Cochon555 Returns to Denver with 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers


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If you love all things pork, consider your plans for June 24 made. 

Cochon555 returns to Denver this month with the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel playing host to more than 100 prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps. This stand-up, all-inclusive bacchanal celebrates local family farming as it raises awareness for heritage-breed pigs and engenders a discussion and experience that guests can sink their teeth into (literally).

Here’s how it works: Cochon555 is a culinary competition featuring five notable chefs, cooking five whole pigs, who are paired with five winemakers (hence the 555). Chefs are given one week to prepare a 200-pound pig before the event, where they present a “Judge’s Plate” to win over votes from celebrity judges and participants. The winning “Prince or Princess of Pork” advances to the national finale at Grand Cochon in a head-to-tail, winner-takes-all showdown.

Ready to dig into 1,500 pounds of responsibly raised heritage-breed pork, ethically sourced foods and endless rounds of drinks—all in the name of honest eats and supporting local family farms (learn more about the Piggy Bank initiative)? The event runs 5–7:30 p.m.; general admission, $130, or get an hour head start with VIP access, $200.