MORE THAN JUST A LIVE-EVENT. THIS IS NORTH AMERICA'S HONEST FOOD TOUR. AN EPIC CULINARY EVENT RAISING AWARENESS FOR THE RESPONSIBLE FARMING OF HERITAGE BREED PIGS THROUGH EATING & DRINKING

The seven-year old flagship COCHON555 tour is celebrated as the world’s first environmentally conscious nose-to-tail pig competition celebrating fine-dining and the pillars of our culinary landscape. Every year, an epic 10-city culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon, in Snowmass, Colorado, the same weekend as the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Immediately following Grand Cochon, the tour turns to a series of events dedicated to old-world cooking, Heritage Fire (fire-cooking event) and Heritage BBQ (global BBQ exhibition).

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COCHON555

THE SIGNATURE SERIES

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.

FOCUS: HYPER-LOCAL, FINE-DINING
TIMING: JANUARY - MAY
REGION: OUR FAVORITE FOOD TOWNS
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GRAND COCHON

THE GRAND FINALE

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).

FOCUS: THE BEST 30 BITES FROM TOUR
TIMING: SATURDAY JUNE 18, 2016
REGION: NATIONAL COMPETITION
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HERITAGE FIRE

PREMIERE WOOD-FIRED EXPERIENCE

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.

FOCUS: ASADOR FIRE COOKING
TIMING: JUNE - AUGUST
REGION: NATIONAL CHEFS + NATIVE FIRES
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HERITAGE BBQ

GLOBAL BBQ EXHIBITION

Heritage BBQ by COCHON555 is a friendly competition between five chefs cooking five whole heritage breed pigs in a multitude of global grilling expressions, like Korean BBQ, Argentine, Luau, Char Siu, Cambodian, Filipino, Peruvian and Barbacoa. Tagged the “World’s First Global BBQ Fair & Exhibition”, this educational feast features top chefs showcasing old-world traditions, recipes steeped in heritage and globally influenced cooking techniques. Together we explore new pairings of wine, brews and spirits with global flavors cooked up by the best at an all-inclusive feast.

FOCUS: BBQ GOES GLOBAL GOES LOCAL
TIMING: SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
REGION: CHI, DC, ATX, SF & CANADA
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PIGGY BANK

OPEN SOURCE AGRICULTURE

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!

FOCUS: FUND RAISING
TIMING: YEAR-ROUND
REGION: GLOBAL CAUSE
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CHEF’S COURSE

ANNUAL REWARDS PROGRAM

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.

FOCUS: BENEFITTING PIGGY BANK
TIMING: YEAR-ROUND
REGION: OVER 100 RESTAURANTS
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PUNCH KINGS

WHOLE BOTTLE COMPETITION

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.

FOCUS: THE ORIGINAL BOTTLE SERVICE
TIMING: YEAR-ROUND
REGION: NORTH AMERICA
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EPIC COCHON

ONCE IN A LIFETIME

EPIC is COCHON555’s most unique expression. As the name implies, it must be insanely curated, absolutely memorable in every detail, combing the best in food, chefs and beverage. Never replicated, they only can happen once. EPIC #1 was a champagne feast at the James Beard House to launch Chef's Course. EPIC #2 was a city-wide chef feast in the city of brotherly love, Philadelphia. EPIC #3 kicked off the Toronto Food & Wine Festival with a chef's feast no one will ever forget. In 2016, 100% of proceeds from EPIC will benefit Piggy Bank.

FOCUS: ONLY THE BEST
TIMING: ONCE A YEAR
REGION: TO BE DETERMINED
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ALL-STAR COCHON

THE BEST OF 7 YEARS

All-Star Cochon (held in Las Vegas 2012/13) was a collective of the best chefs and butchers of Tour. Star-studded, flavor-packed, pork-filled, this all-inclusive non-competitive event features notable chefs cooking dishes that won them their national crown. The Royal Court features the kings and the queens, fan favorites and champions from seven year’s on the road. We also invite many other chefs to participate, and they love the special Late Night Asian Speakeasy theme paired with premium beverages. Don't miss this event, it's one of our best.

FOCUS: CELEBRATE THE QUEENS & KINGS
TIMING: OCTOBER - NOVEMBER
REGION: TO BE DETERMINED
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COCHON ISLAND

AGRI-TOURISM

Culinary luminaries go whole hog in this Island-style celebration of local players and national producers with the goal to better the local food supply. The event is Cochon555's pitch to agri-tourism to engage with like-minded brands looking to provide solutions for day-to-day challenges facing family farmers. Programming includes an all-inclusive nose-to-tail feast, seminars, B2B introductions and dinners uniting consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, craft winemakers, brewers and distillers.

FOCUS: AGRI-TOURISM
TIMING: MAY - AUGUST
REGION: ISLANDS
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LATE NIGHT ASIAN SPEAKEASY

A CHEF'S FEAST

"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.

FOCUS: FAR EAST MEETS LOCAL
TIMING: EVERY FRIDAY ON TOUR
REGION: ALL MARKETS
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PORC STORE

OFFICIAL TOUR MERCHANDISE

Enjoy shopping for exclusive merchandise from the tour. Peruse the great selection of T-Shirts and various Cochon 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. Together, we are supporting the conversation to preserve heritage breeds and family farms.

FOCUS: COMFY SHIRTS & GOODS
TIMING: OPEN YEAR ROUND
REGION: SHIPS TO USA ONLY
A one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event – five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers – to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. After putting 50 events in the history books, this fine-tuned flavor train departs for another ten-city tour uniting local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, established restaurateurs, brewers, distillers and the pork loving public in a stand-up tasting reception format.
Immediately following the ten regional COCHON 555 events, the winners compete at the national finale and the winner of the Grand Cochon is announced “King or Queen of Porc”. The event includes more than 30 chef dishes, butcher demos, reserve wines, craft brews, bartenders, artisan cocktails, bourbon bars, pig-infused sweets and an award ceremony to announce the winner. Top honors at the finale comes with bragging rights and a 4-day wine experience in Spain hosted by Rioja.
An annual event of wood-fired cooking celebrates responsibly raised heritage breed animals (beef, lamb, goat, rabbit, birds) and the people growing them with purpose and passion. FIRE is the perfect equation of traditional, whole animal cooking techniques combined with our natural desire to eat honest food over live fires. Great chefs, stunning venue, amazing wines, ice-cold brews, and crisp ciders all in celebrated wine country.
Heritage BBQ by COCHON 555 is a friendly competition between [5] chefs cooking whole pig for a group of 20 celebrity judges. The event also features a “World’s BBQ Fair” exhibition, showcasing top chefs (can be upwards of 15) cooking a multitude of global grilling expressions like Hibachi, Korean BBQ, Asado, Char Siu, Braai, Satay, and Barbacoa.

Founded in 2012, EPIC is a unique expression of Cochon. The event is a 100% custom, non-competition tasting event never to be replicated. The first EPIC was held at the James Beard House in New York for the launch of Chefs Course, our National Awards Program. If you are looking to host an EPIC event in 2014 with a sustainable tasting component, production crew and built in following, look no further.
Culinary luminaries go whole pig in this Island-style outdoor celebration of culinary enthusiast, notable media and food champions. In states like Hawai’i or superb locales like Puerto Rico, this annual celebration engages like-minded looking to create solutions for local agriculture challenges.
Star-studded, flavor-packed, pork-filled, this non-competition tasting event features an amazing group cooking late night style favorites in Las Vegas. The chefs and butchers are the royal court, they are the kings, the queens, the champions of the tour.
COCHON 555 launched a special dining incentive in 2012 to reward our national community for supporting heritage agriculture and local food producers. Members sign up to enjoy one full year of benefits at participating restaurants, receive exclusive offers from Cochon wineries and discounts with our national partners. A portion of the card will benefit The James Beard Foundation. We will be launching the 2014 Membership on January 26th, 2014 from New York City.
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HERITAGE BBQ
GRAND COCHON
HERITAGE FIRE
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CHEFS COURSE DINNERS
LARGE FORMAT FEAST
PUNCH KINGS - NATIONAL
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THE PERFECT MANHATTAN
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ALL-STAR COCHON
EPIC COCHON
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GREAT CROWDS
THE MEZCAL BAR
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ARTISAN CHEESE BAR
COCHON ISLAND
THE OYSTER SHELF
TAR TAR BAR
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