Jon Stewart’s got nothing on my pal Mark Rahner, whose Seattle Times story about Baconnaise cracked me up this morning. And while that bit of smoky-scented reportage was a kick in the pants, I almost fell out of my seat while watching this:
And I thought I loved bacon!
Perhaps like me, you grew up eating Oscar Mayer’s crispy pork-product, eventually moving up to something more locavoracious — say, bacon from Bavarian Meats or Hempler’s. If you’re really hardcore, you might mail-order from Nueske’s or belong to the Bacon of the Month Club, where they’ll ship an exciting new artisan bacon to your door every month. (I once sent a gift of club-membership to my dad — a real bacon fiend who wasn’t beyond eating bacon for breakfast, lunch, dinner. Dare I mention it was a Big Birthday-gift? Or that he didn’t live to see the next big-birthday milestone?)
Anyway, if you’ve got a taste for bacon, there’s an upcoming party you probably shouldn’t miss: Baconopolis! — a bacon-tasting event at Tom Douglas’s Palace Ballroom. On Friday April 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. they’ll be makin’ bacon from producers near (Bavarian Meats) and far (with goods from Tom’s Cal-pals Bruce Aidells and Duskie Estes), with Nueske’s representing, too. Tom promises to cure what ails you with such bacon-bites as pea salad with bacon bits, butterscotch bacon bites and a bacon-garnished Bloody Mary, among other offerings. Admission is $20 (not including tax or tip, but including a glass of wine or a beer). Advance reservations are a must: contact Christy at 206-448-2001 or at email@example.com
So, tell me: What’s your favorite brand of bacon? I’ve tasted lots of fancy-pants bacon (and loved them all), and I often buy Hempler’s from the butcher’s counter at my local grocery stores. But truth be told, what you’re most likely find in my fridge (and freezer) is Fletcher’s, sold in mass-quantities for cheap at Costco.