FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016
Welcome Reception & Dinner: 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Cochon555’s Epic Culinary Competition Tour & Experiential Food Experience Announces a Portion of Ticket Sales Will Support a Charity Dedicated to Creating the World’s First Open-Source Genetics Model for Family Farming
An all-inclusive guest chef series paying homage to Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese after-hour restaurants known to inspire great chefs and menus across the country. A multi-course culinary extravaganza celebrating responsible agriculture and culinary champions with a late-night seated dinner.
COCHON 555 takes over the city with the help of great farmers and notable chefs to celebrate heritage breed pigs and set the course for a safer food system. This epic one-of-a-kind culinary weekend features an epic Friday ‘Late Nite Asian Speakeasy’ Dinner to kick-off the festivities, followed by a ‘Chef’s Course’ Dinner on Saturday and concludes with the main event on Sunday. Cochon 555 is the country’s most hyper-local culinary competition where five top chefs are challenged to create a winning menu from a locally raised heritage breed pig.
The weekend includes a local chef hosting a guest chef dinner on Friday night to kick off the event weekend. New this year, Cochon 555 announces a new dinner series: “Late Nite Asian Speakeasy”, the first ever Nation-wide Pop-Up of its kind. The evening begins with a welcome reception followed by a multi-course seated dinner paired with premium beverages. The two hour culinary experience includes thoughtfully detailed dishes with introductions to each course by the city’s most prominent chefs ($125 all inclusive). The dinner is an extension of the Cochon US Tour, and a portion of the monies from the dinner will benefit Piggy Bank, a 501c3.
The dinner series is a national series featuring 50 of the nation’s emerging chefs. The participating chefs will showcase their skills in the kitchen as diners enjoy a course from each showcasing their distinct culinary approach for an unparalleled experience with a premium beverage pairing for each. Throughout the evening guests will be guided through the dinner with a chance to mingle and enjoy the night with the friends and family of Team Cochon.
For more details about Piggy Bank, please visit www.Piggy-Bank.org, or follow @piggybankorg on Twitter.
CESAR ZAPATAPhuc Yea
DIEGO OKALa Mar by Gastón Acurio
DIEGO OKAChef Diego Oka was born and raised in Lima, Peru, one of the world’s most diverse and eclectic culinary destinations. Blending personal experiences and a background of Japanese descent into his cuisine, Oka draws on influences ranging from his grandmother’s cooking to the food he discovered while living in Mexico and Colombia. As Executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental, Miami’s award-winning restaurant, La Mar by Gaston Acurio, Oka focuses on iconic Peruvian cuisine such as cebiche, in addition to a number of lesser-known plates that showcase the multi-culturalism and biodiversity of the country.