COCHON555 RETURNS TO L.A. THIS SUNDAY AT
VICEROY SANTA MONICA TO HOST EPIC CULINARY COMPETITION
One of my favorite food events, the ultimate pig-out fest, is coming back to town this weekend. Yes, Cochon 555, one of the most dynamic culinary festivals in North America will hit the road with its whole-hog cook-off for a cause coming to Santa Monica’s Viceroy this Sunday, March 11.
The Sunday event will feature bartenders and distillers to chefs and barkeeps, along with some of the city’s most celebrated talents who will take guests on a journey that’s equally dedicated to safe food ways, delicious-ness, and whole animal utilization. To further champion the good food movement, a portion of all proceeds goes to Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).
The competing chefs include Sammy Monsour of Preux & Proper, Brian Redzikowski of Kettner Exchange, Thomas Bille of Otium, Lord Maynard Llera of Mason, and Hugo Bolanos of Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.
Each chef received a 200-pound heritage breed pig sustainably sourced from Cook Pigs Ranch, Rancho Llano Seco, Winfield Farm, Sowbelly Sustainable Farm, and Peads & Barnetts to create a maximum of six dishes for competition. With dozens of bites from iconic local chefs, boutique distillers, and artisan winemakers, the event is akin to an epic tasting menu of heritage breed pork with endless beverage pairings taken standing up.
“The tour is about uplifting small, family farmers through epic culinary moments,” said founder Brady Lowe. “We create and restore connections between the farmer and chef who want to raise, source and serve food raised with purpose and passion. Together, through eating, we become stewards of the good food movement, motivate change and influence our food system from pasture to plate.”
Dishes for the competition are just the beginning—all in, we’re talking about 1,500 pounds of responsibly raised heritage breed pork. Guests will also enjoy innovative preparations and cocktails from some of the most critically-acclaimed kitchens and bars in Los Angeles.
The Welcome Lounge will usher guests into the Buffalo Trace Punch Bar and the Signature Starter Bar and Cheese Experience spot lighting Cello, La Quercia, Cypress Grove and a local cheesemonger. Sip sparklers from Dry Soda and Topo Chico and experience craft cocktails including the Manhattan Project featuring premium bourbons from Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, and Breckenridge topped with Luxardo cherries. Learn about pairings at the TarTare Bar aligned to the wines of Antica Napa Valley, Rosé from Whispering Angel paired with organic pâtés and mousses from Les Trois Petits Cochons, a “Taste the City” culinary spotlight featuring the racy portfolio of Wines of Germany and an array of wines grouped under the “5 Winemakers” banner will feature Silver Oak; Pax Wine Cellars; Twomey Cellars and more.
Cochon555 will debut a new experience called Trompo “Hora de Familia” in celebration of its first Global Cochon555 event in Mexico City later this year. Guests wanting a sweet bite will enjoy the Pop-Up Pie Shop presented by Mike’s Pies and Swine and Sweets, an innovative spin on dessert spotlighting notable pastry chefs working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.
“This event combines education and innovation in support of a return to heritage breed and family farming Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe said last year. “The impact is local, but it is also about the future – we want our children to be able to enjoy safer, more honest, and delicious food for years to come. It’s only a matter of time until people demand better food choices when cooking or eating dinner. And we are standing right there with them, championing transparent foodways and a commitment to what’s local and responsible.”
Tickets for general admission start at $130; VIP tickets (early admission + exclusive access to cocktail competition and allocated wines and spirits) are $200.
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The Cochon555 U.S. Tour will be held Sunday, March 11 at Viceroy Santa Monica, located at 1819 Ocean Ave. VIP entry is 4pm and general admission is 5pm.