'Outlaw' Bacon a Guilty Pleasure
LOGAN SQUARE — By his estimate, Drew would need six separate licenses to legally operate his meat-curing business, Flesh for Food.
Until he gets them, he’s stuck operating his kitchen as an outlaw, curing his craft bacon at an undisclosed location and discreetly distributing the illicit pork belly through delivery orders and clandestine food events. He also prefers, naturally, not to disclose his last name.
I really can't tell what to make of this story. Six separate licenses to make bacon? Really? This is one of those cases where I whip out my brush and start brushing the hell out of my wookie suit, folks. Look, I understand why we want to make sure people aren't selling diseased or spoiled meat; however, at what point does selling one product require six licenses?
This isn't about safety. It's not about protecting people from unscrupulous businessmen. It's about the government needed to have its fingers in everyone's pie. It's about using "ZOMG IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN!!!!!111111eleven" as a giant cudgel with which to beat small businesses about the head and shoulders in the name of some nebulous public good. Because, you know, if he sold that bacon without the proper license, someone could, um, get unlicensed bacon.
Now, if he could wrap that unlicensed bacon around a Twinkie, you'd really have something...
That is all.