Greetings Bacon Nation,

We are pleased to announce that Baconfest Chicago veteran’s Templeton Rye Whiskey and Bar Deville will be joining forces to be Liquor Sponsors of Baconfest Chicago 2011, April 9th at the UIC Forum.

They’ll be unveiling the world premiere of a new cocktail created by Bar Deville’s chief mixologist, Brad Bolt who is, frankly, a rock-star and at the cutting edge of Chicago’s intense cocktail scene.

He calls it “The Blind Judge”.  Ingredients:  Templeton Rye Whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice, orange oil and a glass rimmed with bacon salt.

Templeton Rye Whiskey, Bar Deville mixology, and lots and lots of Bacon!  In case you didn’t already have enough reasons to get your Baconfest Chicago Tickets (on sale VERY soon), here is another:  “The Blind Judge.”

More about Templeton Rye and Bar Deville below.


Bar Deville, French for “bar of the city,” is a one-of-a-kind experience in a laid-back atmosphere. Located at Damen and Huron inside an ominously black building, this Ukrainian Village tavern attracts neighborhood patrons and bar enthusiasts alike. Owner Matt Eisler of Empire Liquors and Angels & Kings enlisted design guru Kevin Heisner to conceive this European-inspired venue. From the crystal light fixture hanging over the doorway, to the lace curtains and small neon signs in the front windows, Bar Deville provides relaxed sophistication without the pretense.

If cocktails are your fancy, Managing Partner and mixology specialist Brad Bolt is here to help.  Manhattans to margaritas, choose your poison from among Bar Deville’s handcrafted classics and Mr. Bolt’s signature cocktails. For the discerning beer sophisticate, Bar Deville offers an extensive selection of local microbrews served by the pint, the juice glass, and the six-pack.

Make your way to their quiet corner at 701 North Damen Ave. Chicago IL, 60622; 312-929-2349.


When prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of tiny Templeton, Iowa, population 350, came together to create an American classic known as Templeton Rye Whiskey, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know.

Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire.  Speakeasies in Chicago, New York and as far west as San Francisco poured Templeton Rye as the “Best Whiskey in the House”.  Later legends suggest that a few bottles even found their way inside the walls of Alcatraz to the cell of prisoner AZ-85.

Available legally for the first time, the infamous small batch rye whiskey returns. Aged in charred new oak barrels and produced from the original Prohibition Era recipe, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.

Templeton sponsored Baconfest Chicago Satellite Dinners at both CHALKBOARD RESTAURANT and THE SOUTHERN.

Baconfest Chicago 2011 Guest Chefs and Restaurants

About Baconfest Chicago:

On April 9, 2011, 2000 ticketed guests will come together at the UIC Forum to celebrate bacon at the second annual Baconfest Chicago.  Over 50 celebrated chef-sponsors will provide tasting portions of creative bacon-inspired dishes.  An assortment of liquor sponsors will provide bacon-themed beverages to compliment these dishes.  Over twenty bacontrepreneurs will sample and sell bacon merchandise in the Baconfest Vendor Expo.  The event will feature the presentation of the Golden Rasher awards, the “Oscars” of bacon.  The Greater Chicago Food Depository will run a non-perishable food-drive at the event and will receive a portion of the ticket proceeds.  More information about the event and the organization can be found at

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.