COCHON 555 is coming to town on March 1!
After seven years, the nationally touring snout-to-tail pork competition highlighting sustainability and heritage breeds has finally made its way to the TC, and will be throwing a massive pork-fueled party all weekend that comes to a peak on National Pig Day. Who exactly will be competing in the whole pig contest to be named our local Prince of Porc, a title that comes with an invitation to compete nationally at the tour finale at Aspen in June?
Mike DeCamp (YC) of La Belle Vie
Thomas Boemer of Corner Table
Steven Brown of Tilia
Gavin Kaysen of Spoon & Stable
Yowza. That's a strong line-up. Who will be the local boy who carries our flag? That could depend on you. Each chef is given a whole heritage breed hog to butcher from which they are expected to make a maximum of six dishes. These dishes will get them votes from the crowd and a panel of judges, lead by our own Andrew Zimmern, and including me (yay). So if you buy a ticket to the Sunday event ($125, VIP $200), you could enjoy porky wonder and send one of our boys into the big pond. Also, all ticket buyers could win a chance to join the judging panel alongside Zimmern. Of course the event is more than just pork, there will be unlimited wine, bourbon, cheese from Surdyk's, Rappahannock oysters with Russell Klein of Meritage, a Creekstone Farms Tartare Bar, live butchering demos from Erik Sather of Seward Co-op, and more ridiculous sounding fun (on the site, The Pampuch is listed as "Meat" so who knows where that could lead).
Not enough for you? The weekend will kick off on Friday, February 27 with a special Chef's Course dinner. "Pig in the Stable" is a five-course dinner at Spoon and Stable with Kaysen, Brown, Zimmern, and Doug Flicker preparing courses. Then on Saturday the 28th, a "PDC" (Private Dining Cochon) large format feast will be held at Burch Steakhouse pairing wines with Creekstone Farms meats. Check out your ticket options and then plan your February pre-game of vegetable and bone broth consumption accordingly.