Sunday, January 9, 2011

FOOD NEWS: COCHON 555 - 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers

COCHON 555 is a culinary competition and tasting event. The event features 5 chefs, 5 pigs and 5 winemakers. The purpose is to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. The competition will be visiting ten cities across the country, which offers local farmers the opportunity to connect with like-minded agriculturalists, renowned chefs and the pork-loving public. The goal of COCHON 555 is to help family farms sustain and expand their businesses and to encourage breed diversity. This is the only heritage breed pig culinary competition in the country.

The Seattle COCHON 555 will feature five amazing, local chefs:

John Sundstrom - Lark
Holly Smith - Cafe Juanita
Rachel Yang - Joule/Revel
Ethan Stowel - How to Cook a Wolf
Jason Stratton - Spinasse

The five pigs are still yet to be selected from local farms.

The five Winemakers at Seattle COCHON 555:

The chefs will each prepare a 150-175 pound heritage breed hog from head to toe for this friendly competition. Guests and local judges will determine a winner based on presentation, utilization and overall best flavor.

Seattle COCHON 555 will be held at The Westin Seattle at 1900 5th Avenue on Sunday, February 20, 2011. General admission starts at 5:00pm, VIP admission starts at 3:30pm. You can purchase tickets here.

The other nine locations of COCHON 555 are: New York City, Boston, Napa, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and San Francisco.

More info can be found at the COCHON 555 website.