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Cochon 555

March 3

How would you like to eat at all of these restaurants in one day? ONE DAY...

The Corner Table, Spoon & Stable, Heyday, La Bella Vie, Tilia and Travail Kitchen.  

This happened to me on Sunday.  It is called Cochon 555 Us Tour.  I had beed to a similar event last year and it was fantastic.  This event, blew my mind.  The chefs that were chosen for this competition were some of my favorites.  

This year’s competing chefs included Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, Mike DeCamp of La Belle Vie, Steven Brown of Tilia, Jim Christensen of Heyday, and Thomas Boemer of Corner Table. The chefs prepared show-stopping dishes using whole heritage-breed pigs from family farms in a head to tail showcase for a crowd of pork-loving gourmands. Chef Thomas won the event with an extremely rare heritage breed of pig called the Large Black raised by the Johnson Family at Lucky George Farm in Iowa. This breed was brought to England in the 1800’s from China and is an exceptional breed known for short muscle fibers, marbling, moist meat and old world flavor. Loved for its overall hardiness, the mouthwatering texture and taste worked in tandem with Chef Thomas’winning menu of five uniquely created delicious bites. Dishes included Gamjatang, a Spicy Korean Bone Broth with Crispy Ginger, Pate En Croute Au Foie Gras, Crispy Torchon of Trotter with Sweet Shrimp, Truffled Egg and Hot Sauce, Smoked Jowl with White Cheddar Grits, Pickled Watermelon Rind, Sunflower Slaw and Sweet Caramelized Rinds, and to close, a 24 Hour Apple Lard Puff Pastry with Smoked Hock Glaze.

We managed to eat for 4.5 hours straight.  The food just kept on coming.  Even after the chef competition was complete.  This is an event I will look forward to coming to Minneapolis again.  It was one of the best events I have been to thus far.  Besides the food being the best Minneapolis has to offer,  the evening was highly entertaining.  At one point I thought a dance party was going to start.  If you took a minute to look around the room, everyone had a smile on there face  These are the type of events that you remember! .  Thank you Cochon 555 for rocking my tastebuds!   

Congratulations to Thomas Boemer for winning the event.  He will be If you want to see even more event pictures click  here