Cochon555 DC: Mike Isabella Crowned “Prince of Porc”

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COCHON555 = 5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers

What an AWESOME experience! Get ready to drool…let me break this down for y’all:

The Facts:

  • 5 Chefs

Mike Isabella (Graffiato & Bandolero)
Bryan Voltaggio (Volt & Range)
Kyle Bailey (Birch & Barley)
Haidar Karoum (Proof)
Jeff Buben (Vidalia)

Chefs & Founder: Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Jeff Buben, Haidar Karoum, Kyle Bailey, Brady Lowe
Chefs & Founder: Mike Isabella, Bryan Voltaggio, Jeff Buben, Haidar Karoum, Kyle Bailey, Brady Lowe
  • Each chefs prepares a pig; each bite they make must contain some part of the pig
  • The chefs are competing to create the best bite of the night, as decided by votes from ~20 judges and 400+ attendees
  • Winner = Prince of Pork
  • Created [by Brady Lowe] ]to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage-breed pigs
  • In its fifth year
  • Five Winemarkers, in addition to bourbon, whiskey, vodka, mezcal, cider….

The Event

  • My favorite bites:

–> Voltaggio’s pork belly and smoked fatback caramel & crushed pretzel truffle

–> Isabella’s nutella cookie with whipped pork fat frosting

–> Buben’s pork sticky buns and hominy soup

–> Bailey’s pig-in-a-blanket, egg DCmuffin, and bacon buckeyes

—> Karoum’s chicharrones

  • Who did I vote for? Kyle Bailey. I LOVED all of his bites! Especially those bacon buckeyes– AMAZING!!
  • Who won? Mike Isabella! It was a great competition. Really everyone served up unique, tasty pork-laden items.
  • Big THANK YOU to Steven Furick, my photographer for the evening. Awesome pics!
  • Other notables:

Old Bay Vodka oyster shooters!

Old Bay Vodka
Old Bay Vodka

Chris Fuller’s Butchering of a Whole Pig

Chris Fuller, Butchering the Pid
Chris Fuller, Butchering the Pig

The HUGE Cheese spread (this picture is only a tiny portion of it)

Cheese!
Cheese!

Truly a great event! I’d will definitely attend again. Lots of well-executed, interesting, unique foods, a plethora of drink options, and an admirable mission, Cochon555 is a fun event with a real purpose. Good people too!

The Sip Savor Celebrate Events Crew!
The Sip Savor Celebrate Events Crew!
With Spike Mendelsohn
With Spike Mendelsohn
Me, Bryan, Kim, & Mike!
Me, Bryan, Kim, & Mike!
Most of the Group!
Most of the Group!

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