Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Libations / Victoria / Winemaker Dinners Jul 23, 2014 Coming Up at Taste: The All Bacon Dinner. Intrigued? SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestEvery summer Karen Gillis, the winemaker at Red Rooster in the Okanagan, gets together a bunch of friends for a bacon weekend at her house. That’s bacon 24/7, morning, noon and night. Bacon every which way. Is Karen a bacon addict? “I think a lot of people share my problem…” she says with a wink.Over the years Karen’s bacon weekend has gotten a lot more creative. “We have tried a whole bunch of novelty bacon things including bacon jelly beans and bacon frosting which is horrible.” So when the opportunity came to join forces with Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and Wine on a food and wine pairing dinner the choice was obvious. “Let’s do an all-bacon dinner where we would pair bacon dishes with wine.”They asked Steamship Grill & Bar, a relatively new restaurant on Victoria’s inner if they’d like to host the dinner and prepare the food. They jumped at the chance. The Steamship is housed in the former Steamship Terminal built in 1924. It’s a high-end steak and seafood restaurant that features heritage beef sourced from Cioffi’s in Vancouver.I met with chef Mike Andrews at the restaurant. We sat inside gazing out the tall windows at all the summer action on the harbour. Mike has worked at the Gorge Vale Golf Club, The Marriott and Canoe Brewpub before taking over the kitchen at Steamship. “We’re setting up a long table upstairs in the Bateman Centre, ” says Mike. “It’s a beautiful space surrounded by the amazing paintings of Robert Bateman – and we’ll be doing a four-course all bacon dinner.”Mike goes over the menu. “The amuse bouche will be lentils sautéed with bacon, a nice demi sauce and pan seared scallops. For the salad course we’ll have artisanal greens with crispy pork belly croutons and ponzu dressing. The entrée is going to be bacon bread pudding with bacon-wrapped pork loin, asparagus and bacon sauce. Then for dessert more bacon, of course. We’ll have salted caramel ice cream with candied bacon caramel sauce and a maple cookie.”The amuse bouche course at the All Bacon dinner: scallops, lentils and bacon. Photo by G HynesThe wine pairings will be from BC VQA winery Red Rooster. Winemaker Karen Gillis will be attending and will pouring her Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Cabernet-Merlot and a dessert wine. Everything is Better With BaconSunday, July 27 with winemaker Karen Gillis of Red Rooster Winery 6:00pm The Robert Bateman Centre with Steamship Grill & Bar $99Buy Tickets Steamship Grill & Taphouse778-433-6736www.steamshipgrill.com470 Belleville StreetVictoria, BC Taste: Victoria’s Festival of Food and WineFor events and times visit their website Steamship GrillVictoriaVictoria Taste SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Comments are closed.