Bacon report: If you eat pork, you likely love bacon. If your love of bacon borders on obsession (like mine does), Asheville may just be the place for you. Why? Well, not only do we have some great locally made bacon in this area — Hickory Nut Gap being one of the favorites — we also have some great chefs getting creative with their smoked pork belly. Here’s your quick bacon roundup:
• At The Admiral last week, the restaurant featured a bacon pot de crème on the dessert menu. The Admiral is at 400 Haywood Road in West Asheville.
• Two Spoons Ice Cream is celebrating their third annual Grand Re-Opening Party on Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 7 p.m. One of their featured flavors is Maple Bacon. Other flavors include an ice cream made with the Wedge Brewery’s porter, a Double Ginger and a Dulce de Leche. Two Spoons is located at 721 Haywood Road in West Asheville.
• Short Street Cakes makes a bacon cupcake with a pound-cake base, bacon-fat sautéed apples and a cream-cheese icing. Short Street Cakes is located at 225 Haywood Road in West Asheville.
Iron chef, truffle: Brian Canipelli, chef and owner of Cucina 24, knows his risotto. Proof? Canipelli went head to head with nine other chefs from the east coast at the National Truffle Fest’s risotto competition and came out on top.
Canipelli will showcase some of the great Italian fare he’s become well-known for on Wednesday, March 10, with a five-course “Mountain Italian” wine dinner. Some of the offerings include venison goulash with roasted root vegetables and smoked duck breast with Savoy cabbage. The cost for five courses with five wines is $80. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 254-6170. Cucina 24 is located at 24 Wall St. in Asheville.
You lucky dog, you: Who says you have to be human to be a foodie? A former chiropractor, Dr. Janice Elenbaas, is now selling some high-quality food for your beloved dog right here in Asheville. From a recent press release:
“Each of Lucky Dog’s five recipes is specially designed as a whole meal for your dog. All of our meats are USDA prime muscle meats and are custom ground from our local butcher. Calcium is provided by cheeses and yogurt…[and a] variety of vegetables are cooked in pure, filtered water, and pureed for easy digestion. Even the olive oil in our food is extra virgin…There are absolutely no chemicals or preservatives, by-products or meat meals in any of the food. Our food is so good, you can eat it too!”
Lucky Dog Cuisine is the product of 20 years of research by Elenbaas. Currently, it can be found only at the Animal Compassion Network’s Pet Harmony, a unique kind of pet store that offers rescued pets for adoption who live at foster homes and visit the store only during the day. Lucky Dog is running a two-for-one special for first-time buyers. Pet Harmony is located at 803 Fairview St. in Asheville.
— Mackensy Lunsford, food coordinator