I invented Baconfest Chicago. AMA!
My short bio: In 2009, my partners and I threw the first Baconfest Chicago - 10 chefs, 10 beers and 75 guests. Turns out people like bacon. We had our sixth event last year - 165 restaurants, 4,500 ticketed guests and almost 8,000 lbs of Nueske's applewood smoked meats. Some of the best restaurants in Chicago come to our event to serve bacon treats to our guests. Part of our goal is to raise money for the Greater Chicago Food Depository - last year alone, we donated $75,000 from the proceeds of the event.
Baconfest Chicago 2015 is coming on April 17 and 18. VIP Tickets are available now: http://baconfestchicago2015.eventbrite.com/
My Proof: @BaconfestChi: https://twitter.com/BaconFestCHI/status/540883868946280448
EDIT: Thanks for all the great questions. Hope to see you all at Baconfest next April. I'll check back in a little later to pick up any stragglers but I'm headed out for now.