The world’s first environmentally conscious nose-to-tail pig competition. Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, the competition started a series of national conversations about family farmers struggling to educate chefs and consumers about the health benefits of utilizing old-time livestock. We work with every type of restaurant and bar whereas participating chefs all share one core value: they source. Every year, an epic culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon.
TIMING: JANUARY - OCTOBER
REGION: NORTH AMERICA
North's America most talked about culinary competition. This one-of-a-kind stand-up tasting reception features five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause. Guests help us vote for the best bite of the day and the winner is announced the “Princess or Prince of Porc”. Our event promotes family farms, heritage breed pigs and raises money for Piggy Bank, a 501(c)(3) charity. The ten-city tour kicks-off every January and unites consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, restaurateurs, craft brewers and distillers.
TIMING: JANUARY - MAY
REGION: OUR FAVORITE FOOD TOWNS
Immediately following the COCHON555, ten regional winners fly to Colorado to compete at Grand Cochon. The Finale spotlights 'Best 30 Bites' from COCHON555. 10 Chefs + 10 Pigs in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all culinary showdown; crowning the winner of the event the “Queen or King of Porc". The all-inclusive event features caviar, oysters, cheese, wines, brews, cider, spirits and much much more. If you are headed to the Classic in Aspen, Grand Cochon and Heritage Fire take place in Snowmass (10 minute shuttles provided).
TIMING: SATURDAY JUNE 18, 2016
REGION: NATIONAL COMPETITION
Heritage Fire by COCHON555 is a hyper-local, whole animal, live-fire, all-inclusive outdoor food and wine event celebrating responsibly raised heritage breed animals (beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, fish, birds) raised with purpose and passion. These two annual events featuring 3,000 pounds of fire-kissed meat prepared by 50+ notable chefs, continues to climb ranks of the best culinary events of all-time. The first is held in Snowmass Colorado during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, followed by Napa Valley mid-August. Any fire-cooking enthusiast’s culinary dream come true.
TIMING: JUNE - AUGUST
REGION: NATIONAL CHEFS + NATIVE FIRES
Heritage BBQ is a culinary event and competition featuring chefs cooking whole, heritage breed pigs with global flavors and techniques. Winemakers, distillers, brewers, bartenders - some of our nation’s biggest talents will take you on a journey that is both delicious and inspiring. From Malaysia to Korea, Argentina to the Caribbean, guests will sample Old World recipes grilled over live fire, creating memories and tastes that will last a lifetime - and change the lives of pig farmers all over the region.
TIMING: SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER
REGION: CHI | ATL | SF | ATX
Piggy Bank is a genetic sanctuary enabling solutions for emerging farmers and social communities. Our goal: to build a working farm that offers free pigs (breeding stock) and business plans to new, small family farmers. The foundation to Piggy Bank is transparency, a sharing of data, information and farming practices. In short, we hope to become a model that can be copied, shared and free for people to build upon. Piggy Bank is a 501(c)(3). This is Open Source Agriculture!
REGION: GLOBAL CAUSE
An annual Rewards Program perfect for professional diners who frequently travel and search for memorable culinary endeavors. Each membership supports Piggy Bank and connects card-holders to a national network of chefs offering complimentary tastings when dining and great partners featuring discounts online. The Chefs Course "Dinner Series” is a Saturday night separately ticketed "reservation required", all-inclusive dinner featuring five chefs cooking a five-course meal paired with amazing sponsors following a stand-up reception.
REGION: OVER 100 RESTAURANTS
Top barkeeps go whole bottle at COCHON555’s Annual Punch Competition Series dedicated to bringing back the “Art of Hospitality". Fact - Punch is a hospitality enhancement to any social engagement. First, our Signature Competition featuring 50 spirit slingers at all ten regional COCHON555 events. Second, ten winners are selected to compete at the grand finale called "Last Call” that takes place during Heritage Fire in Snowmass. Still thirsty? We also host city-wide competitions perfectly themed and paired with a totally sexy Caja China Pig Roast.
REGION: NORTH AMERICA
"New in 2016" This priceless experience is an all-inclusive guest chef dinner that pays homage to the best Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese restaurants inspiring the best menus and chefs across the country. The "Dinner Series" is a Friday night separately ticketed "reservation required", once-in-a-lifetime 'Asian Speakeasy' themed feast paired with amazing wines and premium hand-crafted cocktails. Only 40 tickets are available, the price is $125 per person and 100% of proceeds benefit Piggy Bank.
TIMING: EVERY FRIDAY ON TOUR
REGION: ALL MARKETS