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TOP CHEFS CELEBRATING HERITAGE BREED PIGS ONE BITE AT A TIME
When
Sunday, August 6th, 2017
4pm-7:30pm
Where
The Watergate 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: The Watergate Hotel
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When: Sunday, August 6th, 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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PUNCH KINGS VIDEO SERIES

Our Competition inside a Competition. A whole-bottle battle to determine which barkeep is to be crowned the Punch King or Queen among our country’s cocktail royalty. The return of spirit-driven, large-format hospitality starts now with 65 of the country’s top barkeeps.

Click here to watch our web TV DNA Series. Our first Episode is called Hand-Crafted. Enjoy!

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DINNER FOR CHARITY

On Friday, August 4th, Chef’s Course BESPOKE: An Evening of Culinary Modernity, will feature chefs creating courses that embody their own conception of the night’s core ideas, “Culinary Modernity”.

Join Host Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Friends for a delicious evening for charity. Guests will be taken on a journey of 5 thoughtful courses inclusive of premium wines and spirit pairings in an experiential and engaging format. Tickets are $99 per person and includes tax and tip. The event is brought to you by Cochon555, The Perfect Puree, Williams Sonoma, Angostura, and Dry Sparkling to benefit our sister charity, Piggy Bank.

Talent

THE CREATORS

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BEN PFLAUMER
Osteria Morini
BEN PFLAUMER

Chef Biography

BEN PFLAUMER

Ben Pflaumer is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, who upon graduation worked under chef’s Marc Vetri, and Chip Roman in Philadelphia. In October of 2013 he joined Osteria Morini here in D.C. as Sous Chef. Ben is currently Executive Chef of the Altamarea Group’s D.C. outpost.

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.
JON SYBERT
Tail Up Goat
JON SYBERT

Chef Biography

JON SYBERT

Jon is the Chef & Co-Owner of Tail Up Goat. In year one, it was named one of the country's best new restaurants by Bon Appetit and received a Michelin star. The Mediterranean inspired menu highlights local farms and whole animal butchery working closely with the most responsible farmers in the biz.

Pig Breed Information

BERKABAW

Berkshire pigs are one of the most popular heritage breeds, known for their intramuscular marbling, light pink hue, and almost nutty pork. Ossabaw pigs are of Iberian descent and have a heavy coat and long snout used for foraging. Ossabaws are also known for their excellent quality back fat, making their meat perfect for charcuterie. The combination of these two breeds allows for great intramuscular pork with excellent back fat.
KOSTA KONTOGIANNIS
Kingbird
KOSTA KONTOGIANNIS

Chef Biography

KOSTA KONTOGIANNIS

Originally from Athens Greece , Kosta has been integral part of many notabe kitchens and having collaborated with chefs of the likes of Sean Brock, Michael Solomonov, Eddie Lee, Bryan Voltagio and Gabrielle Hamilton in the past. After a 2 year stint at Michael Mina's Wit & Wisdom and a brief hiatus Chef Kosta returned this time to Washington, D.C. where you can find him behind the stoves of Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel.

Pig Breed Information

SADDLEBACK

This English breed is known for its hardy vigor and a superior fat to meat ratio in the belly and loin. The trim, fine-coated Saddleback is black with a white saddle, which includes the forelegs. Recent selection has improved the breed’s growing ability, and its carcass is among the highest in quality and quantity of meat.
ZACHARY MILLS
Wit & Wisdom
ZACHARY MILLS

Chef Biography

ZACHARY MILLS

Zack Mills graduated from The French Culinary Institute in 2007. After graduation, he joined Four Seasons and Mina Group at Bourbon Steak in Washington DC. In 2013 he became the Executive Chef of Wit & Wisdom in the Four Seasons Hotel.

Pig Breed Information

TAMWORTH

While it remains challenged in its availability, it is possible that the Tamworth originated from Ireland before being bred extensively in England. Smaller in comparison, the Tamworth has a reddish coat, muscular top, rounded back, upright ears, and a long snout. Its disposition is very rugged, thrifty, and active. Known for its ample belly - aka the best bacon hog - the Tamworth displays a firm, trim jowl underlined with muscular hams.
BJ LIEBERMAN
Rose's Luxury
BJ LIEBERMAN

Chef Biography

BJ LIEBERMAN

BJ Lieberman brings passion and a serious work ethic to Rose's. He kills it at prep, makes all kinds of cool hats in his free time and most importantly, knows how to “make shit happen". His rugged yet handsome good looks don't hurt either…hands off ladies (AND gentleman), he's spoken for. BJ is originally from Virginia, but spent the last 12 years in Charleston, SC. He most recently worked at Husk restaurant before moving back to D.C.

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.
MARC PAUVERT
Master French Butcher
MARC PAUVERT
ZACK SMITH
The Hamilton
ZACK SMITH
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.
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.
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

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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 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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