Cochon 555 Heats up Summer with Heritage Fire


Cochons Fire-Kissed Cult-Favorite Festival Featuring 3,000 Pounds of Meat Takes the Stage this Summer in Snowmass as part of Grand Cochon, 10 Chefs, 10 Pigs, 1 Crown National Tour Finale

Snowmass, Colorado, (May 21, 2015)Heritage Fire by Cochon 555, a premier hyper-local, whole animal, live-fire, outdoor food and wine event, joins the ranks of offerings for the first time ever this summer during the week of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. The goal, to celebrate family farms, create culinary awareness for heritage breed pigs and tilt the scales to favor today’s emerging chef community struggling to pay premium prices for safer, more flavorful food raised by real farmers. While Cochon’s flagship event, Cochon 555, a 10-city tour bringing chefs together in a friendly competition, culminates at Grand Cochon, Heritage Fire is a massive collection of culinary experts cooking together for a crowd of meat and wine loving gourmands over live-fires during a high-energy epic experience featuring live music from hip-hop turntablist DJ Lord of Public Enemy and jazz entertainers The Potash Twins.  A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the local Rotary and 100% of the proceeds from the Pop-Up Butcher Shop hosted by celebrated butchers, will benefit a local culinary school. Tickets for the events start at $100. To learn more and see photos of these amazing culinary events, visit

Heritage Fire will showcase more than 45 notable chefs and butchers from Colorado alongside top chefs from around the country, cooking 3,000 pounds of heritage breed animals in celebration of breed diversity and family farming. Heritage Fire features chefs and farmers working together to spotlight traditional outdoor cooking techniques paired with amazing wines, craft beers, and amazing spirits. The list of heritage and heirloom foods to be featured include dry-aged beef from Creekstone Farms, whole pigs, lambs, goat, lobster, squab, rabbit, duck, chicken, artisan cheeses, oysters and heirloom vegetables paired with the best beverages.

“I’m passionate about promoting food sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system,” explains Brady Lowe, creator of Heritage Fire. “One event cannot change the system, but together we can celebrate the chefs and farmers who continue to tilt the scales back towards responsibly grown food.”

Participating chefs include Chris Thompson (The Nickel), Mark Fischer (Harman’s Eat & Drink), Richard Sandoval (Richard Sandoval Restaurants), Alex Siedel (Fruition), David Gutowski (Grouse Mountain Grill), Andrew Helsley (Elk Camp), Jim Butchart (Elk Camp), Brandon Biederman (Steuben’s Food Service), Brian Busker (Matsuhisa Vail), Jason Harrison (Red Maple), Julian Smith (Bol), Justin Brunson (Old Major) Kate Kavanaugh & Josh Curtiss (Western Daughters), Lon Symensma (Cholon), Matthew Accarrino (SPQR), Paul Reilly (Beast & Bottle), Josh Pollack (Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen), Kyle Foster (Colt & Gray), Vartan Abgaryan (Cliff’s Edge), Mike Isabella & Adam Howard (Graffiato), George Pagonis (Kapnos), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish), DJ Nagle (Humbolt), Antonio Martinez (Phat Thai), Josh Oakley (Town), Brett Thompson (The Pullman), Daniel Asher (Root Down), Jeff Bolton (Kachina Grill), Troy Guard (TAG), Bill Greenwood (Beano’s Cabin) Stephen Fried (Gullo Specialty Foods), Matt Selby (Central Bistro Bar), Theo Adley (Squeaky Bean), Will Nolan (Eight K), Kelly Whitaker (Basta) and Will Frischkorn (Cured).

In addition to the meat-laden feast, the event includes animal theatre cooking, butcher demonstrations, the Breckenridge “Burro” featuring special cocktail pairings including Smoked Old Fashioned’s, Vodka with Caviar, and a Special Punch with Sturgeon and pop-up demos featuring renowned tattoo artists Darren Brass and Jose Santiago of Miami Ink tattooing heritage breed hams, the Perfect Manhattan Experience presented by Groupon with Breckenridge Bourbon, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Hirsch, Luxardo and a specially cured garnish by Creminelli Fine Meats, the Petit Format Bar presented by Wilsonart, the Mezcal Chupito Bar with Mezcales de Leyenda, Fidencio, La Venenosa and Koch el Mezcal, the Official Chef’s Pantry presented by Chef’s Warehouse and Williams-Sonoma, the Rioja Tapas Bar featuring Rioja-style lamb, the delicacies of Agromar and the amazing wines from Rioja, Bacon Hall of Fame presented by Maggy Hawk Vineyards and tequila tastings and cocktails courtesy of Don Julio and the Tequila Truck. This notable group of local and national sponsors will be hosting exceptional experiences from Whistle Pig Rye, Prosciutto di Parma, Black River Caviar, Creminelli, Drew Estate Cigars, Beecher’s Handmade Cheese and La Brea Bakery.

Guests will also experience a very special addition to this year’s Heritage Fire lineup, Punch King’s Last Call presented by Breckenridge Bourbon. More than 50 bartenders competed in the Punch King Competition at Cochon 555 events throughout the year. The 10 barkeep finalists will recreate their winning Breckenridge Bourbon Punch for a chance to win the national title.  Receive the latest editions of chefs and experiences through the official Cochon newsletter.

For convenience, complimentary shuttles from Aspen will depart every 10 minutes from Paepcke Park and will start one hour before peak event times. The shuttles will register our guests and provide complimentary beverages during the 12-14 minute trip up to Snowmass.

 About 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 or follow @cochon555 on Twitter.


About Snowmass, Colorado

Snowmass, Colorado, is a bustling summer mountain resort and renowned winter playground with a diverse array of activities, special events and music. Adventures are easily accessible from a wide range of mountainside hotels, lodges and condominium properties. Snowmass features more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails, including an extensive lift-served freeride and downhill trail network that was recently named a Bronze Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Visitors can also enjoy world-class mountain biking, gold medal fly-fishing, Class V white-water rafting and kayaking and more. 2015’s Snowmassive Summer lineup of weekly events include a Western Rodeo, Free Music Series, Sunset Dinners and ACES-guided nature walks. Summer world-class special events and festivals include Snowmass Mammoth Festival, Colorado Scottish Festival and Highlands and Rocky Mountain Highlands Games, Colorado Wanderlust Festival, Snowmass Wine Festival, Colorado Mudderella and Tough Mudder, and the longest running hot-air balloon festival in the country, the Snowmass Balloon Festival. For more information on Snowmassive Summer, a complete calendar of events and details on activities, visit:

About Viceroy Snowmass

Viceroy Snowmass is an award-winning luxury resort hotel and residences located at the base of one of the world’s finest ski mountains. Only minutes from downtown Aspen in the heart of Snowmass Base Village, the sophistication and sense of place that distinguish Viceroy destinations from California to the Maldives perfectly blend with the Colorado high country. For couples, families and friends, Viceroy Snowmass offers ski-in/ski-out residences complemented by imaginative dining and lounging, a Ute-inspired wellness spa, and a year-round pool terrace and café — an ideal setting for an Aspen/Snowmass vacation during any season. Viceroy Snowmass was awarded LEED™ Gold Certification for sustainable design, construction and overall environmental stewardship.

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