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Cochon 555 Returns to Minneapolis this Sunday

Corner Table’s plate of pork bites, which won Thomas Boemer the regional Cochon 555 title in 2015. He went on to earn the national title.

The king is dead; long live the King of Porc!

The annual Cochon 555 tour is making its second trip to Minneapolis on Sunday, February 21, when one of five distinguished local chef teams will be sent along to the national heritage-pig cooking contest.

It’s the eighth year for the city-hopping competition that now features chefs from 20 cities across the country.

John Ng of Zen Box Izakaya; Christopher Nye of Spoon and Stable; Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewing Company; Carrie Summer and Lisa Carlson of Chef Shack Ranch, and James Winberg, Mike Brown and Bob Gerken of Travail Kitchen & Amusements will all compete at the regional event. The winner will be on their way to earning the national porcine crown currently held by chef Thomas Boemer of Corner Table and Revival (and one of our 2015 Top Chefs).

The competition will benefit Piggy Bank, a heritage pig farm dubbed a genetic sanctuary for endangered breeds of pigs. The farm has 90 pigs, and donates the 600 offspring each year to emerging family farms, culinary schools and struggling farmers. It also provides business plans for family farms in an open-source fashion.

Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555 made a long-term commitment that Piggy Bank will be the charity recipient of the tour moving forward.

“The more pigs we gift each year and the more business plans we post online, the deeper the resources for new farmers. The model creates ‘business plan currency’ where farmers requesting free breed-stock will submit a business plan in exchange,” said Lowe. “Every gifted pig has a purpose in the marketplace from developing an open-source culture to correcting our failing food system. The model can undoubtedly add value at all levels of the food chain while educating a global audience of farms, kitchens, culinary schools and more importantly, decisions-makers.”

Cochon 555 also features local farmers, winemakers, brewers and distillers and aims to raise awareness for responsible family farming that preserves the environment and biodiversity.

Tickets are available on the Cochon 555 website

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