“I love bacon!” Bach says. “I eat bacon every day. I grab a piece off the grill when I come into work. I’ll eat it on a BLT sandwich. I eat it at home. I only wish they sold chocolate-covered bacon at the check-out lanes. They sell beef jerky. Why not bacon? When they start selling chocolate-covered bacon at Rite Aid, I’ll buy everything there.”
Although Bach, owner of Dino’s Lounge in Ferndale, serves some of the best apple wood smoked bacon on his brunch menu, he decided to take the “let’s get crazy” approach when he was taken to task to come up with something wild for Baconfest Michigan – bacon ravioli and bacon cheesecake.
The ravioli is stuffed with leeks, chopped bacon, carrots, nutmeg, ricotta cheese, parsley and Gruyere cheese and topped with a prosciutto, bacon, wild mushroom, garlic and chopped tomato cream sauce. But don’t think you can bypass Baconfest Michigan and head to Dino’s for your own plate.
“It’s way too expensive to make,” Bach says.
As for the bacon chocolate combination, Dino’s will be serving a chocolate wafer crust cheesecake topped with bacon.
The Detroit Film Club, of which Bach is the director, will be handling the bar service for Baconfest Michigan. No hints of what the signature cocktail will be, but there will be plenty of Bakon Vodka, which makes its Michigan debut that evening.
Baconfest Michigan takes place at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road in Royal Oak, on the evening of Saturday, June 2. Tickets are available on the Baconfest Michigan website.
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