Sunday, March 22nd
COCHON 555 TROTS INTO DC WITH A WHO’S WHO LINEUP — Hyper-Local Culinary Tour Comes to Town and Sets Course on a Safer, More Flavorful Food System — The goal, to celebrate family farms, heritage breed pigs and tilt the scales to favor today’s emerging chef community struggling to pay premium prices for safer, more flavorful food raised by real farmers. The events are part of a national culinary competition that showcases notable chefs, barrier-breaking women, artist-like butchers, spirited bartenders, top winemakers, brewers, distillers, alongside decadent oysters, caviar and sweets. Here is your chance to get in on the action.
Sunday, March 22, – this year’s competing chefs include Spike Mendelsohn of Bearnaise, Victor Albisu of Del Campo & Taco Bamba, Jeffrey Buben of Vidalia, Danny Lee of Mandu and Jonah Kim of Yona. The five chefs, champions to whole hog utilization, will prepare a maximum of six dishes with hopes to win votes from a crowd of hungry gourmands and celebrated judges. They will be preparing the following heritage breeds from farms including Faith Like A Mustard Seed Farm, Spring House Farm, Buckingham Berkshires, Autumn Olive Farms and Leaping Waters Farm.
The epic weekend kicks-off on Friday, March 20, with the Chef’s Course Dinner, “Rustic, Refined & Foie,” hosted at The Arsenal at Bluejacket and paired with amazing Washington State Wines and house-brewed Bluejacket beers. Chef Kyle Bailey welcomes guest chefs Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, Matt Greene of JM Stock Provisions & Supply, Jesse Miller of Bar Pilar, Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop, and COCHON 555 founder, Brady Lowe for a seated five-course dinner. The three-hour culinary experience includes thoughtful chef introductions of each course ($100 all inclusive) as they work together to prepare this special, one-night-only epicurean feast, emphasizing high-quality, local ingredients and responsible agriculture.
On Saturday, March 21 with Cochon 555’s “Large Format Feast,” a spotlight ($125 all inclusive) four-course meat-feast at Del Campo with Chef Victor Albisu. The seated dinner, featuring Anchor Distilling, will celebrate family-raised beef and Duroc pork from Creekstone Farms. This epic “Big Beef vs. Heritage Pig” dinner series features notable chefs who are reinventing the traditional steakhouse experience to spotlight the growing popularity of heritage pork on steakhouse menus, ultimately setting course for a safer food system.
Going on its seventh year, Cochon 555 is regarded as the nation’s most flavorful culinary tour. This year’s judges, led by last year’s Prince of Porc, Erik Bruner-Yang and including Bryan Voltaggio of Volt Restaurant, Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple DC, Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley, Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana and Janice Talley of L’Academie de Cuisine will help select DC’s “Prince of Porc.” The winner goes on to compete for the title of “King or Queen of Porc” at the tour finale, Grand Cochon at Snowmass/Aspen in June. The grand champion will be rewarded with a 4-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. And, new in 2015, the winner’s kitchen countertops will be resurfaced with Wilsonart® Quartz decorative surfacing, a remarkable, beautiful engineered stone material from America’s countertop leader.
The DC version of this fairy-tale heritage pork event includes more than 36 chef-prepared dishes in an all-inclusive stand up reception with notable tastings from Washington State Wines and Wines of Rioja along with a series of “pop-up” culinary experiences including the Petit Format Bar presented by Wilsonart® Quartz decorative surfacing, the Wines of Rioja Tapas Bar spotlighting chef Haidar Karoum and the delicacies of Agromar, the Mezcal Chupito Bar and the infamous TarTar Bare featuring Kyle Bailey from Birch and Barley. This notable group of local and national sponsors will be hosting exceptional experiences from Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Breckenridge Bourbon, Whistle Pig Rye, New Holland Artisan Spirits, Hirsch, Luxardo, Righteous Cheese, Rappahannock Oyster Shelf, Red Apron Butcher Bacon, Black River Caviar, Creminelli and La Brea Bakery.
We are proud to also announce the return of the Pop-Up Butcher Shop with the support of Williams-Sonoma – a live butchering demonstration with Alexia Sutter of Red Apron Butcher, raising money for Le Cordon Bleu. New sponsors in 2015 include Whistle Pig & PANNA’s new Simmer app.
Both ticket levels include endless food and drink options. Specifically, general admission offers over 36 dishes prepared from nose to tail, paired with wines, brews and spirits. VIP guests are invited to attend a seminar hosted by Washington State Wines and one hour early access to food, drink and an opportunity to mingle with notable chefs, judges and media. All are invited to the Cochon 555 After Party.
“I’m excited about all the new partners in 2015 who support family farming, independent business and heritage breed pigs. Each event aims to lessen the burden on the small farmers to hold surplus inventory and streamline the sales process. This year we continue to expand with a guest chef and winemaker dinner series over the course of each weekend, a revamped welcome reception, and a flavorful lineup of experiences that support a more natural, sustainable food system,” explains Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. “Together, with some of the best chefs and partners in DC, we amplify the conversation of heritage pork, which for many is a ‘gateway meat’ to a larger appreciation of where our food comes from and the people that raise it, leading to more mindful eating.”
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