Cochon555 2016


Cochon555 has been one of my favorite foodie blowouts in Austin. They skipped us last year and the closest one was in Houston. I was very sad 🙁

They are back in Austin with not only the grand pig buffet but also 2 fabulous local celebrity chef dinners that have me drooling already. Which one should I go to?? All three if I can. Yay gluttony!

Click on pics below for tickets and details. Hope to see you there.



Two Charity Dinners


On Friday November 18th, at 9:00PM, Host Chefs Paul Qui of Kuneho, Thai Changtong of Thai Kun, Philip Speer of Bonhomie, and James Dumapit of Old Thousand will host a Cochon555 pop-up dubbed ‘A Late Nite Asian Speakeasy.’ Family-style dishes will be paired with Silver Oak wines and prepared by guest chefs celebrating the flavor-forward, spice-driven Asian fare so many industry, chefs, and line cooks indulge in after their restaurants close.

On Saturday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m., Chef Ben Runkle of Salt & Time will host a luxury guest chef dinner we call ‘Chef’s Course.’ Guests will enjoy a refined three-hour culinary experience and a savory climax of Bone-In Tomahawk Steaks, all paired with magnums of Faust Cabernet Sauvignon. Immediately following the meal, guests are invited to attend a concert featuring legendary rapper Kool Keith performing with special guest Mac Mall and friends, upstairs at The Swedish American Hall. Each dinner features a portfolio tasting of sophisticated scotches from Glenfiddich before and during dessert. A portion of each ticket benefits our charity of choice, Piggy Bank. Discover who the guest chefs are by clicking the links below.





Cochon 555 Austin 2015


UPDATE  Special discount link for VIP and general admission

Cochon 555 was one of my favorite events last year. Tons of pork, drinkypoos and fabulous foodies. Come join the revelry!


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Josh Jones
Salt & Time
Andrew Wiseheart
Thai Changthong
East Side King Thai-Kun
Quealy Watson
Hot Joy
Daniel Olivella
Andrew Curren
Shane Stiles
Stiles Switch BBQ
Bryan Butler
Salt & Time


The Driskill – Official Host Hotel
Sunday, October 18th


Notable chefs and farmers will spotlight their passion for global BBQ grilling traditions and old world cooking techniques and at a hyper-local five-city culinary tour across North America.

Cochon555’s Heritage BBQ announces the chef lineup at the fourth annual North American tour promoting heritage breed pigs and global grilling cultures. The culinary competition challenges [5] chefs to cook one whole heritage pig from a family farm for a group of 20 notable judges. Chefs have seven days to prepare one whole pig and present a “Judge’s Plate” consisting of 6 dishes scored on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and overall flavor. The winner in Austin will be crowned the “BBQ King or Queen” and takes homes over $3000 in prizes. In addition to sampling the competitor’s dishes, the all-inclusive ticket includes “BBQ Traditions”, another tasting inside the event where 10 notable chefs prepare one dish from their favorite BBQ culture in non-competitive spirit. If you love global flavors and star-studded culinary events, this educational event is like a top chef classroom including grilling-styles like Hibachi, Korean BBQ, Asador, Braai from Africa, Char Siu, Caja China, Churrasco, Barbacoa, as well as regional American BBQ styles from Texas to Kansas City.

Hosted at The Driskill, this year’s competing chefs include Sarah McIntosh of Épicerie Café & Grocery, Josh Jones of Salt & Time, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo, Thai Changthong of East Side King Thai-Kun, and Quealy Watson of Hot Joy. Each chef will be given a 180 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. Non-competing chefs cooking BBQ Traditions include Daniel Olivella of Barlata, Andrew Curren of Italic, Shane Stiles of Stiles Switch BBQ, and Bryan Butler of Salt & Time.



As North America’s only “World’s Fair of Global BBQ”, guests will have the chance to pair spectacular wines, brews, and spirits with globally inspired BBQ dishes. The tour motivates grilling communities worldwide to support responsibly raised animals from local farmers. Participation of chefs, partners, consumers and media help create motivation for the BBQ restaurants to support the hyper-local movement and give us something we can sink our teeth into, honest food from real farmers.

The all-inclusive stand up tasting event features 1,400+ pounds of heritage pig, “pop-up” culinary experiences, premium wines, artisan cheeses, sustainable seafood, hand-crafted spirits, fine cocktails, and a very impressive selection of whiskies, ryes and bourbon. The stunning lineup of sponsors behind this celebration of heritage species include Williams-Sonoma’s local butcher demo, Wilsonart’s “Perfect Manhattan” featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Hirsch and Luxardo and Creekstone Farms. A portion of the proceeds always benefit the local culinary school while building opportunities for local food producers. All tickets include endless drink and tons of food and are limited to only 250 tickets per event.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring Heritage BBQ to Austin again this year and pay tribute to global cultures by consuming local food the way BBQ was intended to be. Today’s BBQ restaurant doesn’t give us a choice to buy local, safe food with our hard-earned money and we’re on a mission to change that by hosting incredible events that honor the greatest social traditions on the planet, cooking over fire. This event returns the BBQ conversation to the original context of local meats, cooked with native spices, over fires and shared with a community. Therefore, the event will tilt the scales back towards creating long-term relationships for family farms and big protein buyers like BBQ restaurants. It’s only a matter of time until people demand better food choices when standing at the counter.” explains Brady Lowe. “We are standing right there with them, promoting honest food and a choice to buy safe food.”







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Cochon is coming, Cochon is coming!

cochonSo much going on this weekend! Austin Food Blogger’s Alliance first bloggers conference, Byte of Texas,  a fabulous sounding fundraiser for local Springdale Farms, my birthday 🙂 And Cochon 555 is coming to Austin. If you have not heard, Cochon 555 is an epic traveling pork battle featuring local chefs in a competition using heritage breeds of pork. Here are the deets, hope to see you there!

Heritage BBQ presented by Goose Island Beer Co. is bringing its flavor-packed, star-studded five city global BBQ tour to Austin on Sunday, September 28th. The local-food focused BBQ tour started by Brady Lowe, Founder of Cochon 555, invites five notable chefs to put their love of globally-influenced whole pig BBQ to the test in a friendly but fierce competition to promote the consumption of heritage breed pigs raised by local family farms.

This year’s competing chefs include Daniel Olivella of Barlata, Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic, Dustin Harvey and Paul Qui of East Side King, Justin Yu of Oxheart (Houston), and Mat Clouser & Zack Northcutt of Swift’s Attic. Each chef will be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. Host Executive Chef Thomas Riordan of W Austin will lead the panel of 20 respected judges in selecting Austin’s “BBQ King.”


In addition to the five-chef competition, the event will feature a lineup of notable Texas chefs participating in our “BBQ Traditions” series, where each chef prepares one dish from their favorite global BBQ culture. This year will kick off in a Texas-style BBQ with Felix Flores of Black Hill Meats and Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ, presented byAnakota Wines. Additionally, Heritage BBQ partner Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud to sponsor Houston chef Ronnie Killen of Killen’s BBQ, who will prepare Texas-style beef ribs. Additional Houston chefs include Phillipe Gaston of Kata Robata, who will provide Japanese BBQ bites, and Jordan Asher of Dosi Restaurant + Soju Bar, who will cook up Korean-style. Guests will also enjoy Satay from James Zoller and Vietnamese-style BBQ from James Watson of TRACE, an Argentinian dish from Josh Jones of Salt & Time, a take on Lexington BBQ from Harold Marmulstein of Salty Sow and “Welcome Ribs” from Shane Stiles of Stiles Switchprovided by Berkwood Farms Berkshire Pork. To access an online directory of BBQ Traditions from around the world, click here.

Heritage BBQ is an edible education on the finest social tradition in human history. Together with local food producers, craft brewers, winemakers and prestigious distillers, the Heritage BBQ tour motivates grilling communities worldwide to support local food producers, and to break ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed BBQ culture while celebrating National Bourbon Month.

The 450 person event features 1,400+ pounds of heritage pig. In addition to the 35+ chef-prepared global BBQ dishes, guests will also experience:

•           The Goose nest, an area featuring Goose Island Beer Co.’s beers

•           A Pop-Up Butcher Shop featuring Bryan Butler of Salt & Time, benefiting Le Cordon Bleu with the support of Williams-Sonoma

•           Special “Summer Citrus” cocktail from Four Roses Bourbon

•           Spotlight chefs from Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau including competing chef Justin Yu of Oxheart, andBBQ Traditions with Ronnie Killen of Killen’s BBQ, Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ and Felix Flores of Black Hill Meats

•           Special chef pairing with “BBQ Traditions” presented by Anakota Wines, a collection of single vineyard, single varietal, Knights Valley appellation wines from rural Sonoma County

•           Welcome Reception from W Hotel for arrivals featuring Berkwood Farms Berkshire Pork Ribs and libations featuring amazing punches

•           “Perfect Manhattan” Bourbon Bar to celebrate National Bourbon Month, featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Templeton Rye, Four Roses, Glenrothes and Luxardo

•            BBQ Short-rib Bar featuring Creekstone Farms and an artisan cheese bar featuring Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese

•            Rappahannock River Oysters served raw and BBQ’d over fire with owner Travis Croxton

•           Portfolio tasting of Crispin Ciders – Official Cider of the US Tour, amazing wines and a Mezcal & Tequila Bar featuringFidencio, Mezcales de Leyenda and Dulce Vida Organic Vodka.

•           Pre-awards “Ice Cream Social” with James Beard Award Winner, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

•           An after party at TRACE featuring $5.55 food specials, Eagle Rare inspired cocktails, led by W Austin libationist, Dustin Courtright

“This is the new Q that celebrates hundreds of grilling – and smoking – traditions from around the world. We are on a mission to redefine BBQ as social eating, the act of gathering around fire, making friends and eating responsibly-raised animals. Together we work around the clock to preserve timeless family traditions from all over the globe. The bottom line is to host an event that develops the conversation of local food and heritage pigs, thus creating long-term growth, jobs on farms and better food choices for the future,” explains Brady Lowe. “We are passionate about promoting food sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system, and for the first time we are excited to announce Goose Island Beer Co. as a presenting sponsor of the Heritage BBQ series.”

“We are really excited to host Cochon 555 here at W Austin as the event is very much in line with our core food philosophies. Not only is our onsite restaurant TRACE, named for its traceability of ingredients, known for its dedication to serving food that is consciously sourced, we are also proud to be a part of the Austin food community which is rich with culinary prowess,” remarked W Austin Executive Chef Thomas Riordan. “We are thrilled to have a handful of Texas’ best chefs join us for the event and we can’t wait to taste their BBQ”

Tickets for general admission start at $100, and VIP tickets for early admission are $200. To purchase tickets, visit the website

Where:                        W Austin – Official Host Venue

200 Lavaca St.

Austin, TX 78701

When:              Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014

                        4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

                        8 p.m. – 11 p.m. TRACE after party

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