It is, of course, Homer Simpson who has defined our culture's love of bacon. His declaration that he could be a vegetarian only if bacon grew on trees pretty much sums up our endless hunger for the stuff.
Bourbon doesn't grow on trees, either, but the corn-based, fermented whiskey is both vegetarian-friendly and a fine complement to all things fried, smoked or both.
Put them together and you get The Pitch's Bacon & Bourbon Festival, a drinky porkathon with something for every Homer Simpson. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, eight Kansas City restaurants - including Accurso's, Anton's Taproom, Barrel 31, Blue Bird Café, EBT restaurant, and the Rock & Run Brewery and Pub - join more than 25 whiskeys to fry and pour their wares at the Guild (1621 Locust). The event is sold out.
That means plenty of sampling, right down to Anthony Accurso's blueberry-infused-rye ice cream and bacon-stuffed ravioli. Bulleit Bourbon, Johnnie Walker, George Dickel, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Four Roses, Fireball, Talisker, Bushmills, Crown Royal, Dark Horse Distillery, Pinckney Bend Distillery and Tallgrass Brewing are among the purveyors scheduled, as of press time, to be on hand.
For additional information, call 816-561-6061 or see baconandbourbonfestival.com.