Somewhere, there's a guy or a girl who will read something I wrote or a video I made with Joe Kreml and Patrick Rollens at the Village, and it will make a difference in their dining choices. They'll go to eat somewhere they've never been before, and order something they've never eaten before, and they'll like it. That's why I write.
For the past three years, I've been judging Baconfest, a day-long celebration of the pig's tasty belly. Started in Chicago in 2009 by my friend Seth Zurer, thousands of tickets sell out in hours and Baconfest is now branching out to Washington DC and San Francisco. Since its inception, Baconfest has donated $130,000 – and a huge quantity of donated food – to the Chicago Food Depository.