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Upcoming Events! (That I can’t attend)

17 May

There are so many great things happening while Stud Muffin and I are on our Honeymoon. I’m not complaining because we will be on an amazing trip, but I hate to miss out on awesome events in Boston!

So, if you don’t have plans for May 31 or June 7, or even if you do and you want a good excuse to cancel your other plans… check out these upcoming events.

May 30 & May 31 – times vary – American Craft Beer Fest  – According to EventBrite invite, “The 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) is the east coast’s largest celebration of American craft beer hosted at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston by BeerAdvocate & Harpoon Brewery. The 2-day fest will feature 3-session and 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers.”

Saturday, May 31 starting at 5 pmWink & Nod in the South End is celebrating Ardbeg Day (I had to look this up to be honest) by opening a bottle of Ardbeg Galileo, a 12-year old single malt that was ranked best in the world. This will only be served on this day and at midnight, it will be closed and saved until next year’s Ardbeg Day. So if you are into exclusives, hand over $11 and sip it down straight or in a cocktail!

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June 1 2 – 6 PMCREATE – The Waterfront Gallery & Harbor Walk at Fairmont Battery Wharf

CREATE sounds like an awesome event. I have never heard of it before, but apparently this is the 3rd year! So here is the description, “Chef Louis DiBiccari will showcase some of Boston’s brightest rising art, culinary and mixology stars in Boston. Chefs and bartenders will be paired with visual artists to create a dish and drink that corresponds, interacts or interprets the art. There will be six art/food/drink stations set up. Art will vary, may be 2D or 3D, and may be interactive (live). Guests are encouraged to peruse and purchase at their leisure— seeing, sipping and tasting a trifecta of Bostonian culture. Outside of the winery, tunes from Moe Pope and DJ TJ Connelly keep the energy amped.

Participating Artists:
· Ind!v!duals
· Karen Jerzk
· Mark Sebastiano
· Moe Pope
· And more to come….

Participating Chefs:
· Jade Taylor, Bondir
· Alex Crab, Asta
· Scott Jones , Menton
· Jason Cheek , Merrill and Co
· Monica Glass , Clio
· Meg Ward, Coppa

Participating Bartenders:
· Emma Hollander, Trina’s Starlite Lounge
· Palmer Matthews , Drink
· Daren Swisher, JM Curley
· Steve Schnelwar, 80 Thoreau
· Sabrina Kershaw, The Franklin Cafe
· Tyler Wang, Audubon

Tickets are $35

June 7 2:30 – 5 PM – Landmark Center parking structure – Bacon & Beer Festival

I mean it is bacon and beer. What more could you ask for? I have yet to go to this event. BUT that is not surprising because the thing sells out in 45 seconds. YES – THAT IS WHAT I SAID! 45 SECONDS! If you got a ticket, good on you. Tell us how it is.

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Boston Bacon Takedown – ktebcdog vs. bacon

28 Jun

the day started like any other day. except this day wasn’t like any other day. this day, cdog and kteb would be attending what seemed like an event created just for them. what is this baconess we speak of? well, thanks to @the_bacon_party for inviting us to this most wonderful event and thanks to The Takedown and the genius mind of Matt Timms for thinking of such a wonderful idea. 20 amateur chefs from around boston prepared their best bacon dish, and we were asked to judge them, what!? (i’m not sure what made them think we were legit, other than the fact that we like love bacon.)

proof that we were part of the judging panel

we carefully but excitedly made our way down the tables filled with baconations (bacon + creations), our emotions and faces being watched intently by each chef as we tried each of their creations – their pride and joy.  we had everything from loaded baked potato soup to maple bacon munchkins to bacon brownies and beyond.  every chef brought their a-game and every attendee brought their e-game (eating game).

judges picks:

the judges pick of the day, the 1st place winner, was the maple bacon munchkin by zak & erica walstein. yes you read that right…maple bacon munchkin. (now if you’re not from new england and have never had a dunkin donuts munchkin we strongly encourage you try them.) this little nugget of awesomeness had the perfect amount of sweet and savory  all mixed into a light and fluffy little munchkin. it was like the best breakfast in one little bite!

the 2nd place winner was bacon confit and holy moly was this pork belly awesome. the chefs cooked it perfectly. and let’s be serious if you don’t like pork belly, there is something wrong with you.

3rd place went to the bacon aranchini with a garlic/olive oil aioli that was well crafted and pleased the taste buds. the kicker with this dish compared to some of the others was the fact that they were frying these little suckers in front of us! ours were steaming hot and made them that much better.

the people’s choice:

the people’s choice award went to the little bao wow… a traditional bao with pork. the simple, yet tasty dish was well executed and even the bread was made from scratch. matt o’shea won 2nd place with his bbq bacon jam – so freakin’ good! 3rd place was awarded to the bacon ginger creme brulee. people ate this stuff up!

little bao wow

kteb’s picks:

my  favorite dish of the day was definitely the bbq bacon jam by matt o’shea. he created the perfect jam (as far as i’m concered). there was just enough spiciness to please and just enough bacon flavor to delight. not to mention he made his own crackers that had bacon inside. what!?

cdog’s picks:

i’m gonna have to agree with kteb here the bbq bacon jam is something that i would literally spend my own hard earned money on. his bacon/cheddar crackers also hit the spot. i also really loved the arancini – but come on, i have a previous love affair with these little rice balls so it is hard for me to separate that affection. and that munchkin…damn, i could eat that every day for breakfast…just sayin.

what a treat (no pun intended) it was to be part of such a wonderful day full of bacon and happiness. i mean when bacon is involved, how could anyone be sad? there is also someone else we have to thank for this entire event – our good friends at Hormel for supplying all of these contestants with 15 pounds of their Black Label bacon – without that there would have been no competition at all!

check out the great gear we got!

aren't we presh?

until next time here are a few pics to hold you over…bacon forever!!!!!!!

"the right to bear bacon"

bacon smores

this is happiness.

all the contestants happy and bacon'd out

matt t, the fearless leader!

this shirt says it all!

plate o' bacon chocolate & maple on a slice of bacon - the guy with the t-shirt up there made these

this waffle pig had a name, but i don't remember

bacon & beer fest – and the epicness it was

6 Jun

well, the bacon & beer fest was an epic success and i’m pretty sure this signified the first annual occurrence (@dennisf).  as you may have seen from a previous post, i made cheddar bacon corn bread and stud muffin made chocolate covered bacon. when guests began to arrive with their delicious dishes, i knew i was in for a night full of wonder and a morning full of stomach aching.

cdog made BLT dip with beer bread and love muffin provided an insane amount of delicious beer that will make its way to stud muffin and my new apartment.

the rest of the menu included:

  • two kinds of bacon bruschetta
  • a bacon loaded salad (we need our veggies, right?)
  • mini hot dogs wrapped in bacon slow-cooked in a maple bacon glaze
  • bacon maple glazed cookies
  • and last but not least, pork rinds.
now for some pictures:
the spread
fig and bacon bruschetta
bacon wrapped weiners
our baby mascot for the night
P.eople E.ating. Tasty. Animals
my favorite from the night was a tie between the fig/bacon bruschetta and the maple glazed cookies.
cdog’s favorite were the bacon wrapped wieners.
thank you to everyone who made this night an epic success and there will be a next time, so let us know if you want in.
-kteb & cdog
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