Here, Pig: COCHON 555 Returns to SF on June 5th


And they’re back! The 5 chefs, 5 pigs, and 5 winemakers of ~COCHON 555~ are returning to San Francisco for the third time in a culinary competition and tasting event of porcine proportions. On Sunday June 5th, five chefs will compete for the title of “Prince of Porc” and prepare whole animal menus using sustainably raised heritage pigs, vying for the votes of both attendees and judges.

This year’s SF competitors are David Varley of MICHAEL MINA, Ravi Kapur of Prospect, Brandon Jew and Salvatore Cracco of Bar Agricole, Matthew Accarrino of SPQR, and David Bazirgan of Fifth Floor. The winning chef will compete against other regional winners at the GRAND COCHON finale to be held in Aspen on June 19th.

Not only will attendees taste the culinary creations from the competing chefs, they will also be able to sample wines from five small wineries—Scott Paul Wines, Peay Vineyards, Failla Wines, Behrens Family Winery, and Elk Cove Vineyards, plus bites of pork from Ibérico Fresco, whole roasted heritage breed pig, and dessert. And there will be whole pig breakdown demos. Break it down!

General admission tickets ($125) enter at 5pm; VIP tickets ($200) get you in at 3:30pm for a private tasting of wines from Domaine Serene, Davis Family Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards, Dobbes Family Estate Winery, Zacherle, Alysian, and Pey-Marin; artisan cheeses from Cheese Plus; sustainable oysters from Black River Caviar; craft brew from Magnolia Brewery; cocktails from St-Germain; and jars of heritage bacon. Yes, jars.

The pop-up location in SF is TBA. Tickets online here. Update: The location will be the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building, 465 California Street.

Event Info

Sunday Jun 5, 2011
3:30pm VIP; 5pm general admission
General admission $125 and up; VIP $200
Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building
465 California St. at Leidesdorff, San Francisco