Autre Monde Cafe and Spirits – Andrew Kerns
Bacon Pate Banh Mi Sandwich – Bacon pate, cherry bomb relish, Kewpie mayo, cilantro, baguette

Bacaro – Drew Starkey
Twice-Bacon Potato – Ramps, spicy creme fraiche, parmesan and bacon bits

Bang Bang Pie and Biscuits – Patrick Cloud
Chocolate & Bacon Chess Pie Bites – with bacon caramel & candied bacon crumble.
Bacon Studded Biscuits – with bacon gravy.

Bistro Campagne – Adam Dittmer
Bacon Croquettes – Caramelized onion, gruyere and applewood smoked bacon, breaded and served with bacon dijon mustard

Burger Bar Chicago – John McLean
Bacon Steak and Eggs – Applewood smoked bacon steak, cured egg yolk, pork glaze

Busy Burger
Mini Busy Bacon Burgers – Nueske’s Applewood Smoked bacon, Wisconsin cheddar, sauteed onions, housemade spicy Busy Sauce

Cantina 1910 – Andrew Pingul
Bacon Concha – Warm Concha (Mexican sweet bread topped with a crunchy cookie) served with flan and caramelized bacon

Carnivale – Rodolfo Cuadros
Bacon Cheddar Cheesecake – Iberico bacon cheddar cheesecake, Iberico bacon jam, petit wasabi

Chicago q – Ian Thompson
Bacon Corndog – Maple whiskey cured, bbq mustard sauce


Flo and Santos – Mark Rimkus
Roasted Red Pepper & Bacon Gnocchi – Gnocchi made with potatoes, roasted red peppers and bacon, finished with a spicy arrabbiata sauce

Fork – Tim Cottini
Unwrapped Bacon Date – Bacon sausage wrapped in bacon with red wine-bacon date puree

Guildhall Restaurant – Marcos Ascencio
Bacon Fat Gougere “BLT” – Braised cherrywood slab bacon, green tomato-jalapeno jam, watercress, pickled onion, aioli

Honey Butter Fried Chicken – Joshua Kulp & Christine Cikowski
Bacon Chicken and Grits

Honey Butter

Hubbard Inn – Matt Wilde
Bourbon, Bacon, Belly, Bun – With bacon fat buttercream

Hutch American Bistro
Meatball + Porkbelly – With a carbonara sauce.

Hutch – Meatballs + Pork Belly - Baconfest 2015

Inspiration Kitchens – Greg Darrah
BLT Skewer – Peppered bacon, teardrop/grape tomato skewer pan-seared, watercress drizzle, toasted bread crumbs.

Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap – Nick Santangelo
Jake’s Bacon Bomb Chicken Slider – Fried chicken, bacon hot sauce, bacon honey butter, applewood smoked bacon, house bread & butter pickle

Jellyfish – Hector Marcial
Karikaribekon maki – Crispy applewood bacon, marinated sundried tomatoes, lettuce, jalapenos, avocado in side coated with cherrywood bacon and togarashi mayo

Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill – Dion Solano
Chocolate Covered Jerk Candied Bacon – Bacon marinated in our in-house made Rude Boy Jerk marinade and candied with brown sugar then bathed in decadent chocolate

Kitty O’Sheas – Mario Garcia
BBQ Pork Pie – Bacon lingonberry jam, spiced onions, petit celery

Knife – Timothy Cottini
Bacon Steak – farro bacon & pickled strawberry salad with spiced pecans with bacon scotch gastrique

Kuma’s Corner – Dan Grynevich
Oralgasm 666 – Buttermilk bacon fat cheddar biscuit, spicy bacon date jam, candied bacon, bourbon bacon honey, bacon threads


Lagunitas Taproom – Robert Chamberlain
Westified Black Gold Bacon – with Coconut Burfi

Le Bouchon & La Sardine – Oliver Poilevey & Scott Jambrosek
Bacon Forest Sundae

Lockwood Restaurant & Bar – Mathew Wiltzius
Bacon & Eggs – Slagel Family Farms eggs & La Farine Bakery bread

LOKaL – Art Wnorowski
Bacon Biscuits & Gravy

Mastro’s Steakhouse – Anthony Bernal
Bacon Adovada – Smokey and spicy bacon… MMMMMM

May St Cafe & Steakhouse – Mario Santiago
Dark Chocolate Guava & Bacon with Jalapeño Flan

Mexique – Carlos Gaytan
Mussel Bacon Saffron

Miss Ricky’s – Rebecca LaMalfa
#QuickyWithRicky Bacon Benny – Hash benny with bacon fat potatoes, braised and crisped bacon, lemon hollandaise, with bacon crumble and a fines herb salad, (parsley, chives, tarragon) dressed with lemon juice and olive oil

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Mity Nice Bar & Grill – John Chiakulas
Pigskin Wings – Bacon-skinned chicken wings dusted with peppered bacon spice, accompanied with assorted sauces like Bacon Smear, Bacon Buffalo Sauce and Bacon Ranch

Old Town Pour House – Paul Katz
Pork Belly Burger – Hand made burger patty, baby arugula, braised pork belly, gouda mornay, bacon tomato jam, brioche bun

Old Town Social – Corderro Miller
Braised Greens Bite – Bacon plank, black kale aigre-doux, crispy red onion, hot sauce, shrimp

Pearl’s Southern Comfort – Dan Finelli
Tasso Bacon Pimento Cheese on a Cracklin – with a bacon bourbon milk punch

Peckish Pig – Debbie Evans
Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Spanish Chorizo

Piece Pizzeria and Brewery
Applewood Smoked Bacon pizza – Applewood smoked bacon on Piece’s red-style pizza

Piece Restaurant – Bacon Pizza & Roland Oatmeal Stout – Baconfest 2015

Pleasant House Bakery – Art Jackson
Bacon Enriched Bread with Bacon Butter and Jam – Fresh, wood fired Pleasant House Bread enriched with Bacon, served with house-cultured bacon butter and jam.

PROSECCO – Mark Sparacino
Pork Belly Rumaki – Braised pork belly and water chestnut, wrapped with applewood smoked, peppercorn bacon, balsamic and grappa glaze

Sheekar Delights – Diane Khouri-Joseph
Bacon and Bourbon Gourmet Baklava – Paper thin phyllo hand buttered and rolled with freshly chopped walnuts mixed with applewood smoked bacon, drizzled with a house made syrup with a splash of bourbon

Sheekar Delights – Maple Bacon & Bourbon Gourmet Baklava - Baconfest 2015

Slurping Turtle – Takashi Yagahashi
Bacon Ramen – Bacon infused noodles with a light broth, scallion, bamboo shoots and bacon

Sociale Chicago – Mark Sabbe
Bacon & Lamb Merguez Sausage

Spacca Napoli Pizzeria – Jonathan Goldsmith
Maccheroni ala Starita – Frittatine di pasta (bucatini) with peas, smoked mozzarella, pancetta affumicata, bechamel, pork ragu


Sparrow Coffee Roastery – Chris Chacko
Bacon and Freekah Salad – White sesame and coffee Dukka, pimento aioli, picked pearl onions, radishes, favas and herbs.

Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap
Stan’s Bacon Taters – Stanley’s Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, with Nueske’s Bacon, Cheddar Cheese & Pork Gravy

Stout Barrel House & Galley – Michael Matthews
Sweet & Sour Braised Bacon with Bacon and Sweet Potato Farro Risotto – Braised bacon glazed with sweet and sour sauce on top of a bacon and sweet potato farro risotto. Topped with a crispy bacon and pickled onion salad

Table, Donkey and Stick – Scott Manley
Bacon, hazelnut, chocolate, semolina bread

The Cotton Duck – Dominic Zumpano
BLT Scrapple – Bacon scrapple, romaine butter, pickled tomatoes, candied beef tongue bacon vinaigrette

Troquet River North – Tim Davidson
Bacon Bourguignon

West Town Bakery – Christopher Teixeira
Bacon Cinnamon Rolls – Brioche cinnamon Rolls studded with bacon, topped with frosting and candied bacon

WHISK – Ricardo Rodriguez
Bacon Shrimp and Grits – Sauteed garlic shrimp, bacon, scallions over a bed of cheesy grits, topped off with white wine cream sauce


Wollensky’s Grill – Victor Newgren
Beef Bacon with Blue Cheese Dip


World of Whirlpool – Ender Oktayuren
Bacon Shumai, Blue Berries – Nueske’s bacon shumai, pickled blueberries & Nueske’s bacon blueberry purée Bacoron(macaron) –  crispy Nueske’s bacon, Nueske’s bacon butter cream


Zoom Pizza Factory – Paul Guerrero
Lardo Pizza Romano – Bacon rendered pizza crust, figs, apple pesto, arugula, black pepper Nueske’s bacon, balsamic reduction & macerated pine nuts


312Chicago – Luca Corazzina
Bacon Meatballs with Aged Provolone Cheese – Meatballs made with applewood smoked and cherrywood smoked bacon with melted aged provolone cheese and micro arugula

676 Restaurant and bar – Anthony Herve
Bacon & Eggs – Smoked bacon deviled egg

Amazing Edibles Catering – Alexi Mandolini
Cheesey Spring Pea Arancini – With a hot peppered bacon jam center

Ara-on Restaurant – Trevor Hoyte
Bacon, Foie Gras & Peanut Butter – Rhubarb, chocolate, chicharron, dulce de leche, Nueske’s bacon chip with butterscotch glaze

Atwood – Brian Millman
Bacon Oatmeal Bourbon Cream Pie – A take on the traditional oatmeal cream pie that we all grew up eating. This the adult version with bacon in the cookies and bourbon in the cream filling

Bang Chop – Matt Riordan
Smoked Bacon Naem Khao Tod – Crunchy rice salad, toasted coconuts, fish sauce, Thai chiles, peanuts, raw ginger and smoked bacon, and fermented sausage


Black Dog Gelato – Jessica Oloroso
Bacon Gelato Cake – Bacon cake, Cognac and cream cheese gelato, Maraschino cherry

BourBonQue – Kevin Whittier
Smoked Pork Belly

Bridge House Tavern – Mark Hemmer
Bacon Beignets! – Nueske’s bacon lardons rolled up and fried in beignet dough with bacon sugar and a maple bacon glaze

David Burke’s Primehouse – Amanda Warren
Tasso Toasted Ravioli & Maple Bacon Macarons – A delicious ravioli created with a blend of pea, egg, and smoked seasoned pork jowl. For dessert, a bacon macaron with maple buttercream and bacon caramel

Edzo’s Burger Shop – Eddie Lakin
Maple Bacon Toffee Milkshake


El Mariachi Tequila Bar & Grill – Eduardo Hermenegildo
Chile Borracho! – Bacon wrapped jalapeño pepper stuffed with smoked applewood Nueske’s bacon bits, sweet plantain, queso fresco served over a sweet bacon bit cookie and topped with chorizo oil infused red masa sphere and tequila chamoy salsa

Farmhouse Chicago – Eric Mansavage
Piggy-Colada – bacon-infused Pina Colada
Cheddar Cheese Cheesy Poofs with Bacon Mousse


Flo Cafe & Bar – Leonard Sanchez
Bacon Hatch Green Chile Elotes

Floriole – Sandra Holl
BAD Bacon – Toasted corn bread, arugula, smoked date vinaigrette, and lots of bacon

Gayle’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese – Gayle Voss
The Southport – Butterkase cheese, bacon, smoked onion marmalade, garden salsa and fresh arugula

GingerSnap Sweets & Such – Jen Templeton
Bacon Opera Cake

Glazed and Infused – Chris White
Maple Bacon Long John Doughnut  – Hand cut yeast raised long john, maple glaze, candied bacon
Oreo Bacon Bomber – Hand cut yeast raised long john, maple glaze, candied oreo bacon

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Hash House A Go Go
BBLT Bites – Shredded bacon, lettuce, cabbage, cherry tomatoes, chili mayo, on top of brioche

Jordan’s Food of Distinction – Jordan Spritz
Lobster Pork Cappuccino – Slow braised applewood smoked pork belly with creamy shallot scented lobster bisque and chive oil

Photo by Anne Petersen.

Knife&Tine – Paul Caravelli
Maple Bacon Cotton Candy
Bacon Soft Pretzel

Labriola Ristorante – Julio Ambriz
Braised Porkbelly Meatballs – With smoked buffalo mozzarella and rocket greens

Links Taproom
Bacon’d 1/2 & 1/2 – Links award-winning chili loaded with bacon and housemade beer cheese soup, garnished with jalapenos, crispy bacon and chili-cheese Frito’s

Maddy’s Dumpling House – Chrissy Camba
Sugar Shack Siopao

Marion Street Market – Bret Bohning
Watermelon & Pork Belly Gazpacho – With pork cracklins, dehydrated bacon and a bacon wrapped, Gouda stuffed jalapeno pepper

Monti’s – James Gottwald
Fried Applewood Smoked Bacon and Pork Belly Chili Cheese Dog – Grilled all-beef hot dog covered in a spicy applewood smoked bacon and pork belly chili, wrapped with American cheese and wonton dough, fried to crispy perfection

Montis Special

More – Patty Rothman
Bacon Maple Cupcakes – maple, brown sugar and bacon cake topped with brown sugar maple buttercream and garnished with housemade bacon brittle.
BLT Cupcakes – bacon and creme fraiche cake, housemade ranch frosting, fresh tomato garnish

More – Bacon Maple Moresel Cupcake – Baconfest 2015

Moxee & Mad Mouse Brewery – Rob Strom
The Smokey Mountain – Hickory-smoked pulled pork wiith bourbon bacon bbq sauce over bacon & smoked jalapeño cornbread with smokey slaw

Naansense – Hiran Patel & Sahil Singh
Idli Bidli

nana – Jeremy Kiens
Bacon Bourbon Pie – Individual pies with bacon fat crust, bacon jam & bourbon filling, topped with chicken fried bacon

Osteria Langhe – Cameron Grant
Bacon Plin – With smoky dijon serrano jus


Paramount Room – Stephen Dunne
Bacon Dipped Caramel Apple

Perennial Virant – Ed Sura
Bottom Up Bacon – Bottom Up with braised bacon, ramp chimichurri, marmalade, bacon fat fingerling potatoes

Pinstripes – Cesar Gutierrez
Bacon Cheddar Muffin – Sharp cheddar folded into a scratch-made savory biscuit topped with a jalapeno cheese sauce and garnished with a fire-roasted corn and cilantro relish

Pizza Barra – Chris Macchia
Smoked Bacon Jam Crostini – With smoked salmon roulade filled with goat cheese, finished with a bacon aioli

Plush Horse Ice Cream Shoppe – Mary Ellen Rydberg
Maple Bacon Ice Cream – Maple based ice cream with bacon pieces

Photo by Anne Petersen.

Porkchop – Kenneth Robinson

Public House – Jeremy Tannehill
OINK S’more – Housemade graham crackers, chocolate dipped chocolate shortbread, bacon marshmallow fluff and candied bacon

Red Door – Troy Graves
Vietnamese Roasted Suckling Pig Lettuce Wrap – With bacon sausage and bacon-infused bourbon barrel fish sauce

Revolucion Steakhouse – Alberto Mendez
Cerdo con Perlas (Pig and Pearls) – Mezcal and maguey leaf braised pork shoulder, applewood smoked Nueske’s slab, bacon infused tapioca pearls, bacon dusted potato sticks and bacon crystals

Rockit Bar & Grill / Rockit Burger Bar – Amanda Downing
Applewood Smoked Bacon Chili – Braised bacon, corn tortilla crunchies, sour cream, chives

Rockit Bar and Grill- Rockit Burger Bar – Bacon Chili – Baconfest 2015

Rural Society at Loews Chicago Hotel – Cory Morris
The Fat French Onion – Bacon, caramelized onion, Gruyere & bacon fat brioche

Salero – Ashlee Aubin
Bacon Paella – Iberico Bacon, Spanish rice, shellfish, peppers

Stan’s Donuts Chicago
Maple Caramel Bacon Pecan Bar – Buttermilk cake donut topped with a sweet and savory mélange of maple & caramel glaze, fresh pecans, and, of course, BACON!

Stan's Donuts - Maple Caramel Bacon Bar - Baconfest 2015

Sunda New Asian – Jess DeGuzman
Bacon Turon Spring Roll – A Filipino dessert, the turon features bananas and jackfruit rolled in a fried spring roll pastry. Our chef’s version is garnished with ube (purple yam), whipped cream and candied bacon

Taco Joint – Edgar Torres
Bacon Al Pastor Taco – Marinated bacon-wrapped roasted pineapple, smoky morita salsa, queso fresco

The Ashburn at Loews – Brian Wolters
Bacon ‘n’ Cake a la Mode – Spice cake with bacon-rhubarb compote and smoked almond gelato

The Bad Apple – Craig Fass
Baconthology – The smokey and tasty history of bacon

The Dawson – Shaun King
Dawson Candy Shoppe

  • Oreo with whipped bacon icing
  • Chocolate Bourbon Bacon truffle lollipop
  • Black pepper bacon Caramel
  • Chocolate dipped candied orange w/ bacon
  • Cherry Phosphate Bourbon soda w/ bacon ice cream

The Monkey’s Paw – Rahjan Shabazz
5 Bacon Meatballs – Nueskes, pork jowl, beef, monkey and pancetta bacon meatballs, smoked tomato sauce, truffled egg yolk, charred ramp aioli, milk bread

The Radler – Nathan Sears
Bacon Rye Sourdough Tartine – Bacon sourdough, bacon butter, bacon fat poached crawfish, broccoli rabe, harissa

Three Aces – Matthew Troost
Bacon Ramacche – Light Italian fried dough balls with bacon, garlic, parsley and parmesan, herbed green olive puree, bacon infused honey

Travelle Kitchen + Bar – Scott Green
Bacon “Pop Tart” – Bacon fat shortcrust, bacon jam, asiago cheese

Vanille Patisserie – Stacy Waldrop
Bacon S’more – Bacon fat graham cracker, smoked marshmallow, chocolate drizzle, bacon, smoked salt

Vincent Restaurant – Adam Grandt
Chicken Fried Braised Bacon – Chicken fried braised bacon, sweet pea bacon fritter, pickled mustard seeds, maple bacon vinaigrette



694 Wine & Spirits – Chris Dunstatter
I BFF Ham – Who wouldn’t want to be friends with this guy. Bacon Fat Fried Ham. Its a simple as it sounds. Swipe right!

Aviva & Pederson’s Natural Farms – Bubba Frank
Bacon & Bleu Bisque – Bacon, gorgonzola, caramelized onion, roasted garlic, bacon stock, cream, chive

Ballaro – Mark Newman
Pork Belly Cannelloni – Braised pork belly and sausage stuffed canneloni, Calabrian chili aioli, and pancetta spiced bacon marmalade

Barn & Company – Gary Wiviott
Bacon Bread Pudding – With hickory smoked fruit, bacon infused caramel sauce and bacon confetti

Bottlefork – Evan Packer
Bacon Banh Mi! – Spice braised bacon, pickled root veggies, foie mayo, jalapeno

Brixton – Alex (Jethro) Gialanella
Brixton Reuben – Bacon pastrami, bacon sauerkraut, bacon dressing, swiss cheese, pumpernickel rye

Cantina Laredo – Hector Rivera
Tequila Habanero Bacon Jam Empanadas – Sweet and spicy bacon jam served empanadas style

Cemitas Puebla – Antonio Anteliz
Cemita de Tocino Enchilada – Sesame bun bread with avocado, chipotle, marinated grilled pork loin, and applewood smoked bacon slices

Chop Shop
Chop Shop Cheesy Bacon Bourbon Bite – Maple syrup brined slab bacon grilled and skewered with a cheese curd, topped with maple cayenne glaze and raw sugar cinnamon crumble

Coconutz – Sean Welker
The Devil’s Breakfast

Community Tavern – Joey Beato
Candied Bacon and Pork Liver Parfait – With dried apricots, jalapeño, and fennel

Creative CONEcepts – Turon Cummings
Bacon Bourbon Hash-Wich – Mixed potatoes, peppers, onions, scrambled eggs, bacon with brown bourbon & bacon gravy or Bloody Mary cream sauce with bacon, onion & garlic jam, served in a bacon flavored breadcone

Dine Restaurant – Kevin Harkin
BBQ Bacon with Pork Rinds – Hot mustard BBQ Sauce, bacon served with pork rinds in Piggy Heaven

e+o food and drink – Rodelio Aglibot
Bacon Tofu Bacon Rice – Marinated soy curd with bacon sushi rice

Firecakes – Jonathan Fox
Maple Bacon Long John – Yeast-raised donut filled with maple cream, topped with maple syrup icing and finished with pepper candied bacon

Firecakes – Maple Glazed Pineapple and Bacon Donut 2 – Baconfest 2015

Firefly Grill – Niall Campbell
Applewood Smoked Pork Belly – Pickled watermelon relish and Pointe Reyes bleu cheese

Freehand Chicago (Broken Shaker, Café Integral) – Jonathan Meyer
Bacon Maple Dashi Braised Bacon – Pickled mushrooms and daikon/cabbage slaw

Freestyle Food and Drink – Javier Mora/Geordan Stenson
Peanut Bacon Butter and Apricot Jam Sandwich – with peach-infused milk.


Frontier – Brian Jupiter
Iberico Bacon Stuffed Porchetta

Hearth Restaurant – John “Woody” Linton
French Toast Cupcake – with maple buttercream.

Homemade Sin Bakery – Paige Tyler

  • Maple Bacon Glazed Scones- Not just for breakfast anymore – these buttery scones are full of 100% Maple syrup and crispy bacon, then topped with Maple Glaze and more crumbled Bacon.
  • BaconFat Gingersnaps – Our #1 selling cookie! In place of butter, we use BACON FAT (yes, you read that right) in our Gingersnaps for a salty/sweet/smoky flavor you can’t resist.
  • Chocolate PB Salted Caramel Bacon Fudge – Our bestselling fudge! Layers of Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge with Salted Caramel and chopped Bacon – it’s sinfully delicious!

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Howells and Hood – Brett Neubauer
Bacon Bratwurst – Bacon mustard, sauerkraut, pumpernickle dust, poppy seed bun

Imperial La Mian – Andy Foo
Black Char Siu – Slow roasted pork belly with fermented red bean and a honey glaze

Italian Village Restaurants – Jose Torres
Beer and Bacon Pancakes – Micro-brewed beer flavored bacon pancakes topped with Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon beer syrup, served in a mini beer mug.

Kaiser Tiger
The Happy Gaucho – Argentinian chorizo wrapped in bacon and topped with bacon guacamole and tequila sour cream.

Lagunitas Taproom – Robert Chamberlain
Westified Black Gold Bacon – with Sour Cherry Reaper Sauce

Mercat A La Planxa – Evan Behmer
Arroz De Iberico Pancetta – Iberico bacon, smoked Calasparra rice, cage-free eggs, Iberico bacon aioli

Michael Jordan Steak House – Craig Couper
Bacon Togarashi Ramen


Nonna Santi’s Biscotti – Jo-Marie Frigo
Bacon Potato Chip Biscotti with Chocolate – Chocolate dipped potato chips and bacon in a delicious biscotti

Osteria La Madia – Jonathan Fox
Bacon and Truffled Spinach Ravioli – Applewood smoked bacon with creamy truffled spinach

Paddy Long’s
Bacon Poppers – Pulled pork stuffed jalepeno wrapped in bacon with red pepper sauce

Pork & Mindy’s – Jeff Mauro
Fire-Rubbed Pig Candy BLT – fire-rubbed “pig candy”, iceberg lettuce, Roma tomatoes, giardinera mayo


Revolution Brewpub – Charlie Eure
Bacon Stuffed Bacon – Smoked bacon sausage, confit porchetta, sharp cheddar crisp, taleggio cheese whiz, bread & butter pickle

River Valley Farmers Table – JOrdan Rose
Buckwheat Silver Dollar Pancake – With braised bacon, bacon-mushroom-brittle and Koval Bourbon-bacon-butterscotch creme

Seedling – Peter Klein
Apple Bacon Kimchi – Kimchi made with Seedling storage Golden Russet apples and cabbage. Bacon added before service.

Smack Dab Chicago – Christine Forster
Bacon Jammed Biscuits and Gravy – Mini cheesy biscuits, topped with our famous bacon jam and Halfwit cold brew redeye gravy

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. – Grant Carey
Bacon Hot Link with Bacon Cracker Jack – House made bacon hot link, IPA onions, beer mustard, sauerkraut, pretzel bun served alongside bacon Cracker Jack and Sriarcha-cheddar popcorn

South Water Kitchen – Roger Waysok
Bacon Cilantro Jam on Jalapeno Corn Gordita

STK Chicago – Nicolas Cabrera
Twice Cooked Pork Belly – Applewood smoked, togarashi salt cured, slow braised in aromatic spice and herbs


Taco in a Bag – Tim “Gravy” Brown and Pat “Deep Dish” Bertoletti
Bacon Parmesan Nachos – Smoky bacon Bolognese sauce, sauteed peppers and onions, mozzarella, panko parmesan crust, basil, homemade corn tortilla chips

The Duck Inn – Kevin Hickey
Frankenduckie – Duck Fat Hotdog wrapped in Nueske Bacon, served on poppyseed brioche bun smothered with Wisconsin cheddar sauce topped with Calabrian chile relish


The Signature Room at the 95th® – Cardel Reid
Porklava – Phyllo dough, pork belly, apple chutney, pistachio, bourbon caramel sauce

Uncle Bubs BBQ – Kyle VerVynck
Smoked Pork Belly – With peach bacon jam, sliced bacon, cole slaw, BBQ

Untitled Supper Club – Bryan Collante
Smoked Pork Belly & Octopus Sisig – confit pork belly, braised octopus, charred scallion, fish sauce aioli, pickled Fresno, micro cilantro, malted vinegar shrimp chip

Vie – Brian Motyka
Bacon Chili – Bacon fat saltine, Frank’s Fermented Manzano hot sauce

Woodhaven Bar and Kitchen – Zachary Prince
Elk to perfection – Cherrywood bacon infused ground elk wrapped in bacon and jalapeno with truffle and bacon white blanc

ZED 451 – Andrea Williams
Chicago Is Bacon-me Crazy Cupcake – Old-style cupcake with Koval Whiskey ganache, maple bacon buttercream, and candied bacon