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ALL TIME SOMM SMACKDOWN WINNERS

ALL TIME SOMM SMACKDOWN WINNERS

At the heart of all Cochon555 events lies a culinary competition of five local chefs each presenting one whole, heritage breed pig to promote local family farming. Running in tandem for two years, is Cochon555’s “Somm Smackdown” competition featuring 50 of the nation’s top sommeliers each challenged with pairing the best wines from around the globe to the dishes prepared by the competing chefs. A panel of 24 celebrity judges select a winner.
  • EP00 – Trailer
  • EP01 – Romance
  • EP02 – Passion
  • EP03 – Pigs
  • EP04 – Pairing < my favorite in series
  • EP05 – Reflections < second favorite
  • EP06 – Palettes

WINNING WINES / SOMMS
2018 Cochon555 National Sommelier Smack-Down

NEW YORK

KRISTEN GOCELJAK – Little Park
Parusso, 2013 Langhe Nebbiolo Rosato Spumante – Piedmont, Italy

WINNING WINES / SOMMS
2017 Cochon555 National Sommelier Smack-Down

NEW YORK
NICOLE HAKLI – ACME
Under the Wire, 2013 “Alder Springs Vineyard,” Sparkling Chardonnay – Mendocino, California

MIAMI
KIRSTA GRAUBERGER – Market 17
Cleto Chiarli, NV “Centenario” Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro – Emilia-Romagna, Italy

CHICAGO
RACHEL DRIVER-SPECKAN – City Winery
Bodegas Los Bermejos, 2016 Listán Negro Rosado – Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain

ATLANTA
LINDA TORRES – Ritz-Carlton Buckhead
Lioco, 2016 Rose of Carignan “Indica” – Mendocino, California

MINNEAPOLIS
LAURIE HEFNER – Corner Table
Jean Paul Brun, NV “FRV100” Gamay Rose “Méthode Ancestrale” – Beaujolais, France

GRAND COCHON – Chicago
RACHEL DRIVER-SPECKEN – City Winery Chicago
Von Buhl, 2015 Sekt Riesling – Pfalz, Germany

AUSTIN
KEN FREEMAN – Italic/Elm Restaurant Group
Cleto Chiarli, 2015 Vecchia Modena Lambrusco – Emilia-Romagna, Italy

WASHINGTON DC
JULIE DAULTON – Wit & Wisdom (Baltimore)
Patrick-Bottex, Bugey-Cerdon – Savoie, France

HOUSTON
LINDSAY THOMAS – Pappas Steak House
Casa Castillo, 2014 ‘El Molar’ Garnacha – Jumilla, Spain

NAPA – Heritage Fire
ASHLEY BROSHIOUS – Charlie Palmer Steak Napa
Müller-Catoir, 2007 “Haardter” Riesling Kabinett Trocken – Pfaltz, Germany

SAN FRANCISCO
MARIE-LOUISE FRIEDLAN – State Bird Provisions
Château Yvonne, 2015 Saumur Chenin Blanc, Saumur – Loire, France

BOSTON
THERESA PAOPAO – Asta
Domaine Huet, 2012 Petillant Brut – Vouvray, Loire, France

DENVER
KELLY WOOLRIDGE – Table 6
Peter Jacob Kuhn, 2015 Trocken Riesling – Rheingau, Germany

LOS ANGELES
JARED HOOPER – Faith & Flower
Kruger-Rumpf, 2015 Scheurebe “Spätlese” – Nahe, Germany

NASHVILLE
JANELLE ENGLESON – City Winery: bring wine day of the event
Domaine de la Dentelle, NV Bugey-Cerdon Demi-Sec Rosé – Savoy, France

SEATTLE
HAYLEY BLACK – Tutta Bella
Cleto Chiarli – NV “Vecchia Modena” Lambrusco Sorbara DOC – Emilia Romagna, Italy

WINNING WINES / SOMMS
2016 Cochon555 National Sommelier Smack-Down

NEW YORK CITY
MISSY NEILL – Lure Fishbar, NYC
Henri Giraud, MV Grand Cru “Fut de Chene” Brut – Champagne, France

MINNEAPOLIS
ERIN ROLEK – The Bachelor Farmer, Minneapolis
Wagner Stempel, 2012 Riesling “Heerkretz” Grosses Gewachs – Rheinhessen, Germany

HOUSTON
DALE ELLINGTON – Kata Robata, Houston
Cantina Terlan-Kellerei, 2012 “Nova Domus” Riserva – Alto Adige, Italy

DENVER
ERIC DUTTON – Vesta Dripping Grill, Denver
Koehler-Ruprecht, 2009 Riesling ‘Kallstadter Saumagen’ Spatlese Trocken – Pfalz, Germany

LOS ANGELES
FAHARA ZAMORANO – Viviane/Avalon Hotel, Los Angeles
Ruinart, Brut Rose – Reims, Champagne, France

MIAMI
KIRSTA GRAUBERGER – Market 17, Miami
Patrick Bottex, NV Bugey Cerdon “La Cueille” – Savoie, France

SEATTLE
KRISTEN YOUNG – Bastille, Seattle
Domaine Weinbach, 2014 “Cuvee Theo” Riesling – Alsace, France

WASHINGTON DC
DAVE KAHLER – Range/VOLT, Washington DC
Clos Cibonne, 2014 Tibouren Rose Cru Classé – Côtes de Provence, France

CHICAGO
PHILIPP ANDRE – Oceanique/LVMH, Chicago
Bacio Divino Cellars, 2003 “Pazzo” – Napa, CA (9 liter)

SAN FRANCISCO
TARA PATRICK – Mourad, San Francisco
Larmandier-Bernier, NV Extra Brut Rose de Saignee “Premier Cru” – Champagne, France

ASPEN – Grand Cochon
NICK RANCONE – Corner Table, Minneapolis
Charly Thevenet, 2012 “Grain & Granit” Regnie – Beaujolais, France

ATLANTA – BBQ
MELISSA DAVIS – One Midtown Kitchen, Atlanta
Cave Caloz, 2013 Savagnin “Heida-Paien du Lien Les Bernunes – Vaiais, Switzerland

AUSTIN – BBQ
RAND EGBERT – Emmer & Rye, Austin
Cleto Chiarli, NV “Lambrusco del Fondatore” Sobara – Emilia-Romagna, Italy

SAN FRANCISCO – BBQ
TARA PATRICK – Mourad, SF
Copain, 2015 D2 (Pinot Noir/Pinot Gris) – Sonoma, CA

COCHON555 ANOINTS CHICAGO AS GRAND COCHON, THE 14-CITY TOURING CULINARY COMPETITION ON OCTOBER 1, 2017

Chicago takes center stage this fall at Cochon555’s epic finale featuring 14 Chefs Competing for the Coveted Crown makes a stop in the West Loop

CHICAGO, IL (August 4, 2017) — Grand Cochon, the epic finale to the 14-city touring culinary competition, will crown its “King or Queen of Porc” at Morgan Manufacturing on Sunday evening, October 1st. Cochon555 brings together the 14 winning chefs of regional competitions and 14 pigs for a friendly competition with a cause. More than 2,500 pounds of heritage pork raised by American family farms will be served to a crowd of 30 celebrity chefs and 500 pork-loving epicureans. The grand champion will be rewarded with a 4-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. Tickets start at $150 for general admission and $225 for VIP (includes early entry). Tickets are sold online at http://grandcochon.com .

This fairy-tale heritage pork event will feature celebrated chefs and nose-to-tail cookery. Representing an array of cultures, cities and cooking styles. Each of the 14 chefs are tasked with preparing at least 3 bites of heritage breed pig from the whole-animal menu they created to win their respective cities. The event is akin to a stand-up tasting menu, with dozens of competition plates served alongside artisan wines, boutique spirits, handcrafted cocktails, and some of the best cheeses, charcuterie, sweets, and pop-up food experiences the country has to offer.

This year’s winners and competing chefs include Nicole Gajadhar of Saxon + Parole in New York City (Meat-Centric American Eatery), Grae Nonas of Minneapolis (Nordic-Inspired Cuisine), Kaelin Ulrich Trilling of Nashville (Ingredient-Driven Mexican), Jonathan Granada of Otium in Los Angeles (Ingredient-Driven American), Will Nolan of Eight K at Viceroy Snowmass in Denver (Southern Roots), Paula DaSilva of Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale in Miami (New American), Ricardo Jarquin of Travelle in Chicago (Inventive American), Mitch Mayers of Lark in Seattle (Ingredient-Driven American), Manabu ‘Hori’ Horiuchi of Kata Robata in Houston (Modern Japanese Fare), Jordan Keao of āina Restaurant in San Francisco (Modern Hawaiian), Drew Van Leuvan of Seven Lamps in Atlanta (Rustic American Fare), Kosta Kontogiannis of Kingbird Restaurant at The Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C. (Contemporary American) and Evan LeRoy of LeRoy and Lewis in Austin (New School Barbeque).

Follow the tour on Instagram and Twitter @Cochon555 to discover the chefs headed to Chicago, and immerse yourself by watching the Grand Cochon trailer .

Where: Morgan Manufacturing, 401 N. Morgan St, Chicago, IL
When: Sunday, October 1st, 2017 | GA 5:55PM | VIP 5PM | ULTRA-VIP 4:30PM
Tickets : Purchase tickets at http://cochon555.com/2017-tour/grandcochon/
●  $150 General Admission includes all-inclusive tastings of food and beverage
●  $225 VIP includes 60 minutes early entry, exclusive tastings and access apply

A portion of the weekend’s proceeds go to Piggy Bank, a farm-in-the-making dedicated to supporting heritage breed pig farmers with free genetics and financial know-how, including business plans posted online. Grand Cochon is a culinary weekend filled with rare tastes, education, all-inclusive drink experience and inspiration. The overall weekend schedule is listed below.

Enthusiasts can sign up for a national cocktail punch competition (Punch Kings) combined with an innovative day-long food summit held (BESPOKE) at the Chicago Athletic Association on Saturday, September 30. Kicking off at 9:30 a.m. in the Tank Room, keynote speakers and panelists will bridge the worlds of academia, food, and hospitality with BESPOKE: An Exploration of Taste & Thought. Immediately following, 14 barkeeps from around the country compete in the most notable punch-themed celebration featuring Breckenridge Bourbon.

Communal feasting is an integral part of the Cochon555 culinary fabric. Beyond the 42 chef-competitor dishes – all told, some 2,500-plus pounds of heritage pork from family farms – guests will sample beef tartare featuring Sabatino truffles prepared by Joshua Pollack of Rosenberg’s Deli in Denver paired with the wines of Antica Napa Valley; a farmhouse cheese spread from Pastoral Artisan Cheese Wine & Bread featuring Savile Row and Cypress Grove; a pop-up bakery from La Brea; a Salami Snack Bar from Creminelli and Divina; organic pâté offerings from Les Trois Petit Cochons; a Luxury Butter Bar featuring truffle butter, foie gras, and more; and Chef Zac Young of Craveable Hospitality will create an innovative take on pastry presented by Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.

Cochon555 events are theaters for innovative spirit, wine, and cocktail experiences. Libations include a special cocktail experience inside the Glenfiddich Experimental Dome, Smoked Old Fashioneds with Breckenridge Bourbon; The Manhattan Project presented by Poached Jobs; the Tiki Bar featuring Angostura Rum and Perfect Puree of Napa Valley; a Courvoisier Cognac cocktail and “neat” tasting with hand-crafted chocolates; and a Heritage Rum Cart. New pours incorporating the historic bitters and luscious rums of Angostura will be unveiled at the Swizzle Bar. An array of wines grouped under the “5 Winemakers” banner featuring Scholium Project; Kosta Browne, CIRQ, Pax Wine Cellars; Silver Oak and more. Other experiences include the Welcome Lounge featuring Buffalo Trace; non-alcoholic sodas from DRY Sparkling; Wines of the World and Azzurro Wine Company.

“It’s always an honor to see all the incredible talent and good food movement support in one place,” says Brady Lowe, Founder of Cochon555. “We’re putting the spotlight on heritage species, responsible agriculture, and amazing chefs and producers. As one of this country’s premiere dining cities, we’re proud to have Chicago as the centerpiece of our largest-ever Grand Cochon this year. Guests can expect an epic culinary experience that’s not just about quality, but wines, spirits, cheeses, pork dishes and much more, all created with purpose and passion. This is eating and drinking for a cause.”

About the Cochon555 US Tour
The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually and stages over 60 events. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions including Heritage Fire (live-fire); Heritage BBQ (global grilling cultures); and Grand Cochon (national whole-hog championship). Cochon555 cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species, raised by family farms in top culinary markets in North America. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities, and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more details and videos of events, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered. Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit www.piggy-bank.org or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter. Watch the video http://j.mp/PIGGY_BANK.

 

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

"2016 Event of the Year!"
Time Out New York

"Raising the Bar for Dining Festivals"
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

"Chefs Bring Their A-Game for a Cause"
Eater

"Enough About Bacon! Let's Talk Whole Hog"
The Seattle Times

"Cochon555, a Touring Porcine Bacchanalia Slash Competition"
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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