Goose Island New Barrel House
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD’S FIRST GLOBAL BBQ TASTING!!! Similar to Cochon 555, Heritage BBQ presented by Goose Island Beer Co. is an all-inclusive event, a stand-up tasting where five notable chefs will each be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 respected judges will vote for the city’s “BBQ King or Queen.” The events raise awareness for responsible family farms, culinary schools, local food producers, craft brewers, great winemakers, and prestigious distillers wanting to celebrate with an amazing food event during National Bourbon Month. The cause is local, the flavors are global, the talent is unbridled…

THIS YEAR’S COMPETING CHEFSinclude Chrissy Camba of Laughing Bird, Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice, Cary Taylor of Big Star and Nathan Sears of The Radler. Each chef will be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig in hopes to create the winning plate. The winner will be announced Chicago’s “BBQ King or Queen.” The BBQ will take place at Goose Island’s new Barrel Warehouse – a facility dedicated to the art of aging beers in wine and bourbon barrels.

Additionally this year, Heritage BBQ will debut “BBQ TRADITIONS,” a series of pop-up pairings where notable chefs will serve one dish that best exemplifies a culinary tradition and BBQ culture from anywhere in the world. Participating restaurants and chefs include Andrew Hroza of Goose Island Brewpub, Matt Balikov of Pearl Oyster Tavern, Craig Bell of Big Hatt Gourmet, Michael Ciapciak and the team of Bang Bang Pie Shop. Guests will learn about global BBQ-styles such as Braai from Africa, Char Siu from China, Lechonera from Puerto Rico, Churrasco from Brazil or Barbacoa from Mexico, as well as regional American BBQ styles in an edible education on the finest social tradition in human history. The Heritage BBQ tour motivates grilling communities worldwide to support local food producers, and to break ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed BBQ culture. To access an online directory of BBQ Traditions from around the world, click here.

The Goose Island folks are taking over Labor Day with 3 bars featuring the rare Bourbon County Beers and the Vintage Ales of Goose Island Beer Co. All the local favorites will be there. The Welcome Rib Punch Reception will debut featuring Berkshire Ribs from Berkwood Farms prepared by Big Hatt Gourmet paired with Breckenridge Bourbon’s signature Punch Tasting, illustrating the anatomy of punch. Breckenridge is also bringing the Burro (a special trailer of fun) to accompany their “Shot & Beer” featuring Breckenridge Bitters and Goose Island IPA. Templeton Rye – lets just say ring toss, super soakers filled with fun, and libations paired specifically to the competing chefs with names like “Love you Long Time”, “Mexican Coke” and “Meat Boner – Chicago Style”. Guests will enjoy a 1,400+ pound all-you-can-eat showcase of heritage breed pig in the “World’s First Global BBQ Tasting”. The all-inclusive tasting features a “Perfect Manhattan” Bourbon Bar featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Templeton Rye, Four Roses, Glenrothes and Luxardo. Additionally there will be Smoked Brisket featuring Creekstone Farms, an artisan cheese bar with Pastoral featuring Kenny’s Farmhouse and Rogue Creamery. A portfolio tasting of Crispin Ciders – Official Cider of the US Tour, and a Mezcal Bar featuring Fidencio and Mezcales de Leyenda. Before awards, James Beard Award Winner, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will be hosting a special edition “Ice Cream Social” signature dessert course.

“THIS IS THE NEW Q that celebrates hundreds of grilling – and smoking -traditions from around the world. We are on a mission to redefine BBQ as social eating, the act of gathering around fire, making friends and eating responsibly-raised animals. Together we work around the clock to preserve timeless family traditions from all over the globe. The bottom line is to host an event that develops the conversation of local food and heritage pigs, thus creating long-term growth, jobs on farms and better food choices for the future,” explains Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. “We are passionate about promoting food sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system, and for the first time we are excited to announce Goose Island Beer Co. as a presenting sponsor of the Heritage BBQ series.”

Guests interested in an ULTRA-VIP experience can purchase access into the Pilot Light Lounge, hosted by Paul Kahan (avec, Blackbird, Nico Osteria, Publican), Matthias Merges (Yusho, A10 Hyde Park, Billy Sunday) and Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Nightwood). Tickets are limited to 30 people and cost $300. They include specially prepared bites, chef-prepared cocktails, and benefit the Pilot Light, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to develop a healthy relationship with food

Started in 2012 in an effort to bridge the gap between family farms and all categories of BBQ restaurants, Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555, is the first national BBQ competition dedicated to supporting a new direction for heritage breed pigs by expanding the conversation to a global economy. Created by Cochon 555 Founder Brady Lowe, Heritage BBQ engages existing BBQ restaurants in the local and sustainable food conversation nationwide while breaking ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed, farm-supporting BBQ.

Pilot Light is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works with chefs and teachers to build classroom lessons that weave food and nutrition education into everyday subjects like science, English, and social studies, and then equips teachers to deliver them in their own classrooms. Founded in 2010 by chefs Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Ryan Poli, Pilot Light’s mission is to provide children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to develop a healthy relationship with food. In the 2014-2015 school year, Pilot Light will be working with six schools in low-income communities throughout Chicago, reaching over 1100 students with its engaging and motivating lessons that help teachers meet academic performance standards and reach their students with critical food and nutrition education at the same time. For more information, visit

Where: Goose Island New Barrel House
Goose Island New Barrel HouseGoose Island Barrel Warehouse - Host Venue 605 N. Sacramento Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612

When: Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

TICKETS START AT $125 for general admission, VIP tickets are $200 and ULTRA-VIP are $300. VIP includes 60-minute early access to all the food (special, limited dishes) and a chance to mingle with chefs, judges and media. Both ticket prices are all-inclusive of food and beverage.
The entire event supports whole animal utilization, which in turn lessens the burden on the small farmers to inventory unwanted animal parts (surplus) during any part of the competition. The food and players are hyper-local, the beverages are amazing and talk of the events reach people who care about local food made by real people. A BBQ event unlike any BBQ event you know. 100% inclusive and 1000% tasty.

This GLOBAL BBQ event features heritage breed pig packed with 100% flavor! Complete event details of the event will be available 45 days before each event. By celebrating global influences on our local food sources, the Cochon US Tour is on a mission to redefine BBQ as an opportunity to create better food choices in the future. Five chefs go head to toe in this friendly competition that is growing in excitement and cities going into its third year. The ground-breaking BBQ tour that promotes local family farms and heritage breed pigs and will be returning to Louisville (September 7) and St. Louis (September 14), in addition to inaugural stops in Chicago, where it will kick off Labor Day weekend (August 30), Austin (September 28) and Washington, DC (October 12). If you are interested in being a sponsor of Cochon, please contact us. Follow us @HERITAGEBBQ + @COCHON555 on Twitter.