Union Market - Official Host Venue
Sunday, Mar. 23, 2014 - 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
COCHON US TOUR & GOOSE ISLAND BEER CO. HUMBLY PRESENT COCHON555. Over 11 tons of heritage pork raised by family farms will be served across the country in a nose-to-tail touring culinary competition. In each city, five local chefs will each be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 expert judges and guests of the event will vote for the city’s “Prince or Princess of Porc.” The winner from each city goes on to compete for top honors in the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June. The winner of the finale receives bragging rights as the “King or Queen of Porc” and a 4-day wine experience to Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region.
In addition to 30 chef-prepared dishes, guests can experience The Goose Nest, an area featuring the Vintage Ales of Goose Island Beer Co. paired with Hudson Valley Foie Gras. A welcome cocktail from Four Roses Bourbon. Live butchering demonstration at the Pop-Up Butcher Shop, benefitting the local culinary school. Different ages of Prosciutto di Parma ranging between 14 and 30 months, sliced by a roaming Berkel and by hand off a bone-in leg. The event also features  five local barkeeps in the “Punch Kings” Competition presented by Breckenridge Bourbon barkeeps can sign-up here. A Perfect Manhattan Experience featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Hirsch, Templeton Rye and Luxardo. Libations include the portfolio of Crispin Ciders table featuring Wines of Rioja, and four others tba, and the infamous Mezcal Bar featuring Fidencio and Mezcal de Leyenda. CHEF tbd will be hand-chopping at the TarTare Bar featuring Creekstone Beef. Start with Rappahannock River Oysters, the Cheese Bar including Rogue Creamery and the artisan breads of La Brea Bakery. Right before announcing the winner and heading to the after party, guests will enjoy family meal, an entire 6th heritage breed pig prepared prepared in a Late-Night Asian Speakeasy format followed by Swine & Sweets signature dessert course featuring Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.
The COCHON 555 event is 100% inclusive and always on Sunday. In 2014, ticket buyers are invited to enter to win a VIP trip to Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival in New York City, a trip to Heritage BBQ in September, or more than $3,000 in prizes from partners, including a Smart-Scoop Ice Cream Maker from Breville, a $1000 bottle of Reserve Bourbon from Breckenridge Distillery, a chance to be a Punch Kings Judge and 2 VIP tickets to Cochon 555.