This September 15 in Chicago, nine winning chefs from cities across the U.S. and Canada will compete for the ultimate prize of the “King or Queen of Porc”. That date will also mark the end of the 10th anniversary Tour of Cochon555. It started with a simple idea: let’s start a conversation about how our food is raised and connect stakeholders in the industry more directly. This food festival included heritage breed pig farmers, chefs and wine makers. Five of each were brought together to put on an event that invited consumers into the conversation and demonstrated what our food could be.
Over the past 10 years, Cochon555 has had a lot to say, and provided a platform for others to join the discussion. Grand Cochon is the tour’s annual finale.
“It’s always an honor to see all the incredible talent and good food movement support in one place,” says Brady Lowe, Founder of Cochon555. “We’re putting the spotlight on heritage species, responsible agriculture, and amazing chefs and producers. As one of this country’s premiere dining cities, we’re proud to have Chicago as the centerpiece of Grand Cochon. Guests can expect an epic culinary experience that’s not just about quality, but wines, spirits, cheeses, pork dishes and much more, all created with purpose and passion. This is eating and drinking for a cause.”
In 2015, Piggy Bank was established. It is a “Noah’s Ark” of heritage breed pigs promoting open access agriculture providing access to genetics, business plans and knowledge for small and family farms. What’s next for Cochon? How about seeding the next generation of passionate farmers? With the average age of a U.S. farmer approaching 60, Brady Lowe is launching the “Grow a Farmer” initiative that will help young aspiring agrarians to find apprenticeships and opportunities to learn the craft.
You can support all of these initiatives and people by attending Grand Cochon. As always, a pop up butcher will do a live demo followed by an auction of cuts that will raise money for Piggy Bank. More information will be announced as the date draws near.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://cochon555.com.
*Please note this is a 21 and over event.