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Bacon-loving Crowds Gobble Up Star City BaconFest Goodies

Lincoln, NE (April 28, 2017)—News that bacon-inspired treats were being served drew hundreds of hungry connoisseurs to sample the creations of 25 leading Lincoln-area restaurants and eateries at Star City BaconFest 2017. The Cornhusker Marriott hosted the event on Sunday, April 23.

The annual event, sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) and the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA), benefits culinary students in the state by providing over $5,000 in scholarships through the NRA’s Hospitality Education Foundation.

Attendees sampled a variety of savory and sweet creations, including such crowd-pleasers as Snicker Kickers, served by Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill, which featured a fried Snickers bar with sugar cured bacon and cool ranch Doritos in the batter, then topped with chocolate sauce, whipped topping, bacon bits and cool ranch crumbles.

BaconFest-goers were asked to vote for their favorite treats again this year.

First place: Venue, for its Spring Nettle Pesto, Crispy Coppa Bacon, Citrus Braised Pork, and Parmesan Cheese on Lafa Flatbread, topped with Pickled Ramps and Fermented Garlic Honey Sauce. Second place: 9 South Char Grill, for Pulled Pork Bacon-wrapped Jalapeno Bacon Rangoon, Bacon Pizza, French Grilled Bacon and Cheese with a Bacon Whiskey Glaze; and third place went to Coop’s Corner, for its Pulled Pork Bacon Mac and Cheese.

Music to eat bacon by was provided by “The Lightning Bugs,” a popular Lincoln-area band.

“Lincoln’s talented chefs outdid themselves this year,” said Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing coordinator with the Nebraska Restaurant Association. “Their bacon creations were definitely outside the box and were enjoyed by everyone. And thanks, too, to Hormel for providing all the bacon used by the chefs.”

Jane Stone, domestic marketing director for the NPPA, agreed. “Everyone loves bacon,” she said, “and Star City BaconFest provides a fun way to promote Nebraska-produced pork products. It’s a natural!”

Participating vendors include: Pepsi; 9 South Char Grill; Billy’s Restaurant; Brewsky’s; Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill; Coop’s Corner; Dino’s Eastside Grill; HiWay Diner; Hickory Road BBQ; Hormel Retail; Smoking Gun Jerky; The Single Barrel; Traeger Grills; Venue; Moka’s Kitchen; Hy-Vee, 84th and Holdrege; Miller Time Pub; The Cornhusker; McKinney’s Irish Pub; Nebraska Pork Producers; Leadbelly/Toast; Super Saver; That Place Steakhouse & Saloon (Ceresco); The Eatery; Hurts Donuts; Blue Blood Brewing Co. Hormel Foods provided bacon products for the chefs to use during the event.

 

2017 Star City Baconfest First Place Winners

BaconFest attendees voted Venue’s entrée first place. From left, NPPA President Russ Vering; Venue Chef John Benton, and Venue Sous Chefs Jamen Danielson, Andrew Spilker; NPPA Executive Director Al Juhnke; and Brandy Nielson, Nebraska Restaurant Association Membership and Marketing Coordinator.

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Star City BaconFest 2017 to Cook Up Creative Bacon-based Treats April 23 at Lincoln’s Cornhusker Marriott Hotel

Lincoln, NE (March 3, 2017)–Bacon lovers, this is the news you’ve been waiting for: Star City BaconFest 2017 returns to the Capital City for the third year on April 23 at Lincoln’s Cornhusker Marriott Hotel.

Again this year, chefs from several popular area restaurants will offer up their creative bacon-infused samples of everything from sweet to savory –and about everything in between.

Doors will open at 4:30, with bacon sampling continuing until 7:00 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, with children 12 and under free. Ticket availability is limited, so purchasing early is strongly suggested. Tickets can be purchased on-line at starcitybaconfest.com.

The Lightning Bugs, a popular Lincoln band, will entertain throughout the evening. Blue Blood Brewing Company will be providing beer samples, while Pepsi will be offering free soft drink samples.

Star City BaconFest is sponsored again this year by the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA). Proceeds go toward scholarships for culinary students in Nebraska.

Jane Stone, domestic marketing director with the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, says the NPPA is excited to join with the Nebraska Restaurant Association to bring Star City BaconFest to Lincoln again this year.

“Nebraska pork producers work hard every day to provide quality pork to our state and the world,” she says. “Since bacon is just about everyone’s favorite cut of pork, what better way to represent our industry than at a fun gathering of our consumers sampling bacon-based goodies creatively prepared by some of Lincoln’s finest chefs.”

Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing director with the Nebraska Restaurant Association, agrees.

“Lincoln is home to many fine chefs,” she says. “Star City BaconFest is a great way to get to know them by sampling their creative, often unexpected uses of bacon in a variety of surprising treats. Besides, who can resist bacon?”

Throughout the evening, BaconFest attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite bacon-inspired treats. Additionally, prizes will be given away, according to Stone, including such items as Bacon for a Year, Gourmet Bacon of the Month Club membership, bacon cookbooks and bacon coupons. The grand prize will be a Traeger Lil’ Tex Smoker Grill.

Participating vendors include: 9 South Char Grill; Billy’s Restaurant; Brewsky’s; Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill; Coop’s Corner; Dino’s Eastside Grill; HiWay Diner; Hickory Road BBQ; Hormel Retail; Mozzarella Pizza, Smoking Gun Jerky; The Single Barrel; Traeger Grills; Venue; HopCat; Hy-Vee, 84th and Holdrege; Miller Time Pub; The Cornhusker; McKinney’s Irish Pub; Nebraska Pork Producers; Leadbelly/Toast; That Place Steakhouse  & Saloon (Ceresco); The Eatery; Blue Blood Brewing Co.

Hormel Foods is providing products for the chefs to use during Star City BaconFest 2017.

For more information, visit Star City BaconFest at starcitybaconfest.com.

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 Hundreds of bacon lovers enjoyed an evening of tempting bacon-based treats cooked up by some of Lincoln’s most creative chefs during the 2016 Star City BaconFest. Proceeds of the event go toward scholarships for Nebraska culinary students.

 

 

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Bacon-inspired Goodies Draw Big Crowds to Star City BaconFest 2016

Lincoln, NE (April 26, 2016)– If you want to draw a big crowd, tell them you’ll be serving bacon.

Star City BaconFest 2016 proved this theory again this year as about 600 bacon lovers packed the Cornhusker Marriott on Sunday, April 24 to sample bacon-infused treats created by 25 of Lincoln’s leading chefs. Attendees sampled a variety of savory and sweet creations, including bacon-inspired cupcakes, bacon-laced krispy bars and cookies, and even ice cream.

The annual event, sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA) and the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA), benefits culinary students in the state by providing over $5,000 in scholarships through the NRA’s Hospitality Education Foundation.

BaconFest attendees were asked to vote for their favorite bacony treats. Winners were:

First place: Venue, for its Harissa Braised Pork Slider with baconnaise, wild ramp kimchee, and crispy pecan bacon; Second place: Hickory Road BBQ, for its Pork Burnt End topped with Spicy Candied Bacon; and third place: Coops Corner, for its Bacon Ice Cream.

Music to eat bacon by was provided by popular area band, “The Lightning Bugs.”

“Participating vendors and their very creative chefs really made the evening,” said Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing coordinator with the Nebraska Restaurant Association. “They created many bacon-based treats that were definitely outside the box and were enjoyed by everyone. And thanks, too, to Hormel for providing all the bacon used by the chefs.”

“Bacon is the ideal way to promote Nebraska-produced pork products,” said Jane Stone, the NPPA’s domestic marketing director, because it’s everyone’s favorite. Star City BaconFest has become a drawing card for all the bacon lovers in our area. There were a lot of happy faces making the rounds of the vendors’ booths.”

Participating vendors included: 9 South Char Grill; Billy’s Restaurant; Brewsky’s; Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill; Colleen’s Catering; Coop’s Corner; Dino’s Eastside Grill; HiWay Diner; Hickory Road BBQ; Hormel Retail; LeCupcake; Lincoln Olive Oil Shop; Smoking Gun Jerky; The Single Barrel; Traeger Grills; Venue; HopCat; Hy-Vee; Miller Time Pub; The Cornhusker; Blue Blood Brewing Co.; McKinney’s Irish Pub; SuperSaver; and Pepsi. Hormel Foods provided bacon products for the chefs to use during the event.

2015 Star City BaconFest Wrap Up

Star City BaconFest 2015 Puts Smiles on the Faces of Hundreds of Lincoln-area Foodies Sunday, May 17 at the Cornhusker Marriott

Bacon-lovers turned out by the hundreds Sunday, May 17 for Star City BaconFest 2015 to enjoy the yummy goodness of bacon-inspired savory and sweet treats served up by chefs from many of Lincoln’s favorite restaurants. They were able to sample a variety of items from bacon-topped cupcakes to bacon- wrapped sausages, and even bacon cheesecake.

The event was such a success that the date for Star City BaconFest 2016 has already been set. So mark your calendars for Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 3pm-6pm at the Cornhusker Mariott, organizers said.

The event, sponsored by the Nebraska Restaurant Association (NRA) and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association (NPPA), helped to support the Nebraska ProStart program and to provide culinary scholarships to students entering the hospitality field. The NRA’s Hospitality Education Foundation will receive over $5,000 as a result of the success of BaconFest.

BaconFest attendees were asked to vote for their favorite bacon-inspired treats. Their winning favorites were:  First place: 9 South Char Grill. Their creation was whiskey barrel smoked bacon with Jack and Cola bacon tomato jam and Amish peanut bacon butter sliders with candied bacon and pecans. Second place: Rodizio Grill. They served their seasonal Jalapeño bacon-wrapped ham. Third place: The Single Barrel. They served their bacon-wrapped smoked pork tenderloin with Shiitake mushroom and bacon compote.

In all, 20 vendors participated in the event: Billy’s Restaurant; Cappy’s Hot Spot Bar and Grill; Colleen’s Catering; Greta’s Gourmet Butcher Shop, Deli & Catering; Nebraska Pork Producers; Smoking Gun Jerky; The Cornhusker Marriott; The Eatery; The Single Barrel; Little Caesar’s Pizza; Traeger Grill/Schaefer’s; 9 South Char Grill; Super Saver; McFarland’s & Sons Authentic Irish Pub; Le Cupcake; Miller Time at the Cornhusker; Misty’s; Skeeter Barnes; Rodizio Grill; and Brewsky’s.

Beer tasting was provided by Miller Time at the Cornhusker, with entertainment by popular area band Tuna Fish Jones.

“Thanks to all the participating vendors and chefs,” said Brandy Nielson, membership and marketing coordinator with the NRA. “Their creativity and skills made BaconFest a great time for the Lincoln community to enjoy the many ways bacon can be incorporated into what we enjoy eating. And thanks, too, to Hormel for providing all the bacon used by the vendors.”

“What better way to promote Nebraska-produced pork products than with bacon, everybody’s favorite,” said the NPPA’s Jane Stone. “Star City BaconFest put smiles on a lot of hungry faces, and I heard nothing but praises from the crowd of samplers.”

“We are already looking forward to Star City BaconFest 2016 next April 24,” she said. “All vendors have indicated they will participate again next year.”