Alright Bacon Nation, let’s do this!!

The Illinois Pork Producers Association presents Baconfest Chicago 2011 on Saturday, April 9th at the UIC Forum.

Baconfest Chicago is thrilled to announce the incredible roster of culinary talent joining us to celebrate Bacon on April 9th.  Our city’s and nation’s largest Bacon-celebration would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors and these amazing chefs and restauranteurs.  Bacon Nation, love them as we do and appreciate that they are gathering not only in support of our charity beneficiary THE GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY, but out of a genuine love for Bacon, and a desire to share that love with you!

Over 50 chefs and restaurants are getting together to exhibit the bacon-creation of their choice.  Need we say more?

Tickets ($65.00) will go on sale in late February.  As always, the Baconfest Chicago faithful will be rewarded with advanced info on the exact schedule of ticket-release.  Sign up on our mailing list if you are not already.  And follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Because they’re fun and cool, one of our sponsors Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats is sponsoring THE NUESKE’S AMATEUR BACON COOK-OFF as they did last year.  Stay tuned for announcements about how to enter (and win tickets).

Without further ado, here is the roster as of 3/30/11:

Atwood Cafe – Derek Simcik
The Bedford – Mark Steuer
Big Jones – Paul Fehribach
Black Dog Gelato – Jessica Oloroso
The Black Sheep – James Toland
Blue 13 – Chris Curren
Boka – Carl Shelton
The Bristol – Chris Pandel
Café des Architectes at the Sofitel – Greg Biggers
Cafe Spiaggia – Sarah Grueneberg and Aaron Diener
Chalkboard – Gilbert Langlois
Chizakaya – Harold Jurado
Custom House Tavern – Perry Hendrix
The Forest Grill – Brian Polcyn
Gamba Ristorante – Troy Graves
Gemini Bistro – Jason Paskewitz
Girl & The Goat – Stephanie Izard
Hearty Restaurant – Dan Smith
Heaven on Seven – Jimmy Bannos Sr.
iNG Restaurant – Thomas Elliott Bowman
Inovasi – John des Rosiers
La Madia – Jonathan Fox
Lillie’s Q – Charlie Mckenna
LOKaL – Artur Wnorowski and Ruben Torres
Longman & Eagle – Jared Wentworth
Magnolia Cafe – Kasra Medhat
The Meatyballs Mobile – Phillip Foss
Miramar Bistro – Gabriel Viti
Moto Restaurant – Christopher Jones
Naha – Carrie Nahabedian
Nana – Alan Krueger
Nonna Santi’s Biscotti – Jo-Marie Frigo
Old Town Social – Jared Vancamp
One SixtyBlue – Michael McDonald
Paddy Long’s – Pat Berger and Chris Latchford
Park Grill at Millenium Park – Bernie Laskowski
Piccolo Sogno – Tony Priolo and Miguel Solorio
Piece – Bill Jacobs and Jonathon Cutler
David Burke’s Primehouse – Rick Gresh
Province – Randy Zweiban
Quince – Andy Motto
RB Grille – Christopher McCoy
Red Canary – Neal Harper
redFLAME pizzeria – Marty Gallagher
694 Wine & Spirits – Chris Dunstatter
Sable Kitchen and Bar – Heather Terhune
Signature Room – Patrick Sheerin
Small Bar – Justin White
Socca/Redd Herring – Roger Herring
Southern – Cary Taylor
Soutwater Kitchen – Roger Waysok
Spacca Napoli – Jonathan Goldsmith
Stanley’s Kitchen and Tap – Jaysen Euler
Terzo Piano at the Art Institute of Chicago – Meg Colleran Sahs
Veerasway – Team Veera
Vie – Nathan Sears
WOW BAO Hot Asian Buns – (They’re doing a Bacon Bao!)

For more specific restaurant info see Baconfest Chicago Chefs 2011 to visit each restaurants dedicated Baconfest Chicago Page.

Questions, press requests and for more info – e-mail: or call 773-456-9975.

Seth, Michael and I could not be more thrilled and grateful to have so many fantastic chefs and restaurants joining us for Baconfest Chicago 2011 – proving yet again “All you need is Bacon, Bacon… Bacon’s all you need”.

And I would be remiss if I did not throw out one more “Huzzah!” to The Illinois Pork Producers Association.  Their support of Baconfest Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository is truly heroic, and we could not do this without them.


Andre Vonbaconvitch