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TOP CHEFS CELEBRATING HERITAGE BREED PIGS ONE BITE AT A TIME
When
Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2017
4pm-8:00pm
Where
Loews Minneapolis Hotel - Official Host Hotel
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: Loews Minneapolis Hotel - Official Host Hotel
601 North 1st Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55403 CHECK OUT THE VENUE

When: Sunday, Feb. 19th, 2017

Description

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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Epic Pork Touches Down in the Twin Cities

5 chefs, 5 pigs, 5 winemakers – a friendly competition for a cause is taking over Minneapolis on the weekend of February 19th in the name of safe, honest, delicious food. Join us as America’s next great food city hosts an epic 1,500-pound pork feast. Explore the website below, and meet the creators and the providers behind this unique whole-hog competition.

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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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JORGE GUZMAN
Surly Brewing Company
JORGE GUZMAN

Chef Biography

JORGE GUZMAN

Originally from the Yucatan, chef Guzman has spent the last 12 years cooking in Minneapolis. As executive chef of Surly Brewing Co. Guzman has put them on the map not only for beer but for their food program. They garnered a Food & Wine top 10 restaurant in 2016, Guzman was nominated for Best Chef Midwest in 2016 by the JBF, Chef of the Year in 2015 by Star Tribune, COCHON555 Prince of Porc 2016 and mentioned by TIME magazine as "reinventing north country fare with the Yucatecan flavors of his childhood".

Pig Breed Information

LARGE BLACK

The Large Black breed is thought to have originated from Chinese breeds brought over to England. It is a critically rare breed known for its taste, pasture foraging skills, and overall hardiness. Large blacks have short black hair, large shoulders, and a long body. When harvested, even at 200 pounds, the micro-marbling, short muscle fibers, and excellent bellies produce exceptional bacon and moist meat with complex flavors.
THOMAS KIM
The Rabbit Hole
THOMAS KIM

Chef Biography

THOMAS KIM

Thomas, the chef/owner of The Rabbit Hole was born and raised in L.A. He has worked with chefs such as Roy Yamaguchi and Jin Suzuki. T.K. previously owned and operated The Standing Room in Redondo Beach and The Left Handed Cook in Minneapolis.

Pig Breed Information

LARGE BLACK

The Large Black breed is thought to have originated from Chinese breeds brought over to England. It is a critically rare breed known for its taste, pasture foraging skills, and overall hardiness. Large blacks have short black hair, large shoulders, and a long body. When harvested, even at 200 pounds, the micro-marbling, short muscle fibers, and excellent bellies produce exceptional bacon and moist meat with complex flavors.
J.D. FRATZKE
The Strip Club
J.D. FRATZKE

Chef Biography

J.D. FRATZKE

Like the four generations before him, J.D. Fratzke was born on an island city in the Mississippi River headwaters and has lived and made a home in MN ever since.

Pig Breed Information

DUROC YORKSHIRE

The Duroc breed has long been known for its ability to grow faster on less feed. Duroc is high in marbling, rendering its spare ribs and shoulder roasts sweet and juicy. The Yorkshire is a very muscular pig, with a large frame known for producing large litters, while being very sound and durable on pasture. The Yorkshire has a high proportion of lean meat and low backfat. Combining the traits of the two breeds creates a richly flavored and balanced farmers cross.
GRAE NONAS
Tullibee

Chef Biography

GRAE NONAS

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Pig Breed Information

TAMWORTH CROSS

The Large Black breed is known for its taste, pasture foraging skills, and overall hardiness. The Tamworth is known for its ample belly - aka the best bacon hog - and displays a firm, trim jowl underlined with muscular hams. When harvested at 200 pounds, the micro-marbling, short muscle fibers, and excellent bellies produce exceptional bacon and moist meat with complex flavors.
JUSTIN SUTHERLAND
Handsome Hog
JUSTIN SUTHERLAND

Chef Biography

JUSTIN SUTHERLAND

Chef Justin Sutherland was born to cook. He spent his childhood in the kitchen learning recipes from his mother & grandmother. His favorite TV show was Yan Can Cook where Chef Yan's motto and show closing was "If Yan can cook, so can you". At the Handsome Hog his motto is "from the snout to the tail!"

Pig Breed Information

OLD SPOT

Originating from England, the Gloucestershire Old Spot is a critically rare breed. Nicknamed “orchard pig”, the Old Spot is white with black spots, has floppy ears, and a medium-sized body. Known for its higher fat ratio, the breed remains remarkably hardy with flavorful meat, excellent foraging abilities and a gentle temperament, making it popular with farmers. The meat has a distinctive layer of back fat, which adds to the succulent flavor overall.
THOMAS BOEMER
Corner Table
THOMAS BOEMER
JOHN NG
Zen Box Izakaya
JOHN NG
JAMES WINBERG, MIKE BROWN, & BOB GERKEN
Travail Kitchen & Amusements
JAMES WINBERG, MIKE BROWN, & BOB GERKEN
SCOTT PAMPUCH
Kitchen in the Market
SCOTT PAMPUCH
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.

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

Includes:
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

Includes:
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

Includes:
Bespoke is for guests who demand memorable tastes and singular experiences. The journey begins with a Saturday night guest chef multi-course charity dinner showcasing 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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