Miami, FL (March 22, 2017) — One of America’s most dynamic culinary festivals, Cochon555, brings its 2017 tour to Miami on March 25 and 26. The weekend kicks off with Chef’s Course, a one-of-a-kind, 5-course dining experience (in the name of Piggy Bank charity) at Pubbelly Noodle Bar (1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139), with Chef Jose Mendin. Below, please find key information about this very special evening in support of a safer, more honest, and delicious food future.
Hosted by Jose Mendin of The Pubbelly Group on Saturday, March 25 at 7:00PM, Chef’s Course BESPOKE: An Evening of Culinary Modernity, will feature guest chefs Diego Oka of La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental and Michael Beltran of Ariete. The evening will take as its theme “Culinary Modernity,” with each chef creating one course that embodies their own conception of the night’s core ideas. The final course will be a group collaboration, in which all four chefs will cook one family-style course representative of what they believe to be modernity.
Premium wine and cocktail pairings will accompany the five course meal following a pre-dinner cocktail reception with passed appetizers presented by House of Angostura. To close the evening, Chef Maria Orantes of Pubbelly Noodle Bar will prepare a pastry course featuring Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. Evan Benn of the Miami Herald, along with Piggy Bank founder Brady Lowe and Communications Director Robert McKeown will be in attendance as guides of sorts – our own culinary Virgils – illuminating for all in attendance the ideas which define our culinary time and inspire Cochon555 events. Tickets for the dinner are $125 and can be purchased online.
Where: Pubbelly Noodle Bar, 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
When: Saturday March 25th, Reception 7:00 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. sharp
Reserve: Seats are $125 each, to purchase tickets visit link here
Guests wanting to purchase a one-of-a-kind BESPOKE weekend package can reserve the multi-course, guest chef charity dinner on Saturday (wine, cocktail pairings, a degustation, and a chef meet & greet) and combine it with a one-of-a-kind Cochon555 Sunday tasting experience and behind-the-scenes tour, including a $75 donation to our sister charity, Piggy Bank (piggy-bank.org). The uber-luxury BESPOKE package costs $400 and includes a special 3:00 p.m. entry time to Cochon555, with a 45-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour with a Cochon555 Director. The exclusive tour includes a tableside introduction to the Somm Smackdown featuring wines selected by five renowned Denver sommeliers, followed by an introduction to five notable barkeeps competing in a whole-bottle, highly-spirited Bourbon Punch Competition called Punch Kings. Only ten BESPOKE tickets are available for $400 each and can be purchased online at cochon555.com/2017-tour/miami/.
“Our BESPOKE dinner series was created as a way to link an intimate and luxurious food-and-wine experience to the very ideas that help define our culinary time – and future,” says Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe. “We’ve tried to evolve the experience of our main event with the addition of palate-expanding dinners like Chef’s Course that extend the rich, complex flavors that are created when cooking heritage breed pigs.”
At the center of all Cochon555 events is a culinary championship featuring five chefs cooking five whole, heritage breed pigs with innovative techniques and bold flavor profiles. One week before the event, each chef receives a knock on their door by a pig farmer and a 180-200 pound heritage breed pig. They are each tasked to create and present a “Judge’s Plate” of 6 dishes scored on categories such as utilization; cooking techniques; and overall flavor. The winner from each city is crowned the “Prince or Princess of Porc,” and given a place at our national championship, Grand Cochon, to be held in Chicago during October 2017.
Communal feasting is an integral part of the Cochon555 culinary fabric. Beyond the 30 chef-competitor dishes - all told, some 1,200-plus pounds of heritage pork from family farms - guests can sample beef tartare with the wines of Antica Napa Valley, farmhouse cheeses; a pop-up bakery from La Brea; a Salami Snack Bar from Creminelli and Divina; a ramen noodle soup bar paired with the wines of Twomey and Silver Oak among others. Innovative spirit, wine, and cocktail experiences include Smoked Old Fashioneds with Breckenridge Bourbon; The Manhattan Project presented by Poached Jobs, the Tiki Bar featuring Angostura Rum punches; a Courvoisier Cognac cocktail and neat tasting; and a Heritage Rum Cart. The array of wines grouped under our “5 Winemakers” banner features Silver Oak, Scholium Project; Pax Wine Cellars; and more.
About the Cochon555 US Tour
The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually and stages over 60 events. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions including Heritage Fire (live-fire); Heritage BBQ (global grilling cultures; and Grand Cochon (national whole-hog championship). Cochon555 cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species, raised by family farms in top culinary markets in North America. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities, and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more details and videos of events, visit cochon555.com
About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015 by Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe, Piggy Bank is a pig farming sanctuary. Harboring a Noah’s Ark-worthy selection of heritage breeds, it provides free genetics and access to shared business plans to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and benefit from the sharing of genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. The Piggy Bank farm, to be located in Missouri, raises heritage breed pigs to be gifted to communities, while building a model of agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank is a nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3).
About The Pubbelly Group
Founded in 2010, The Pubbelly Group is made up of Founders, Chef Jose Mendin, Sergio Navarro and Andreas Schreiner, and the group’s newly appointed President, Juan Fernando Ayora. The partners successfully operate a collection of restaurants and bar concepts on both a national and international scale, including: Pubbelly Noodle Bar, Pubbelly Sushi (American Airlines Arena, Brickell City Centre, Casa de Campo and Miami Beach), Food Republic aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's Escape ship, Pubbelly Station, Pubbelly Sushi Market, Pawn Broker, PB Ysla and RawBata.
The group has been celebrated for their dedication to the city of Miami Beach with March 13 recognized as the official The Pubbelly Group Proclamation Day. For more information about the Group visit: thepubbellygroup.com
1418 20th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Information provided by Cristy Planas Pardo