So is anyone else really glad it’s Friday? Not only has this week just drained everything out of me, but I have a few things I’m looking forward to this weekend. But as promised, BaconFest Chicago Recap Part 2. If you missed the first post, check out BaconFest Chicago Recap. Alright let’s just get into it:
Wave was one of the first we tried and one of my favorites. Chef Gregory Elliott made chicken fried bacon with bacon maple caramel. I really loved the mix of the spicy with the sweetness of the caramel. I’ve never been to Wave but this dish definitely is making me think about it. Unfortunately we just missed Wave having this dish as a special on the menu. However the three course prix fixe menu looks interesting. And I like the fact that they have a gluten-free menu as well.
I really wanted to like this one, but unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. Beurrage made two bites: “Bacon fat pate brisee, maple pastry cream, and bacon-pecan brittle” and “bacon fat puff pastry, housemade fromage blanc, caramelized onion, crispy bacon.” Beurrage is a very small bakery in Pilsen and I’m pretty sure it was their first time at BaconFest. I felt like their bites just weren’t that special. The sweet was better but the cream on the savory just reminded me of store-bought cream cheese.
Nana Organic made a housemade bacon English muffin, braised pork belly, ancho-piloncillo syrup, french eggs, green tomato jam and mixed sprouts. And while it was nice, there was one huge flaw that I felt the need to blog about. They didn’t have any forks and it was far too large/syrupy to eat with my hands. After we finished eating, I had to track down some water and a napkin because my fingers was covered in syrup.
Baume & Brix was another one of my top choices. They made a savory “peanut butter braised bacon, brioche-banana mousse, bacon roasted peanuts” and a sweet “peanut macaron filled with banana ganache and bourbon-bacon jam.” Funny enough, I typically don’t eat anything related to bananas. But I grabbed this without reading the description first. And the macaron was a real winner. Too bad it’s not on their regular menu.
Alright two more. This one I actually almost left without trying. Jake and I were pretty much done and the boys had collapsed in a food coma on the floor. One of the guys at the Benny’s Chop House handed me a drink. One that apparently wasn’t on their menu. But if I heard him correctly, it was a bourbon ice cream float. And it was exactly what I needed at the time. Normally not a bourbon fan but mixed with ice cream and I’m good to go.
And finally, my favorite. Maybe because I love ice cream, but I thought ZED451 really nailed their “Bacon n ‘Egg Ice Cream Cone” – “Bacon and egg infused homemade ice cream with candied bacon bits, served in a mini waffle cone lined with homemade chocolate.” Not going to lie, at the very end just as we were about to leave…I went back for another one. If I could have purchased it by the pint I would have.
Alright, that’s it for this year. Hopefully you guys found these posts somewhat interesting. If you live in Washington, DC or San Francisco (or somewhere close by) I highly recommend you check out BaconFest. Definitely a good time, even if you do leave feeling sick to your stomach.