Sky Full of Bacon

Which Bacons Should Go For Gold?

So the entry deadline for the James Beard Foundation awards is coming up in January, and I’ll likely enter three of this year’s video podcasts.  (It seems like three is the usual number, though it’s not specified in the rules or anything.)  And I’m curious what my regular readers/viewers, if any, think ought to be the three I enter.  (The three best, or the three that go together best, you tell me.)  I know which ones I think are stronger but I think my view is colored by things like how hard each was to make, so I’m really curious what you folks who follow along as they appear erratically found most memorable over the course of the year.  The eligible choices are (here’s a great chance to catch up if there’s any you haven’t seen):

Sky Full of Bacon 07: Eat This City from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Sky Full of Bacon 08: Pear Shaped World from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Sky Full of Bacon 09: Raccoon Stories from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Sky Full of Bacon 10: Prosciutto di Iowa from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Sky Full of Bacon 11: A Better Fish from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Sky Full of Bacon 12: In the Land of Whitefish from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Edzo’s Burger Shop from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

Sky Full of Bacon 13: Pie As a Lifestyle from Michael Gebert on Vimeo.

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9 Responses to “Which Bacons Should Go For Gold?”

  1. Jon In Albany Says:

    I would have to go with Prosciutto di Iowa, A Better Fish, and Pie as a Lifestyle. Pear Shaped World is a very close fourth. Maybe you should just send four.

  2. Michael Says:

    I would go with Asian Pears, Prosciutto, and Raccoon. Each of those tell a unique story with “one of a kind” characters and explore a part of the food world that exist on the fringes for most of the population.

  3. bif Says:

    Prosciutto di Iowa!

  4. Michael Gebert Says:

    Well, yeah, but that’s only one. What are the other two?

  5. Neil Says:

    I think these three stand out the most: Pear, Prosciutto, Whitefish. Each tells a wonderful story and shows the depth you go when reporting/telling a story. All three of them wanted me to learn more about the people and wished they were longer. Raccoon was solid as well and if they don’t specify how many, send all 4! Keep up the good work and good luck with the Beard award!!

  6. Kedzie Says:

    Thinking about this made me realize how much I like all of these. Kudos!
    Here’s my two cents…

    Eat This City. Cool video, but not as interesting to me as the others. Maybe it’s because I will never eat what these people eat. NO.

    Pear Shaped World. She is awesome, it’s a great story, and there’s a ton of interesting info about a food we take for granted. YES.

    Raccoon Stories. Cute, love all the people, but I wish it had more about the food. They’re cooking RACCOON. NO.

    Prosciutto di Iowa. Only wish it was twice as long. YES.

    A Better Fish. Great video, but NO. Only because it’s not as good as your other fish story.

    In the Land of Whitefish. YES. Great story. Great characters. Tons of stuff I never knew before. LOVE this one. YES.

    Edzo’s and Pie. I really really want to eat food from both these places. But the videos just aren’t as strong as the others.

    So, for me, it’s…
    Prosciutto &

    Good luck whatever you choose!

  7. Michael Gebert Says:

    “Prosciutto di Iowa. Only wish it was twice as long.”

    Have you listened to the audio podcast supplement? It IS twice as long and almost none of it is in the video…

    Thanks all, keep ’em coming, I don’t have to decide for a few more days and I really appreciate all the feedback so far.

  8. David Hammond Says:


    Urban foraging and sustainable seafood seem thematically linked in a way others are not (good as they are as standalone pieces).

    PS. My Beard submissions are already in; just turning up the heat a little (fortunately, we’re not competing in the same category).

  9. Michael Gebert Says:

    So here’s what I settled on: Prosciutto, Whitefish, Pear Lady.

    Prosciutto I was sure of– great visuals, great conversation, chefs the Beard folks will have heard of. Whitefish, I was pretty sure of, though it was good to get some feedback on that. But everybody’s feedback really helped with what the third should be– should it be one that goes more in-depth into an issue (A Better Fish) or one that has a really memorable character (Pear Shaped World)? (Those were probably the two most likely all along, though my wife was pulling for pie.) It seems pretty clear that people voted for the character first, so those are the three I chose.

    Thank you all for helping point me that way!