Last year (check out our previous coverage), five chefs competed for the LA crown of hog king. Chef Chad Colby emerged triumph from within five chefs and five pigs in the culinary competition known as Cochon 555. Paired with wines from five winemakers, pork loving enthusiasts get to sample dishes made from these five heritage pigs. The coast to coast tour, connects food lovers with local chefs and ranchers, utilizing this rare breed of hogs to bring awareness, preservation and encourage breed diversity.
This years event on May 6 at the House of Blues Sunset, is shaping up to be just as good, if not better than last year. With last year’s champ Chef Colby from Mozza returning to defend the crown. He’ll be joined by Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station, Neal Fraser of the Strand House, Jason Neroni of Superba Snack Bar, and Micah Wexler of Mezze. Attendees will be delighted with a feast of five whole heritage pigs prepared by said five chefs and wines from five family wineries, including Turley, Matthiasson, Scholium Project, K Vintners and Buty. Also being poured are wines from Elk Cove Vineyards, SALDO, Sokol Blosser and Simi. And if you still have room in your belly, after the close of the judging, host chef Sean Dent of the House of Blues will preview Cochon Heritage BBQ with a whole hog family meal.
Other events for the day include a butcher demonstration from Lindy & Grundy and a chance to win cookware through an interactive tasting contest with Chef Joshua Whigham of The Bazaar by José Andrés. Also on tap, beers from Anchor Brewing, tastings of Chinaco Tequila and the “Perfect Manhattan” Cochon 555 Bar with Daniel Hyatt of Alembic SF showcasing craft American spirits including Hirsch, Angel’s Envy, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Templeton Rye, Hudson Whiskey’s Baby Bourbon and Luxardo cherries.
Tickets are $125 each or $200 for VIP admission which include an hour early entry (at 4pm), welcome cocktails from The King’s Ginger, artisan cheeses and Rappahannock Oyster Company serving Stingrays, Olde Salts and Rappahannock River, and a chance to win a year’s supply of meat and cheese from Cochon 555 and Murray’s Cheese.