May 19, 2009 | Events

Makin’ Better Bacon: A Bacon Dinner & Book Signing to Benefit Southern Foodways Alliance

Special Dinner #77

Southern Foodways Alliance ( is a non-profit organization whose mission is tobacon-piece document and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the South. Their research has helped bring Roadhouse staples such as Eastern North Carolina pulled pork barbecue, Mason Tennessee buttermilk fried chicken, Anson Mills grits to Ann Arbor and even Edwards’ bacon to Ann Arbor.

Sam Edwards, whose bacon will be served at this dinner, will be our special guest. He’ll share stories from his almost-century-old family business, and talk about putting the flavor back in bacon! (Check the recent article in the New York Times.)

The dinner, crafted by James Beard-nominated Chef Alex Young, and excerpted from Ari’s latest book, Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon, will feature bacon from beginning to end. Starting with appetizers, bacons hailing from all around the country will be the star of each course, including dessert. With vastly different flavor profiles (think olive oil here) these bacons represent the nuanced flavors of the better bacon being made by passionate individuals like Sam Edwards!

Join us for a fun and flavorful look at one our country’s most beloved foods: Bacon!

Appetizers:sam edwards portrait

Angels, & Devils on Horseback,
Date with Bacon
Edwards’ Aged Country Ham Plate


American Fried Bread


B.L.T.: Edwards’ hickory smoked bacon with heirloom Cornman Farms tomatoes & lettuce


Lex’s Roast Chicken: with bacon and coffee spice rub
Carolina Fish Muddle


Oyster & Bacon Pilau
Spaghetti a la Carbonara
Cabbage & Irish Bacon
Bacon Fat RoastedCornman Farms Vegetables


Bacon-Apple Pie
Mini-Buttermilk Biscuits with Chocolate-Bacon Gravy

Check out the Makin’ Bacon Flyer!