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Q&A with Scott Kitsmiller

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 c
ocktail 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 inspire you most?
I’ve been playing a lot with umami flavors in cocktails recently. Something about that flavor component I’ve come to find can add a lot of depth to a drink. It’s been fun rediscovering how to use umami-packed spirits such Shochu, Sake, and Sherries as little punches of flavor.

Choose a drink to match with pork-and why?
Give me a big ole’ Sherry Cobbler with a slab of pork and I’ll be extremely happy. Something about the salty and sweet aspect of that drink works so well with the salty and sweet flavors of pork. Plus, I just want something refreshing most of the time, but especially with pork.

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WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

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LA Times

"The Porcine Equivalent of Christmas"
Seattle Metropolitan

"Pork-tastic Goodness!"
Food & Wine Magazine

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Cochon555 Features Some of The Best Chefs in Town"
Time Magazine

"Everyone’s Favorite Pork-centric Cooking Competition"
Zagat

"A Great Celebration, the Ultimate Pig Out"
Bon Appetit

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Eater

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SF Weekly

"A Super Bowl of Swine, Bite After Bite of Swoon Worthy Swine"
Denver Westword

"The Pork Flowed Like Wine at Cochon555"
Eat Me Daily

Cochon555, the competitive celebration of heritage pork... [+] Eater

Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe is a tireless champion of heritage pigs... [+] Food Republic

Heritage-breed pigs in the competition yield melt-in-your mouth chops that you’ll crave for days... [+] The Village Voice

Meant to raise awareness about heritage-breed pigs and sustainable and socially responsible farming... [+] Miami New Times

Are designer pigs worth the money? Brady Lowe of Cochon 555 breaks down the difference... First We Feast [+]

Where can you find 3,500 pounds of Heritage breed pigs, locally sourced... The Daily Meal [+]

This culinary competition celebrates family farms, heritage breed pigs and today’s emerging chef community... NBC Bay Area [+]

Whole heritage-breed pigs in a head to tail showcase for a crowd of pork-loving gourmands… The Huffington Post

One of the country’s most delightfully decadent food fests... Chicago Tribune [+]

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