San Francisco Bacon Takedown
Where: Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, 661 Howard (at Third St.), 974-0905
When: Sun., July 10, noon
The rundown: We're squeamish about this bacon cooking slam, but not because we don't love bacon. In the wake of last week's publication of Mother Jones' takedown of the Hormel factory, it's disturbing to see how prominently "15 pounds of Hormel bacon!" was advertised. As our own Laura Hooper Beck succinctly put it, "Hormel is the devil."
All Bay Area, enlightened-foodie reservations aside, Takedowns of the past appear to have been raucous fun, and sometimes involved tofu. We're guessing the New York-based organizers just didn't gauge the fervency of our food politics (they also make a lame Frisco joke here). Presumably they mean well.
So if you believe flavor trumps conscience, by all means join the party. Or just wait until next time, when they return for a locally sourced, Biodynamic Heirloom Tomato Takedown.
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