Apple Valley sizzles again at Aporkalypse Now

Parkdale eatery repeats victory at the bacon-laden benefit Aporkalypse Now

Jeff Lemley won the bouquet of bacon roses for his bacon poetry.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Jeff Lemley won the bouquet of bacon roses for his bacon poetry.

Apple Valley BBQ has a picture of a pig on its logo, making its dominance at the Gorge’s biggest bacon event hardly a surprising thing.

The crew from the Parkdale restaurant and catering service swept the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ awards Friday at the Helping Hands Against Violence Aporkalypse Now benefit at Springhouse Winery.

The benefit raised $2,934 for the Helping Hands shelter and support services and was attended by about 175 people who enjoyed sampling the dishes, the bacon poetry contest, bacon eating contest, and even a “pig-nata” for kids to take a whack out in front of the building.

“The work our advocates do — supporting victims of domestic violence — is a really difficult job; but supporting our organization doesn’t have to be,” said Stephanie Irving, executive director of Helping Hands Against Violence. “In fact, sometimes it’s a heck of a lot of fun. People came to Aporkalypse for the bacon—the bacon appetizers, the bacon poetry, the bacon eating contest, and maybe even the ‘Pig-naata’! They ate, they drank, they laughed — all while helping to make this world a safer place for the survivors at Helping Hands. And because of them, it already is. A big thanks to all who came and enjoyed the good endorphins of the evening.”

Apple Valley won for its bacon ice cream and trimmings, with many attendees eating the dessert first – earning the restaurant, and chefs Justin White and Sandy Holmes, a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships.

Six restaurants vied for favorite-bacon recipe honors, and Leila Coe and crew repeating their victory at the 2014 inaugural.

The winning dish was, specifically, candied bacon and salted caramel ice cream bacon brown sugar cookie, and bacon pecan crumble.

Boda’s Kitchen was runner-up with its porchetta-crisp hors d’ouevres. Double Mountain served up PBJ-and-bacon sandwiches, with hot sauce, White Buffalo Wine Bar wrapped jalapenos in bacon and cream cheese, and Riverside Resturaunt featured bacon-wrapped dates.

Jeff Lemley won the bouquet of bacon roses for his bacon poetry and Brian Towey of Hood River edged five other Bacon-wannabes to win the Kevin Bacon lookalike contest.

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