cochon 555

We here at Socially Superlative always get excited about Cochon 555, and this year is no different. We’ve had the extreme pleasure of this epic experience the last couple of years, and we can’t wait for this taking place on Sunday, February 10th at Chelsea Piers!

This year being the 5th anniversary of this tour, they are breaking out all the stops. The usual number of chefs, pigs, and wineries are bringing all they’ve got to the table, but this year all of the contenders are female! Yes, let’s here it for the ladies! Also at the event will be samples of whiskey and a Chupito/Mezcal bar. Amazing!

The first stop of the tour is with us here in NYC, but then they will be traveling our great nation, bringing delicious eats and drinks to LA, SF, Atlanta, Vail, Seattle, Boston, DC, Chicago, and Miami – for info on all other cities, visit here.

We are excited about all they have in store for us, so don’t hesitate and get your tickets now!


2013 Cochon 555: 5th Anniversary Tour


The National Culinary Competition & Tasting Event Dedicated to Heritage Pigs, Family Wineries & Sustainable Farming Launches Its Fifth Year in the Big Apple

Sunday, February 10, 2013
4pm (VIP); 5pm (general admission)

Chelsea Piers
West 23rd Street & Hudson River

New York City

Tickets: $125 (general admission) and $200 (VIP); to purchase tickets, visit

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The year 2013 marks a culinary milestone: The fifth anniversary of Cochon 555, a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event created to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs.

Kicking off on Sunday, February 10, in New York City with an all-female line-up of chefs, the pork-centric tour gathers together five chefs, five pigs and five wineries at each event, ultimately touching down in 10 cities across the country and bringing its message of nose-to-tail cooking, breed diversity and family farming to food enthusiasts nationwide.

Each Cochon 555 event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu created from the entirety of one whole heritage breed pig for an audience of pork-loving epicureans and celebrated judges. The competing chefs will be:

  • ALEX GUARNASCHELLI (Butter and The Derby)
  • SHANNA PACIFICO (Back Forty West)
  • and LEAH COHEN (Pig and Khao)

Guests will be treated to an epic pork feast alongside wines from five small family-owned wineries (including SCHOLIUM PROJECT, ELK COVE VINEYARDS, GREG LINN WINES, TURLEY WINE CELLARS and BUTY WINERY) plus special tastings from celebrated food and beverage producers (including a special tasting with Cypress Grove and Anchor Brewing, Rhone Valley Wines, Anchor Distillery, Vibrant Rioja and Robert Kacher Selections). Twenty judges and 400 guests help decide the winning chef, who is crowned the Princess of Porc and will compete against other regional winners at the finale Grand Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen on Sunday, June 16.

Also included in the evening is a preview of the new Heritage BBQ event in which Chef SUE TORRES of Sueños will roll out family meal – another whole pig cooked barbecue-style immediately preceding the awards.
VIP guests will experience some of the new additions for 2013, including the launch of the cocktail competition called “Punch Kings” featuring Breckenridge Bourbon and six local mixologists, the all-new Tartare Bar featuring Chef MATT JENNINGS of Farmstead, sustainable oysters from Rappahannock River and reserve wines and spirits.

To celebrate five years, Cochon is announcing five bourbons in addition to five family wineries and five chefs cooking five pigs. All attendees will get samples of Templeton Rye, Breckenridge Bourbon, High West, Buffalo Trace and Four Roses in addition to the Perfect Manhattan Bar showcasing Luxardo and Eagle Rare. New to 2013 is also the Chupito/Mezcal Bar, a tasting experience featuring Ilegal, Mezcales de Leyenda and Fidencio. The infamous Craft Cheese Bar sees a facelift featuring a local cheesemonger, Cypress Grove Chevre, Vermont Butter & Cheese, the exclusive tasting of blues from Rogue Creamery, and favorites from Kerrygold. Everyone can commemorate the experience by visiting the City Eats photo booth and voting for the best bite of the day.

The fun continues with a butcher demonstration from SARA BIGELOW of The Meat Hook and a raffle to benefit the student volunteers of the Culinary Institute of America, ice-cold brews, Champagne toast, award ceremony, Fernet Branca digestifs, pork-spiked desserts, and cold-brewed coffee, and the after-party will immediately follow at Resto with drink specials.

In addition: As part of the 5th Anniversary Celebration, Cochon 555 will host an intimate “Chef’s Course” Guest Chef & Winemaker Dinner featuring past Cochon 555 chef-participants and an unexpected evening of hanging out behind the scenes with Team Cochon – Friday, February 8, at The Cannibal (113 East 29th Street, New York City); $150 per person; for reservations, call (212) 686-5480.

About Cochon

Created by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in 2009 in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breeds, Cochon is a national event series that takes place in 14 major markets. Each year, Cochon 555 embarks on a 10-city culinary competition and tasting tour where 50 chefs are selected to prepare a “snout-to-tail” menu created from heritage breed pigs. The 10 winners from each regional event are flown to Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic for the final competition, Grand Cochon. Cochon All-Star, Cochon Heritage Fire and a BBQ competition are also slated for 2013. Since its launch in 2009, Cochon 555 and its programs such as Chef’s Course have supported responsible family farming across the country. As a result, 35,000 people have tasted heritage pigs – more than at any other event in the country; charities have received more than $270,000, and more than $400,000 has gone directly to great farmers across the country. For more details about the events, visit or follow @cochon555 on Twitter.