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LOS ANGELES

DATE AND TIME: March 11th 2018 | 4pm-7:30pm LOCATION: Viceroy Santa Monica

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COCHON555

EXPERIENCE THE BEST SUNDAY EVENT

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COCHON555 - LOS ANGELES

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
  • Luxe Butter Bar
  • Pate Experience
  • Perfect Puree Swine & Sweets
  • Pop-Up Pie Shop with Mike's Pies
SPECIAL VIP OFFERING
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
  • Luxe Butter Bar
  • Pate Experience
  • Perfect Puree Swine & Sweets
  • Pop-Up Pie Shop with Mike's Pies
SPECIAL VIP OFFERING

BOOK YOUR EXPERIENCE

MEAT THE CHEFS & CREATORS

Chefs, Butchers, Winemakers and more...

BRIAN REDZIKOWSKI
COMPETING CHEF BRIAN REDZIKOWSKI

Kettner Exchange

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BERKSHIRE

Cook Pigs Ranch

BRIAN REDZIKOWSKI

Brian Redzikowski is Executive Chef at San Diego’s Kettner Exchange, where his menus showcase classic French training, high-quality product and Asian flavors. He’s also a ‘regular’ at national Outstanding in the Field events, the James Beard House, and on Food Network’s “Iron Chef Showdown.”

BERKSHIRE

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.

THOMAS BILLE
COMPETING CHEF THOMAS BILLE

Otium

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RED WATTLE

Sowbelly Sustainable Farm

THOMAS BILLE

Born and raised in LA, Chef Thomas Bille was inspired to become a chef at a young age by his Mexican-American family and the city's cultural fusion. He began working with Chef Tim Hollingsworth in Otium's opening team and is now Exec Sous Chef.

RED WATTLE

Originating from New Caledonia- a French Island in the South Pacific- the Red Wattle gets its name from its red color and the fleshy skin that hangs under its jowls. This extremely rare breed adapts to climates well and is an excellent forager. It is prized for its tender meat and splendid hams. Red Wattle pork is lean and juicy with a rich, beef-like taste and texture.

LORD MAYNARD LLERA
COMPETING CHEF LORD MAYNARD LLERA

Mason

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DUROC

Rancho Llano Seco

LORD MAYNARD LLERA

Born & raised in the Philippines, Chef Lord Maynard Llera moved to the US in 2004 where he studied at CIA, then worked at some of LA’s best kitchens: Grace, BLD and at the critically acclaimed Bestia. To showcase more of his creativity and innovativeness, Chef Llera has recently joined The h.wood group bringing his unique culinary vision and fresh approach to help create some of the best food around.

DUROC

The Duroc owes its origins to the blending of two strains of hogs from New Jersey and New York in 1830. This breed has long been known for its ability to grow faster on less feed, while still maintaining a flavor profile of interest. Duroc is high in marbling (small flecks of fat recurring throughout the muscle), making its spareribs and shoulder roasts sweet and juicy.

SAMMY MONSOUR
COMPETING CHEF SAMMY MONSOUR

Preux & Proper

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BERKSHIRE

Peads & Barnetts

SAMMY MONSOUR

Sammy Monsour is a third generation chef, cookbook author and food activist. His cooking has received acknowledgment and acclaim from James Beard Foundation, Eater, American Culinary Federation and Zagat. He currently resides in Los Angeles where he is the Executive Chef / Co-Owner of Preux & Proper and South City Fried Chicken.

BERKSHIRE

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.

HUGO BOLANOS
COMPETING CHEF HUGO BOLANOS

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

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MANGALITSA

Winfield Farm

HUGO BOLANOS

Named Executive Chef in 2013, Hugo Bolanos, is responsible for overseeing the entire food and beverage operation of the iconic hotel, including signature restaurant Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.

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.

BOOK A ROOM
OFFICIAL HOST HOTEL BOOK A ROOM

Party With Us

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VICEROY SANTA MONICA

Book The C555 Room Package 20% Off

BOOK A ROOM

Cochon555 Tour Room Package -20% Off Tickets & More Viceroy Santa Monica is a proud partner for this year's epic Cochon555 culinary competition experience. Stay the night and enjoy the following perks. Cochon555 Room Package Includes: · 10% off your stay · Complimentary next room category upgrade (based on availability) · 20% off tickets to Cochon555 Event · Complimentary beach bikes, WiFi, and more

VICEROY SANTA MONICA

MICHAEL PUGLISI
BUTCHER MICHAEL PUGLISI

Electric City Butcher

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DUROC

Rancho Llano Seco

MICHAEL PUGLISI

Michael is founder and owner of Electric City Butcher, Orange County's Premier Whole Animal Butcher Shop. Obsessed with sourcing from small, family-owned farms, Puglisi applies his decade of experience working for the likes of Thomas Keller and Bouchon to his passion for custom cut meats, hand-made sausage and charcuterie.

DUROC

The Duroc owes its origins to the blending of two strains of hogs from New Jersey and New York in 1830. This breed has long been known for its ability to grow faster on less feed, while still maintaining a flavor profile of interest. Duroc is high in marbling (small flecks of fat recurring throughout the muscle), making its spareribs and shoulder roasts sweet and juicy.

JUAN RENDON
CHEF JUAN RENDON

Gwen

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WELCOME BITE

JUAN RENDON

Coming from Maude where he served as Sous Chef, Chef Juan Rendon is now Gwen’s Chef de Cuisine. Before joining Chef Curtis Stone’s opening team at Maude, Rendon spent seven years at Victoria & Albert’s, Walt Disney World’s most prestigious restaurant and AAA Five Diamond Award winner. It was here that Rendon fell in love with fine dining, and cooking extremely high quality food with fantastic produce. He then went on to become Sous Chef at Chef Norman Van Aken's highly acclaimed restaurant at Ritz Carlton, Orlando — Normans. Before moving to Los Angeles to open Maude, he lived in Orlando, Florida, which he moved to from his home country of Colombia.

WELCOME BITE

LYDIA CLARKE
CHEESE MONGER LYDIA CLARKE

DTLA Cheese

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CHEESE

LYDIA CLARKE

CHEESE

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.

KYLE JOHNSON
CHEF KYLE JOHNSON

Bourbon Steak Los Angeles

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TASTE THE CITY

feat. Wines of Germany

KYLE JOHNSON

Marc started cooking at the age of fourteen in a tiny Italian restaurant in Indiana. Several years later, he began working for a Charlie Trotter alumnus named Steven Oakley who inspired him to attend culinary school and make cooking his life. Marc spent time in kitchens in New York and Las Vegas working for Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy before moving to San Francisco where he is currently Executive Chef at Alexander’s Steakhouse.

TASTE THE CITY

BRANDON KIDA
CHEF BRANDON KIDA

Hinoki & the Bird

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TARTARE BAR

Antica Wines

BRANDON KIDA

Marc started cooking at the age of fourteen in a tiny Italian restaurant in Indiana. Several years later, he began working for a Charlie Trotter alumnus named Steven Oakley who inspired him to attend culinary school and make cooking his life. Marc spent time in kitchens in New York and Las Vegas working for Nobu Matsuhisa and Guy Savoy before moving to San Francisco where he is currently Executive Chef at Alexander’s Steakhouse.

TARTARE BAR

CHRISTOPHER FORD
CHEF CHRISTOPHER FORD

Beverly Wilshire

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A DESSERT BAR

feat. The Perfect Purée

CHRISTOPHER FORD

A DESSERT BAR

IAN GRESIK
CHEFS IAN GRESIK

The Arbour

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TACOS DE TROMPO

Hora De Familia

IAN GRESIK

Trained in the kitchens of Paris and the California wine country David has continued the legacy of his family's Nuevo Latino cooking tradition at their 9 Houston area restaurants where he serves as Executive Chef. In 2010 he was named Up and Coming Chef of the Year at the Houston Culinary Awards and in 2015 he was awarded 40 Under 40 by the Houston Business Journal as well as Truffle Chef of the Year in the Houston Truffle Chef Charity Challenge.

TACOS DE TROMPO

SOMM SMACKDOWN
SOMM COMPETITION SOMM SMACKDOWN

10 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SPONSORS

Sponsors create moments of inspiration, discussion and action - to buy, cook, shop - in the name of a safe, honest, and delicious.

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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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