Cochon 555 Coming to Atlanta

Take 5 chefs, 5 pigs and 5 winemakers and you’ve got COCHON 555, a pork lover’s perfect pig out.

The 10 city coast-to-coast pork party, to be held in Atlanta on April 18th, will feature a smorgasbord of dishes with pig as the main ingredient.  Each chef will prepare an entire heritage breed pig from head to toe, with their variety of offerings paired with wine.

COCHON 555Guests will get to enjoy all of the chefs’ creations while a panel of judges decides which chef is the “Prince or Princess of Porc.”  The winner in each city will have the opportunity to compete at Grand Cochon during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June, with the winner crowned the “King or Queen of Porc.”

The event will include over 750 pounds of heritage pork, a whole pig breakdown demonstration, a “swine & spirits” mixologist showcase, and a “meat” & greet VIP Lounge that will feature artisan cheese, oysters and reserve wine.

COCHON 555 (meaning pig in French) was created in 2009 to help preserve heritage breed pigs by promoting breed diversity in the national community.  The chefs are selected based on their support of local agriculture and heritage species.  The pigs are sourced from local ranches devoted to sustaining heritage breeds.  Participating wineries are all family owned.

The participating chefs in Atlanta’s Southeast Regional competition are 2009’s Prince of Porc Kevin Rathbun of Rathbun’s Restaurants in Atlanta, Mike Lata of Fig Restaurant in Charleston, Sean Brock of McCrady’s Restaurant in Charleston, Kelly English of Restaurant Iris in Memphis and Todd Mussman of Muss & Turner’s in Atlanta.

Their dishes will be paired with wines from Gamble Family Vineyards and Hirsch Vineyards from California, Buty Winery from Washington State and Anne Amie Vineyards and Domaine Serene from Oregon.

The 2010 tour has already visited Napa and New York.  This year’s other host cities are Boston, Stillwater, Oklahoma, Des Moines, Washington, D.C., Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

COCHON 555 in Atlanta will be held April 18th at the W Hotel Downtown at 55 Allen Plaza.  The event starts at 5:00pm, with VIP entrance at 3:30pm.  Tickets cost $125 for general admission and $175 for VIP.  For more information and to buy tickets visit