“It’s not just farm to table that matters–it’s what happens in between, the how and where, the history of what we eat.”
Every year, an epic 10-city culinary tour starts in New York City and culminates in Aspen with Grand Cochon, the season finale where 10 chefs compete in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all culinary showdown – crowning the winner King or Queen of Porc! Today’s event includes more than 1200 pounds of heritage breed pork showcased by the 30 best dishes that won these regional chefs their passage to Aspen. As our guest, we need you to vote for your favorite “Bite of the Day” as the top toque will be chosen by the audience and a panel of 20 expert judges and you! As a guest, you will also enjoy premium brews, reserve wines, artisan spirits, a butcher demo, tartare bar, oysters, cheese tastings, jars of bacon and an ice cream social. The awards are the best part, so stick around for the winner.
Our flagship event known as COCHON 555 started in 2008 as a response to the lack of education around heritage breed pigs. Today, we live on tour, traveling the country cooking up more than 12 tons of heritage pork each year. As the nation’s first nose-to-tail culinary competition, we make it our goal to help keep family farms alive by spotlighting them in the media, by connecting them with source-driven chefs and introducing them to other farmers which helps the process of diversifying pastures. People today are looking to source exceptional ingredients and know more about where their food comes from, and our goal at Cochon is to simplify that search.
The tour serves over 10,000 guests and harvests over 500+ million media impressions annually. In addition, the tour works with over 1,500 pioneers all supporting a better food system. We are known for creating an impact on local agriculture by amplifying the conversation of heritage breed pigs through consumption. Our events take place on Sunday, our audience includes notable industry including sommeliers, restaurateurs, chefs, media, consumers and independent business owners looking to champion a premium, responsible lifestyle. Together we reach new people and provide exposure for brands for the first time by providing authentic experiences that get people excited. Your support of this event helps the tour expand benefits for thousands of chefs, farmers, culinary students and butchers all looking for the same thing, FLAVOR! We are saving heritage farms one whole pig at a time.