Any publicity is good publicity. Ask Lindsay Lohan, the trainwreck actress, singer, model who just hosted the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live and posed for Playboy. But I’d be willing to bet dollars to bacon maple doughnuts, that Cochon 555 isn’t hoping for more publicity from its Portland event the likes of which it received on it’s last Porktown visit in 2010.
When Cochon 555 started their national tour of 14 major cities in 2009, one would suspect they had to know it would likely be the pork butt of more than just a few jokes. Thankfully, the food, the wine and the whole hog experience have proven tasty enough to never be teased, taunted or laughed at, despite the number of irresistible mocking options.
An event probably not for the faint of heart, those keeping Kosher or for the vegetarian, Cochon 555, is scheduled to descend on Portland this Sunday, March 11th at THE ORIGINAL. The hogwild event consists of five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers who gather together in a one-of-a-kind traveling culinary competition and tasting event designed to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs.
You can expect five local chef extraordinaires (Naomi Pomeroy – Beast, Vitaly Paley – Paley’s Place, Rita Jia You – Lucky Strike, Adam Sappington – The Country Cat and Jason Barwikowski – The Woodsman Tavern) to prepare a nose-to-tail menu created from heritage breed pigs for an audience of pork-loving epicureans.
As if the pork isn’t enough, great wine from local wineries will be sipped and a myriad of culinary opportunities will be available to take advantage of, including demonstrations on butchering, an interactive tasting contest with Cathy Whims of Nostrana/ Oven and Shaker, as well as spirits, oyster and chocolate tastings.
Tickets: $125 per person for general admission; $200 for VIP (including a welcome cocktail from The King's Ginger, HamaHama Oysters, tastings from Anne Amie, Buty, Big Table Farm, Chehalem, The Cheese Bar, Double Mountain Brewery, The Meadow and Domaine Serene paired with Iberico De Bellota by Fermin).