When tickets went on sale in March for last Saturday's Baconfest Chicago, all 600 tickets (300 to each session) sold out in 10 minutes, and thousands of eager eaters were left salivating in hopes of more space opening up. The bacon-loving world is so strong that 24 of Chicago's top chefs donated their time and food to the event simply because they loved the idea and wanted to share their bacon creations with a wildly appreciative group of eaters. Adding to the fun were a wide collection of entrepreneurs, some of whom have no background in food, who have poured the hearts and dollars into creating bacon-themed products. Here's my recap of the event and a description of every dish served.
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