BOSTON – BESPOKE, a day-long event offered by partners Cochon555, the Piggy Bank Charity and the Oxford Food Symposium on Food and Cookery, comes to Boston this weekend on April 8th on the 2017 Cochon555 National Tour, bringing “A Cold Brew-Fueled Exploration of Taste & Thought” to the SoWa Power Station at 540 Harrison Ave. from 8:30 a.m. (check-in) to 2:30 p.m.
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 author of 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 is Mr. 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 concludes 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.
Like all Cochon555 events, BESPOKE places a premium on food and drink experiences. -, served with white wines from Wines of Germany. Closing the session will be a Scotch tasting in the Glenfiddich Experimental Dome.
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, 5-course, charity BESPOKE dining experience will be held at a venue to be determined with three of Boston’s top kitchen talents. The evening’s theme will be “Culinary Authenticity,” with each chef creating one course that embodies their conception of the night’s core ideas, along with a collaborative, family-style final course. Dr. Amy Trubek and Adam Sharp will serve as evening guides discussing 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 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 uber-luxury 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.