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Hooper: Bacon jam makes everything better

I'm hooked on bacon jam.

The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina put this concoction of Nueske's bacon and syrupy sweet and tangy flavorings on the grilled chicken at the George Edgecomb Bar scholarship dinner last week and it left me clamoring for more.

"The bacon does all the work," said Marriott executive sous chef Rich Willerer.

You can get bacon jam on the scallops at the hotel's Waterside Grille. They need to bottle it . . .

The best events serve up inspiration. Attendees got a big dose at the Edgecomb Bar event, and you're sure to get a heaping helping at the Beth Dillinger Foundation's "Value Me" Prom Magic luncheon Thursday at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park.

Watching students from the PACE Center for Girls strut the runway with newfound confidence generates hope. Plus, proceeds help feed nearly 700 children a week . . .

Seen on a bumper sticker: There's No Place Like Om . . .

I've heard a variety of religious leaders give blessings and invocations, but none have proved more sincere than the heartfelt thanks offered at Metropolitan Ministries' Bridge Builders luncheon by Eric Alvarado, who blessed the food and expressed gratitude for the help he and his family received from MetMin . . .

Plant High football coach Robert Weiner should get more calls to give a keynote speech. He delivered at the inaugural Bill Minahan Memorial Luncheon last week . . .

The biggest goal for Give Day Tampa Bay on Tuesday may be involving more young people. With Florida Next part of the effort, it hopes to inspire people between the ages of 25 and 40. . . .

My advice to event planners? Smear bacon jam on whatever you serve . . .

That's all I'm saying.

Hooper: Bacon jam makes everything better 05/04/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 4, 2014 7:18pm]
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