The national Cochon 555 tour came to Boston early April for a nose-to-tail culinary competition celebrating the unique heritage breeds of pigs at Paradise Rock Club.
Five local chefs including Tim Maslow of renowned Ribelle, Joshua Smith of Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions, Louis DiBiccari of Tavern Road, Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow, and Mary Dumont of Harvest competed for the chance to compete for the grand prize and bragging rights as “King or Queen of Porc” at the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June.
VIP guests enjoyed early access to the event and a chance to mingle with the celebrity chefs. By the time general admission began the venue was chock full of foodies awaiting delectable and innovative pork concoctions. There were also some non-pork options to round out the palate including oysters, various Hudson Valley foie gras, and beef tartare prior to dessert.
Guests also enjoyed unlimited samplings of Mezcales de Levenda, Goose Island Beer Company and various libations by Crispin Ciders, Wines of Rioja, Colene Clemens Vineyards, Elk Cove Vineyards, and Cochon Rose.
Highlights of the day included a “Punch Kings” cocktail competition where we favored Ribelle’s delicious samplings as did the judges awarding Sean Woods the bourbon honors. To celebrate the event’s 6th anniversary, Michael Dulock of M.F. Dulock butchered a whole pig in what seemed like lightspeed for a Pop-Up Butcher shop to benefit Johnson & Wales culinary students with the support of Williams & Sonoma.
In the end, Harvest’s Mary Dumont was crowned the “Princess of Pork” for her deserving porcine delectables. The only disappointment of the evening? Not wearing pants with an elastic waistband.
Happy Pigging Out,