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Benny’s Chop House’s Pastry Chef Aaron Lindgren Joins Baconfest Chicago
Benny’s Chop House (444 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611; 312-626-2444) will be bringing in the bacon, literally. This year, Benny’s executive pastry chef, Aaron Lindgren, will be participating in Baconfest Chicago on April 20.
Lindgren’s Baconfest menu (served during the lunch session beginning at 11:30 a.m.) includes the sweet and savory Strawberry Rhubarb “Pie” with Applewood Smoked Bacon Streusel and a very unique Applewood Smoked Bacon Doughnut with Green Apple Jelly and Apple Butter. Benny’s Mixologist Extraordinaire, Natalie Converse has been doing some recipe writing on her own and will feature the B-Cubed, B3 (Benny’
If you didn’t secure Baconfest tickets, fear not. Benny’s will be offering this very special dessert April 11 to April 30 during lunch and dinner hours, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. As always, guests at Benny's are also able to enjoy house-cured Maple Glazed Bacon, a Benny’s menu favorite.
Baconfest Chicago is a festival that pulls together the best chefs in the Chicagoland area. It provides a place for bacon lovers to try different dishes while providing liquor, beer and wine to complement the meal. The event donates a portion of the proceeds to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Along with this, Baconfest hosts a raffle, food drive and holds a volunteer day at the repacking warehouse at the Depository. Not only are people provided the chance to eat incredible bacon, but they are able to help a great cause.
Lindgren will be joining more than 100 chefs who will compete in one of two sessions each. Participants include Hub 51’s R.J. and Jerrod Melman and last year’s 2012 Golden Rasher Award Winner, Daven Wardynski from 676 Restaurant and Bar. The Gold Rasher Award is Baconfest’s top prize for chefs’ “bacon arts,” awarded by a panel of judges.
Benny’s Aaron Lindgren has an extensive culinary resume, with a pedigree that spans over decades and speaks of prodigal talent, starting with “gourmet ghetto” cooking lessons from his mother while growing up in Berkeley, California. Later the chef was trained professionally through the French techniques of Kendall College Culinary School in Evanston. Lindgren was the Executive Pastry Chef at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills Four Seasons in Los Angeles and Charlie Trotter’s famous restaurant. He also oversaw the pastry program for five Smith Brothers businesses.
In 2004 Lindgren was named Chocolate Pastry Master by Gayot.com. In 2009, the pastry chef was named one of the Top 100 Up and Coming chefs by Angelino Magazine and Modern Luxury Magazine and was also named Rising Star Pastry Chef for Las Vegas by Starchefs.com. He headed operations for Zelda’s Sweet Shoppe, a retail food manufacturer in the Chicagoland area, where he was provided the opportunity to develop pastry products and recipes for Whole Foods, Ross and TJ Maxx. At Benny’s Chop House, Lindgren uses ingredients with Americana flavors and techniques to create amazing, highly praised desserts that are fitting finales to Benny’s exceptional food.
The Baconfest takes place Saturday, April 20, at the UIC Forum (725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608) with lunch and dinner sessions. The VIP Hour for the Lunch Session will be between 11:30am and 12:30pm. General Admission is from 12:30pm-3pm. The VIP Hour for the Dinner Session will be between 5:30pm and 6:30pm. General Admission is from 6:30pm-9pm.
Although the event has been sold out, Baconfest encourages everyone to join the email list at http://baconfestchicago.com in order to learn more about this event, one of Chicago’s most popular food festivals. To keep up to date on all the Baconfest Chicago news, follow them on Twitter, @baconfestchi, or Like them at Facebook, http://facebook.com/
About Benny’s Chop House
Benny’s Chop House, located at 444 N. Wabash Ave. in Chicago, IL 60611. Whether your preference is for 100% USDA Prime natural, dry-aged, and wet-aged steaks, fresh fish and seafood flown in daily, or many other superbly prepared appetizers, salads, entrées and desserts, there are many ways to enjoy a memorable experience at Benny’s Chop House.
You’ll relish perusing Benny’s wine list that has earned Wine Spectator’s “Best of” Award of Excellence. Benny’s extensive wine collection includes more than 1,500 labels. Yet, the enjoyment doesn’t stop there. If spirits are your penchant, you’ll be pleased to know that Benny’s has one of Chicago’s most completely stocked bars and an elegant and creative specialty cocktail menu.
The restaurant is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight. The bar and lounge remains open an hour later. Live jazz from some of Chicago’s best musical artists is presented Wednesdays through Saturdays, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Benny’s participates in many events and holds by invitation only events at the restaurant. To learn more and register to receive invitations, contact Benny’s at (312) 626-2444 or visit www.bennyschophouse.com.