chef Matt Troost
Photo credit: Ben Collins-Sussman

Finalists

Other 2012 Golden Rashers

Best Poem About Bacon
Ryan Myers – The Quantum Dance
http://baconfestchicago.com/and-the-winner-of-the-baconfest-chicago-2012-bacon-poetry-contest-is

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats Amateur Bacon Cook-Off
Finalists: http://baconfestchicago.com/the-5-nueskes-amateur-bacon-cook-off-finalists-for-2012-are
Winner: Judith Singer – caramelized banana (instead of figs) sorbet over warm caramelized bananas in a bacon cone, topped with bacon sponge toffee

Chicago Reader - Amateur Cocktail Challenge – Bacon
Winner: Zach Piper and his cocktail the Barded Black Bird.
http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/04/09/take-a-sip-the-fat-washed-barded-black-bird
Info on contest: http://baconfestchicago.com/reader2012