A sneak peek at Bacon Bash's offerings

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The offerings at tonight's Bacon Bash in Royal Oak look absolutely lip-smacking. From savory bacon dishes to sweets, fans of the "meat candy" are in for a real treat this evening. Some sounded so interesting we had to investigate more.

For instance, take the offering of Warren's Motor City Meatball Kitchen: A "Bacon Meatball Mac n’ Cheese" and a "Bacon-Potato Soup." Co-owner Ron Uhouse tells us, "It's a bacon-infused mac and cheese. In the cheese sauce, we use bacon fat instead of butter. There are also chunks of bacon through the mac and cheese. It's all topped with a bacon meatball, which is bacon mixed with pork. And it's going to be topped with a bacon crème fraîche made of whole milk and a little bacon fat." 

Motor City Meatball Kitchen is also offering a sweet potato curried lentil soup with a bacon crumble on top. Uhouse told us, "It's like a bisque, and it’s very tasty. You have to try it tonight!"

The good people at Grand Illusions, a wedding and catering company, are offering "50/50 Sliders," which are, of course, half bacon and half beef, with bacon on top. But they'll also have "Bacon-Potato Bombs," which the company's Chris Franchi calls "basically a chunk of cheese wrapped in mashed potatoes wrapped in bacon and deep-fried." 

One of the most interesting offerings is from Little Z's Barbecue in Saint Clair Shores. It's called “Z’s Chocolate Dipped Hog Finger." Little Z's Steve Zaremba says they have a small waffle mold that makes finger-sized waffles. So they took candied applewood-smoked bacon and shredded it and mixed it into the batter. Then they make the waffles, dip half in chocolate, and garnish it with a bit of what Zaremba calls "pig candy dust." "It’s a little rich," he says, "but it’s very tasty. It kind of balances out flavor of bacon a little bit with the sweet."

He finally laughs and adds, "and everybody loves chocolate!"

Bacon Bash! is at Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; starts at 7:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m for VIPs; general admission $40 (10 drink tickets), VIP admission $60 (15 drink tickets); 248-543-1000; www.baconbash.com.

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Michael Jackman

Born in 1969 at Mount Carmel hospital in Detroit, Jackman grew up just 100 yards from the Detroit city line in east Dearborn. Jackman has attended New York University, the School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University and Wayne State University, though he never got a degree. He has worked as a bar back, busboy,...
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