OUR MISSION

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".

The epic culinary tour starts in New York City in late-January and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon September 30th in Chicago, marking our first decade. 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. Bottom line, we are educating the nation one bite at a time and creating a safer food future to be shared with our children.

OUR EVENTS

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COCHON555

THE SIGNATURE SERIES

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COCHON555

This one-of-a-kind culinary tour features five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause. After a dual guest/judge vote, the winner is crowned the “Princess/Prince of Porc”. The 11-city tour kicks off in January, connecting quality-driven diners with family farmers, winemakers, restaurateurs, brewers, and distillers while contributing to Piggy Bank, a 501(c)(3) charity. NEW YORK / DALLAS / MIAMI / SAN FRANCISCO / LOS ANGELES / MINNEAPOLIS / CHICAGO / SEATTLE / BANFF / AUSTIN / MIAMIDENVER

HERITAGE FIRE

LIVE-FIRE EXPERIENCE

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HERITAGE FIRE

A Must-Do Whole-Animal, Live Fire Event, this is an elevated culinary experience. Heritage Fire is a food and wine event featuring 3,500+ pounds of fire-kissed meat roasted en plein air by 25+ top chefs. Inspired by global grilling traditions, chefs build their own fires and roast everything from whole lamb, goats, pigs and ducks, dry-aged beef to foie gras, sturgeon, clams, and heirloom vegetables in a beautiful vineyard setting. A decadent event featuring endless helpings of artisan cheeses, charcuterie, free-flow boutique wines from around the globe, micro brews, and more. Join us and support of heritage breed farming.

GRAND COCHON

THE EPIC FINALE

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GRAND COCHON

Grand Cochon spotlights the 'Best 3 Bites' from all Cochon555 tour competition cities. 10 chefs cook 10 pigs in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all showdown. The winner is crowned “Queen or King of Porc". The decadent ticket features all-in tasting of caviar, oysters, cheese, wines, beers, cider, spirits, and more.

PUNCH KINGS

WHOLE BOTTLE COMPETITION

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PUNCH KINGS

Dedicated to bringing back the “Art of Cocktail Hospitality," barkeeps go whole-bottle in this competition within a competition featuring spirit-slingers nationwide. Similar to Grand Cochon, 10 winners from 10 cities will compete at the grand finale called “Last Call”. Think artful drink and boozy victories earned one sip at a time.

CHEF’S COURSE

ELITE REWARDS PROGRAM

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CHEF’S COURSE

An Elite Rewards Program perfect for diners who travel in search of rare culinary experiences. Membership supports charity and connects card-holders to a national constellation of chefs offering complimentary tastings. Members also get invited to a reservations-only degustation dinner series featuring guest chefs and celebrity guest components on the Saturday night before events.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

"2016 Event of the Year!"
Time Out New York

"Raising the Bar for Dining Festivals"
LA Times

"The Porcine Equivalent of Christmas"
Seattle Metropolitan

"Pork-tastic Goodness!"
Food & Wine Magazine

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Cochon555 Features Some of The Best Chefs in Town"
Time Magazine

"Everyone’s Favorite Pork-centric Cooking Competition"
Zagat

"A Great Celebration, the Ultimate Pig Out"
Bon Appetit

"Chefs Bring Their A-Game for a Cause"
Eater

"Enough About Bacon! Let's Talk Whole Hog"
The Seattle Times

"Cochon555, a Touring Porcine Bacchanalia Slash Competition"
SF Weekly

"A Super Bowl of Swine, Bite After Bite of Swoon Worthy Swine"
Denver Westword

"The Pork Flowed Like Wine at Cochon555"
Eat Me Daily

Cochon555, the competitive celebration of heritage pork... [+] Eater

Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe is a tireless champion of heritage pigs... [+] Food Republic

Heritage-breed pigs in the competition yield melt-in-your mouth chops that you’ll crave for days... [+] The Village Voice

Meant to raise awareness about heritage-breed pigs and sustainable and socially responsible farming... [+] Miami New Times

Are designer pigs worth the money? Brady Lowe of Cochon 555 breaks down the difference... First We Feast [+]

Where can you find 3,500 pounds of Heritage breed pigs, locally sourced... The Daily Meal [+]

This culinary competition celebrates family farms, heritage breed pigs and today’s emerging chef community... NBC Bay Area [+]

Whole heritage-breed pigs in a head to tail showcase for a crowd of pork-loving gourmands… The Huffington Post

One of the country’s most delightfully decadent food fests... Chicago Tribune [+]

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