Cincy Celebrates Bacon Day With Beggin’ & Top Chef Kevin Gillespie

September 2, 2010 2:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts


The good folks over at Purina have dogs all throughout the city of Cincinnati excitedly wagging their tails and licking their chops in anticipation of this years “International Bacon Day, which will be featuring Top Chef finalist and all around favorite “Bacon Freak,” Kevin Gillespie as the official spokesman and “master of ceremonies” for the event.

Tune in later for a fascinating interview that did with the master Chef and “Baconista” extraordinaire! Kevin Gillespie, the all time fan favorite and 6th season 6 finalist of hit reality TV series, Top Chef, will kick off Beggin’® brand dog snacks bacon-themed party and Guinness World Record attempt for the world’s all time “loudest group bark” This dog-friendly family event will take place from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. at the Blue Ash Recreation Center, which is located at 4433 Cooper Rd., in Cincinnati, which is one of the largest pork-producing cities in the United States. The Beggin’ Bacon Bash will feature special cooking demonstrations by Kevin Gillespie, favored and favorite finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef” reality show known for incorporating pork into almost every signature dish.“I’m a huge fan of the pig, and I’m crazy about bacon in particular, so I couldn’t be more excited to be hosting this event with Beggin’®,” said Gillespie, who is currently the co-owner and executive chef at “The Woodfire Grill” in his native Atlanta. “I’ll be sharing some of my favorite pork dishes with other bacon-lovers and hope to inspire them to embrace pork within their own cooking. Let’s get the party started!” he enthusiastically added. Beggin’® Bacon Bash will feature live music and activities for both two-legged and four-legged bacon lovers. For the humans, All Pro Eating will sanction a bacon-eating contest as well as other hands on activities such as a Beggin’® Canadian Cuts toss.

Yes, Chef

So the city of Cincinnati is not only allowing pooches of every ilk, size and pedigree to enter the premises, they are actually beseeching human roommates to bring their barking buddies along for the day’s festivities.

According to Chef Kevin,

And of course, for the furry friends, there will be a canine costume contest for the most bacon-inspired costume and a bacon maze and bacon race. In addition, the Purina® Incredible Dog Team will perform canine agility and dock diving presentations.

Local dog owners are also invited to bring their dogs to participate in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the “loudest group bark” to officially declare their love for bacon.“Because dogs – and their owners – share a hilarious obsession for bacon, Beggin’ wanted to create an exciting, dog-friendly event for the entire family that’s all about bacon,” said Stephen Trammell, assistant brand manager, Nestlé Purina Dog Snacks brand pet food. “There’s no better way to celebrate International Bacon Day.”

Be sure t keep your eye out for our upcoming interview with Chef Kevin himself, you most definitely won’t want to miss want Bacon’s all-time greatest culinary “Baconquistador” has to say about … well … cooking with bacon and some other Top Chef, behind the scenes discussion.

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