Cochon555, the nation’s most talked about premium food, wine and spirit celebration and live-event series, is back on the road in 2018. The dynamic events all feature a hundred-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments that educate the palate.
The epic culinary tour starts in New York City in late-January and culminates with Grand Cochon, the finale on September 30th in Chicago. At the heart, Cochon555 aims to create moments of inspiration, and to engender discussion and action - to buy, to cook, shop and donate in the name of a safe, honest, and delicious.
Cochon555 is a culinary competition to promote local family farming and whole pig cookery through the eyes of five notable chefs. Each tasked with the goal to win votes from celebrity judges and pork enthusiasts, chefs have one week to prepare a 200 pound pig and present a “Judge’s Plate” scored on utilization; technique; and overall flavor. The winner of the local competition is announced the Prince or Princess of Pork and advances to the national finale. Grand Cochon spotlights the 'Best 3 Bites' from all Cochon555 regional events in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all showdown for the crown.
Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail culinary event dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating buyers about the agricultural importance of eating heritage breed pigs, some of which are on critical watch lists. The meat they produce is recognized for its superior flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritious qualities. At all events, we source only the highest quality ingredients and products.
At any given event, over a hundred-plus cooks, chefs, restaurant and bar owners, renowned sommeliers and barkeeps, can be found working in concert to create luxurious moments. We work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable – from farm-to-table to Michelin star - and all participating chefs share one core value: they source products responsibly. If you like tasty pig, our goal is to buy the "best breeds" from farmers doing it the "right way". Your support benefits our foundation project, Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (fire, flood, and disease).
SIGNATURE FOOD EXPERIENCE: Over 1500 Pounds of Heritage Pig, 5 Chefs Cooking Whole Hog, Cocina De La Familia aka Asador de Pastor pop-up, Starter Bar with Cures, Pates and Foie, Signature Cheese Bar, Luxe Butter Bar, Tartare Bar w. Antica Wines, Royal Oak "Dirty Steaks" Tasting, Swine & Sweets w. Perfect Puree, and Mike's Pie Pop-Up Pie Shop.
ELEVATED DRINK: Buffalo Trace Welcome Lounge, Five Winemaker’s Table, Somm Smackdown (VIP only), Punch Kings (VIP only), The Manhattan Project, Smoked Old Fashioned, Antica Wines and Tartare Bar, Angostura Original Bitter's Bar, Heritage Rum Cart, Wines of Germany Culinary Pop-Up, Tiki Bar, Italian Wine Showcase, Arrangement of Dry Sparkling Sodas, Topo Chico Secret of Mexico, Hand-Crafted Beer & Cider.
VIP FOOD - An extra hour of extravagance without waiting in line. Chefs will serve a preview of two dishes during the first hour.
VIP BEVERAGE - The first hour includes five barkeeps in bourbon punch competition called Punch Kings and guests enjoy reserve and allocated wines and spirits.