Get ready, y’all – there’s a fantastic food event coming to Seattle next weekend and I am just giddy about this one. Cochon555 is a glorious day that brings together 5 local chefs, 5 pigs and 5 winemakers. At the center of Cochon555 is a cook-off featuring five chefs cooking five whole, heritage breed pigs with innovative techniques and bold flavor profiles. One week before the event, competing chefs receive a 200-pound heritage breed pig from a local farmer. They are each tasked to create and present a “Judge’s Plate” of 6 dishes scored on categories such as utilization, cooking techniques and overall flavor. The winner from each city is crowned the “Prince of Porc,” and given a place at the national championship, Grand Cochon, to be held in Chicago during October 2017. So who’s competing this year?
Chef Mitch Mayers of Lark – Ingredient-Driven American
Chef Addam Buzzalini of Tavolàta Belltown – Rustic Italian and Handmade Pastas
Chef Derek Ronspies of Le Petit Cochon – Washington State-Inspired, Nose-to-Tail Fare
Chef Brian Clevenger of Vendemmia – Contemporary Italian
Chefs Joshua Henderson and Derek Simcik of Scout – Pacific Northwestern Cuisine
I probably don’t have to tell you that is an incredible lineup of culinary talent; this is an event any food lover does not want to miss. Did I mention that world class wines and spirits will be free flowing? Cocktails and vino galore will abound so you can sip to your heart’s content and enjoy your favorite drink with all that delicious pork!
Cochon555 champions honest food from real farmers with the goal of a sustainable and profitable relationship for all. Placing the spotlight on heritage breed pigs and those who raise and cook them, this event features a Pop-Up Butcher Demo and Auction. Together with gifts from Williams-Sonoma and John Boos & Co., they will raise money to benefit Piggy Bank, a farm-in-the-making devoted to providing free heritage breed pigs to small farms in exchange for transparent business plans that are posted online in the name of “open-source agriculture.”
Cochon555 will be held at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle on Sunday, April 30. Tickets start at $125 and can be purchased here. You can enter to win two VIP tickets (a $400 value) to this event by visiting my Twitter account and retweeting this.
Check out the video, it truly is going to be epic:
Photos and video provided by Cochon555