Last night, Kyle and I left the baby with our friends, and headed for a fabulous date in Portland. We were invited by Double Mountain Brewery to attend CHOCHON555. COCHON555 is a food tour created by Brady Lowe. The goal is to raise consumer awareness and education about heritage pigs. COCHON555 is an extraordinary tasting event presented in the form of an Iron Chef-style cooking competition. Five amazing, locally renowned chefs were each asked to prepare a heritage farm pig. Not only does this tour provide local foodies with spectacular dishes, but it also helps promote sustainable farming of heritage brand pigs.
Adam Sappington from The Country Cat.
Vitaly Paley (on the right, with Patrick McKee, left) from Paley's Place.
Rita Jia You from Lucky Strike.
Jason Barwikowski from The Woodsman Tavern.
Naomi Pomeroy from Beast (with me).
Everyone who attends the event is asked to vote for their favorite chef, menu, or dish.
I voted for Naomi and her team from Beast because of this...
Glazed Pork Belly
Angelino Plum and Ginger Confiture
Micro Mustard Greens
The stage set up for awarding the winning team.
And the Golden Pig Statue goes to...
Naomi Pomeroy and her team from Beast.
The winning menu:
Foie Gras Poached Pork Loin, Aged Sauvingnon Blanc Pickled Fennel
Devilied Pork Mousse with Oregon Black Truffle, Toasted Brioche, Celery and Apple Slaw
Mini-Parker House Rolls, 16 Hour Grapewood Smoked Pork Shoulder, Collards and Crispy Fried Shallots
Glazed Pork Belly, Angelino Plum and Ginger Confiture, Micro Mustard Greens
Pig Face, Face Emullsion
Brined Heart and Pork Fat Crepinette, Hazelnut Vinegerette
Pork Belly Consome, Pickled Enoki Mushrooms and Shaved Lardo
Porky Pudding, Cinnoman and Sugar Cracklings, Whipped Vanilla Bean Lardo
Can you believe all of that is served on that one little plate!?
Congratulations to Naomi and her team, and good luck at the Grand Cochon competition!
It was so clear that all of the restaurants, chefs and their teams worked so hard to prepare creative and delicious menus using the amazing heritage pigs from Worden Hill Farm, McKinlay Farm, Mosaic Farms, and Joseph Wells Heritage Farm. It was also really wonderful to see the way that the chefs worked together and helped support one another. You can read more about the mission of COCHON555 here. It was an honor to meet these wonderful chefs and their teams, and it's a great tour to support. To see if COCHON555 is coming to your city, check here.
Thanks Double Mountain, for inviting us to come!