A popular Dade City restaurant is putting its own culinary spin on a long-running game among movie buffs: Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Instead of challenging guests to connect any actor to Kevin Bacon, using the idea of "six degrees of separation," in as few attempts as possible, Pearl in the Grove is set to present a limited-seating dinner titled the Seven Courses of Kevin Bacon.
The one-time boucherie event, hosted from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20, is driven by a pig named Kevin Bacon, who Pearl in the Grove has raised over the past few months. Fresh garden produce and Angry Chair Brewing's spent beer grains are what Kevin's been feasting upon.
"Boucherie," the restaurant writes on Facebook, "the French term for a butcher, can also be used to describe a community or family gathering meal, in celebration of the slaughter of fresh livestock. With lack of refrigeration available, everyone would participate in ensuring the entire animal was prepared and preserved in a way as to not waste anything."
Using everything from the pig's nose to his tail, Pearl in the Grove will showcase courses like trotter tots (trotter, Creole mustard, Georgia cracker-tomato salad, pickled red onion), cast-iron seared loin (corn, black eyed peas, bitter greens, squash, natural jus), Kevin's Bacon (crispy skinned belly, misoyaki, pommes pavé, pickled red cabbage, shaved vegetables), and pork fat ice cream (smoked bacon butterscotch, cinnamon-sugar cracklings).
Each dish will be paired with an Angry Chair brew — a pineapple saison, gose and coffee stout among them.
Tickets, available online, are $150. A portion of the proceeds will go to Feeding Tampa Bay.