Saturday, January 31, 2015

Here Piggy Piggy

Bring out your inner Bourdain at Cochon 555

We didn't need Anthony Bourdain to give credibility to pork lust.

But ever since he did, devouring pig parts with abandon hasn't been just a bit more cultural, or credible: it's been fun.

Never more so than this Sunday at the Fairmont Hotel, where you and your fellow non-vegetarians can take part in Cochon 555.

The traveling culinary competition recruits five of the city's best chefs (including Jason Fox of Commonwealth, and flour + water/Central Kitchen's Thomas McNaughton) to do battle, with each creating a pig-centric, snout-to-tail menu.

And, yes, that includes pig-flavored desserts.

Of course, it wouldn't be a party without booze. You're in good hands with mixed drinks courtesy of the Bourdain-approved Alembic, and local wineries (Elk Cove, K Vintners) pouring pairings.

At the end of the night, you'll help the judges crown the king or queen of pork, with the winner heading off to Aspen for a porktastic showdown in June.

Hmm....your own personal No-Reservations-style tour of Aspen? Not a bad idea.

Cochon 555 San Francisco
Sunday, May 20
The Fairmont Hotel
950 Mason St., Nob Hill
(415) 772-5000

Tickets: $125-200 here
Participating Chefs: Nico Borzee (Bouche), Traci Des Jardins (Jardiniere), Jason Fox (Commonwealth), Anthony Strong (Locanda) and Thomas McNaughton (flour + water, Central Kitchen & Salumeria).

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