Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill in Centerville is one of more than a dozen Dayton-area restaurants poised to fully embrace the motto of the Miami Valley Restaurant Association’s 2020 Bacon Week Promotion: “Go Pig or Go Home.”
The restaurants — with an assist from the MVRA, Bud Light and the Ohio Pork Council — are preparing several bacon-centric dishes and Bud Light specials to serve during the week-long promotion, Aug. 15-22.
Participating restaurants listed on the MVRA Bacon Week web site as of Thursday include Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering, Archer’s Tavern, Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill, Buckhorn Tavern, Chappys Social House, The Dock, The Florentine Restaurant, Hanks Local, Heather’s Coffee & Cafe, Meadowlark, Mr. Boro’s Tavern, Nick’s Restaurant, Rip Rap Roadhouse, Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill, and Wheat Penny Oven and Bar.
Take a look at what one of those participants, Sweeney’s Seafood Bar & Grill, has planned for its Bacon Week Menu:
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp: Four bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with Horseradish and topped with House-Made Dijonnaise Sauce;
Bacon Bay Scallops: Fried Nantucket Island Bay Scallops tossed with Crumbled Bacon served in Boston Lettuce Leaves drizzled with House-Made Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli;
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus: Four Fried Fresh Asparagus Spears Wrapped in Bacon with House-Made Chipotle Ranch Dipping Sauce;
Bacon Salmon Pinwheels: Peach Preserve Glazed Grilled Salmon with Bacon, Cream Cheese and Green Onions
Bacon Pasta Carbonara with Cod: Broiled Cod served over Bucatini Pasta tossed with Bacon, Egg Yolks and Pecorino Romano Cheese served with Salad;
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast: Spinach and Pepper Jack Cheese-stuffed Chicken Breast wrapped in Bacon topped with House-Made Barbecue Glaze served with House-Made Cheddar Bacon Grits and Salad;
Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon: Two 4-ounce Bacon wrapped Filet Medallions topped with House-Made Gorgonzola Cheese Sauce served with House-Made Bacon-White Truffle Mashed Potatoes and Salad
House-Made Bacon Bourbon Caramel Brownie
The MVRA created weekly themed promotions that are held each month at member restaurants that decide to participate, in part to counteract the loss of several festivals that had to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
So to some degree, the Aug. 15-22 Bacon Week is a COVID-necessary substitute for the wildly popular BaconFest that is usually held every year at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering.