There are a lot of events this weekend in Aspen during the FOOD & WINE Classic. And, with all of the excitement and the packed calendar of events it might be easy to forget that Father’s Day is Sunday. There’s no question that Dad will appreciate that tie, pair of khakis or picture frame for his desk, but why don’t you give him something he’ll never forget? The Grand Cochon is the best way to celebrate Father’s Day in Aspen if Dad is a fan of bacon, prosciutto, pulled pork and pork belly!
“Grand Cochon is like the Super Bowl of FOOD & WINE events,” says Cochon 555 founder and self-proclaimed lover of pork Brady Lowe. The culmination of a year-long tour across the United States aimed at crowning the King or Queen of Porc, the Grand Cochon arms 10 chefs with a Heritage bred pig and one goal: dish out the most insanely delicious meal ever. The 10 chefs slated to duke it out on Sunday are: The newly renovated Hotel Jerome will host the most renowned pork experts in the world on Father’s Day for the Grand Cochon. Only Heritage breed pigs will be used in the competition. “More and more of us want to skip the processing and get our foods straight from the pasture but we don’t always know how to get it, where to look, or what to ask for,” explains Lowe. “I am passionate about increasing awareness of the sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system. One event cannot change the entire food production system (not yet, anyway), but we can celebrate producers who are favorably tilting the scales back towards good, local, responsibly grown food.”
The judges responsible for crowning the King or Queen of Proc this year include chef Andrew Zimmern from “Bizarre Foods,” renowned chef Claudine Pepin, 2011 “Queen of Porc” Duskie Estes, 2012 “King of Porc” Jason Vincent, cheese expert Laura Werlin, James Beard Award-winning chef Tim Cushman, Todd Clark of Matsuhisa Aspen/Vail and The White House Tavern’s executive chef Sheamus Feeley. There will be a “Perfect Manhattan” Bourbon Bar, a Mezcal Bar, craft beers and ciders, and A LOT OF WINE being poured to complement the dishes. So, treat Dad to a Father’s Day he will never forget at the Grand Cochon at the Hotel Jerome!
WHEN: Sunday, June 16, 2013 4 PM (VIP), 5 PM (General Admission)
WHERE: Hotel Jerome
HOW MUCH: $200 (VIP) & $150 (General Admission). If you take your Colorado Local ID to Jet Set they knock off $25 making a locals ticket $125 for General Admission.
HOW: CLICK HERE to purchase tickets, visit www.cochon555.com for more information and follow @cochon555 on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.