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Baconfest: An Ode to Pig Belly in Chicago

"If any attendees walked out of Baconfest disappointed, 100% of the blame falls on their defective palates." Inside-out pig in a blanket from David Burke's Primehouse. [Photographs: Daniel Zemans] You never know when inspiration is going to hit. For Michael Griggs and Andre Pluess, it came early this year after seeing the Neo-Futurists perform Beer, a puppet-filled musical about the visions of a ten-year-old boy who gets drunk after sneaking into a brewery. The play left Michael and Andre wondering what they loved as much as the playwright loved beer. Before long, they had their muse: Bacon. Once that realization hit, the wheels started turning and they decided to plan a huge tribute to bacon. Late that night, they called... More

Winning Risotto Challenge Recipe

Of the 14 entries competing for risotto glory on Saturday at the Risotto Challenge, Noah Berland’s seafood-studded “Sunset Shrimp” (#10) stole the show. Cook-off organizer Cathy Erway of Not Eating Out in New York recaps the event and hooks us... More

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