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TOP CHEFS CELEBRATING HERITAGE BREED PIGS ONE BITE AT A TIME
When
Sunday, Apr. 23rd, 2017
4pm-7:30pm
Where
Morgan Manufacturing - West Loop
Cost
All-Inclusive VIP $200 at 4:00 pm
All-Inclusive GA $125 at 5:00 pm

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TOP CHEFS CELEBRATING HERITAGE BREED PIGS ONE BITE AT A TIME

Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail competition dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating chefs and diners about the agricultural importance of utilizing Old World livestock. We work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable – Mom-and-Pop, farm-to-table, BBQ, Michelin star – and our participating chefs all share one core value: they source products responsibly. Our epic 2017 culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon.

Where: Morgan Manufacturing - West Loop
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When: Sunday, Apr. 23rd, 2017

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Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail competition dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating chefs and diners about the agricultural importance of utilizing Old World livestock. We work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable – Mom-and-Pop, farm-to-table, BBQ, Michelin star – and our participating chefs all share one core value: they source products responsibly. Our epic 2017 culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon.

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COCHON555

This one-of-a-kind culinary tour features five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause. After a dual guest/judge vote, the winner is crowned the “Princess/Prince of Porc”. The 14-city tour kicks off in January, connecting quality-driven diners with family farmers, winemakers, restaurateurs, brewers, and distillers while contributing to Piggy Bank, a 501(c)(3) charity.

FOCUS: HYPER-LOCAL, FINE-DINING
TIMING: JANUARY - AUGUST
REGION: TOP CULINARY MARKETS
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JOIN US SUNDAY AFTERNOON

5 chefs, 5 pigs, 5 winemakers – a friendly competition for a cause is taking over Chicago on the weekend of April 23rd in the name of safe, honest, delicious food. Come feast on dynamic tastes prepared by world-class talent that makes Chicago’s dining second to none. Explore the website below, meet the creators and the providers behind this epic whole pig feast.

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SOMM SMACKDOWN VIDEO SERIES

One pig, one varietal, one glass – go behind-the-minds of our nation’s top somms as we trace their path towards a winning food-and-wine pairing. Click here to watch our web TV DNA Series.

Talent

THE CREATORS

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RICARDO JARQUIN
Travelle Kitchen + Bar
RICARDO JARQUIN

Chef Biography

RICARDO JARQUIN

Travelle Kitchen + Bar Chef de Cuisine Ricardo Jarquin is a force on Chicago’s culinary scene with an impressive pedigree. Originally from Miami, Jarquin’s American cuisine is inspired by seasonality, historical styles, genuine ingredients, and a background in refined, modern techniques.

Pig Breed Information

MANGALITSA

Originating from Hungary in the early 1800’s, the Mangalitsa is a very rare breed, and is considered by many to be the Wagyu of pork. The breed is characterized by its coarse, wooly coat and ability to withstand extreme conditions. Mangalitsa pork is known for its high-quality, lardo-type fat, and its high percentage of marbling, which doubles that of average pork. The Mangalitsa yields juicy and flavorful meat.
JOHN MANION
El Che Bar
JOHN MANION

Chef Biography

JOHN MANION

Detroit-raised John Manion moved to São Paulo, Brazil, when he was just 8 years old. He spent five years soaking in the culture and food of a place that was very far from home. A 20-year veteran of the restaurant scene, Manion opened his own spot in 2012, La Sirena and again in 2016, El Che Bar.

Pig Breed 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 a by-product of the finishing process in several areas.
NATHAN SEARS
theWit Hotel Chicago
NATHAN SEARS

Chef Biography

NATHAN SEARS

Chef Nathan Sears began his career with the highly acclaimed restaurant Vie under Chef Paul Virant. During Chef Nathan’s tenure at Vie as Chef de Cuisine, the restaurant garnered regional and national attention. From there, Chef Sears departed to create and partner as Executive Chef of The Radler. In October of 2016, Sears joined theWit Hotel as Executive Chef.

Pig Breed Information

HEREFORD

Originating from the U.S. during the 1920’s, the Hereford is a rare, but well known breed. Resembling Hereford cows, these hogs have a distinguished reddish-brown coat and white face. The Hereford is known for its calm disposition and ability to thrive on pastures. It is a slower growing breed, yielding richly colored and marbled meat.
TOM CARLIN
Publican Quality Meats
TOM CARLIN

Chef Biography

TOM CARLIN

Originally from Kansas City, Tom sharpened his culinary chops in kitchens across Texas and the Midwest. After serving as Sous Chef at The Rieger in KC, Tom found his home at Publican Quality Meats where he’s currently Sous Chef and Head Butcher.

Pig Breed 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 a by-product of the finishing process in several areas.
PETE COENEN
Cherry Circle Room
PETE COENEN

Chef Biography

PETE COENEN

Pete Coenen is executive chef of Land and Sea Dept.'s concepts at the Chicago Athletic Association, including Cherry Circle Room. Originally from the Berkshires, Coenen attended culinary school at Johnson and Wales. After travels around the US and Europe, Coenen relocated to Chicago, where he worked in the kitchen of Boka before becoming executive chef at The Gage.

Pig Breed 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 a by-product of the finishing process in several areas.
JASON VINCENT
GIANT
JASON VINCENT
CORY MORRIS
Romero
CORY MORRIS
ROB LEVITT
THE BUTCHER & LARDER
ROB LEVITT
JIMMY SHAY
The Butcher & Larder
JIMMY SHAY
CHON REYNOSO
City Winery
CHON REYNOSO
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.
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.
NATE WEIS
SILVER OAK
NATE WEIS

WINEMAKER BIO

NATE WEIS

Nate is responsible for managing Napa Valley and Alexander Valley wine production from grape to bottle and also serving as an ambassador for the brand. Having grown up in Napa Valley where Cabernet is king, Nate is happy to be working exclusively with the varietal he most often pulls out when he wants to really savor a meal or an evening.

THE SPOTLIGHT

CABERNET

Our 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon artfully combines the classic elegance of the old world and the ripe fruit of California. It displays an opaque garnet color with a bouquet driven by fruity aromas of blackberry liqueur and hoisin sauce. It also offers the savory components of sage and molasses. These complex aromatics are complemented by sandalwood and nutmeg characteristics indicative of American oak aging. This is a well-structured wine with a compact and rich mid-palate buttressed by silky tannins and generous acidity. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2037.
NICO CUEVA
Kosta Browne
NICO CUEVA

Winemaker Biography

NICO CUEVA

Nico has worked at the winery since starting as an intern 8 harvests ago. He recently took over as winemaker at the Sonoma County winery where he crafts our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from special vineyards throughout California. Originally from San Diego, when Nico isn't making wine he can be found cooking or surfing.

Wine Information

PINOT NOIR

The 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a case study in combining intensity with elegance. Local geology can be complex here, a direct result of being located on the intersection of two tectonic plates. For this wine, we find ourselves drawn to vineyards that are particularly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and are fortunate to work with some spectacular sites. They work together to form a singular wine that is distinctively Sonoma Coast. A wine with deep flavor and rich texture as well as the savory and spice characteristics that we love.
MICHAEL BROWNE
CIRQ
MICHAEL BROWNE

Winemaker Biography

MICHAEL BROWNE

20 years ago Michael chased a winemaking dream that was the foundation of Kosta Browne. In 2009, he started growing his own Pinot Noir on two estate properties in the Russian River Valley. These places are unlike any other. The wine from these magical sites is called CIRQ and is Michael’s latest project.

Wine Information

PINOT NOIR

The 2012 Treehouse Vineyard Pinot Noir is from our estate property in the Russian River Valley.  The unique site - just 13 acres of iron rich volcanic soil atop a hill on the Western edge of the region – has a variety of clones and aspects that contribute complexity and power to the wine.  Windswept hillsides make the vines work hard and the resulting low yields provide the bright aromatics and rich intensity that we crave. Treehouse is a mouthfilling and deeply textured wine, generous and pretty at the same time.
CHRISTOPHER BATES
Element Winery
CHRISTOPHER BATES

EAT & DRINK

EAT+DRINK

SUNDAY AFTERNOON WITH COCHON555 IS AN EPIC CULINARY EXPERIENCE CENTERED ON 1500 POUNDS OF HERITAGE BREED PORK. DINERS FEAST ON DOZENS OF CHEF-CRAFTED TASTINGS AND SIP ON 40+ TYPES OF BOUTIQUE WINES, CRAFT COCKTAILS, AND ARTISANAL BREWS. THINK OF A GOURMET TASTING MENU TAKEN STANDING UP. A PORTION OF ALL SALES BENEFIT THE PIGGY BANK CHARITY.

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General Admission

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Feast on epic dishes sourced locally at our Sunday bacchanal and vote for your favorite bite of the day. Endless rounds of craft cocktails, boutique wines, artisanal charcuterie, and farmhouse cheeses are simply the beginning of Cochon555's decadent offer. General Admission is the signature three hour culinary experience of delight and wonderment!

VIP

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Welcome to next-level access at Cochon555! VIP passes grant 60 minutes of early access and insider benefits. Want more time to experience hand-crafted cocktails from our Punch Kings barkeeps? A special tasting of wines from local Sommeliers? Imagine an extended tasting menu at your favorite restaurant, only you can go back more than once for your favorite courses.

Bespoke

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Bespoke is for guests who demand memorable tastes and singular experiences. The journey begins with a Saturday night guest chef multi-course charity dinner hosted by City Winery Chicago that showcases food cultures and agricultural champions. The Sunday event begins with a guided tasting of Somm Smackdown wines followed by a behind-the-scenes tour with one of Cochon555's directors.

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