On May 5, the House of Blues welcomes the U.S. tour of Cochon 555, a traveling pork-filled feast, wherein five chefs cook with five heritage pigs and pair their food with five wines. Not only an exercise in gluttony, the event is meant to raise awareness of heritage pig breeds and of sustainable farms and nose-to-tail cooking.
This year marks the 50th gathering of Cochon 555. To up the ante, organizers are adding spirit pairings to the mix. Guests will get a taste of five bourbons, five mezcals and five tequilas (in addition to the wine), all meant to pair with various pork dishes.
L.A.'s competing chefs are: Joshua Whigham (Bazaar by José Andrés), Gavin Lansdale (Ford’s Filling Station), Ray Garcia (FIG Restaurant), Jet Tila (The Charleston), and Host Chef Sean Dent (House of Blues).
After all dishes are plated, 20 judges and 400 guests get to pick the "Prince of Pork" who will go on to compete against other regional winners at the Grand Cochon event at Food & Wine's Aspen Classic on June 16.
Additionally, the day's events will include a preview of the new Heritage BBQ event in which Chris Fuller of Alleghany Meats and Christian Page of Short Order will cook another whole pig for guests, to be served just following the tasting. And, for those who want to continue the fun at home, Lindy & Grundy gals Erika Nakamura and Amelia Posada will demonstrate basic pig butchery.
Tickets are now on sale at Cochon 555's website. General admission is $125 while VIP tickets are going for $200 a pop.