Details Announced on Cochon 555 BostonBy Scott Kearnan | March 24, 2014 By Scott Kearnan | March 24, 2014
Prepare to pig out. Details have been announced for the Boston stop of the Cochon 555 tour, the sixth annual epic pork event that has become a food geek favorite. Competing in the Boston installment on Sunday, April 6 at Paradise Rock Club will be chefs Tim Maslow of Ribelle, Joshua Smith of Moody's Delicatessen & Provisions, Louis DiBiccari of Tavern Road, Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow (last year's winner, pictured) and Mary Dumont of Harvest. Each will prepare six dishes from one whole heritage breed pig, and the winner - determined by popular vote and a panel of industry judges - will compete at the Grand Cochon at June's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
But these toques won't be totally hogging the spotlight. (Sorry, we couldn't resist.) Other newly revealed highlights of the blowout will include a butchering how-to by Michael Dulock of M.F. Dulock, a pre-awards presentation of an "Asian speakeasy style" pig by Andrew Li of Mei Mei Street Kitchen, a "bourbon bar" and "artisan cheese bar" (the latter stocked by Formaggio Kitchen), an ice cream social featuring treats by Monica Glass of Clio, and the crowning of a "Punch King" from among five top mixologists. (Last year's winner was 30 Under 30 honoree Kevin Mabry of jm Curley and Merrill & Co.) Tickets for Cochon are $125 ($200 for a perk-laden VIP package), available here. You can also separately splurge on Cochon Chef's Course dinner on Friday, April 4, a five-course, beverage-paired experience hosted by Dumont at Harvest and featuring food from star chef Jody Adams of Rialto, Top Chef album Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks, 2014 James Beard award finalist Matt Jennings of Farmstead Inc. and Colin Lynch, executive chef for powerhouse Barbara Lynch Gruppo.