The library at Forest Park Middle School hosted a staff potluck lunch on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The school hosts several Library lunches throughout the year with various themes to bring together the faculty. They are small informal themed lunches where everyone brings a dish. It just so happens that the theme chosen for the first lunch was “Body by Bacon”. Soon after determining the theme, librarian Cheryl Bussert and Library Media Information Specialist Richard Hern read my Bacon Quest articles in Forest Park Review’s annual Fall Food & Fun section and invited me to join them at their bacon lunch.

With over 15 different creative homemade dishes featuring bacon, and even a variety of the newest bacon chips and snacks, the lunch was one any bacon lover would appreciate. The library staff made a poster with print-outs of the Bacon Quest stories, and had copies of the Bacon Quiz that was in the section available for the staff to test their knowledge of America’s favorite cut of pork. Spanning across the school’s three lunch periods, staff could help themselves to everything from bacon-wrapped hot dogs to bacon quiche. Plus, there was a guessing game for how many pounds of bacon were used to make all the different foods. The answer: 30!

Thanks so much to Richard and Cheryl for inviting me! It was the perfect kick-off to Halloween weekend!

Photos courtesy of Jill Wagner and Alicia Plomin.


About Alicia (AKA Super Bacon Lady):

Alicia considers herself an amateur “foodie”and a serious aficionado of all things bacon. While not working, she enjoys touring the local restaurant scene in search of unique and delicious offerings. Her background in journalism and her passion for bacon was the inspiration for Bacon Quest, a feature of the 2014 Fall Food & Fun special section. After it published, she became known as Bacon Lady and has since won several costume contests as Super Bacon LadyClick here to follow Super Bacon Lady on Facebook! Alicia continued her search for creative uses of bacon for Bacon Quest part 2 in the Fall Food & Fun section 2015.

Just recently, Alicia has become the host of the new food video series Dishin’ Delicious, about dining options in Oak Park. It airs on the Village of Oak Park’s youtube channel. Click here to watch the first segment featuring the Crab Crusted Walleye at Marion Street Market.

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