Cochon 555 Festivities Kick Off Tonight at The Radler; Continue All Weekend Long



This weekend one of my absolute favorite food events returns to Chicago: Cochon 555 (see above for what the 555 stands for). The main event (purchase tickets here) takes place at Loews Chicago Hotel (455 N. Park Drive), but there are other events happening before it.

Tonight, April 22, head to The Radler at 9:00 p.m. where Two-time Cochon 555 Heritage BBQ winner Nathan Sears hosts the Late-Nite Asian Speakeasy featuring Cosmo Goss (The Publican), Mark Hellyar (Momotaro), Tim Graham (Citrine), and Ed Sura (Perennial Virant). Tickets are still available and can be purchased here. The chefs will collaborate on a family-style feast paying homage to their favorite Chinese, Sichuan, Korean, Thai and Japanese restaurants.

Tomorrow, April 23, The Butcher and Larder‘s Rob Levitt hosts the Chef’s Course Dinner at Local Foods featuring Andres Padilla (Topolobampo), Sarah Rinkavage (Lula Cafe), Chris Thompson, Andrew Gietzen (Yusho), and Abra Berens (Stock Cafe). This dinner, unfortunately, is sold out.


Finally, on April 24, the main event happens. Five local chefs go head to head, each taking one whole heritage breed pig and putting out a slew of dishes from it. This year’s lineup might be the absolute best yet: Host Chef Cory Morris of Rural Society, Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio, Alfredo Nogueira of Analogue, Phillip Foss of EL Ideas and Sarah Rinkavage of Lula CafeThe winner goes on to compete at Grand Cochon in Aspen on June 18th.

Speaking of winners, last year’s, Nicole Pederson of Found Kitchen and Social House, will be on hand at the tartare bar. Other non-competition food options can be found with Chris Pandel from Cold Storage who is handling the oyster bar, Ardent/Red Light Ramen chef Justin Carlisle who will be tackling ramen, and The Butcher & Larder‘s Rob Levitt will host a butchering demonstration.

Click here to purchase tickets for Sunday, April 24th’s Cochon 555.



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