COCHON 555 returns to Des Moines

cochon555_230We’re excited to be a part of this very unique and impressive event started by Iowa native Brady Lowe, Founder of Taste Network again this year. Please check out COCHON 555 on April 24th at Hotel Fort Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa. Templeton Rye Founder and President Scott Bush will be returning as a judge for the event.

WHAT: COCHON 555 is a competition featuring 5 chefs, 5 pigs and 5 winemakers. The event serves as a link to preserving heritage breed pigs by promoting breed diversity in the national community. A portion of the proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Iowa.

A group of chefs will each prepare a 140-pound heritage breed hog from head-to-toe for this friendly competition. Guests and professional judges will determine a winner based on presentation, utilization and overall best flavor. The winner will be crowned the “Prince or Princess of Porc.” In addition, five selected winemakers will showcase their wines.

Each 140-pound pig can be pre-cooked, braised, grilled, pressed, pickled, rubbed, smoked, seared, sauced, spiced, injected, marinated, cured in any way, or otherwise prepared. Guests of the event will experience the chef creations during a 2.5-hour stand-up reception. For this event, COCHON555 will be inviting five of chefs from the Midwest.

Matt Steigerwald – Lincoln Cafe, Mount Vernon
George Formaro – Centro, Django, Des Moines
Hogan– Lidia’s KC, Kansas City
Howard Hanna – River Club, Kansas City
Hal Jasa – homage, Des Moines

Butcher: Ryan Farr – 4505 Meats San Francisco

Chase Family Cellars, Napa
Hill Family Estate, Napa
Elk Cove Vineyards, Willamette
Madrigal Vineyards, Napa
Jasper Winery, Iowa

VIP EXPERIENCE: Starts early with a reserve wine tasting with Elk Cove Vineyards, artisan cheese reception with Gateway Market, cured meats from La Quercia, craft brews, Templeton Rye and best of all, guests can meat and greet with the chefs, winemakers and judges of COCHON555. (This portion is $150)

MAIN FLOOR: Guests will witness a whole pig butcher demonstration while consuming over 750lbs of swine, great wines, brews and pig perfect desserts. There will be an after party at a location to be determined. This is a full day of new and old relationships, great chefs, swine, wine and we look forward to sharing it with you. (This portion is $100)

WHERE: Hotel Fort Des Moines, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309
VIP – 3:30 pm
GA – 5:00 pm

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.cochon555.com.

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