Smithfield Sampling Exciting Bacon Dishes at Brunch Event During Baconfest Chicago

CHICAGO, April 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- This weekend, more than 100 of Chicago’s best chefs will concoct and serve creative bacon dishes to thousands of passionate bacon lovers at Baconfest Chicago.

Smithfield, one of America’s leading bacon brands, will be sampling new, flavorful bacon dishes during the event’s Sunday Brunch presented by Jewel-Osco. The new recipes, developed by Smithfield’s Chef Frank Dominguez, will include Bacon & Jack Tots with Cholula ketchup, Bacon-Wrapped Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates, and Coconut Bacon Macaroons.

“We’re thrilled to participate in this festival as a supporting sponsor of the Baconfest Chicago Sunday Brunch event alongside one of our great partners in the Chicago area, Jewel-Osco,” said Mike Merritt, Smithfield Senior Director of Marketing. “Chicago has some of the best chefs in the country, and we all know that bacon makes everything better. It’s exciting for us to participate in an event that unites fellow bacon lovers in celebration of our favorite meat candy!”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be a sponsor of Baconfest this year,” said Guy Cardinal, Jewel-Osco Meat Assistant Sales Manager. “April has been celebrated as ‘Baconfest Month’ throughout all 185 of our stores, so this event is a fantastic way to top it off! Whether attendees stop by to try our delicious samples or our Signature Bloody Mary, one thing is certain – it’s for the love of bacon!”

The Sunday Brunch event will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum (725 W Roosevelt Rd). The Cooking Channel VIP Hour is from 11:00am-Noon, and General Admission is from Noon-3:00pm. For more information, visit

About Smithfield
A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the “Ham Capital of the World.” From hand-trimmed bacon and slow-smoked holiday hams to marinated tenderloins, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the United States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield's products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit,, and Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $14 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit

About Jewel-Osco
Established in 1899, Jewel-Osco, owned by New Albertsons, Inc., is becoming the favorite food and drug retailer in every market throughout the Chicagoland area. They operate 185 stores in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, employing 31,000 associates while continuing to grow. Find more company information at and follow their social channels at,, and

Media Contacts: Smithfield Diana Souder (757) 357-1675 Jewel-Osco Tina Garon (630) 948-6491

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