In Pictures: Baconfest Chicago 2011

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Apr 11, 2011 7:00PM

A friend offered us a ticket to Saturday's sold out Baconfest Chicago 2011. At the time we were content with letting Anthony handle the coverage, but he's been neck-deep in all things related to Next and the Aviary, so we decided to shoulder the load here. The UIC Forum made for a much better fit for this year's version over the Stan Mansion in Logan Square, indicative of the promotion and growth of the festival in a few short years. The expanded space also meant that attendees didn't leave reeking of bacon for days like last year. The chefs, for the most part, brought their "A" games to the event, with dishes ranging from Phillip Foss's chicken meatballs wrapped in Neuske's bacon in red wine sauce (which he dubbed "Coq in Balls") to a amazing pastrami cured pork belly Reuben from onesixtyblue and Old Town Social's Tijuana Dog: Jared Van Camp's take on the Sonoran. Paddy Long's took it to the extreme with a whole Berkshire hog wrapped in a bacon weave that was long gone by the time we got around to try it.

Of course, we also took some photos, including one of the Golden Rasher winners from James Toland of the Black Sheep, which he said was set to open in May.