BOSTON – Bostonians know Cochon555 for its tour designed to raise awareness of heritage breed pigs with a nose-to-tail cooking competition between five chefs in a growing number of U.S. cities. This year it returns to town for an expanded event.
‘BESPOKE’ in SoWa at the Power Station will be part of it, as Cochon555 and Piggy Bank Charity engage in an alliance with American Friends of the Oxford Food Symposium. The new national partnership involves a day-long event here and will be “A Cold Brew-Fueled Exploration of Taste & Thought,’ with a goal of enriching the culinary worlds of all involved through keynote speeches, themed panels, roundtable discussions, and an exclusive charity dinner.
The debut Boston event will address the Oxford Food Symposium’s 2017 theme of Food & Landscape, led by a pair of keynote speakers. The first, Oxford symposiast Dr. Amy Trubek, is a Professor at the University of Vermont and the author of two influential books, Haute Cuisine: How the French Invented The Culinary Profession, and Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey Into Terroir. She also owns a working cidery and farm with more than 80 varieties of apples. Amy will address the forces behind our ideas of taste and place, and how they shape the culinary landscapes we inhabit.
The second keynote speaker will be Adam Sharp, formerly Twitter’s first-ever Head of News, Government, and Elections, who literally helped teach Washington D.C – from President Obama to the Senate- how to tweet. Sharp will explore how we as netizens – and the culinary landscape we inhabit – express ourselves through food and social media.
Following the keynotes will be a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Amy Trubek focusing on how issues of power, labor, diversity, and class affect the hospitality industry and what innovative solutions might be found to address them. The day will conclude with a series of small group talking circles, each led by a different panel member whose personal expertise will serve to frame the discussion. Everyone in the circle will have one minute to speak/respond.The event will include white wines from Wines of Germany and will finish with a Scotch tasting in the Glenfiddich Experimental Dome.
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. check-in) 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: SoWa Power Station (540 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA; http://www.sowaboston.com)
Cost: $70 for breakfast, lunch, and the day-long symposium. 20% discount for students & chefs/cooks using the code = Industry: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580 – Student or industry/restaurant ID or proof needed at door for discount entry.
That same evening, a one-of-a-kind, five-course, charity BESPOKE dining experience will be held at a venue yet to be determined with three of Boston’s top kitchen talents. The evening will take as its theme “Culinary Authenticity,” with each toque creating one course that embodies their own conception of the night’s core ideas, along with a collaborative, family-style final course. Dr. Amy Trubek and Adam Sharp will serve as our evening guides – our own culinary Virgils – illuminating for all in attendance the ideas which define our culinary time and inspire Cochon555 events. Tickets for the dinner are $125+ tax and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580
Guests wanting to purchase a one-of-a-kind BESPOKE weekend package can reserve the multi-course guest chef charity dinner on Saturday (wine, cocktail pairings, a degustation, and a chef meet & greet) and combine it with a one-of-a-kind Cochon555 Sunday ticketed experience, including a $75 donation to sister charity, Piggy Bank (piggy-bank.org). The luxurious BESPOKE package costs $400 and includes a special 2:30 p.m. entry time to Cochon555, with a 30-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour with a Cochon555 Director. The exclusive tour includes a table-side introduction to the Somm Smackdown featuring wines selected by five renowned sommeliers, followed by an introduction to five notable barkeeps competing in a whole-bottle, highly-spirited Bourbon Punch Competition called Punch Kings. Only 10 BESPOKE package tickets are available for $400 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580
All proceeds from BESPOKE will go to charity, split between Piggy Bank, an agricultural charity in support of heritage breeds and family farms, and the American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, a tax-exempt U.S. foundation organized to promote the Oxford Food Symposium and its aims in the United States. Other Cochon555 Tour sites slated to offer BESPOKE this year include San Francisco, Chicago, Austin and Seattle.
“The American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery is thrilled to be partnering with Cochon555 to bring scholars and thought leaders to these exciting events,” says AmFriends President, Doug Duda, “as we see real synergy between these on-the-ground events and the discussions taking place annually at the Oxford Food Symposium.”
“Moving the conversation surrounding the culture of food aligns beautifully with the work Cochon555 and founder Brady Lowe have been doing for the past 9 years,’ adds BESPOKE co-chair and Cochon555 Communications Director Robert McKeown. “To be able to bring together the best minds from both hospitality and academics for a day of inspirational talks helps to generate the kind of ideas that affect us all for years to come. We’re all thrilled that it will benefit students and family farms around America.”