This goes way beyond bacon, folks. Cochon 555, a traveling culinary competition and tasting event created to promote sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs, lands in Atlanta on February 17. The event features five chefs, five pigs, and five wineries engaging in some delicious head-to-tail pork preparations.
The Atlanta lineup includes Ryan Smith (Empire State South), Joseph Schafer (King and Duke), Eric Ottensmeyer (Leon's and Brickstore), Whitney Otawka (Farm 255) and Guy Wong (Miso Izakaya). Guests will indulge in an epic pork feast alongside wines from five small family-owned wineries. Judges and the guests help decide the winning chef, who will go on to compete against other regional winners at the finale Grand Cochon event at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen (you know, that one you hear about on Top Chef).
Tickets are $125 for general admission or $200 for VIP. VIP admission includes a cocktail competition, Tartare Bar, sustainable oysters and reserve wines and spirits.