LOS ANGELES

Viceroy Santa Monica - Official Host & Hotel
Sunday, Mar. 13th

Cochon555’s Epic Culinary Competition Tour & Experiential Food Experience Announces a Portion of Ticket Sales Will Support a Charity Dedicated to Creating the World’s First Open-Source Genetics Model for Family Farming

This year’s competing chefs include Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, Bruce Kalman of Union, Jason Neroni of Rose Cafe, Brooke Williamson of The Tripel and returning champion Walter Manzke of Republique. The five chefs will prepare a maximum of six dishes from one whole hog and their utilization will help them win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges. In addition to the 36 dishes prepared from locally-raised pigs, guests will feast on educational experiences featuring boutique wines and culinary cocktails paired with delicious bites. The winner of the regional event will be announced as the “Prince of Porc” and go on to compete for the national title of “King or Queen of Porc” at Grand Cochon, the tour finale, held at the Viceroy in Snowmass / Aspen on June 18th.


Guests can enjoy more culinary programming beyond the 36 competition dishes at this fairy-tale pig event including, delicious cures from Creminelli Fine Meats, the TarTare Bar with Creekstone Farms, “Luxe Butter Bar” with Antica Napa Valley, the Artisan Cheese Bar featuring Cypress Grove Chevre, Coach Farm, Parrano and DTLA Cheese, a chef-prepared bite from California Olive Ranch and the Seafood Shelf featuring Rappahannock River Oysters. Voters get a ticket to Taste the New Ramen Bar paired with the stunning Wines of Germany and Sun Noodle followed by the Pop-Up Pie Shop right before the Awards Ceremony. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to take home delicious heritage breed pork at the Pop-Up Butcher Shop, a retail experience raising money for Piggy Bank with the support of Williams-Sonoma and Hedley & Bennett. The beverage program includes Cochon555’s Punch Kings local barkeep competition featuring Breckenridge Distillery and “The Welcome Punch” reception featuring Buffalo Trace, DRY Sparkling and The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. Wine tastings are back in a big way in 2016 with the “Five Winemakers” including sought-after wines from Paul Draper (Ridge Wines), Rajat Parr (Sandhi Wines), Abe Schoener (Scholium Project), Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni Vineyards), Pax Mahle (Pax Wine Cellars) and special guest Matt Courtney of Arista Winery, a spotlight Sommelier Smackdown, Michael Mondavi Family Estates, Wines from Rioja, Tenuta Sassoregale and Azzurro Wine Company. The Perfect Margarita Experience includes a tasting of hand-crafted luxury tequilas from Don Julio including 1942 and the mobile Heritage Rum Cart featuring Rhum Clément and Plantation Rum will travel through the crowd while guests sip libations at the “TIKI BAR” featuring The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. The “Chupito” Mezcal Experience returns featuring Don Amado, Fidencio, Mezcales de Leyenda, Koch el Mezcal, La Venenosa and Mezcal Derrumbes. Bourbon lovers rejoice with the “Perfect Manhattan” featuring Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace finished with Luxardo cherries with a special treat from Creminelli Fine Meats and the Smoked Old Fashioned featuring Breckenridge Bourbon with the support of Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao. Right before the awards, everyone is invited to experience “The Last Word” featuring Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and Junipero. Low-proof favorites include Martinez Lacuesta’s Vermut Bar and Common Cider. DRY Sparkling is offering a non-alcoholic option with their lineup of culinary sodas. Don’t miss the chance to buy tickets to this fairy-tale heritage pork event as tickets are expected to sell-out to this an all-inclusive stand up reception. Get a preview of the event by watching the flavor-packed video http://j.mp/Cochon555-Trailer.


“I’m excited about all the new partners in 2016 who support family farming and independent business. The Cochon555 Tour is now a movement, from hosting celebrated culinary events and dinners all over North America to reaching a global audience with the news of the first open-source agricultural model. The tour is dedicated to helping family farmers succeed, period,” stated founder Brady Lowe. “This doesn’t exist anywhere in the world, and for the first time in human history, a culinary tour has emerged to save endangered species on a global scale. Together, with some of the best chefs and partners in hospitality, we amplify the conservation of heritage pork once again, which for many is a ‘gateway’ to a larger appreciation of where our food comes from and the people that raise it, leading to more mindful eating and safer food choices for our youth. We can’t wait to for amazing weekend in Los Angeles with two dinners raising money for Piggy Bank, a 501(c)(3) project of the Giving Back Fund.”


On March 11, the weekend takeover commences with a pair of guest chef dinners to benefit Piggy Bank. These unique dinners bring together chefs, world-renowned winemakers and beverage experts to create a multi-course, interactive dining experience where guests have the opportunity to interact with the participating chefs. On Friday, the tour will kick off with the Late Night Asian Speakeasy, an all-inclusive feast paying homage to Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese after-hour establishments known to inspire great kitchens across the country. On Saturday, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner and premium wine pairings. Both dinners will be limited to 40 seats each night, tickets are available online at $125 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank. Additionally, ticket buyers are welcome to sign-up for Chefs Course, Cochon555’s annual rewards program with over 100+ restaurants participating nationwide.

Founder Brady Lowe has a long-term commitment to making Piggy Bank the charity recipient of tour moving forward. The Cochon555 tour will find 275 donors each year to help fuel the movement in addition to hosting dinners and other activities. Piggy Bank seeks to build a future for family farming with the goal of changing the future of food and promoting long-term farming sustainability. Piggy Bank will raise heritage breed pigs to be gifted to new farmers and culinary schools, assist new family farms with herd development and help existing farms challenged by disaster. For more details about Piggy Bank, please visit www.Piggy-Bank.org, or follow @piggybankorg on Twitter.

Where: Viceroy Santa Monica - Official Host & Hotel
Viceroy Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401
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When: Sunday, Mar. 13th

VIP Admission: 4PM / $200
General Admission: 5PM / $125


COCHON 555 is a casual event. Come VERY hungry, and on time like movie night. TICKETS ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE, as a guest you will enjoy a generous culinary experience. VIP receives one-hour early-access to food, drink and an opportunity to mingle with notable chefs, judges and media (kind of like meeting the cast & crew behind the scenes on opening night of a new movie). General Admission is an Epic Tasting of five chefs cooking whole pig from nose to tail paired with wines, brews and spirits. We strategically plan and execute pop-up experiences with food and beverage champions every 20 minutes throughout the evening including ramen bars, signature desserts, tartare bars and sponsored nibbles paired featured cocktails. This is flavor country, honest food prepared with passion. Stick around for the awards and we promise you will not go hungry. If you can make it, everyone is invited to the Cochon 555 After Party.

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BROOKE WILLIAMSON
The Tripel
BROOKE WILLIAMSON

Chef Biography

BROOKE WILLIAMSON

Brooke Williamson is the co-owner, along with husband Nick Roberts, of Los Angeles eateries Playa Provisions, The Tripel, Hudson House and culinary boutique Tripli-Kit. Williamson recently placed runner-up on Top Chef Season 10 in Seattle, which catapulted her to Celebrity Chef status. Brooke also starred as a host and mentor on MTV's first foodie series House of Food, she recently won a battle on the popular Esquire series Knife Fight and competed on Bravo's newest series, Top Chef Duels. The Los Angeles native began her professional culinary career at 18 in the pastry department of the famed Argyle Hotel, is the youngest woman to cook in the James Beard House and coined a culinary mastermind by both the Los Angeles Times and Forbes.

Farm Information

RED WATTLE

Originating from New Caledonia, a French Island in the South Pacific, the Red Wattle gets its name from its red color and the fleshy skin that hangs under its jowls. is extremely rare breed adapts to climates well and is an excellent forager. It is prized for its tender meat and splendid hams. Red Wattle pork is lean and juicy with a rich beef-like taste and texture.
CARLOS SALGADO
Taco Maria

Chef Biography

CARLOS SALGADO

Carlos Salgado is the chef/owner of Taco María in Costa Mesa, California. Taco María was named #2 on Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants list in the Los Angeles Times in 2015, as well as Best Restaurant by both the OC Weekly and the Orange County Register. Prior to opening Taco María, Carlos spent a decade in San Francisco and Oakland, learning in many of the Bay Area's best kitchens, including Vernon Morales' Winterland, Daniel Patterson's Coi, and James Syhabout's Commis. He was named a Food & Wine Best New Chef in 2015.

Farm Information

RED WATTLE

Originating from New Caledonia, a French Island in the South Pacific, the Red Wattle gets its name from its red color and the fleshy skin that hangs under its jowls. is extremely rare breed adapts to climates well and is an excellent forager. It is prized for its tender meat and splendid hams. Red Wattle pork is lean and juicy with a rich beef-like taste and texture.
JASON NERONI
The Rose
JASON NERONI

Chef Biography

JASON NERONI

As a 16-year-old kid from Orange County, Jason Neroni got a job working in Disneyland’s Club 33. There, he discovered a love for the kitchen and his interests took him north to cook at Chez Panisse. Neroni went on to earn his stripes in New York and Europe, including such notable kitchens as Le Cirque, Blue Hill, and Essex House. The birth of his son brought Neroni back to his California roots, launching as executive chef and partner of Superba Snack Bar in Venice. Currently, Neroni has partnered with Sprout LA to open Rose Cafe - Restaurant (Venice).

Farm Information

MANGALITSA

Originating from Hungary in the early 1800’s, the Mangalitsa is a very rare breed, and is said to be the Wagyu of pork. The breed is characterized by its course, wooly coat and ability to withstand extreme conditions. Mangalitsa pork is known for its high-quality, lard-type fat, and its high percentage of marbling, which doubles that of average pork. The Mangalitsa yields juicy and flavorful meat.
BRUCE KALMAN
Union
BRUCE KALMAN

Chef Biography

BRUCE KALMAN

Bruce Kalman is no stranger to success. He’s a well-seasoned chef with years of experience under his belt and numerous accolades to boot. Those accolades include a James Beard nomination for Rising Star Chef, a Chopped championship title from the Food Network’s hit show Chopped and a recent win on Esquire Network’s Knife Fight. His talents on and off the camera have helped launch his career, and affirm his commitment to serving handcrafted cuisine that’s soulful and derived from indigenous ingredients. Kalman’s latest starring role at Union showcases his love of Italian cooking and seasonal California ingredients.

Farm Information

BERKSHIRE

Originating from Britain, Berkshire is the most popular of the heritage breeds. Known as “Kurobuta” in Japan, this pig is black with white legs, and has become a favorite with chefs because of its intramuscular marbling. The breed yields a brighter pork than most, and features a thick, delicious fat cap. The meat is sweet and creamy with hints of nuttiness, which is typical of the finishing process in several areas.
WALTER MANZKE
Republique
WALTER MANZKE

Chef Biography

WALTER MANZKE

Walter Manzke, one of Los Angeles’ most beloved chefs since his time at Church & State, is the chef / owner of multiple Wildflour locations in the Philippines, Petty Cash Taqueria and Republique in Los Angeles.

Farm Information

BERKSHIRE

Originating from Britain, Berkshire is the most popular of the heritage breeds. Known as “Kurobuta” in Japan, this pig is black with white legs, and has become a favorite with chefs because of its intramuscular marbling. The breed yields a brighter pork than most, and features a thick, delicious fat cap. The meat is sweet and creamy with hints of nuttiness, which is typical of the finishing process in several areas.
RAJAT PARR
Sandhi Wines
RAJAT PARR

WINEMAKER BIO

RAJAT PARR

Partner/Proprietor, Sandhi - Though food was Rajat Parr’s first love, wine became his great passion. Fortunately, Rajat has encountered the best of both worlds through his work as wine director for the Mina Group’s restaurants and as partner in RN74 (San Francisco and Seattle).

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CHARDONNAY

Our “village wine” is a blend of vineyards from the southwestern part of Sta. Rita Hills including sections from Rita’s Crown, Bentrock, and Wenzlau. The Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is vinified with the same level of detail as our single vineyard wines and showcases both the splendor of the Sta. Rita Hills appellation and the piercing focus of the 2013 vintage.
JEFF PISONI
PISONI ESTATE
JEFF PISONI

WINEMAKER BIO

JEFF PISONI

Jeff spent his childhood immersed in his family, the farm and the vineyards. These influences, his father’s winemaking and an early interest in science allowed Jeff to know from very early on that he would pursue a life of making wine. Jeff loves the interwoven art, science and craft aspects of winemaking, and the never-ending learning and appreciation of nature found while working with the vineyards and wine.

THE SPOTLIGHT

PINOT NOIR

The Lucia Pinot Noir is a blend from the three vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands farmed by the Pisoni Family: Pisoni, Garys' and Soberanes Vineyards. This wine is a wonderful representation of the Santa Lucia Highlands and these estate vineyards. The goal is to create a "world-class" appellation blend; barrels for this wine are hand selected, just as for the single-vineyard wines.
RAY GARCIA
Broken Spanish
RAY GARCIA
PAUL DRAPER
RIDGE VINEYARDS
PAUL DRAPER

WINEMAKER BIO

PAUL DRAPER

Paul Draper is the chief winemaker at Ridge Vineyards in California since 1969. Draper has played a significant role in the history of California wine through his pioneering work in popularizing "vineyard-designated" wines as well as instigating the resurgence of old vine Zinfandel. Draper is considered one of the most important figures in the history of Californian Zinfandel, rescuing the grape from obscurity and demonstrating its full potential as a serious wine.

THE SPOTLIGHT

ZINFANDEL

Ripe jammy raspberry fruit with pepper, eucalyptus and sweet toasted oak. Rich brambly fruit on the palate, sensuous texture and a long layered finish.
ABE SCHOENER
SCHOLIUM PROJECT
ABE SCHOENER

WINEMAKER BIO

ABE SCHOENER

A note from Abe: I am the winemaker. For a long time, I did everything by myself, but then I realized that I needed the help of brilliant friends to succeed. I still do much alone, especially in the realm furthest from the winery and vineyards.

THE SPOTLIGHT

SAV. BLANC

Savage skin-fermented Sauvignon Blanc from the fragrant, less severe portion of Sonoma Mountain's Farina Vineyard. A deep, smoky wine with tannins that are rich and structured, civil and well-organized.
PAX MAHLE
PAX WINE CELLARS
PAX MAHLE

WINEMAKER BIO

PAX MAHLE

Pax and Pam Mahle moved to wine country in 1997 to pursue careers in wine. After a few years of tasting and sourcing wine from all over California for Dean & Deluca, Pax decided to start his own brand from a vineyard he felt a kismet connection. That vineyard was Alder Springs Vineyard, and after finding an investor to help realize the dream, Pax Wine Cellars was launched in 2000.
MATT RANNEY
The Village Idiot
MATT RANNEY
TREY NICHOLS & JAMES HOLTSLAG
The Heart and Trotter
TREY NICHOLS & JAMES HOLTSLAG
CHRISTOPHER FORD
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
CHRISTOPHER FORD

Biography

BILLY HARRIS

For the past twenty years, Billy Harris has been wowing audiences throughout the United States and around the world. His razor-sharp timing and brilliant improvisational skills have made him one of the most sought-after MC's in the business. A cousin of Vaudeville great Georgie Jessel, Billy has been performing his entire life. By the tender age of five and a half, he understood how to "work a room"!

Fundraising

FUNDRAISING

Billy is a highly sought after auctioneer who lends his comedic style to the auction block. His contagious energy, explosive style and ability to work the crowd, will create an atmosphere that will have the audience laughing while opening their wallets! Billy has raised millions of dollars for Share Our Strength,The New York Food Bank, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Autism Speaks, The James Beard Foundation and The Mario Batali Foundation to just name a few.
BRADY LOWE
COCHON555 / PIGGY BANK
BRADY LOWE
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