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CHICAGO

DATE AND TIME: April 8th 2018 | 4pm-7:30pm LOCATION: Hilton Chicago Hotel. 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

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COCHON555

EXPERIENCE THE BEST SUNDAY EVENT

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COCHON555 - CHICAGO

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. Think of a 40-course gourmet tasting menu taken standing up. Spend Sunday afternoon feasting on 1500 pounds of heritage breed pork and ethically sourced foods during our signature three-hour experience. A portion of all sales will benefit our sister charity Piggy Bank.

General Admission is our signature three-hour experience filled with culinary wonderment! Feast on culinary creations, enjoy endless rounds of beverages -- and vote for your favorite bite of the day. From farm-to-table to Michelin star - all participating chefs share one core value: they source locally. If you like tasty pig, Cochon555 buys 1500 pounds of the "best breeds" from farmers doing it the "right way" and we serve up an intimate experience for 450 guests (you do the math).

Splurge on the VIP area and get an extra hour of extravagance. Get up close to the chefs and farmers who made it all happen, without waiting in line. Chefs will serve a preview of two dishes during VIP, enjoy exclusive access to the Punch Kings (whole bottle Bourbon punch competition featuring top barkeeps), and sip allocated wines and spirits that don’t last the entire event.

EAT

EVERYTHING

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EAT
  • 1500 Pounds of Heritage Pig
  • 5 Chefs Cooking Whole Hog
  • Whole Mexico Experience
  • Signature Cheese Bar
  • Starter Bar with Cures, Pates and Foie
  • Tartare Bar w. Antica Wines
  • Royal Oak "Dirty Steaks" Tasting
  • Luxe Butter Bar
  • Pate Experience
  • Perfect Puree Swine & Sweets
  • Pop-Up Shop with Mike’s Pies
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DRINK

IT ALL

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DRINK
  • 1500 Pounds of Heritage Pig
  • 5 Chefs Cooking Whole Hog
  • Whole Mexico Experience
  • Signature Cheese Bar
  • Starter Bar with Cures, Pates and Foie
  • Tartare Bar w. Antica Wines
  • Royal Oak "Dirty Steaks" Tasting
  • Luxe Butter Bar
  • Pate Experience
  • Perfect Puree Swine & Sweets
  • Pop-Up Shop with Mike’s Pies
SPECIAL VIP OFFERING

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CULINARY LINEUP TO BE ANNOUNCED

Chefs, Butchers, Winemakers and more...

MARIO GARCIA
CHEF MARIO GARCIA

Kitty O'Sheas

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MANGALITSA

3 Winds Farm

MARIO GARCIA

Mario is from Fresnillo Zacatecas, Mexico. He has a Culinary Arts Degree from the Illinois Institute of Art. Chef Mario’s inspiring culinary career path with the Hilton Chicago started on May 13, 1996.

MANGALITSA

Originating from Hungary in the early 1800’s, the Mangalitsa is a very rare breed, and is considered by many to be the Wagyu of pork. The breed is characterized by its coarse, wooly coat and ability to withstand extreme conditions. Mangalitsa pork is known for its high-quality, lardo-type fat, and its high percentage of marbling, which doubles that of average pork. The Mangalitsa yields juicy and flavorful meat.

CORY MORRIS

A native of Salt Lake City, Cory Morris serves as Chef de Cuisine at Boleo, a South American-inspired rooftop lounge in The Kimpton Gray Hotel. Chef Cory is a two-time Food Network “Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay” champion, former chef/partner of Ronero and trained under Jose Garces at Mercat a la Planxa.

WILD BOAR

This is a small range feral breed, meaning they are isolated foragers. They have a heavy coat and long snout. This breed has a high percentage of healthy monounsaturated fat and makes great charcuterie. They are more aggressive and harder to handle than domestic pigs. However, the quality of their fat and marbling has increased their popularity within the chef community. The wonderful flavour and marbling is due to the additional fat and long growth time.

RYAN BURNS
CHEF RYAN BURNS

The Blanchard

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HEREFORD

Catalpa Grove Farm

RYAN BURNS

Chef Ryan Burns balances French and modern American influences at The Blanchard. Helming the Jean Banchet-awarded restaurant, Burns creates engaging dining experiences with unusual ingredient pairings, sharable dishes, and surrealistic plating. Ryan came to The Blanchard by way of Alinea.

HEREFORD

Originating from the U.S. during the 1920’s, the Hereford is a rare, but well known breed. Resembling Hereford cows, these hogs have a distinguished reddish-brown coat and white face. The Hereford is known for its calm disposition and ability to thrive on pastures. It is a slower growing breed, yielding richly colored and marbled meat.

ANDRES PADILLA
COMPETING CHEF ANDRES PADILLA

Topolobampo

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MANGALITSA

1936 Meadowbrook Farm

ANDRES PADILLA

Andres joined Topolobampo as a sous chef in 2008; in 2012, he was named chef de cuisine. In 2014 he became the Culinary Director for all Frontera Restaurants. An alum of Douglas Rodriguez’s DeLaCosta, Padilla owes his addiction to Mexican food to his grandmother. “She always made delicious renditions of what her mother and grandmother made for her,” he says.

MANGALITSA

Originating from Hungary in the early 1800’s, the Mangalitsa is a very rare breed, and is considered by many to be the Wagyu of pork. The breed is characterized by its coarse, wooly coat and ability to withstand extreme conditions. Mangalitsa pork is known for its high-quality, lardo-type fat, and its high percentage of marbling, which doubles that of average pork. The Mangalitsa yields juicy and flavorful meat.

CARLOS GAYTAN
CHEF CARLOS GAYTAN

Mexique

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LARGE BLACK

Meadowlark Farm

CARLOS GAYTAN

Chef Carlos’ culinary journey began when he arrived in Chicago in 1991. He began his career at the Sheraton North Shore Hotel quickly earning a position as Chef Garde Manger. In 1996, he began his 7 year employment at the Union League Club under the guidance of Chef Michael Garbin. In April 2004 he was offered the position of Chef de Cuisine at Bistrot Margot where he worked tirelessly. All his hard worked paid off with the opening of Mexique in May 2008 and then HA in Mexico of December 2017.

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.

PUNCH KINGS
PUNCH COMPETITION PUNCH KINGS

5 Barkeeps Compete

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BRECKENRIDGE BOURBON

Feature Spirit

PUNCH KINGS

Cochon555 hosts "Punch Kings”, a regional whole bottle punch competition featuring 50 of the nations top barkeeps. Each contestant faces the challenge of creating a hand-crafted punch featuring one whole bottle of sponsored spirit and presenting to a panel of 8 notable judges. The winning barkeep advances to the season finale called “Last Call” that takes place during the Grand Cochon weekend in Chicago September 30th. Watch two years of footage and learn more about how barkeeps feel about punch, and the trends in hospitality. EP01 - Handcrafted EP02 - Whole Bottle EP03 - Hospitality EP04 - Passion EP02 - Art EP03 - Spice EP04 - Community

BRECKENRIDGE BOURBON

Showcasing amazing barkeeps around the country isn’t easy, but it sure is tasty in the nation’s best punch competition. Punch was the grandaddy of all cocktails, meant for sharing amongst friends and enhancing social engagements. The theme of the competition is large format, and the participating bartenders are given 30 minutes to prepare 1 punch bowl featuring 1 bottle of spirits along with their special ingredients. Visit the website for all the recipes from five years.

ROB LEVITT
BUTCHER ROB LEVITT

THE BUTCHER & LARDER

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BUTCHER SHOP

Pop-Up

ROB LEVITT

BUTCHER SHOP

THE PIG BREED 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 byproduct of the finishing process in several areas.

TODD STEIN
CHEF TODD STEIN

The Bristol

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TARTARE BAR

Antica Wines

TODD STEIN

TARTARE BAR

The tour announced the Tartare Bar in 2013. It is a national marketing program to reinforce the importance of celebrating the source of high-quality beef. Cochon555 invites a notable chef in each market to provide their favorite variation on chopping up great beef using the best ingredients. We all love food and wine pairings, and there is nothing better than letting us handle your experience from start to finish.

GREG LAKETEK
CHEF GREG LAKETEK

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TASTE THE CITY

feat. Wines of Germany

GREG LAKETEK

TASTE THE CITY

A Pop-Up Pairing Bar presented by Wines of Germany. From bright, fruit-driven reds to fresh and elegant whites, Germany offers a style of wine for every palate and every occasion. Discover how German wines suit your city with the unique opportunity to pair a glass (or two) with special selections from a local late-night hot spot or food truck favorite. The exclusive partnership and pairing changes with each stop of the Cochon555 Tour, so don’t miss your one chance to savor a Riesling, Rosé, Pinot, or Sekt with the fare your neighborhood is known for. Wines of Germany is the exclusive U.S. office of the Deutsches Weininstitut (German Wine Institute). Consider them your primary source for information on German wine regions, statistics, and fun facts, plus promotions and events here in the U.S.! Explore this site to discover the distinctive quality and pairing versatility of German Riesling, Pinots, Silvaner, and more.

JONATHAN ZARAGOZA
CHEF JONATHAN ZARAGOZA

Birrieria Zaragoza

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TACOS DE TROMPO

Hora De Familia

JONATHAN ZARAGOZA

TACOS DE TROMPO

Hora de la Familia translates to sharing a time around the table, a meal with the family. Our savory spotlight showcases the authentic preparations of Tacos de Trompo (shepherd-style tacos) and refers to the upright cooking spit, considered an original "culinary mash-up" from age-old recipes that draws inspiration from Middle Eastern, Spanish and Aztec cultures. Join us along with the competing chef teams for a taco pop-up featuring delicious marinated heritage breed pork, assembled on a trompo, shaved onto a corn tortilla and topped with its quintessential toppings.

DAVID WANG
CHEF DAVID WANG

Saint Lou's Assembly

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CELLO ARTISAN CHEESE

For a Featured Tasting

DAVID WANG

Saint Lou’s Assembly is a Midwestern take on a classic "Meat N Three”— a concept that's traditionally found in the South (i.e. a meat course plus three side dishes). Lou smoked cigarettes. He drove a Cadillac, had a foul mouth, loved Elvis, hated people from New York City. He owned a meat packing place right around the corner. Loved his wife and kids, hated his neighbors, loved the Bears. He loved red meat and sunshine on his face in the morning. He lived his life the way he pleased, was always fair with others and to many close to him, Lou was a damn saint. Saint Lou’s Assembly is a tribute to the cafeterias that lined this area of Chicago to serve the meatpacking workers for lunch during that bygone era. The venue has a back yard patio featuring bleacher seating for 100, a Bocce ball court, and plenty of al fresco drinking options.

CELLO ARTISAN CHEESE

TONI ROBERTS
SWINE & SWEETS TONI ROBERTS

TheWit Hotel Chicago

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A DESSERT BAR

Featuring

TONI ROBERTS

Today’s dessert spotlights the fresh flavors of The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley prepared by one of America’s most talented chefs. Celebrating innovation, our Swine and Sweets course is inspired by classic pastry with a twist.

A DESSERT BAR

Experience flavor first-hand with delicious complimentary samples delivered directly to your business. Request free samples of The Perfect Purée's robust flavor line-up ranging from Raspberry and Mango to Ginger Sour and Thyme & Citrus. Available to foodservice professionals only.

NATE WEIS
WINEMAKER NATE WEIS

Silver Oak Cellars

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CABERNET

2013 Napa Valley

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.

CABERNET

Our 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It was blended in early 2014 and aged for 24 months in 85% new American oak and 15% one-used American oak barrels from our Missouri cooperage, The Oak. Early blending assures a balanced core and allows all components to achieve a seamless harmony during barrel aging. It was then aged for an additional 20 months in bottle before being released in February of 2018.

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. Pax Wine Cellars is focusing on the production of premium vineyard-designated Syrah based wines from the North Coast of California.

SYRAH

Inky black and massively concentrated black fruit, black pepper, tar and roses complete the brilliant aromas of this classic California Syrah. A bit more of a bruiser than the 2013, this 2014 is the perfect foil for a fatty piece of Lamb or your favorite Cowboy Steak fresh off of an iron skillet. The tannins are velvety and the fruit intense, which reminds us mostly of the 2004 version of this wine with a lower abv.

RAJAT PARR
WINEMAKER RAJAT PARR

Sandhi Wines

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CHARDONNAY

2015 Santa Barbara Co.

RAJAT PARR

Partner/Proprietor, Sandhi - Though food was Rajat Parr’s first love, wine became his great passion. Fortunately, Rajat has encountered the best of both worlds through his work as wine director for the Mina Group’s restaurants and as partner in RN74 (San Francisco and Seattle).

CHARDONNAY

Our “village wine” is a blend of vineyards from the southwestern part of Sta. Rita Hills including sections from Rita’s Crown, Bentrock, and Wenzlau. The 2015 bottling bespeaks its warm growing season with bright, eye-opening aromas of lemon pith, almond skin, crushed white rock, and oyster shells. From such a lifted nose, the palate is surprisingly unctuous. There is an alluring heft to the wine that carries with it flavors of meyer lemon custard and roasted pine nuts.

ERIN MILLER
WINEMAKER ERIN MILLER

Twomey Cellars

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PINOT NOIR

2015 Bien Nacido Vineyard

ERIN MILLER

Erin is Twomey’s Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc winemaker, a specialist in the varietal who has worked in France, Oregon and California. She embodies the French concept of “vigneron,” the idea that the winemaker should also be intimately involved with the vineyard, and believes in crafting vineyard-driven wines that express an unmistakable sense of place. “You can force a wine to be something, but let it be itself and it will show you it’s colors and personality.” – Winemaker Erin Miller

PINOT NOIR

Bien Nacido Vineyard is a unique site along the Central Coast of California, only six miles as the bird flies from the ocean. The 2015 season was an extension of the already dry conditions established from the previous years of drought. Little to no fog developed, resulting in sun-soaked vineyards and concentrated berries. Bud break began in early March, bloom and fruit set in April, and by early June hints of color were showing through. The growing season concluded with an earlier than usual harvest for the second year in a row.

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.

PINOT NOIR

Steep hillsides and a variety of clones help add diversity to this vineyard whose aspects were carefully planted to encourage even sunlight exposure during the final stages of fruit ripening. The Sonoma Coast influence is key at Gap’s Crown – located in the Petaluma Gap where late season fog becomes trapped and takes a little longer to burn off. The fruit is allowed to hang a little longer creating more balanced and evolved flavors. On the Nose - stunning aromas of blueberry, blackberry, lavender and ripe strawberry and a full body mouthfeel with super fine tannins that are compressed and extremely long.

SOMM SMACKDOWN
SOMM COMPETITION SOMM SMACKDOWN

5 Sommeliers Compete

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AZZURRO WINE COMPANY

Special Thanks

SOMM SMACKDOWN

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 30 celebrity judges select a winner. Watch two years of footage and learn more about how Somm’s feel about wine trends, regions and what pairs best with heritage breed pork. EP00 - Trailer EP01 - Romance EP02 - Passion EP03 - Pigs EP04 - Pairing EP05 - Reflections EP06 - Palettes

AZZURRO WINE COMPANY

Over the course of the past two years - we have found great wine pairings. Click to see them all, its pretty amazing. Thanks again to all the producers, winemakers, growers and sommeliers for making this a truly stunning journey.

THE MOST TALKED ABOUT CULINARY TOUR IN THE COUNTRY

Created in 2008 in response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs, Cochon555 is a nose-to-tail culinary event dedicated to supporting family farmers and educating buyers about the agricultural importance of eating heritage breed pigs, some of which are on critical watch lists. The meat they produce is recognized for its superior flavor, texture, appearance, and nutritious qualities. At all events, we source only the highest quality ingredients and products available.

Cochon555 is a theater for innovative food and drink experiences. At any given event, over a hundred-plus cooks, chefs, restaurant and bar owners, renowned sommeliers and barkeeps, can be found working in concert to create luxurious moments. We work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable – from farm-to-table to Michelin star - and all participating chefs share one core value: they source products responsibly. Our goal is to buy and promote the "best heritage breed pigs" from farmers doing it the "right way". Why? Because heritage breed pigs can't be raised in commodity settings.

The epic culinary tour starts in New York City in late-January and culminates with the finale, Grand Cochon September 30th in Chicago, marking our first decade. Cochon555 aims to create moments of inspiration, and to engender discussion and action - to buy, to cook, shop and donate in the name of a safe, honest, and delicious. Bottom line, we are educating the nation one bite at a time and creating a safer food future to be shared with our children. Your support benefits our foundation project, Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (fire, flood, and disease). Please explore our website, watch a video and enjoy an all-inclusive ticketed event that directly supports the good food movement.

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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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