COCHON 555 ANNOUNCES SIX CITIES IN NORTH AMERICA FOR THE HERITAGE SERIES INCLUDING HERITAGE BBQ, THE WORLD’S FIRST GLOBAL BBQ EXHIBITION:
Notable chefs and farmers will spotlight their culinary passion for old world cooking techniques and global grilling traditions at a hyper-local six-city culinary tour across North America.
NEW YORK (JUNE 30, 2015) – The country’s most talked about culinary tour is announcing the North American tour cities for its Heritage Series that includes Heritage Fire, in its seventh year, and the Heritage BBQ tour, now in its fourth year. Next up, Heritage Fire in Napa followed by five Heritage BBQ events stretching from the Bay Area to Canada. The start of the Heritage Series marks the halfway point for the US Tour where the focus goes from fine-dining to old world cooking when the winner of ten-city Cochon 555 is announced at Grand Cochon in Aspen/Snowmass which has quickly climbed the ranks of the most sought after ticket during the week of Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
The Heritage Series dates as follow:
- Heritage Fire Napa (Aug. 2nd) at Charles Krug Winery
- First-Time Heritage BBQ San Francisco (September 13) at Magnolia Brewery in Dogpatch
- First-Time Canadian stop & Heritage BBQ at Toronto Food & Wine Festival (September 18)
- Second Annual Heritage BBQ Chicago (September 27) at Morgan Manufacturing
- Second Annual Heritage BBQ Washington DC (October 4) at Dock 5 Union Market
- Second Annual Heritage BBQ in Austin (October 18) to close the series
Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555 is a friendly competition between  chefs cooking whole pig for a group of 20 celebrity judges. A panel of 20 respected judges will vote for the city’s “BBQ King or Queen.” Each event also includes a non-competition spotlight called “BBQ Traditions” where up to 18 notable chefs cook  dish from a list of 20+ international styles. This is North America’s only “World’s Fair of Global BBQ”, a traveling exhibition featuring top chefs cooking styles like Hibachi, Korean BBQ, Asado, Braai from Africa, Char Siu from China, Lechonera from Puerto Rico, Churrasco from Brazil or Barbacoa from Mexico, as well as regional American BBQ styles from the Carolina’s to Kansas City. BBQ Traditions is an edible education on the finest social tradition in human history and the Heritage BBQ tour motivates grilling communities worldwide to support local food producers, and to break ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed BBQ culture.
A stunning lineup of sponsors will be on the road, including a live butchering demonstration with Williams-Sonoma and a local butcher, delicious Wines from Rioja, and a very special BBQ Tradition featuring Creekstone Farms. To celebrate National Bourbon Month, a “Perfect Manhattan” Bar presented by Wilsonart featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Hirsch and Luxardo will be part of the Grand Prize at each and every event. The tickets include endless drink and food, including artisan cheese, oysters, Mezcal tastings, and sweet-tooth moments before awards. The events raise awareness for responsible family farms, culinary schools, local food producers, craft brewers, great winemakers, and prestigious distillers wanting to celebrate heritage species.
Dates for the 2016 COCHON 555 US TOUR will be announced November 1, 2015.
Started in 2012 in an effort to bridge the gap between family farms and all categories of BBQ restaurants, Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555, is the first national BBQ competition dedicated to supporting a new direction for heritage breed pigs by expanding the conversation to a global economy. Created by Cochon 555 Founder Brady Lowe, Heritage BBQ engages existing BBQ restaurants in the local and sustainable food conversation taking place nationwide while simultaneously breaking ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed, farm-supporting BBQ.
About Heritage Fire by COCHON 555
Heritage Fire is a live-fire event which began seven years ago in the Napa Valley. Today, the event has joined the ranks of the most raved about events during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Heritage Fire is the nation’s only hyper-local, whole animal live-fire outdoor culinary event cooking 3,000 pounds of heritage breed animals in celebration of pasture diversity and family farming. The list of heritage and heirloom foods to be featured include dry-aged beef, spit-roasted large format fish, whole pigs, lambs, goat, lobster, squab, rabbit, duck, chicken, artisan cheese, oysters and heirloom vegetables. Heritage Fire is a collection of culinary teams cooking together for a crowd of meat and wine loving gourmands to spotlight traditional outdoor cooking techniques paired with amazing wines, ice-cold brews, spirits and crisp ciders. To see pictures from Heritage Fire please visit Cochon555’s Flickr Site here, http://j.mp/COCHON_PICS
About The Cochon US Tour
The Cochon US Tour executes a variety of unique, local food events that are focused on raising enthusiasm for supporting family farms with the world’s first environmentally conscious nose-to-tail pig competition. The flagship Cochon 555 event is celebrated as the world’s first environmentally conscious nose-to-tail pig competition. Created in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breed pigs, this epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually. The tour also features a multitude of live-event expressions including Heritage BBQ (global cultures), Heritage Fire (live-fire event), EPIC Cochon (hyper-premium), and Cochon Island (agri-tourism). The events feature top chefs preparing whole heritage breed pigs and other locally raised proteins. Together with winemakers, brewers, distillers and craft food makers they create authentic culinary events celebrating champions in the good food movement. Since its launch, the tour has supported responsible family farming by allowing 50,000 people to taste heritage pork for the first time and by donating more than $450,000 to charities and culinary schools, and more than $750,000 directly to farmers. For more details about the events, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter.