Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Revival Hosts Bacon Explosion on Oct. 24 to Celebrate Pure Pork Awesomeness

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Kevin Gillespie’s Decatur Restaurant Partners With
BBQ Addicts’ Jason Day for a Swine-Filled Shindig

ATLANTA (September 30, 2015) –On Saturday, Oct. 24, Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie is teaming up with BBQ Addicts’ Jason Day to pay respect to the pig with a Bacon Explosion event at Gillespie’s newest restaurant, Revival. From noon to 3 p.m., guests can savor the bacon-wrapped, bacon-stuffed barbecue sausage dish that puts all others to shame.

“It’s no secret that I love working with pork, and Bacon Explosion is the ultimate tribute to pork,” says Gillespie. “Guests are in for a real treat when they try Jason’s original version of this indulgent dish.”

The porcine party will take place on Revival’s front porch and in the Decatur restaurant's front yard, where Day will be cooking the original version of his infamous Bacon Explosion - a pound of basket-weaved bacon wrapped around two pounds of juicy sausage filled with a pound of fried bacon crumbles. Gillespie will serve additional snacks and all will be paired with craft beers from Atlanta’s own Wild Heaven brewery. A variety of Angry Orchard hard ciders, a great pairing for pork, will also be served while George Norman & Friends entertains with live music.

This isn’t the first time Gillespie has partnered with Day; the two met in 2013 while filming The Bacon Show on and discovered their mutual passion for pork. Gillespie’s own version of the Bacon Explosion dish appears in his second cookbook,“Pure Pork Awesomeness: Totally Cookable Recipes From Around the World,” where he credits Day for creating the original recipe.

“Pure Pork Awesomeness,” the follow-up to Gillespie’s successful cookbook debut “Fire in My Belly,” is organized like the pig itself - by cuts - and offers not just recipes but tips on buying the best-tasting pork available, differences among heritage breeds of pigs and what to do with new cuts like “rib-eye of pork.”Readers will come to agree with Gillespie that whether it's pork chop one day, pulled pork another or cured bacon the next, pig offers a completely different taste with each creation.

Tickets for this event are $30 per person, which includes food and two drinks, or $50 per person for food, two drinks and a copy of Gillespie’s “Pure Pork Awesomeness”cookbook. Attendance is limited to 100 people. To purchase tickets, visit Xorbia.

Revival offers a proper version of the traditional Sunday dinner served family-style and executed with precise techniques. The restaurant is located at 129 Church Street in Decatur and serves dinner Monday – Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday – Saturday from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Reservations are accepted but not required and can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 470-225-6770. Additional information can be found at For more updates, follow Revival on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

In addition to creating the Bacon Explosion, Jason Day is also the founder of the Burnt Finger BBQ competition team and author of the cookbook “BBQ Makes Everything Better.” For more information on the BBQ Addicts’ adventures, visit their blog or Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds.

About Red Beard Restaurants
Red Beard Restaurants is the parent company that oversees Atlanta chef, restaurateur, speaker and cookbook author Kevin Gillespie’s food and beverage ventures, including his restaurants Gunshow and Revival, his BBQ pop-up Terminus City and all of his merchandise. The management company allows Gillespie to set comprehensive standards to ensure smart expansion, offer more internal growth opportunities for his team members and provide consulting services to other food and beverage start-ups. With the 2015 establishment of Red Beard Restaurants, Gillespie is able to continue his day-to-day interactions with diners while also pursuing his creative visions and impacting the culinary landscape of the South. The company’s offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, call 404-380-1886 or visit


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