Viceroy Grand Ballroom
Saturday, June 20th
COCHON 555 PRESENTS GRAND COCHON AT VICEROY SNOWMASSEPIC END TO 10-CITY TOURING CULINARY COMPETITION IN SNOWMASS/ASPEN
Grand Cochon, the epic finale to the 10-city touring culinary competition, will crown its King or Queen of Porc at the Viceroy Snowmass during the week of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen onSaturday evening, June 20th. The event brings together the ten winning chefs of the regional competitions and ten pigs for a nose-to-tail culinary showdown. More than 2,000 pounds of heritage pork raised by American family farms will be served to a crowd of 20 celebrity chefs and 400 pork-loving epicureans. The grand champion will be rewarded with a 4-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. New in 2015, the winner’s kitchen countertops will be resurfaced with Wilsonart® Quartz decorative surfacing, a remarkable, beautifully engineered stone material from America’s countertop leader. Tickets for general admission are $150 for 7:45pm entry, and VIP tickets for early admission are $200 for entry at 7:00pm sharp. The event is all-inclusive and includes endless food and drink.
This year’s winners and competing chefs include Francis Derby of The Cannibal (NYC), Mark Decker of DownHouse (Houston), Jody Adams of Rialto/TRADE (Boston), Thomas Boemer of Corner Table (Minneapolis), Matt Vawter of Mercantile dining & provision (Denver), Danny Lee of Mandu (D.C.), Walter Manzke of Republique (L.A.),David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit (San Francisco), Lindsay Autry of Fin & Feather (Miami) and Nicole Pederson ofFound Kitchen (Chicago).
For convenience, complimentary shuttles from Aspen will depart every 10 minutes from Ruby Park and will start one hour before peak event times. The shuttles will register our guests and provide complimentary beverages during the 12-14 minute trip up to Snowmass.
Guests are encouraged to purchase 2-Day Passes to Grand Cochon and Heritage Fire. This is the best way to save on both events. Available in VIP and General Admission packages, guests will get access to both events with considerable savings. 2-Day passes are available by following the Buy Tickets button below.
This fairy-tale heritage pork event includes more than 2,000 pounds of heritage breed pork showcased by the best 30dishes that won the chefs their regional competition and passage to Snowmass/Aspen. Guests will enjoy the Breckenridge Experience including the “Last Call” cocktail booth featuring the National Winner of Punch Kings, Smoked Old Fashioned’s, a very special Vodka and Caviar tasting as well as pop-up demos featuring renowned tattoo artists Darren Brass and Jose Santiago of Miami Ink tattooing heritage breed hams. Guests will experience notable tastings from Wines from Rioja, Whistle Pig Rye and the Perfect Manhattan Experience presented by Groupon with Breckenridge Bourbon, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Hirsch, Luxardo and a specially cured garnish by Creminelli Fine Meats. Cochon’s “pop-up” culinary experiences include the Petit Format Bar presented by Wilsonart® Quartz decorative surfacing, Bacon Hall of Fame presented by Maggy Hawk Vineyards, the Mezcal Chupito Bar with Mezcales de Leyenda, Fidencio, La Venenosa and Koch el Mezcal, the Artisan Cheese Bar presented by Cured Boulder, the Oyster Shelf presented by Rappahannock River Oysters, the famous TarTare Bar featuring Creekstone Farms, the Rioja Tapas Bar featuring the delicacies of Agromar, the Official Chef’s Pantry courtesy of Chef’sWarehouse and Williams-Sonoma. This notable group of local and national sponsors will be hosting exceptional experiences from Prosciutto di Parma, Black River Caviar, Creminelli, Drew Estate Cigars, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and La Brea Bakery.
“It’s always an honor to host Grand Cochon, and to have amazing partners like Snowmass Tourism and the Viceroy welcome us for this special weekend means things are really heating up this summer. We’re putting the spotlight on heritage species, responsible agriculture and amazing chefs while the Classic in Aspen is taking place down the road. Snowmass is now home to Cochon’s two best expressions of live-event immersion in the good food movement featuring the best chefs, farmers and sponsors around the country.
Guests can expect an epic culinary experience,” stated Brady Lowe, Founder of Cochon 555.Tickets for this not-to-be-missed weekend are now available with exclusive room rates starting at $109. “This is sure to be one of the most exciting culinary events of the year, said Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism.“Locals and visitors alike are in for an amazing experience interacting with renowned chefs and tastings of the many food and beverage offerings. These two spectacular events are a highlight of our Snowmassive Summer.”
Additionally, this year, Heritage Fire by Cochon 555 will also join the ranks of offerings this summer during the week of the Classic in Aspen. This premier hyper-local, whole animal, live-fire, food and wine event continues the celebration of breed diversity and family farming. Heritage Fire features chefs and farmers working together to spotlight traditional outdoor cooking techniques paired with amazing wines, craft beers, and amazing spirits. The list of heritage and heirloom foods to be featured include dry-aged beef from Creekstone Farms, whole pigs, lambs, goat, lobster, squab, rabbit, duck, chicken, artisan cheeses, oysters and heirloom vegetables paired with the best beverages.