Maria Polise of Ela Is The Cochon 555 “Punch Kings” Champ


On June 29, in Denver, bartender Maria Polise of Ela won the Cochon 555 “Punch Kings” competition. She went up against 10 other drink-slingers who’d qualified at the various local Cochon events and, in the end, brought home the golden gloves (which is what they give you when you win–plus a 3-day trip to some heritage BBQ festival) for Philly.

So how did she do it? Apparently by mixing together a whole lot of delicious alcohol, pouring some more alcohol on top and then adding a little alcohol. You can check out her ingredient list for her award winning “Porcine Pick-Me-Up Punch” after the jump.

Read more »

This Weekend: Cochon 555 Hits Philly


Just a reminder for those of you who haven’t yet finalized your Memorial Day Weekend plans. Cochon 555–the annual pork pig-out event–is coming to Philly on Sunday, May 25. We’re talking 1,000 pounds of heritage pork, being prepared by five of the best chefs in the city, for a competition which will culminate in one of them being crowned King of the Pigs (or something like that) and get them a slot to compete at the Grand Cochon happening at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

But pork-based cooking competitions are not the only draw here. There’s also going to be booze and cheese and cocktail contests and ice cream and some dude wandering around just handing out slices of prosciutto (which should be a feature at any truly great party). And best yet, there are still some tickets available. So if you’re a serious pork addict and want to try and eat your fill this weekend, you know what to do. All the details and ticketing information can be found through the link below.

Cochon 555 [Official]
Cochon 555 Tickets [Official]

Save the Date: Cochon 555 Is Coming to Philadelphia in 2014


We don’t have any details yet but a little birdie tells us that Cochon 555 will be coming to Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 Sunday, March 16th, 2014.

Cochon 555 is a culinary competition featuring five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers. The winner of  the Philadelphia event will move on to compete in the national Grand Cochon cook-off.

This past July, Cochon Epic, a pork-centric party came to the Ritz Carlton. It was a blast.

No word yet on tickets or location.

Cochon555 [Official Site]

Cochon Epic Announces Local Chef Lineup


Though it’s still more than a month away, news keeps coming out regarding the massive Cochon Epic event coming to the Ritz Carlton on July 28.

Today, the lineups of both local and national chefs were announced–the guys who will be right there in the thick of it, working with the 1,500 pounds of heritage pig being brought in for the party. For those of you who don’t quite get the whole Cochon thing, here’s the nut of it:

Celebrated local chefs will work alongside Cochon Grand Champions and Heritage BBQ Alumni to create an incredible porc feast. Additionally, EPIC will showcase a series of experiential tastings including the Chuptio Bar (mezcal tasting); a Tar Tare Bar presented by SIMI Winery; the artisan Cheese & Beer Pairings Bar in collaboration with Di Bruno Brothers

So who will you be seeing at Cochon?

Read more »

Details on Cochon Epic in Philly


If you didn’t put the Cochon 555 event on Sunday, July 28 into your calendar after our first post about it in January, it is time to add it now. The event is called EPIC by Cochon, and boy is it going to be epic. Over 1200 pounds of heritage pork will be served by some of Philly’s most talented chefs alongside some of the best chefs in the country. In all, over 25 chefs will prepare six heritage breed pigs. In addition to the local chefs, Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead (Providence, Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro (NYC & Boston), and 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef/2012 Grand Cochon Winner Jason Vincent of Nightwood (Chicago) will be preparing dishes for the barbecue. There will also be bars stocked with bourbon, mezcal, artisan cheeses, sausage, wines, local beers, oysters, and even a few SnoCone machines. This tasting event is really a once in a lifetime experience.

Unlike other Chocon 555 events, EPIC is not a competition, rather it is a celebration of chefs, farmers, and pork enthusiasts. Tickets to the event are on sale and a tad on the pricey side at $135+, but according to the Cochon event description, “your ticket guarantees you one thing, pork bliss.” Pork bliss is something worth paying up for.

Buy your tickets to EPIC here before they run out.

EPIC Cochon [Official Site]

Epic: Cochon 555 Coming To Philly


Okay, so this is a long way off, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start buying bigger pants right now. We just got word that Cochon 555 is coming to Philly this summer. Unfamiliar with the porktastic madness that is Cochon? Let the folks behind it enlighten you…

Five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers – [Cochon 555] is a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs. The event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu created from heritage breed pigs, nose-to-tail, for an audience of pork-loving epicureans and celebrated judges – one winner will advance to Grand Cochon.

What it really means is a bunch of lucky guests getting to completely devour 7 whole heritage pigs, prepared by 5 of the best chefs in the city and, at the same time, wash it down with wine from 5 local artisan winemakers, lots of beer, plenty of liquor and all the fun that comes of mixing food nerds, pigs and booze.

Tickets aren’t available yet, but you should really mark off July 28 on your calendar. Just draw a little picture of a pig to remind yourself.

As a matter of fact, while you’re at it, you might want to just take that whole week off.

Cochon 555 [Official]