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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 place at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia Hotel – Official Host of EPIC. More than 1500 pounds of heritage pork will be served at EPIC, an event that celebrates the porc-centric spirit of the city and nationally-acclaimed Cochon US Tour. Celebrated local chefs will work alongside Cochon Grand Champions and Heritage BBQ Alumni to create an incredible porc feast. Additionally, EPIC will showcase a series of experiential tastings including the Chuptio Bar (mezcal tasting); a Tar Tare Bar presented by SIMI Winery; the artisan Cheese & Beer Pairings Bar in collaboration with Di Bruno Brothers; in addition to amazing sausages, cures, great wines, local brewers, sustainable oysters; Snow Cone machines and the famed Bourbon Bar presented by BreadcrumbPRO! An interactive beverage experience, guests will place orders via Breadcrumb by Groupon, an easy-to-use, powerful and affordable iPad POS system for restaurants, bars and cafes.
Over 20 amazing local chefs will team up to prepare six whole heritage breed pigs from local farms. Philly’s chef crews include: Garces Restaurant Group: Jose Garces & Michael Fiorello; The Starr Team: Alma de Cuba & The Continental with Douglas Rodriguez, Will Zuchman & Reinaldo Alfonso; Alla Spina with Jeff Michaud & Brad Spence; The Mildred with Michael Santoro & Michael Rafidi; Team Katz with David Katz of Creekstone Farms with Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga, Joe Cicala of Le Virtu, Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz, & Nick Macri of Southwark; and ELA’s Jason Cichonski with Jon Cichon of Lacroix, Shola of Studio Kitchen & Chef Adam Lazarick.
As if that wasn’t enough local fire power, Daniel Stern of R2L Restaurant will man The TarTare Bar, while Eli Collins and Robert Marzinsky of Pub & Kitchen serve up Scrapple, a dish celebrating Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine. Additionally, Host Chef Nathan Volz of 10 Arts at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia will create tasty and memorable experience.
National talent includes three-time Cochon 555 Winner Matt Jennings of Farmstead in Providence; 2012 Cochon Heritage BBQ Grand Champion Todd Mussman of Muss & Turners and Local 3 Atlanta; and 2012 King of Porc, Grand Cochon Winner and 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef Jason Vincent of Nightwood Chicago. These powerhouse chefs will be using their collective skills in a collaborative menu, in the expression of Cochon Heritage BBQ, a new event by Cochon designed to build enthusiasm for the utilization of whole heritage breed pigs in BBQ communities nationwide.