Forget about that beach body you’ve been working on for this nice weather because with Cochon555 in town you can’t say no to the best pork cooked by the some of the city’s best chefs.
It’s likely that you might not have known that all pigs aren’t the same. In fact there are a breed of pigs that can be traced back to before industrial farming, and they’re known as heritage pigs. Cochon555 is not only a culinary competition but a delicious opportunity to learn all about heritage hogs while dining on them. Five chefs cook over 2,000 pounds of pork—leaving no piece behind—to compete for the title of Prince or Princess of Porc and the opportunity to go compete at Grand Cochon for the title of King or Queen of Porc.
This year’s competitors are Cory Morris of Rural Society, Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant and Pastificio, Alfredo Nogueira of Analogue, Phillip Foss of EL Ideas and Sarah Rinkavage of Lula Cafe. The chefs have seven to 10 days to cook these massive heritage pigs for 400 guests, and all the pigs come from Midwest farms. Chef Morris will be preparing a rich Hereford pig from Catalpa Grove Farm, chef Grueneberg will be working with the beautifully marbled Mangalitsa pig from Meadowbrook Farm, chef Nogueira is cooking the flavorful and fatty Old Spot pig from Faith’s Farm, chef Foss will be preparing the sweet and creamy Berkalitsa pig, and chef Rinkavage will be working with the sweet Buroc pig from Niman Ranch. Each chef will create six dishes from one pig.
Cochon555 isn’t just pork as guests will also enjoy a tartare bar, artisan cheese bar, tapas bar, seafood shelf, ramen bar, and a pop-up pie shop. Wash down all that food with a punch bar, wine bar featuring the city’s best sommeliers, a margarita experience, a rum cart, and more.
Cochon555 takes place April 24 at the Loews Hotel located at 455 North Park Drive. General admission tickets are $125 and are all inclusive. For more information visit cochon555.com/2016-tour/chicago/.