Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats
COCHON555 wrapped up their 2010, 10 City U.S. tour with a fierce, but friendly pig fest in San Francisco at the legendary Fairmont Hotel. COCHON555 is a competition started by Brady Lowe which showcases 5 locally selected CHEFS, PIGS and WINEMAKERS. Along with a panel of judges, guests are allowed to vote for their favorites in a ballot box.
Following the festive walk around tasting event and live pig-eat-pig cordial smackdown, each of the 10 COCHON555 cities crowns their coveted Prince or Princess of Porc. From there, the finalists head to Aspen Food & Wine Classic for the Grand Poobah or rather Grand Cochon swine ceremony to compete for the Crown of the King or Queen of Porc.
COCHON555 Founder Brady Lowe
San Francisco's stealth competitors included Staffan Terje of Perbacco, Anthony Strong of Delfina Pizzerias, Dennis Lee of Namu, Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water and Morgan Maki of Bi-Rite Market. The select San Francisco butcher, who had a captivated audience to himself was Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats who was non-stop busy with an entire swine breakdown demonstration. Special guest Dave the Butcher & Avedano's Holly Park Market were also in the house. In the end Staffan Terje was selected the winner and honorary Prince of Porc, San Francisco.
The five high-quality pigs were a Berkshire / Duroc from Devil's Gulch Ranch, CA, Mangalitsa from Suisun Valley Farm, CA, Yorkshire from Gleason Ranch, CA, Gloucester Old Spot from Clark Summit Farm, and a Swabian Hall from Rustik Rooster Farm.
Flour + Water
Mixologist Daniel Hyatt of Alembic
The five family-owned showcased wineries were Krupp Brothers, Elk Cove Vineyards, Wind Gap Wines, Chase Cellars, Pey-Marin Vineyards. Mixologist Daniel Hyatt of Alembic wowed the guests with his signature "swine and spirits" cocktails.
Chef Dennis Lee of Namu
Perbacco's Pig Infused Desserts
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so.. no fight broke out ala Portland? And when are they gonna bring this down to LA? C’mon FF, make it happen for us!
The San Francisco event was fantastic…hopefully they will expand to different cities soon.
I was at Grand Cochon last weekend in Aspen and it was a festive and exciting time. I’m thinking it would be fun to hit the whole circuit next year.
I really want to go to this next year. Heard it’s a porkalooza!!!
I see everything is pretty much delicious. I wish I could hopefully visit the place soon. I really would like to try such good food.