Q&A with Travis Serbus

Travis Serbus, Lyn65 Kitchen & Bar, Minneapolis Which classic cocktail is the most underrated?  I really enjoy a properly balanced Caipirinha. It’s very refreshing but still very complex because of the flavors of the Cachaca. What kind of flavors inspire you most? Vegetal and savory flavors. Choose a drink to match with pork and why? […]

Q&A with Jack Araque

Jack Araque, St. Regis Bar, Miami Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? The boulevardier.  It’s my favorite underrated cocktail  composed of whiskey sweet vermouth and Campari.  Its creation is ascribed to Erskine Gwynne, an American-born writer who founded a monthly magazine in Paris called Boulevardier, which appeared from 1927 to 1932 It is a […]

Q&A with Ben Potts

Ben Potts, Beaker & Gray, Miami Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? I think the daiquiri is probably the most underrated as it’s been the most bastardized on misunderstood. What kind of flavors inspire you most? I’m a big fan of unexpected flavors in dishes and in cocktails. Sometimes a steak is just a […]

Q&A with Kristen Johnson

Kristen Johnson, Blue Sardinia, Seattle Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? I’d like to say Grenache. However, we sell it like water at Blu Sardinia, featuring two Cannonau wines by the glass and another half a dozen bottle selections, coining them our “House wines”.  Therefore, I’d have to go with Merlot.  Unfortunately, I […]

Q&A with Piers Smyth

Piers Smyth, ROOF on theWit, Chicago Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? It may not have the deepest roots in the classic cocktail world, but the Tipperary is one of the most delicious and overlooked cocktails out there. What kind of flavors inspire you most? I’m a big fan of tasting length. Fruits that […]

Q&A with 1936 Meadowbrook Farm

Michelle DeSchaaf, 1936 Meadowbrook Farm, Chicago  Farmers are the very heart of the Cochon555 tour. As part of our new Spotlight series for guests past and present, we take you behind the scenes for a Q&A with those who provide the beautiful and delicious pigs for our competition. Meet Michelle DeSchaaf from our Chicago event. […]

Q&A with Jared Hooper

Jared Hooper, Faith and Flower, Los Angeles Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? Grenache. It’s lovely, versatile, expressive and fun. It’s sometimes jokingly referred to as a poor man’s Pinot Noir which isn’t too far off, except I’d add it tends to wear a motorcycle jacket. What kind of flavors inspire you most? […]

Q&A with Jenelle Engleson

Jenelle Engleson, City Winery, Nashville Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? Merlot  What kind of flavors inspire you most? Anything that has an offbeat, savory umami flavor. I love wines that are herbaceous, mineral driven, and sometimes oxidized. Choose a drink to match with pork – and why? French 75. The lemon and […]

Q&A with Matt Collette

Matt Collette, Canon, Seattle  Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? I’d have to say the Negroni (on the rocks of course).  When executed well it really is the perfect cocktail for any occasion.  Too often though it’s the victim of poor execution or “interpretations” which is why it’s underrated. What kind of flavors inspire […]

Q&A with The Farmstead

Rachael Tuller, The Farmstead, Seattle Farmers are the very heart of the Cochon555 tour. As part of our new Spotlight series for guests past and present, we take you behind the scenes for a Q&A with those who provide the beautiful and delicious pigs for our competition. Meet Rachael Tuller from our Seattle event. What […]

Q&A with Alex Burch

Alex Burch, Bastion, Nashville Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? Chardonnay is the most underrated varietal due to it’s huge range of expressions. You can find lean, bright, and clean expressions from Chablis with plenty of minerality and expression of terroir; complex, earthy, aged chardonnay from Burgundy with beautiful toffee and caramelized notes; […]

Q&A with Scott Kitsmiller

Scott Kitsmiller, Broken Shaker Chicago, Chicago Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? I’m not sure how necessarily underrated this cocktail is, but I absolutely love 50/50 martinis. It’s just such a pleasant balance of boozy and refreshing. It’s grown into my go-to summer drink once the weather starts warming up. What kind of flavors […]

Q&A with Cook Pigs

Krystina and Mikey Cook, Cook Pigs, Los Angeles Farmers are the very heart of the Cochon555 tour. As part of our new Spotlight series for guests past and present, we take you behind the scenes for a Q&A with those who provide the beautiful pigs for our competition. Meet Krystina and Mikey Cook of Cook […]

Q&A with Hayley Black

Hayley Black, Tutta Bella, Seattle Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? Riesling – Most of us wine professionals love Riesling and appreciate it’s rich history and diversity as a grape. Riesling makes wines from dry, to semi sweet, sweet and even sparkling. It has beautiful aromatics paired with refreshingly high acid to age […]

Q&A with Nate McLemore-Raczkowski

Nate McLemore-Raczkowski, Revival, Minneapolis Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? The most underrated cocktail by far is the Vieux Carré. There are so many different variations of that drink and I feel like the way a bartender makes theirs really is expressive of their style and palette with cocktails. That and it’s Cognac and […]

Q&A with Cone Ranch

Dave and Tami Ellicott, Cone Ranch, Denver Farmers are the very heart of the Cochon555 tour. As part of our new Spotlight series for guests past and present, we take you behind the scenes for a Q&A with those who provide the beautiful pigs for our competition. Meet Dave and Tami Ellicott of Cone Ranch […]

Q&A with Paul Grieco

Paul Grieco, Terrior, New York   Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? Riesling, of course. What kind of flavors inspire you most? Ones that are yummy / ones that are aggressive / ones that ask questions / ones that make me think of a eatable version of Lady Gaga Choose a drink to […]

Q&A with Tracy Ardoin-Jenkins

Tracy Ardoin-Jenkins, Nicky’s Coal Fired, Nashville Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? I think one of the most underrated cocktails is the daiquiri. Never behind my bar, but I think by the drinking public at large. There are so many simple modifications you can make to a daiquiri to make it new and fresh […]

Q&A with Brown Boar Farm

Peter Burrows, Brown Boar Farm, Boston  Farmers are the very heart of the Cochon555 tour. As part of our new Spotlight series for guests past and present, we take you behind the scenes for a Q&A with those who provide the beautiful pigs for our competition. Meet Peter Burrows of Brown Boar Farm from our […]

Q&A with Erin Rolek

Erin Rolek, The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? I would answer that Riesling remains the most underrated of International varietals.  Riesling is a darling in the wine community, but it still requires work to translate that love to guests. What kind of flavors inspire you most? In wine I […]

Q&A with Silas Manlove

Silas Manlove, Thompson Seattle, Seattle  Which classic cocktail is the most underrated? I think the bros have at least one thing right. A proper Whiskey Buck… that is, a nice bourbon with fresh ginger beer and a little lime, is one of the most refreshing drinks ever put together. What kind of flavors inspire you […]

Q&A with Philippe Andre

Philippe Andre, Oceanique, Chicago  Which classic grape varietal is the most underrated? Chardonnay, it’s absolutely perfect as it won’t stain my beard! What kind of flavors inspire you most?  I look for notes of bright citrus, stone fruit and a kiss of brioche in most of what I drink. Also orchard fruits like apple and […]

WHAT ARE BBQ TRADITIONS?

At Cochon555, we promote “heritage breed pigs”, a yearly campaign that develops a demand in our communities to support local farmers. Heritage BBQ promotes a message that will educate today’s influencers about the road, where people can make a decision to buy safe, honest food. Welcome to Cochon555 Heritage BBQ – Global Grilling Edition Food for […]

The Move to Heritage!

COCHON 555 ANNOUNCES SIX CITIES IN NORTH AMERICA FOR THE HERITAGE SERIES INCLUDING HERITAGE BBQ, THE WORLD’S FIRST GLOBAL BBQ EXHIBITION Notable chefs and farmers will spotlight their culinary passion for old world cooking techniques and global grilling traditions at a hyperlocal six city culinary tour across North America. NEW YORK (JUNE 30, 2015) – The country’s […]

2017 Pop-Up Butcher Shop

LET’S GET STARTED! THE POP-UP BUTCHER SHOP DOWNLOAD THE BUTCHER DETAILS Click Here With roots in every market, Cochon 555 Founder Brady Lowe identified the opportunity to build a student experience that creates the ability to pass down experiences and knowledge from student to student, before and after graduation. The program is meaningful and focused […]

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WHY HERITAGE BBQ?

Interview with Brady Lowe in preparation for the First Texas Heritage BBQ 2014 Why Heritage Barbecue by Cochon 555? As Americans, we see BBQ as an English-speaking cuisine, and we are misled. Here in the states, we are lucky enough to be caretakers to a special extension to a living, breathing social act of eating. […]

PUNCH KINGS “LAST CALL”

TEN OF THE FINEST U.S. BARTENDERS STRIVE FOR GOLDEN GLOVES IN DENVER AT THE 2ND ANNUAL PUNCH KINGS COMPETITION Award-Winning Bartenders From 10 cities Compete at COCHON 555’s Grand Finale Spirits Competition Featuring Breckenridge Bourbon NEW YORK (May 29, 2014) – COCHON 555 and Breckenridge Bourbon present the grand finale of COCHON 555’s Punch Kings […]

CROWN OF THE TOUR

“It’s not just farm to table that matters–it’s what happens in between, the how and where, the history of what we eat.” Every year, an epic 10-city culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates in Aspen with Grand Cochon, the season finale where 10 chefs compete in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all culinary showdown – […]

CHEF’S COURSE – BLACK PIG

Good morning! We, here at Chef's Course, want to bring you closer to the Chefs involved in our great conversation involving encouraging heritage species and responsible agriculture. Read More

FOIE GRAS CHALLENGE

THE HUDSON VALLEY x COCHON 555 CHALLENGE presented by Hudson Valley Foie Gras & Chef Michael Ginor 2 Duck, 2 Livers, 2 Trotters Winner Receive 2 Nights in Montreal Hudson Valle Foie Gras and Chef Michael Ginor will provide the five competing chefs at COCHON 555 in each market, 2 livers, and 2 ducks to […]

PUNCH KINGS 2015

CALLING BARKEEPS FOR THE BEST LARGE FORMAT COMPETITION Hello Barkeeps! This year we will be hosting great events all over the country and we need to find [5] barkeeps in each city to throw down at Punch Kings. The theme is large format, and the participating bartenders are given 30 minutes to prepare 1 punch bowl […]

MAN vs BBQ

$100 includes a Heritage BBQ T-shirt, tons of food & Anchor Brews all day long! Hang out with the chefs, sponsors and friends of the tour. It’s a very intimate experience, only 50 seats. No discounts available. Friends can follow the bus in their own car. WANT TO HOP ON THE BUS? BUY TICKETS HERE […]

HOMO BBQ? Erectus Heritage BBQ

From Home sapiens to Homo erectus, reasons why Cochon’s Heritage Fire & Heritage BBQ is making a difference in the food industry. Just like a good man named Ed Mitchell, I believe in honest food, real flavor and tasty BBQ. Believe it or not, the Cochon 555 Tour is actually a by-product of reading Pollan’s A Omnivore’s Dilemma […]

HERITAGE FIRE 2013 – Gaining momentum…

“Heritage Fire is my favorite expression of the Cochon US Tour. This celebration of live-fire cooking celebrates responsibly raised heritage breed animals and produce and the people growing them with purpose and passion. It’s a perfect equation of beautiful location, amazing people, our natural desire to eat honest food over live fires while drinking amazing wines, ice-cold brews, and crisp […]

PHILLY – ARE YOU READY? This is gonna be EPIC

NEED WE SAY MORE?TICKETS ARE MOVING FAST, PLEASE RSVP SOON COCHON US TOUR ANNOUNCES CHEF LINE UP FOR FIRST-EVER CELEBRATION OF HERITAGE BREEDS AT THE RITZ-CARLTON PHILADELPHIA HOTEL ON JULY 28 The first-ever Cochon event in Philadelphia will take flight late July. COCHON EPIC, a national event from the founder of COCHON 555, will take […]

COCHON 2ND SEMESTER – Back to school at Flavor University

HERITAGE PORK LOVERS UNITE!  COCHON US TOUR ANNOUNCES 2013SECOND SEMESTER LINE UP The fifth anniversary of the Cochon US Tour well is underway! With the first 50 events dedicated to heritage breeds in the books, Founder Brady Lowe, is proud to announce the next installment of Cochon expression events for 2013.  “In the first five […]

Tippling or Bugey! Its Punch Kings Finale in Denver – winner goes to Aspen!!!

10 Bartenders from 10 Cities Duke it Out in Denver for the Crown & a trip to Aspen!!! Raise your glass on Sunday, June 2 at ACE Denver – 501 East 17th Ave The country’s top bartenders compete in the national finals of the first-ever Punch Kings Competition by Cochon 555 and Breckenridge Distillery, Chef Brandon Biederman will have amazing $5.55 food […]

Photo Contest – Share Your Best Shot

Share Your Best Shot This is one for fun! We’ve been inspired and want to see what inspires you. The contest is easy, like us on Facebook, upload a photograph (of course it can be pig related, a shot from behind the line during service, it can be something you feel the need to share […]

FIFTH ANNIVERSARY TOUR ANNOUNCED!

  HIGH FIVES ALL-AROUND FOR COCHON 555 AS ITANNOUNCES ITS FIFTH-ANNIVERSARY TOUR Tickets On Sale Now For 10-City Tour Celebrating Heritage Pigs,Family Wineries & Friendly Culinary Competition ATLANTA, GA (December 14, 2012) — The year 2013 marks a culinary milestone: The fifth anniversary of Cochon 555, a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event created […]

“PUNCH KINGS” COMPETITION COMES TO AN END

“PUNCH KINGS” BARTENDER COMPETITIONNEW IN 2013 Raise your glass on Sunday, June 2 at ACE Denver – 501 East 17th Ave The country’s top bartenders compete in the national finals of the first-ever Punch Kings Competition by Cochon 555 and Breckenridge Distillery, Chef Brandon Biederman will have amazing $5.55 food and cocktail specials, play in a fun-spirited Ping-Pong tournament […]

HERITAGE BBQ RESTAURANT POP-UP by Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa & Toro with Will Gilson of Bridgestreet

Heritage BBQ Restaurant Pop-Up by Jamie Bissonnette of Coppa & Toro with Will Gilson of Bridgestreet  Sweet Grass and Next Door locales 6pm – 1st seating 9pm – 2nd seating $55.5 (all inclusive) In preparation for the competition day ahead, pork enthusiasts Jamie Bissonette, Will Gilsan, Ryan Trimm, and Brady Lowe will host a pop-up dinner featuring […]

HERITAGE BBQ SEMINARS 2012

SUNDAY SEPT. 2ND SEMINARS Various Seminars presented by Laura Werlin, Mary Wagstaff, Brady Lowe and The Commercial Appeal at The Peabody Hotel We celebrate the first-ever COCHON HERITAGE BBQ IN MEMPHIS. BUT, before the Heritage BBQ throw-down on Sunday afternoon, guests are invited to the Peabody Memphis Hotel during the morning hours for a variety […]

THE EATING CHALLENGE AT HERITAGE BBQ

SATURDAY SEPT. 1stSpotlight: Eating ChallengeTwelve brave food champions will face the eating challenge of a lifetime as COCHON 555 founder Brady Lowe will lead this culinary adventure which starts at Sweet Grass with BBQ oysters and ends with ribs from a Memphis in May Champion.The eating challenge is a lineup of BBQ classics selected for […]

THE FIRST EVER HERITAGE BBQ

DAILY PROGRAMMING, EVENT DETAILS AND ASSOCIATED MEDIA VALUE A Three-Day Celebration of Heritage Breed Pork, FINE DINING, National Bourbon Month and Some of the Country’s Best BBQ. In anticipation of the fast approaching inaugural COCHON Heritage BBQ – the COCHON team, with the support of The Peabody Memphis Hotel, Duncan Williams, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, FedEx, Independent Bank, the Downtown Memphis […]

BOLOGNA CONTEST HERITAGE BBQ

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONSWHO HAS THE BEST BOLOGNA? *NOTE – YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT TO WIN CALLING ALL CHEFSENTER THE BEST BOLOGNA CONTESTGRAND PRIZE$1250 LE CREUSET COOKWARE SETSECOND PRIZE$500 CASHSUPER EASYJUST SEND 5 POUNDS TO MEMPHISWE COVER SHIPPING *HOW IT WORKS YOU prep, cook and pack your boloney (min. 5 pounds) COCHON will […]
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CULINARY STUDENT STAGE CONTEST

Written Essay – CULINARY STUDENTS STAGE CONTEST + COCHON 555 SCHOLARSHIP powered by ZagatIn 2012, Cochon will host a national contest for culinary students nationwide. Participants will need to submit an essay on the importance of whole animal utilization and why supporting responsible agriculture in food service is important in today’s kitchen. The winner will […]
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