Chef Dana: Baking with Bacon
What’s one thing that most people love? It’s savory, its crispy, you can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Heck, you can put it in almost anything and it’ll make it ohhhhh so good! Yes that’s right….it’s BACON! The brilliant and very creative celebrity Chef Dana Herbert hosted another special dining event for the fall season. This one was an all dessert Baking with Bacon experience! Here’s one thing about Chef Dana. If he’s throwing a food event, you HAVE to be there! I know I’ve said this many times before and I’ll say it again. A Chef Dana experience is truly a special thing to be apart of. Since this one was featuring bacon, I knew that there was nothing but awesomeness in store for this event.
As Baking with Bacon began, we opened up with a warm welcome and an ice breaker. Chef Dana gave an introduction and then everyone introduced themselves one by one. After everyone was well acquainted, it was time for the fun to begin! The first course was a French Toast dessert with caramelized apples and a side of bacon ice cream which Chef Dana makes himself. Everyone sat back, listened and watched as Chef Dana explained and showed us step by step how to prepare this dish. He began with preparing the batter for the french toast. It consisted of eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla bean. Next, it was time to cook the apples and caramelize them. Cinnamon was added for flavoring. The aroma alone was enough to make you salivate. There was also one thing that made this dish special for me. Well, when Chef Dana throws an event, he usually picks a few lucky individuals to participate during each course that he prepares. I just so happen to be picked for this one! I assisted with frying the French toast. Now, that was a huge responsibility for me. “Don’t burn them” is what I kept saying to myself! Oh, the pressure! But, I handled it fairly well and the outcome was a success! As I finished the French toast, the plating began. And shortly, everyone was served their first course. It turned out great!
It was time to move on to the second course. Next was a peanut butter cheesecake with a graham cracker bacon crust. A few ingredients mentioned were sugar, cream cheese, vanilla and a little almond. There was more bacon in store for this course. How was more bacon going to be incorporated into this dish? Well, well, well….Chef Dana had a magnificent sheet of chocolate and bacon! It was so beautiful and so tempting! I could’ve eaten that as is, that’s how good it looked!
Chef Dana broke this up into pieces. It was going to be used to top the cheesecakes. First, chocolate syrup was drizzled around the plates. Then he began to top the cheesecakes with cherries, and then topped them with the chocolate and bacon. Lastly, the plates were garnished with blackberries and even more bacon. This dish was almost too pretty to dig into! Everything blended perfectly together. From the berries to the bacon, every single bite was outstanding.
The third course was up next. This one was very unique and different. It was a chocolate ganache with olive oil. This was topped with a fried wonton flavored with chipotle, cinnamon, sugar and little bit of salt. The combination of the chipotle, sugar and cinnamon made the fried wonton very enjoyable. It had the right amount of sweetness and in the end you experienced a nice, light bit of heat. I also enjoyed the texture and flavor of chocolate ganache with the olive oil. This was executed very well.
The fourth course was on it’s way. By this time, I couldn’t believe it but I was actually getting full! But hey, I’m a true foodie. I could handle more, haha! Next, we had a Bacon Banana split in store for us! Ohhhh boy, who doesn’t love a banana split? Especially with bacon! This included caramelized bananas, crushed pineapples, salted caramel, garnished with white and red raspberries, strawberries and there was bacon ice cream underneath it all. Goodness, I could never get tired of this ice cream! Take my word for it, it’s incredibly delicious!
As much as we all want these fabulous dining events to last forever, they eventually have to come to an end. But first, we had to enjoy one last course. Chef Dana prepared a Peach Cobbler trifle with blueberries, maple bacon and topped it with some bacon ice cream. This was a perfect ending to such a special event.
Baking with Bacon was extremely fun. It was a nice intimate affair filled with many food lovers and we all shared one thing in common…We all had a special place in our hearts for bacon. A huge thank you goes out to Chef Dana Herbert for including me as one of the guests for this event. I truly appreciated the opportunity to be one of the attendees. I enjoyed every moment of it and I’ll be looking forward to other events in the future! To those who haven’t been to a Chef Dana event, keep your eyes open for the next one. Be apart of something fun. Be apart of a Chef Dana experience. For more information about Chef Dana Herbert, please visit www.dessertsbydana.com