Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail culinary tour dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating chefs and diners about the agricultural importance of utilizing Old World livestock. We work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable – Mom-and-Pop, farm-to-table, BBQ, Michelin star - and our participating chefs all share one core value: they source products responsibly. Our epic 2017 culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon.
Cochon555 is a theater for innovative food and drink experiences. 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. Please explore our website, watch a video and enjoy an all-inclusive ticketed event that directly supports the good food movement.
Cochon555 executes a host of authentic, nose-to-tail food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breeds. The events circulate both educational and inspirational messages to more than 16,000 guests a year via an array of expressions including; the signature Cochon555 (new world cuisine) and Heritage BBQ (old world global grilling cultures) competitions, Heritage Fire (live-fires) and more.
TIMING: JANUARY - AUGUST
REGION: NORTH AMERICA
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 14-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.
TIMING: JANUARY - AUGUST
REGION: TOP CULINARY MARKETS
Grand Cochon spotlights the 'Best 3 Bites' from all Cochon555 tour competition cities. 14 chefs cook 14 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.
TIMING: SUNDAY OCTOBER 1, 2017
REGION: NATIONAL COMPETITION
Heritage Fire is a hyper-local, whole animal, live-fire bacchanal. It celebrates the raising, cooking, and eating of heritage breed animals (beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, fish, birds) raised with purpose and passion. Each event features 3,500+ pounds of fire-kissed meat roasted en plein air by 50+ chefs. The first is held on a mountainside during the Classic in Aspen, the second at a Napa winery mid-August.
TIMING: JUNE 6/17 | AUGUST 8/27
REGION: COLORADO | NAPA
Heritage BBQ is a whole-hog competition dedicated to a global celebration of barbecue. Winemakers, distillers, brewers, bartenders – hospitality’s biggest talents take guests on a journey that is at once delicious and inspiring. From Malaysia to Korea and Argentina to the Caribbean, Old World recipes are creating taste memories to last a lifetime and change the lives of pig farmers everywhere.
TIMING: MARCH - JUNE
REGION: MIA | BOS | SF | ATL
Piggy Bank (PB) is a farm-in-the-making providing solutions for emerging farmers looking to raise heritage breed pigs. The goal is to provide free genetics (piglets) alongside an online trove of business plans and crucial start-up information to family farms. Data sharing, sales networks, best practices – we call it Open Access Agriculture (OAA). Piggy Bank is a 501(c)(3).
REGION: GLOBAL CAUSE
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.
REGION: OVER 100 RESTAURANTS
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, 14 winners from 14 cities will compete at a grand finale called “Last Call” in Chicago in October. Think artful drink and boozy victories earned one sip at a time.
REGION: NORTH AMERICA
Peruse the great selection of T-Shirts and various Cochon555 related items from our great partners around the country. Have something that would look great with a pig on it? We love collaborations. A portion of all sales benefits Piggy Bank.
TIMING: OPEN YEAR ROUND
REGION: SHIPS TO USA ONLY