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 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.
TIMING: SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
REGION: CHI, DC, ATX, SF & CANADA
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. We call it Open Source Agriculture. Piggy Bank is a membership organization structured as a 501(c)(3).
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
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.
TIMING: ONCE A YEAR
REGION: TO BE DETERMINED
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.
TIMING: OCTOBER - NOVEMBER
REGION: TO BE DETERMINED
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.
TIMING: MAY - AUGUST
"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
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.
TIMING: OPEN YEAR ROUND
REGION: SHIPS TO USA ONLY