FOURTH ANNUAL COCHON 555 RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO TO CLOSE ANOTHER US TOUR
Annual Touring Culinary Competition and Tasting Event Celebrates Heritage Breed Pigs at the Fairmont Hotel San Francisco
WHAT: Cochon 555 – five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers – is a one‐of‐a‐kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. Cochon 555 San Francisco will challenge five local chefs to prepare a menu created from heritage breed pigs, nose‐to‐tail, for an audience of pork‐loving epicureans. The evening will be hosted by Fairmont Hotel San Francisco.
WHO: 2012 San Francisco competing chefs include Nico Borzee of Bouche, Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere, Jason Fox of Commonwealth, Anthony Strong of Locanda, and Thomas McNaughton of Salumeria and flour + water.
DETAILS: Guests will be treated to an epic pork feast of five whole heritage pigs prepared by five chefs and wines from five family wineries, including Arnot‐Roberts, Elk Cove, K Vintners, Matthiasson and Scholium Project. The evening will also include wines from event sponsors SALDO, Sokol Blosser, Cornerstone Cellars and Simi, a butcher demonstration from David the Butcher of Marina Meats, an interactive tasting contest with 2011 Grand Cochon Winners , John Stewart and Le Creuset. Sample great beers from Anchor Brewing, tastings of Chinaco Tequila, indulge in the "Perfect Manhattan" Cochon 555 Bar with Daniel Hyatt of Alembic featuring five craft American spirits including Templeton Rye, Hirsch, Angel's Envy, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Hudson Whiskey's Baby Bourbon and Luxardo. In preview of Cochon’s new Labor Day event, Ronnie New of Magnolia Brewery will serve up a Heritage BBQ whole hog family meal. The feast will conclude with a 25th anniversary champagne toast to the James Beard Foundation, sponsored by Laurent‐Perrier Champagne, now celebrating its 200th year. In addition, we will offer an exclusive chocolate experience from Xocolatl de David and cold‐brew from Safari Cup Coffee.
At the end of the night, attendees and local judges will select the Prince or Princess of Porc. The winning chef will go on to compete against other regional winners at the finale Grand Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 17, 2012.
WHEN: Sunday, May 20th
4 pm VIP opening; 5 pm general admission
WHERE: Fairmont Hotel San Francisco – Official Hotel Partner
950 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
TICKETS: $125 per person for general admission; $200 for VIP (including a welcome cocktail from The King's Ginger, Oysters, reserve wine tastings, artisan bacon from Black Pig Meat Co. and the chance to win a year's supply of meat and cheese from Cochon 555 and Murray's Cheese.