Triple-S Farm Bacon and Pineapple Upside Down Cake with bacon whipped cream and crispy pork rind
Review: This was a pretty good dessert. The cake was firm and I could definitely taste the bacon flavor in the whipped cream.
Benny's Chop House
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie with applewood-smoked bacon streusel
Review: Greedy Eater 2 thought this was an awesome dish. The strawberry and the rhubarb really complemented each other. The bacon streusel was a good highlight of the dish.
Benny's Chop House
Applewood Smoked Bacon Doughnut with green apple jelly and apple butter
Review: We both thought this dish tasted great. What the picture doesn't show are the pieces of apple on the bottom. The combination of the ingredients was great. A good contrast between sweet and salty.
Refried bacon confit with country ham-creamed sauerkraut, pumpernickel toast and sweet and sour beets
Review: Another awesome dish according to Greedy Eater 2. The combination of the taste of the salty ham with the sweet and sour beets along the sauerkraut was really good.
Baume & Brix
Fat Elvis #1: Peanut butter braised bacon, brioche-banana mousse, bacon roasted peanuts
Fat Elvis #2: Peanut macaron filled with banana ganache and bourbon-bacon jam.
Review: I was surprised to see the size of the dish. Regardless this was a different dish, in a good way. I'm a fan of peanut butter and bacon so the combination worked well.
Bang Bang Pie Shop
Pigs in a Blanket: Candied peppered applewood smoked bacon wrapped in local leaf lard pie pastry and stuffed with preserved tart cherries
Review: We both tried this dish. Greedy Eater 2 really liked this dish, especially the combination of the tart cherries and smoked bacon. The pastry could have just been a little thinner.
Brandade fritters with spicy bacon lime hollandaise
Review: Greedy Eater 2 thought this was pretty good. It was sweet and tangy. It was a lot of flavor in just this small dish.
Spicy bacon media noche with bacon cole slaw
Review: We both thought this dish was great. The slaw tasted wonderful and the sandwich with the spicy kick was really good.
David Burke's Primehouse
Cherry-cured Bacon Chocolate Tart: Cherry-cured bacon lardon, dark chocolate ganache, sour cherry jam, smoked vanilla and hickory cream
Review: We both could have eaten a tray of these. It was sweet and yummy. The bacon was not overpowering in the dish which was a good thing. This was super-duper fantastic.
Cherry Braised Pork Belly: Bacon cherry glaze, peanut & cherry wood bacon brittle
Review: We both thought this was another great dish. The glaze tasted great and combining it with the bacon and brittle made it a good combination.
Maple Glazed Pineapple & Bacon Doughnut
Review: Considering how much we like doughnuts, of course this tasted great. I was surprised that the pineapple didn't take away from the doughnut.
Crispy Bacon Tacos served with avocado and pico de gallo
Review: I love tacos overall, so I knew I was going to like this dish even before I tried it. These tacos smelled great and tasted even better. I could have easily eaten more of these tacos.
J Lafayette Catering Company
New Orleans Style Bacon Bread Pudding: Sweet cayenne gastric bacon and drageed pecans, with a shot of bacon horchata with micro mint
Review: Initially we didn't know what to make of this. I'm kind of picky about bread pudding, but this did not disappoint. We both thought this tasted pretty good considering the ingredients that were in this dish.
Bacon, leek, cheddar scramble on bacon-fat crostini
Review: We both thought this was a good dish. The cheddar scramble was good. The crostini was a little harder than we would have liked, but overall it was good.
Pepita Macaron, bacon fudge mole, Pernod orange meringue
Review: I could have popped these like tic-tacs all day long. This was awesome. I loved the combination of the meringue and mole. I inhaled more than chewed.
Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro
Bacon and Beer S'more: Homemade bacon graham cracker, Murphy's Stout marshmallow, candied bacon, toasted pecan and milk chocolate
Review: Greedy Eater 2 thought this tasted better than the average s'more due to the bacon
Pork Belly Adobo
Review: We both thought this was an interesting dish. The pea sauce with the bacon kind of threw us.
Bacon-wrapped pulled pork blue cheese jalapeno with BBQ sauce
Review: One word...Awesome! We had a choice for BBQ sauce and went with Kansas City. There was a slight kick to this dish, but it was not overpowering. This was one of our favorite dishes.
Tandoori Bacon Arancini & Mint Raita
Review: This was another great dish. There's some heat to this dish, but the mint raita cools the heat. It's just the right combination.
Signature Room at the 95
Smoked bacon bread pudding, pork tenderloin stuff with chorizo and wrapped in bacon, bacon braised red cabbage, bacon ancho sauce
Review: Greedy Eater 2 thought the meat was really good. The meat alone was the highlight of this dish.
Bacon pecan brittle with Jivara Praline Mousse and Caramel Ganache
Review: This was another awesome dish. Just an overall excellent combination. We could have eaten a tray of these. This was another favorite dish of ours.
Love Me Tender: Pork belly panino with smoked banana, truffle caramel, and cashew butter
Review: We both really liked this dish. Not quite sure if it loved us tenderly, but all of the ingredients meshed well together to make a darn good sandwich.
Chicken fried bacon with bacon maple caramel
Review: We both thought this dish was pretty good. The taste of the chicken was deceiving because ten seconds after eating a piece of the chicken, there was this wave of heat in our mouths. The mashed potato with the caramel sauce tempered the heat.
Freshly Steamed Bao: Egg, Bacon, & Cheese
Freshly Steam Bao: BBQ Pork
Review: Greedy Eater 2 thought these were good. They were pretty big. Greedy Eater 2 really liked the BBQ Pork out of the two.
ZED 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
Review: This was another dish that we could have eaten like tic-tacs. The ice cream had a good flavor. This tasted better than the Drumstick ice cream cones at the store. Another favorite dish.
Bacon Cotton Candy
Review: This was awesome. Unfortunately we did not take a picture. Hopefully Hearty will be back next year.
Balsamic-glazed bacon, spinach & whipped ricotta bruschette
Review: I thought this was a good dish. The ricotta did not completely overpower the bacon.
Kimchi braised bacon, house cracker, black garlic & potato puree, yuzu & bacon vinaigrette
Review: Greedy Eater 2 liked this dish a lot. It was melt in your mouth good.So good to the point that Greedy Eater 2 forgot to take a picture. The bacon was tender and the vinaigrette was good.
Overall, the food tasted great as usual and we definitely plan on going to BaconFest Chicago next year.
On a side note, prior to BaconFest's doors opening at 12:30, Eckrich had samples of their Bacon Lover's deli meats. They were awesome. Check it out: http://www.eckrich.com/products/deli/bacon-lovers