Loews Madison - Official Host & Hotel
Sunday, Apr. 17th
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 Jonah Kim of Yona, Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple, Jennifer Carroll of Requin, Anthony Lombardo of The Hamilton and Host Chef Louis Goral of Rural Society Argentine Steakhouse. 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 or Princess 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.
On April 15, the weekend takeover commences with a pair of stunning guest chef dinners to benefit Piggy Bank hosted by past winners Mike Isabella and Scott Drewno. 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 with Host Chef Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck in 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 hosted by Chef Mike Isabella of Graffiato 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 Chef’s Course, Cochon555’s annual rewards program with over 100+ restaurants participating nationwide.
Guests of the main event Cochon555 can enjoy more culinary programming beyond the 36 competition dishes prepared by competing chefs at this fairy-tale pig event including, the TarTare Bar with Creekstone Farms with last year’s Cochon555 winner Danny Lee of Mandu, “Luxe Butter Bar” with Antica Napa Valley, the Artisan Cheese Bar with La Fromagerie featuring Cypress Grove Chevre, Coach Farm, Parrano, and 34º Crisps and a Seafood Shelf featuring Rappahannock River Oysters. Voters get a ticket to Taste the New Ramen Bar paired with the stunning Wines of Germany featuring Erik Bruner-yang of Maketto / Toki Underground 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. 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, and a spotlight Sommelier Smackdown featuring Azzurro Wine Company, Lake Sonoma Winery, Alysian Wines and Michael Mondavi Family Estate. 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, La Niña del Mezcal 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 Curaçao. 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. 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 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 DC with two dinners raising money for Piggy Bank, a 501(c)(3) project of the Giving Back Fund.”
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: Loews Madison - Official Host & Hotel
VIP Admission: 4PM / $200
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ANTHONY LOMBARDOThe Hamilton
LOUIS GORALRural Society Argentine Steakhouse
JONAH KIMJonah Kim is the chef/partner of Yona, a full-service Japanese noodle bar and small plates restaurant in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Va. He is a first-generation American, born to South Korean parents, and raised in Austin, TX.
MULEFOOTOriginating from the U.S., the Mulefoot is a black hog named for its solid hoof, which resembles a mule. Critically rare, this breed recently won several blind taste tests against eight different heritage breeds. The Mulefoot’s disposition is docile, and weight gain is between 400-600 pounds before age two. Known for its premium hams, the superior tasting meat is red with freckled marbling.
PAUL DRAPERRIDGE VINEYARDS
PAUL DRAPERPaul 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.
ZINFANDELRipe jammy raspberry fruit with pepper, eucalyptus and sweet toasted oak. Rich brambly fruit on the palate, sensuous texture and a long layered finish.
JEFF PISONIPISONI ESTATE
JEFF PISONIJeff 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.
PINOT NOIRThe 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.
ABE SCHOENERSCHOLIUM PROJECT
ABE SCHOENERA 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.
SAV. BLANCSavage 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 MAHLEPAX WINE CELLARS
PAX MAHLEPax 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.
RAJAT PARRSandhi Wines
RAJAT PARRPartner/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).
CHARDONNAYOur “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.
ERIK BRUNER-YANGToki Underground
MARC PAUVERTMaster French Butcher
BILLY HARRISHANGING WITH HARRIS
BILLY HARRISFor 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"!
FUNDRAISINGBilly 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 LOWECOCHON555 / PIGGY BANK
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Our good friend Max Flatow captures the event from start to finish, offering guests a sneak peak into what happens behind the scenes.