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Cochon555 2018 Epic Culinary Competition

04/08/2018 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hilton Chicago Hotel
720 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
GA $130; VIP $200

Chicago Hosts Grand Cochon Culinary Competition Finale Cochon555 2018 Epic Culinary Competition

Cochon555 2018 Epic Culinary Competition

Cochon555, the nation’s most talked about premium food, wine and spirit celebration and live-event series, is back on the road in 2018, returning to Chicago on April 8. Hilton Chicago Hotel will play host to a hundred-plus prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps all working in concert to create luxurious moments at this stand-up, all-inclusive bacchanal celebration of tasty heritage breed pork. At the heart, Cochon555 aims to create moments of inspiration, and to engender discussion and action – to buy, to cook, shop and donate in the name of safe, honest, and delicious food. For an in-depth look at the distinguished events of the Cochon555 movement, online video, tour dates and to purchase tickets, visit

Cochon555 2018 is a culinary competition promoting local family farming and whole pig cookery through the eyes of five notable chefs. Tasked with the goal to win votes from celebrity judges and participants, chefs have one week to prepare a 200-pound pig and present a “Judge’s Plate” scored on utilization; technique; and overall flavor. The winner of the local competition is announced the Prince or Princess of Pork and advances to the national finale. Grand Cochon spotlights the ‘Best 3 Bites’ from all Cochon555 regional events in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all showdown for the crown.


The ultimate aim of Cochon555 is to provide education to chefs and consumers and create experiences that guests can sink their teeth into: honest food from real farmers. Through education, the goal is to raise the bar on building a sustainable and profitable relationship for brands and chefs participating in culinary festivals. Every event is 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 a disaster (flood, fire and disease).

Tickets for general admission start at $130; VIP tickets (early admission + exclusive access to cocktail competition and allocated wines and spirits) are $200.

Where: Hilton Chicago Hotel, 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
WhenSunday, April 8, 2018
Time4 p.m. for VIP entry, 5 p.m. for General Admission

“The tour is about uplifting small, family farmers through epic culinary moments,” said founder Brady Lowe. “We create and restore connections between the farmer and chef who want to raise, source and serve food raised with purpose and passion. Together, through eating, we become stewards of the good food movement, motivate change and influence our food system from pasture to plate.”


Dishes for the competition are just the beginning — all in, we’re talking about 1,500 pounds of responsibly raised heritage breed pork and dozens of delicious drinks from some of the best bars in Chicago. The Welcome Lounge features punches featuring Buffalo Trace and our signature Cheese Bar featuring Cello, Yellow Door Creamery and Cypress Grove. Sip sparklers from Topo Chico, a signature Gin Experience presented by Monkey 47; and the Manhattan Project featuring premium bourbons from Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, and Breckenridge topped with Luxardo cherries. Learn about pairings at the TarTare Bar aligned to the wines of Antica Napa Valley, wine paired with organic pâtés and mousses from Les Trois Petits Cochons, and taste through the stunning portfolio of Wines from Rioja. A “Taste the City” culinary spotlight will feature the racy portfolio of Wines of Germany and an array of wines grouped under the “5 Winemakers” banner will feature Silver Oak; Pax Wine Cellars; Twomey Cellars; Sandhi and more. Cochon555 will debut a new experience called Trompo “Hora de Familia” in celebration of its first Global Cochon555 event in Mexico City later this year. Guests wanting a sweet bite will enjoy the Innovative Dessert spotlighting notable pastry chefs working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.

Additionally, running in tandem with tour are a pair of internal competitions. Punch Kings, a whole bottle punch bowl competition featuring Breckenridge Bourbon and five of the market’s top barkeeps and Somm Smackdown, a face-off of the nation’s top sommeliers in pairing the best wine with heritage pig. A portion of all event proceeds will also benefit the Piggy Bank initiative to support local farms.

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 15 major cities in North America annually. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and culinary schools each year. Since 2009, 108,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $1,100,000 has been donated to charities, and over $1,200,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more information, visit or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered. Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs 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 share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter. Watch the video

About Hilton Chicago
Conveniently located on Michigan Avenue across from Grant Park, the iconic Hilton Chicago combines a contemporary design with an exciting atmosphere. The newly renovated 1,544 guestroom hotel boasts more than 234,000 sq. ft. of meetings space and can accommodate large conferences and conventions, smaller meetings and elegant banquets. Additional amenities include an indoor running track, large fitness center, indoor pool as well as dining options including 720 South Bar & Grill, Kitty O’Sheas Irish Pub, and Herb N’ Kitchen.

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