Bacon Bites

Cochon555, one of the country’s most talked about food, wine and spirits events, is returning to Austin next month with an all-star lineup of local chefs.

Taking place May 20, 2018 at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, the bacchanal celebration of heritage-bred pork will feature 100-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps, all working in concert to create a memorable evening at the stand-up, all-inclusive event.

Chefs competing this year include Abril Galindo and James Flowers of TRIO, Ben Runkle of Salt & Time, Fiore Tedesco of L’Oca d’Oro, Gabriel Erales of Dai Due Taqueria and Nathan Lemley and Sarah Heard of Foreign & Domestic.

Punch Kings Cocktails

One week before the event, each chef will receive a 200-pound sustainably sourced heritage pig in order to create a maximum of six dishes for competition. To win, an honor that includes the title “Prince (or Princess) of Pork,” a chef’s menu must woo 20 celebrity judges and be voted “best bite of the day” by guests.  Austin’s winner will advance to the national finale, Grand Cochon, a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all contest in Chicago on September 30, 2018.

Running in tandem to the food showdown are two beverage competitions: Punch Kings, a whole bottle, large-format spirit competition featuring five top barkeeps – including Four Seasons’ own Sarah Rahl, last year’s Punch Kings winner – and Somm Smackdown, a face-off of five top sommeliers pairing the best wine with heritage pig.

The ultimate aim of Cochon555 is to provide education to chefs and consumers and create experiences that guests can sink their teeth into with honest food from real farmers. Every event is also a fundraiser for Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank, a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of natural disasters.

General admission to Austin’s Cochon555 starts at $130. For an elevated experience,  VIP admission is $200 and includes early entry plus exclusive access to the cocktail competition and allocated wines and spirits. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Cochon555 website.

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