Join me tomorrow, May 31st, 2009! Get a sneak peak of Chef John Manolatos in action before his television debut on Capital Cooking next weekend. We'll be making Light Mediterranean Nights food next weekend on our episode to air in September.
But tomorrow, check out...
WHAT: A group of top Washington D.C. area chefs will each prepare a heritage breed hog from head to toe for this competition. Cochon 555 is the only national chef competition promoting heritage pigs and breed diversity. Guests and professional judges will determine a winner based on creative, classic preparation and overall best flavor. The winner will be crowned the “Prince of Porc”. In addition, five family-owned wineries will showcase their wines.
WHO: Taste Network presents
Brian McBride, Blue Duck Tavern
RJ Cooper, Vidalia
Nicholas Stefanelli, Mio
Jamie Leeds, Commonwealth Gastropub
John Manolatos, Cashion's Eat Place
Wineries: Miner Family Vineyards, Patz & Hall and more.
WHEN: Sunday, May 31st, 5:00 p.m.
Chef & Judges VIP Reception 3:30 p.m. photo opportunity/rsvp required WHERE: Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. - 1330 Maryland Ave SW
WHY: To promote heritage pigs and breed diversity in local and national communities. Also, to raise awareness for ICompassion, an organization that works to reduce the number of individuals who die from kidney disease each year through providing support with a national live donor registry.
HOW: The cost is $125 per person and is open to the public. For tickets or more info visit www.amusecochon.com. Advance ticket purchase required (industry discount available).
Cochon 555 began in Atlanta and is national in scope. Other cities include Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Chefs and judges from each city are selected by Taste Network to participate in the event. www.amusecochon.com
Taste Network is a Georgia-based company delivering experiential services to the artisan wine and cheese industries. The company’s mission is to provide cultured events and education focused around artisan wine, cheese and cuisine to its clients and the public at large. www.tastenetwork.org