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Cochon 555

Thursday, April 23, 2015 Michael Shayler

Porc fans rejoice. The Cochon U.S. Tours proudly brings the Cochon 555 to Chicago in an epic celebration of the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs.

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Over the past 7 years, the Cochon 555 has run yearly. The 10-city tour features a weekend full of festivities and ends with a match up pitting local chef's from their respected regions against one another in a competition that see's the winner move onto the "Grand Cochon" in an attempt to earn the title "King or Queen of Porc"

Following competitions in New Porc City, Houston, Boston, Minneapolis, Denver, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and Miami. Chicago is the final stop in the tour on the way to the Grand Cochon event held at the Snowmass in Aspen, Colorado.

The weekend begins Friday April 24th with Osteria hosting the chef's course dinner paired with fine wine courtesy of Washington State Wine. Chef Erling Wu-Bower welcomes guest chefs Jason Hammel, Gene Kato, Abe Conlon, Matthias Merges, Amanda Rackman along with Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe as they work together to prepare a special feast for attending guests. ($150 all-inclusive)

On Saturday guests are treated to the "Large Format Feast". The battle of "Big Beef vs Heritage Pig" is hosted at TETE Charcuterie with Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski. The event features notable chefs as they spotlight the reinventions of pork on the traditional steakhouse menu. ($110 all-inclusive)

Saturday will also see Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe lead a panel discussion at Pastural's 5th Annual Artisan Producer festival at Chicago French Market located at 131 North Chinton Street in Chicago. This FREE festival features samples from nearly 100 producers of Artisan cheese, bread and wine.

Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe
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The festivities culminate on Sunday at Morgan Manufacturing, located in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood which is also home to many of the cities best locations to dine.

In the main event the chef's are each given a full pig to prepare in their own unique fashion, trying to win the votes of the panel of judges.

The competitors include John Manion of La Sirena Clandestina in Chicago, Chris Marchino of Spiaggia Restaurant & Lounge in Chicago, Nathan Sears of The Radler in Chicago, Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen located in Evanston, and the tandum of Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski of TETE Charcuterie in Chicago.

They will be judged on their dishes by not only a panel of expert judges including 2014 "Chicago prince of porc" Tim Graham of Travuelle, 2012 "Kingt of Porc" Jason Vincent, Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia, Carlos Gaytan of Mexique but the public themselves will have a say in the voting.

2014 winner Tim Graham celebrates
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Guests of Sunday's event event are also invited to enjoy some of Cochon's signature experiences. Judges Jason Vincent and Andrew Zimmerman will be preparing goodies of their own. Vincent will supply guests delicacies from Agromar to go along with wine from Rioja Tapas Bar as Zimmerman presents his famous TarTare Bar. Along the way guests will sample foods from Pastoral Artisan's "Artisan Cheese Bar" and "The Oyster Bar" presented by Pearl Oyster Tavern. For the fans of Bourbon and Whiskey there will be a "Perfect Manhattan Experience" with all the servings of the classic cocktail being topped with Luxardo cherries, a special treat from Creminelli's Fine Meats. (VIP-$200, GA $125)

Come out and support a good cause while enjoying some delicate eats. For further details and on how to purchase your tickets to this one-of-a-kind extravaganza, please visit Hope to see you there Chicago.

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