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
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).