Monday, March 14, 2016

Cochon555 Miami 2016

Cochon555 will be returning to Miami's Ritz-Carlton South Beach on April 3, 2016 for another kick-ass pig feast. This year the main event will be preceded by two full-course dinners on April 1 and 2, all benefiting Piggy Bank, a non profit founded by Cochon Boss Hog Brady Lowe to create a heritage breed pig sanctuary that provides free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms.

So 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers! This year’s competing chefs include Anthony LePape of Ritz-Carlton South Beach, Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon, Alex Chang of Vagabond, Michael Fiorello of Beachcraft/1 Hotel Miami and Diego Oka of La Mar by Gastón Acurio. They will be making over 30 dishes from one whole hog each for guests to sample. If you check out the event page, you'll also see that there will be ample wine and spirits on hand.

Besides the obvious local chefs' dishes, some of my favorite stations include the Perfect Manhattan featuring Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace bourbons and the table where you can watch one of the pigs being tattooed with the Cochon555 brand before being butchered right in front of you! There will also be a TarTare Bar, Artisan Cheese Station, Raman Bar and Pop-Up Pie Shop!

Oh yeah, and I can't wait to see what craft brewery these guys invite this year! Back in 2014 they had Goose Island and last year they had local favorite Gravity Brewlab serving their Sunshine State of Mind.

Remember, this is a competition supporting Piggy Bank. Guests have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite chef. The winner will be crowned Prince or Princess of Porc and have the opportunity to compete against the winners from the other cities along Cochon555's tour at the finale in Aspen on June 18, 2016.

This is a must-attend culinary event! Fantastic food, awesome local chefs, terrific environment, just a lot of fun in a beautiful hotel in South Beach! Heck, it's going to be my 19th anniversary, and I can't think of a better place to celebrate it! I'll see you there!

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