A press release just landed on our desks promising that some upstart called The Chicago Bacon Takedown would “consume the city in flames most awesome” on September 11 at Lincoln Hall. The idea is that the organizers — who have put on similar events in Austin, Houston, Brooklyn, Nashville, and St. Paul, MN — will provide the bacon, and for $15, you can enter a cooking contest and win Wusthof knives, Microplane graters and other cool stuff. But hey, doesn’t this all sound a little familiar? We checked in with Seth Zurer, founder of Chicago’s home-grown (and much-beloved) Baconfest, for his thoughts about this awfully similar-sounding carpetbagger.
“From a marketing perspective, I guess I can say that I’m not sure that I’d lead my announcement about an event scheduled for September 11 by declaring my intention to consume the city in righteous flames,” Zurer noted. “But hey - different strokes, right?” Kidding aside, Zurer noted that he’s happy to share the meaty wealth, and that he and the Baconfest crew don’t consider the Bacon Takedown to be competition — they’re more “fellow travelers on the great bacon highway.”
While the next iteration of Baconfest won’t be until next spring (Zurer promises more chefs, more vendors, more guests, more bacon), the first in Baconfest’s series of satellite dinners will be just two days after the Bacon Takedown. The September 13 Chalkboard dinner features four courses of bacon. The $45 event is sold out, but you can email to be added to the waitlist.