Preheat 4 Quart Stock Pot on range top over medium heat for 2 minutes. Melt 1/4 cup butter and brown stew meat. Stir in flour. Add wine, water, thyme, bay leaves and fresh parsley, stirring constantly. Place unit on Slow Cooker Base, cover and simmer on Setting #2 for 3 to 4 hours.
Fry bacon in 9" Sauté Skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the bacon and mushroom mixture to the stew. Add onions, cover and continue cooking for 45 minutes on Setting #2. Remove the stems of the thyme and parsley and both bay leaves. Keep warm for serving at Setting #1.