Top Local Chefs Compete for 'Prince of Porc'

COCHON 555 – Washington D.C.
5 Pigs, 5 Chefs, 5 Winemakers
May 31st, 2009 

WHAT: A group of top Washington D.C. area chefs will each prepare a heritage breed hog from head to toe for this competition. Cochon 555 is the only national chef competition promoting heritage pigs and breed diversity. Guests and professional judges will determine a winner based on creative, classic preparation and overall best flavor. The winner will be crowned the Prince of Porc. In addition, five family-owned wineries will showcase their wines. We are proud to announce Bev Eggleston from EcoFriendly Foods will be featuring his fine line of heritage swine.

WHO: Taste Network presents
Brian McBride, Blue Duck Tavern
RJ Cooper, Vidalia
Nicholas Stefanelli, Mio
Jamie Leeds, Commonwealth Gastropub
John Manolatos, Cashion's Eat Place
VIP Chef: Vaughn Skaggs, Market Salamander
VIP Cheese: Cowgirl Creamery

Wineries: Miner Family Vineyards, Patz & Hall, Arcadian Winery, Pax Winery and Bonny Doon Vineyeards. 

WHEN: Sunday, May 31st, 5:00 p.m.  
Chef & Judges VIP Reception 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. – 1330 Maryland Ave SW

WHY: To promote heritage pigs and breed diversity in local and national communities. Also, to raise awareness for ICompassion < /> , an organization that works to reduce the number of individuals who die from kidney disease each year through providing support with a national live donor registry. 

HOW: Advance ticket purchase required. Dress is smart casual.

Cochon 555 began in Atlanta and is national in scope. Other cities include Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Chefs and judges from each city are selected by Taste Network to participate in the event. 

Taste Network is a Georgia-based company delivering experiential services to the artisan wine and cheese industries. The companys mission is to provide cultured events and education focused around artisan wine, cheese and cuisine to its clients and the public at large.