3/27/2013 05:24:00 PM

Of Pigs and Men: Cochon 555 Returns to SF

Gentlemen-start your pigs. Cochon 555, everyone’s favorite swine and wine fest, is launching its new 10-city tour in search for the new Prince of Porc. The highlight of the festival, whose ultimate goal is to promote the ideals of sustainable farming, nose-to-tail-cooking and breed diversity, is the cook-off in which five local chefs in each market are challenged to prepare a menu created from the entirety of heritage pigs for an audience of guests and celebrity judges. (Sort of like The Hunger Games for pork enthusiasts). Unlike at the debut event in New York City, which will showcase an all-female lineup, the upcoming San Francisco competition on April 14 will be a battle among men alone.

The just-announced list of combatants include Mark Richardson (Four Seasons Hotel), Omri Aflalo (Bourbon Steak), Adam Sobel (RN74), Scott Youkilis (Hi Lo BBQHog & Rocks), and Christopher Thompson (A16). In addition to the culinary theatrics, attendees will get to feast on savory and sweet pork-spiced treats and sup wines from five, small family-owned wineries before casting their vote to determine the local winner, who will go on to compete for the final title in Aspen. 

Lest you have a “been there, done that” attitude, the organizers have added a few new twists to the line up.  In addition to five featured wineries, they’ll be showcasing five artisan bourbons, a Chupito/Mezcal bar and a family-style heritage BBQ feast and beer bash prepared by Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji) and the Magnolia Brewery in the spirit of their forthcoming co-venture Dogpatch BBQ, that takes place directly after the awards. Tickets to the event, which also include a butchery demo and access to the after party, can be purchased online. (April 14, Four Seasons San Francisco, 757 Market St, $125 for general admission at 5 PM, $200 for VIP early entry at 4 PM).

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