UNION STATION HOTEL TO HOST NATIONAL TOUR SUPPORTING HERITAGE BREED PIGS
WITH 5 CHEFS, 5 PIGS, 5 WINEMAKERS, 5 SOMMS, 5 BARKEEPS, AND…MUCH MORE
Like a rock-and-roll tour that deals in moments of culinary epiphany, Cochon555 brings its edgy mix of hyper-local food and wine moments to Nashville on February 26. Cochon555 events promote the idea that pigs are the perfect protein and heritage breeds raised on family farms are the way to a safer, more honest, and delicious food future. Five of Nashville’s hottest chefs have been chosen for this year’s event. They are:
The 5 Competing Chefs:
Chef Tony Galzin of Nicky’s Coal Fired – Coal-Fired Meats and Local Produce
Chef Jason Zygmont of The Treehouse – Farmhouse-Inspired New American
Chef Joey Ray of Carter’s – Southern-Inspired Small Bites
Chef Kaelin Ulrich Trilling of Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge – Ingredient-Driven Mexican
Chef Nathan Duensing of Marsh House – Southern-Style Seafood
At the center of Cochon555 is a culinary championship featuring five chefs cooking five whole, heritage breed pigs with innovative techniques and bold flavor profiles. One week before the event, five competing chefs receive a 200-pound heritage breed pig from a local farmer. They are each tasked to create and present a “Judge’s Plate” of 6 dishes scored on categories such as utilization; cooking techniques; and overall flavor. The winner from each city is crowned the “Prince of Porc,” and given a place at our national championship, Grand Cochon, to be held in Chicago during October 2017.
Communal feasting is an integral part of the Cochon555 culinary fabric. Beyond the 30 chef-competitor dishes – all told, some 1,500-plus pounds of heritage pork from family farms – guests can sample beef tartare with the wines of Antica Napa Valley; farmhouse cheeses; a pop-up bakery featuring La Brea; a Reserve Salami Snack Bar from Creminelli and Divina; a ramen noodle soup bar paired with the racy wines from Twomey and Silver Oak; organic pâté offerings from Les Trois Petit Cochons; a Luxury Butter Bar featuring Sabatino truffled butter, foie gras, and more; and an innovative take on classic pastry presented by Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.
Cochon555 events are theaters for innovative spirit, wine, and cocktail experiences. Libations include Smoked Old Fashioneds with Breckenridge Bourbon; The Manhattan Project presented by Poached Jobs; the Tiki Bar featuring Angostura Rum; a Courvoisier Cognac ‘neat’ tasting with hand-crafted caramels; and a Heritage Rum Cart. New pours incorporating the historic bitters and luscious rums of Angostura will also be unveiled at the Swizzle Bar. An array of wines grouped under the “5 Winemakers” banner will feature Scholium Project; Pax Wine Cellars; and more. Further tables include Wines of the World, Azzurro Wine Company, and a host of artisanal cider and beer offerings.
Tickets for general admission start at $125; VIP tickets (early admission + exclusive sommelier and cocktail competition tastings) are $200; and BESPOKE tickets $400 (includes a multi-course charity dinner prepared by 3 celebrity chefs on Saturday night; super early admission + exclusive private tasting and tour of Somm-Selected wines and the Barkeep competition by a Cochon555 director on Sunday; and a donation to Piggy Bank charity).
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.cochon555.com/2017-tour/nashville
Where: Union Station Hotel, 1001 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
When: February 26, 2017
Time: 4 p.m. for VIP entry, 5 p.m. for General Admission
Cochon555 champions honest food from real farmers with the goal of a sustainable and profitable relationship for all. Placing the spotlight on heritage breed pigs and those who raise and cook them, each event features a Pop-Up Butcher Demo and Auction. Together with gifts from Williams-Sonoma and John Boos & Co., they will raise money to benefit Piggy Bank, a farm-in-the-making devoted to providing free heritage breed pigs to small farms in exchange for transparent business plans that are posted online in the name of “open-source agriculture.”
“We’re incredibly excited to come to Nashville during our 2017 tour,” says Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe. “This event combines education and innovation in support of a return to heritage breed and family farming. The impact is local, but it is also about the future – we want our children to be able to enjoy safer, more honest, and delicious food for years to come,“ continues Lowe. “It’s only a matter of time until people demand better food choices when cooking or eating dinner. And we are standing right there with them, championing transparent foodways and a commitment to what’s local and responsible.”
“As the food scene in Nashville continues to become more and more sophisticated, we are thrilled to see this amazing event make its way to Music City,” said Kate Thompson, Director of Sales and Marketing for Union Station Hotel. “Partnering with Cochon555 is an honor and we are beyond excited to welcome these renowned chefs and sommeliers to Union Station Hotel. Such an impressive and decadent event is a perfect fit within the historic walls of the property and we look forward to welcoming our neighbors for the festivities.”
About the Cochon555 US Tour
The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually and stages over 60 events. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions including Heritage Fire (live-fire); Heritage BBQ (global grilling cultures); and Grand Cochon (national whole-hog championship). Cochon555 cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species, raised by family farms in top culinary markets in North America. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities, and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more details and videos of events, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.
About Union Station Hotel Nashville
Located in a ca. 1900 building, the Union Station Hotel Nashville, an Autograph Collection hotel, was reimagined in 2016 following an extensive renovation. Located in the heart of Music City, just steps from the city’s Honky Tonks, Music Row and other famous attractions, Union Station Hotel Nashville offers 125 guest rooms, 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space and distinctive southern hospitality and spirit. To learn more about Union Station Hotel Nashville, please visit http://www.unionstationhotelnashville.com/.
About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015 by Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe, Piggy Bank is a pig farming sanctuary. Harboring a Noah’s Ark-worthy selection of heritage breeds, it provides free genetics and access to shared business plans to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and benefit from the sharing of genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. The Piggy Bank farm, to be located in Missouri, raises heritage breed pigs to be gifted to communities, while building a model of agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank is a nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Follow the Piggy Bank conversation on Twitter @PiggyBankOrg. For more information, watch the video http://j.mp/PIGGY_BANK or visit www.piggy-bank.org.