Let’s Bring Home the Bacon and Ditch the Antibiotics
At Whole Foods Market, we carry the highest quality natural and organic products, and that includes our bacon. We only sell bacon that is cured with naturally occurring salts, rather than the usual method of curing the meat with synthetic sodium nitrates/nitrites. In fact, all of our processed meat items, including bacon, start with meat from our approved producers and must adhere to our Quality Standards, which include:
- No synthetic nitrates/nitrites
- No artificial ingredients
- No antibiotics
- No added hormones*
We make it easy to make informed choices when it comes to all meat. For example, choose either grain-finished beef from cattle who roamed the range for at least 2/3 of their lives or grass-fed beef from animals that never set foot on a feedlot. Or choose our pork, all from pigs that never lived in crates, or our chicken from birds that had room to flap their wings and run about. No matter what you choose from our meat department (and from the deli, too!), you can count on the fact that our standards for meat and poultry prohibit the use of antibiotics and added hormones.*
*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork.
Our friends at all nine area Whole Foods Markets will be throwing a free store-wide bacon party on Saturday April 11 from 12 noon to 3:00 PM, including complimentary samples of their natural, organic bacon. Come sample all things bacon, and see how versatile the breakfast meat can be.
Plus, Whole Foods Market is teaming up Lagunitas Brewing Company and a pair of our most distinguished Baconfest chefs to offer two Baconfest Master Classes.
On Saturday April 4 from noon to 1:30PM, Chef/Owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken will be demoing bacon recipes at the South Loop Whole Foods Market. You can call 312.435.4600 to save your spot or click here to purchase tickets.
On Saturday April 11 from noon – 1:30PM, Chef Rodolfo Cuadros from Carnivale will be showing off his bacon chops at the Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market. Call to register: 312.587.0648 or click here to purchase tickets.
And in case you’ve yet to get yours, a dwindling supply of tickets for our Friday Dinner session (4/17) remain for sale. Buy them here!
Baconfest Sampling Events at Whole Foods Market
Saturday April 11, Noon-3:00 PM
Chicago Locations of Whole Foods Market
Lincoln Park – 1550 N. Kingsbury St.
Lakeview – 3300 N. Ashland Ave.
Halsted – 3640 N. Halsted St.
Gold Coast – 30 W. Huron St.
South Loop – 1101 S. Canal St.
Sauganash – 6020 N. Cicero Ave.
Streeterville – 255 E. Grand Ave.
DePaul – 959 W. Fullerton Ave.
West Loop – 1 N. Halsted St. (opens 3/25)
Baconfest Master Classes at Whole Foods Market
Saturday April 4, Noon – 1:30 PM
Whole Foods Market – South Loop
1101 S. Canal St.
Call to register: 312.435.4600 or click here to purchase
Swing by Whole Foods Market South Loop for a chef-led cooking class all about bacon! Chef/Owners Josh Kulp and Christine Cikowski of Honey Butter Fried Chicken will explore inventive and delicious new ways to serve the smoky salty treat. Alongside tastes of each dish, participants will receive expertly paired beer samples from Lagunitas Brewing Company. Space is limited, so please register in advance by calling 312.435.4600. Cost: $5
Saturday April 11, Noon – 1:30 PM
Whole Foods Market – Lincoln Park
1550 N. Kingsbury St.
Call to register: 312.587.0648 or click here to purchase
Whole Foods Market Lincoln Park is celebrating Bacon Month with a bacon master class. Join Canrivale’s Chef Rodolfo Cuadros as he explains how to get the very most from the bacon you love. Alongside tastes of each dish, participants will receive expertly paired beer samples from Lagunitas Brewing Company. Class space is limited, so please register in advance by calling 312.587.0648. Cost: $5