Obsessed with all things pork? Snag a ticket to the Denver stop on Cochon 555’s U.S. tour. On March 9, the battle of heritage-breed pork ensues with five of the city’s best chefs competing at the Ritz-Carlton in Denver. Chefs Justin Brunson of Old Major and Masterpiece Delicatessen; Steve Redzikowski of Acorn and Oak at fourteenth; Paul C. Reilly of Beast & Bottle; Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja, Bistro Vendôme, and Euclid Hall; and Bill Greenwood of Beano’s Cabin will each cook six nose-to-tail dishes in hopes of scoring a coveted berth at the Grand Cochon at this year’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
As a consumer, you not only get to taste all 30 inspired dishes, you’ll enjoy premium wines, beers, and spirits (including a cocktail from Four Roses Bourbon) and a chance to sample the vintage ales of Goose Island Beer paired with Hudson Valley foie gras. Enjoy a Punch Kings competition between five local barkeeps, along with a taste of the perfect Manhattan, a portfolio of Crispin Ciders, and rare selections of mezcal. Counter the booze with luxurious nibbles—think à la minute, hand-chopped Creekstone Beef from the tartare Bar; a Prosciutto di Parma tasting of various aged hams; fresh Rappahannock River Oysters; boutique cheeses; and artisan breads from La Brea Bakery. As if that isn’t enough, the evening also includes dishes from a sixth heritage breed pig (which is butchered on site) and a signature dessert with Jeni’s Splendid ice creams.
Important stuff: Buy tickets here ($130.95 general admission, $208 VIP). Cochon 555 takes place at Denver’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel (1881 Curtis St.) from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 9.