Judging the baconfest bacon contest was very fun. In addition to Chris Macias we had Darrell Corti this year, as well as a woman from the pork board and a woman who went to every event this year. She was quite slim, since you asked.
There was an onslaught of food, and I requested a tumbler of bourbon as a palate cleanser. Crap, I don;'t have time to post, I'll sum it up: Magpie swept with the audience award, best dish, and best bacon. They were pretty much the only ones truly thinking outside the box and cutting all the fat and sweet flavors with brightness and acidity in the form of kumquat, kimchee and making lean-ish pastrami bacon and lean miso bacon.
Darrell was great to work with and very gracious about just contributing to the votes. I still felt like we should defer to him, but he didn't expect it.