The Judging Panel

 

Renowned culinary professionals, tastemakers and craft beer enthusiasts will judge the suds and grub throughout the stadium. From best sweet use of bacon to weirdest twist on a craft brew, our judges will try everything and award the best!

 
Daniel Gerzina As the editor of Eater Chicago, Daniel has years of experience covering Chicago’s booming restaurant and bar scene. His writing has appeared in many local publications including the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, and Michigan Avenue Magazine, as well as international food and travel magazines. He has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous television and radio programs, including Good Day Chicago, U and Me in the Morning, and had a weekly segment on WGN Radio. 

Daniel Gerzina

As the editor of Eater Chicago, Daniel has years of experience covering Chicago’s booming restaurant and bar scene. His writing has appeared in many local publications including the Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, and Michigan Avenue Magazine, as well as international food and travel magazines. He has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous television and radio programs, including Good Day Chicago, U and Me in the Morning, and had a weekly segment on WGN Radio. 

Carol Hilker Carol is a Chicago-based food writer, former chef and cookbook author. Her food and event coverage has appeared in many local publications and websites including Time Out Chicago, Red Eye, AV Club, Serious Eats, the Chicago Sun Times and most recently, Thrillist. She is also the author of six cookbooks includingDirty Food, Fitzgerald's Taste of France and the bacon-heavy, meal-changing, Breakfast for Dinner.  

Carol Hilker

Carol is a Chicago-based food writer, former chef and cookbook author. Her food and event coverage has appeared in many local publications and websites including Time Out Chicago, Red Eye, AV Club, Serious Eats, the Chicago Sun Times and most recently, Thrillist. She is also the author of six cookbooks includingDirty FoodFitzgerald's Taste of France and the bacon-heavy, meal-changing, Breakfast for Dinner.  

Nicole Triebe Nicole is a Brazilian born, Chicago raised pastry chef with a passion for beautiful and delicious food. She is a LeCordon Bleu Graduate, Redeye Next Big Idea Finalist, and creator of the Maple Bacon Spice cake featured on Windy City Live for last year's Bacon and Beer Classic.  She is also the founder of the dessert catering company Windy City Dinner Fairy.

Nicole Triebe

Nicole is a Brazilian born, Chicago raised pastry chef with a passion for beautiful and delicious food. She is a LeCordon Bleu Graduate, Redeye Next Big Idea Finalist, and creator of the Maple Bacon Spice cake featured on Windy City Live for last year's Bacon and Beer Classic.  She is also the founder of the dessert catering company Windy City Dinner Fairy.

Colin Joliat Colin founded Boozist to mix things up after years serving as the alcohol editor of Guyism and freelancing for sites likeThrillist, BroBible, Cool Material and CRAFT Magazine. Also because various acquisitions relegated him to feature articles, and there is too much entertaining stuff in the world of booze to only write lists. Every men’s lifestyle site now has “10 Beers to Drink for Kwanzaa,” so do you really need more (yes)?

Colin Joliat

Colin founded Boozist to mix things up after years serving as the alcohol editor of Guyism and freelancing for sites likeThrillistBroBibleCool Material and CRAFT Magazine. Also because various acquisitions relegated him to feature articles, and there is too much entertaining stuff in the world of booze to only write lists. Every men’s lifestyle site now has “10 Beers to Drink for Kwanzaa,” so do you really need more (yes)?

Erica Eckman Erica is the Founder and Creator of Everything Erica, one of the largest food-centric lifestyle brands in Chicago with over 55,000 social media followers and 60,000 monthly blog impressions. Whether you're trying a new recipe or looking for one of Chicago's best restaurants, Erica is a go-to resource. She has recently been featured in Fabio Viviani's Magazine, on Windy City Live and on ABC 7 Morning News.

Erica Eckman

Erica is the Founder and Creator of Everything Erica, one of the largest food-centric lifestyle brands in Chicago with over 55,000 social media followers and 60,000 monthly blog impressions. Whether you're trying a new recipe or looking for one of Chicago's best restaurants, Erica is a go-to resource. She has recently been featured in Fabio Viviani's Magazine, on Windy City Live and on ABC 7 Morning News.

Scott Gold Scott is a lifelong bacon fan. His first book, The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers, was excerpted in Best Food Writing 2008. He has since contributed to numerous publications, including Gourmet, Thrillist, Eater, and Tasting Table, and has served as a feature food writer and photographer for The New Orleans Advocate, restaurant critic and dining writer for Gambit, and resident “food pornographer” for the New Orleans arts and culture website NolaVie.com. As the first ever Bacon Critic for Extra Crispy, he samples and reviews the best bacon across the country. 

Scott Gold

Scott is a lifelong bacon fan. His first book, The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers, was excerpted in Best Food Writing 2008. He has since contributed to numerous publications, including GourmetThrillistEater, and Tasting Table, and has served as a feature food writer and photographer for The New Orleans Advocate, restaurant critic and dining writer for Gambit, and resident “food pornographer” for the New Orleans arts and culture website NolaVie.com. As the first ever Bacon Critic for Extra Crispy, he samples and reviews the best bacon across the country. 

Sherrie Tan Sherrie is the Executive Pastry Chef at Sweet Mandy B’s. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she worked at Chicago's Tru restaurant, Charlie Trotters, and the Peninsula Hotel. In 2013, her original “Bunch a Crunch Birthday Bar” won the grand prize in a competition sponsored by Nestle’s to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. As a result, Sherrie was featured on NBC’s Extra! hosted by Mario Lopez.

Sherrie Tan

Sherrie is the Executive Pastry Chef at Sweet Mandy B’s. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, she worked at Chicago's Tru restaurant, Charlie Trotters, and the Peninsula Hotel. In 2013, her original “Bunch a Crunch Birthday Bar” won the grand prize in a competition sponsored by Nestle’s to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. As a result, Sherrie was featured on NBC’s Extra! hosted by Mario Lopez.


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Volunteers

Want to volunteer and help make the Bacon and Beer Classic a huge success?

Sign-up here!

 

Why volunteer?

  • You will help a good cause! A portion of the proceeds from the Bacon and Beer Classic always go towards charity.

  • You will make new friends! Work in a fun, welcoming environment with great people.

  • You will get free swag! Every volunteer receives an awesome branded t-shirt and a souvenir tasting cup.

  • You can earn Community Service Hours! Simply bring any paperwork requirements to your Volunteer Manager to complete.

 

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers help with a range of projects before and during the festival, including pouring beer, managing the entry gates, checking tickets, arranging game booths, selling merchandise, assisting restaurants, applying temporary tattoos and more!

 

What is required?

  • You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer.

  • Volunteers are required to attend a 30-minute online training session either Tuesday 9/27 or Wednesday 9/28 at 7:30pm prior to the festival.

  • Besides that, simply show up on time, smile and have a blast!

 

We offer 4 volunteer sessions. Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to your shift start time, and keep in mind that we always need more volunteers for the evening session!

Pre-Festival Set Up (FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th)  - 10:00am-2:00pm

Morning Set-Up (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st) - 7:00am-10:00am

Afternoon Session (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st) - 10:00am-3:30pm

Evening Session (SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1st) - 4:00pm-9:30pm

***Consuming alcohol and/or bacon samples during your shift is prohibited***