Showing posts with label Bacon Takedown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bacon Takedown. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

So Many Good Things Happening!

Making That Cake
I'm prepping to head out of town on two whirlwind jaunts--one to the East End, the other to Seattle. But fun times mean working double hard when I get home. And of course the next two weekends are FULL of fun weekend activities. The NYC Wine & Food Festival is going on! The Food Film Festival is going on! There are tons of other things going on! Where to begin?!


Champs!
First there's the NYC Wine & Food Festival. All sorts of activities! What to do totally depends on what you can afford, and what kind of weekend you want. Like fancy times and dessert? Head to SWEET. Like brunching? Head to Blackberry Farm Brunch or the Whimsical Indulgence Brunch. Want to know how us food people eat so freaking much and don't weigh 5,000 pounds? Head to this panel discussion (though for free I'll tell you it's from all the time standing in kitchens and running. A serious amount of running.)


NYCFFF Crew
And then next weekend is the Food Film Festival. Last year, I got participate for the whole Food Film Festival weekend and let me tell you, it was *awesome.* Tickets through the main website are almost ALL gone, but head over to DailyCandy and they have more options. I personally recommend going for the Food Porn party on Saturday night and heckling our friend, Jason Lam, when he wins something for Deep-Fried Tofurky: A Thanksgiving Miracle. And if you're one of those high-roller types who wants VIP access to the whole weekend, I would like to let you know that A) I'm single and 2) there are only (as of last night) 10 VIP tickets left via Underground Eats. Get on it, people!

Lucky 777 Chili
Or if you're more low-key, head on down to the Battery Urban Farm this Saturday! They're having their Harvest Festival from 11am to 3pm and I'm seriously bummed I'm missing it. Bobbing for apples! Potato sack races! Leaf rubbings! It's the perfect day for those of you with kiddies. On Sunday, the first cook-off of the fall season kicks off at Jimmy's No. 43 with a Chili Cook-Off! Lucky 777 Chili--yes, that same chili dog I had last weekend--will be there. Think you've got the winning chili recipe? Well, then you need to enter!

Bacon Cupcakes!!
Or, *OR,* the Bacon Takedown. Hi, hello there, hey. Bacon. Takedowning

And now you officially have no reason to sit inside pantsless doing nothing all weekend.
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Monday, March 30, 2009

Bacon, Bacon, Oink, Oink, Bacon

Bacon Cupcakes!!
Holy bacon, Dewey Decimator and I hit up the Bacon Takedown yesterday, and we were not disappointed. There were lights and cameras (supplied by the lovely folks from Good Morning America), and over 20 different bacon contestants. And we ate them all! Really, we did, and have the bacon hangovers to prove it.

GMA Interview
Dewey and I have learned our lesson regarding these takedowns (take note Rachel!). We arrived early to scoop out the scene and get some pictures before the organized chaos reigned. This time we got to witness Taryn Winter Brill doing interviews with the contestants, and the hysterical Matt Timms. But you don't care about that, you just want to hear about the piggies. Well, with so many photos and so much to cover, I'm running through the highlights and winners!

First, the real meal types:

#22-Bacon Sloppy Joe
Nick Suarez (the unofficial takedown king) brought bacon sloppy joes.

#18-Home Cured Bacon
Electric bacon was home cured, quite a feat.

#28-F.U.B.J.
#28 F.U.B.J. involved many home made things

He brought a deep fryer!
and a deep-fryer!

#10-Bacon and Pork Shoulder Tamales
One of Dewey's favorites was the bacon and pork shoulder tamales.

Then there were the desserts, many, many bacon desserts:

#16-Bacon Cupcakes
Kumquat's Bacon Cupcakes

Brownie with bacon whip cream
Brownie with fresh bacon whip cream

#20-Caramel Bacon Cookies
Caramel bacon cookies

Bacon Cake
Bacon cake

#1-Bacon Ice Cream
Bacon ice cream

#7-Bacon and Avocado Ice Cream
Bacon-avocado ice cream

#12-Melissa's Mutant Bacon Turtles
and bacon turtles!

All in all, a very commendable showing by all participants. Nothing blatantly didn't work, some combinations just went together better than others. They really set the bar high for the next bacon takedown. But there has to be winners:

Judge's:

#18-Electric Bacon
Electric Bacon (#18)

People's Choice:

#1-Bacon Ice Cream
Bacon Ice Cream (#1)

Bacon Ice Cream, #1!
Matt congratulating the winner

View my full Bacon Takedown set here (I took a LOT of photos!)

More takedowns will be announced soon, including a vegetarian one (for you, Bez) and the summer Chili Takedown appears to be on!! If you want to stay in the loop for the next Takedown, I highly suggest checking out Chili-Takedown.com regularly or following Matt's Twitter.

ADDENDUM: For the GMA clip, click here. Don't bother looking for Dewey or myself because we successfully avoided the cameras.
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