The most talked about culinary tour in North America is back on the road in 2016 with a bigger mission, more chefs and new ways to participate in the creation of a better, safer food system. Events will celebrate conservation through consumption with consumer-friendly culinary tastings featuring more than 50,000 pounds of heritage pork raised by family farms and served to 16,000 guests along a 18-city tour. Upping its commitment to the good food movement, this year’s tour will benefit Piggy Bank, a genetic sanctuary for heritage breed pigs that will provide free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms. The tour is dedicated to helping Piggy Bank create the first open-source agriculture platform for heritage species while raising global awareness for socially responsible farming.
Cochon555, the signature culinary competition featuring five chefs cooking five heritage breed pigs in a friendly competition for a cause kicks off its 8th Annual Tour in New York City on January 24, 2016. The event unites consumers with local farmers, renowned chefs, prominent winemakers, restaurateurs, craft brewers and distillers in each city for a nose-to-tail culinary showdown celebrating family farms. At each event, 500 guests including notable judges will vote for the best bite amongst 2,000 pounds of awesomeness and the winning chef will be announced the “Princess or Prince of Porc”. On June 18th, the ten regional winners of Cochon555 fly to Aspen/Snowmass to compete at Grand Cochon, a spotlight of 10 chefs, 10 pigs and the best 30 bites from tour. The winner of the grand finale walks away with the crown and title of “2016 King or Queen of Porc”.
Each flavor-studded weekend will include a pair of guest chef dinners to benefit Piggy Bank. These unique dinners bring together chefs, world-renowned winemakers and beverage experts to create a multi-course, interactive dining experience where guests have the rare opportunity to interact with the participating chefs. Each city tour will kick off on Friday with the Late Night Asian Speakeasy, which is an all-inclusive feast paying homage to Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese after-hour establishments known to inspire great chefs and menus across the country. On Saturday, a refined three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner begins with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated dinner. Both dinners will be limited to only 40 tickets this year, with tickets going on sale December 21st, they will be available online at $125 per person and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank. Click here to purchase tickets.
The 2016 COCHON555 Tour schedule includes:
COCHON555 – NEW YORK - SUNDAY, JAN. 24
COCHON555 – MIAMI - SUNDAY, JAN. 31
COCHON555 – MINNEAPOLIS - SUNDAY, FEB. 21
COCHON555 – HOUSTON – SUNDAY, FEB 28
COCHON555 – DENVER - SUNDAY, MAR. 6
COCHON555 – LOS ANGELES - SUNDAY, MAR. 13
COCHON555 – SAN FRANCISCO - SUNDAY, APR. 3
COCHON555 – SEATTLE - SUNDAY, APR. 10
COCHON555 – WASHINGTON DC - SUNDAY, APR. 17
COCHON555 – CHICAGO - SUNDAY, APR. 24
GRAND COCHON – ASPEN - SATURDAY, JUN. 18
HERITAGE FIRE – SNOWMASS - THURSDAY, JUN. 16
HERITAGE FIRE – NAPA - SUNDAY, AUG. 21
HERITAGE BBQ – CHICAGO - SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
HERITAGE BBQ – TORONTO - FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
HERITAGE BBQ – WASHINGTON DC - SUNDAY, SEPT. 24
HERITAGE BBQ – AUSTIN - SUNDAY, OCT. 9
HERITAGE BBQ – SAN FRANCISCO - SUNDAY, OCT. 16
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