Saturday, March 14, 2015

Baconfest Chicago is Coming!

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April is Bacon Month, Declares Baconfest Chicago
City-wide Event Programming Brings Together Local Businesses and Bacon-Crazed Foodies


Move over Easter and Passover, there is a new April holiday in town. April in Chicago has been declared "Bacon Month", a 30-day celebration of America's obsession with bacon. Baconfest Chicago has partnered with ACME Hotel Company, the Greater Chicago Food Depository and other local businesses for a month of event programming centered around the tasty pork product. Foodies and bacon-geeks alike can revel in all things bacon from tasting events and interactive chef demonstrations to weekly Kevin Bacon movie nights throughout the month. Many of Chicago's top chefs are also getting in on the Bacon Month action by adding bacon-centric items to their monthly menus, including Bacon Bison Bites at Woodhaven Bar & Kitchen, Sweet Whiskey Bacon & Grits with a Jalapeno Bacon Martini at Viand Bar & Kitchen, and a whole Bacon Thursdaymenu at Benny's Chophouse, among others.



The crown jewel of Bacon Month is the 7th annual Baconfest Chicago on April 17 & 18th at the UIC Forum (tickets available at baconfestchicago2015.eventbrite.com).




The official Bacon Month Kickoff Party is hosted by ACME Hotel Company at The Berkshire Room  (15 E. Ohio) on March 31st at 7PM. The exclusive pork party offers a sneak preview of the bacon paradise that is Baconfest Chicago, filled with bacon-inspired cocktails created by four of Chicago's top mixologists as well as sweet and savory bacon bites prepared by The Berkshire Room's James Beard Award nominated chefs. Each $30 party ticket includes four cocktails, a frosty can of Labatt Blue, as well as food. Tickets are available now at http://baconmonthkickoff.eventbrite.com.

Upcoming events for Bacon Month:
  •  Bacon Month Volunteer Day, March 28th, Greater Chicago Food Depository (info & signup)
  •  2nd Annual Bacon Month Kickoff PartyMarch 31st, ACME Hotel Company (tickets)
  • Whole Foods Market Bacon Master Classes featuring Lagunitas beer pairings
  • Whole Foods Market Free Bacon Sampling EventsApril 11 noon - 3pm at all 9 Chicago Whole Foods Market stores
  • Berkshire Room Bacon TastingsApril 8th and April 15th at The Berkshire Room
  • Bacon Themed Arts n Spirits Painting Class featuring Revolution BreweryApril 16 at ACME Hotel Company (tickets)
  • Kevin Bacon Movie Nights, every Tuesday in April starting April 7 at ACME Hotel Company
For a full calendar,  ticket information for Bacon Month events, and additional bacon specials from participating Baconfest Chicago restaurants, visit Baconfestchicago.com/Bacon-Month/.


ABOUT BACONFEST
Founded in 2009, Baconfest Chicago is one of the most anticipated foodie events in Chicago, attracting a sold-out crowd of nearly 5,000 people over two days.  The fest features over 170 restaurants and award-winning chefs, each serving a creative bacon dish.  Luxury brands, artisan bacon-makers, and bacontrepreneurs display, sample, and sell a multitude of bacon products. Mixologists and brewers sample bacon-inspired cocktails, beer and wine. To celebrate special achievement in the bacon arts, Baconfest created the Golden Rasher Awards ("the Oscars® of the bacon world"). In addition to hosting a food drive and raffle at the event, Baconfest Chicago donates a portion of proceeds from ticket sales to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  Since 2009, Baconfest has donated more than $200,000 to Chicago's food bank, which translates into more than 650,000 meals for hungry people in the area.  Additional info at: www.BaconfestChicago.comwww.Facebook.com/baconfest andwww.Twitter.com/baconfestchi

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