So, as promised yesterday, I have managed to infiltrate the Des Moines edition of Cochon555 (tickets are still available) which begins at 4pm or something today at the Esteemed Hotel Fort Des Moines (10th and Walnut).
555= 5 piggies, 5 chefs, 5 local wineries.
This event is held in multiple cities around the country to celebrate the Heritage Pig (breeds which have existed without cross breeding for 50 or more years), Local Chefs, and Local Wine. I like local.
Here are our Chefs…
First the “not local” competition
MATT STEIGERWALD, Lincoln Cafe, Mt. Vernon, IA.
Matt is the reigning champion from Cochon555 2009. I look forward to seeing what he does this year.
CODY HOGAN, Lidia’s, Kansas City.
Chef De Cuisine at Lidia’s, as in Lidia Bastianich of the television program Lidia’s Italy.
HOWARD HANNA, River Club, Kansas City.
Executive chef for the “Multimillion Dollar Country Club” River Club.
And now for our hometown heroes…
HAL JASA, Homage, Des Moines.
The “Underground Chef” and mad scientist has a good chance to claim the “Prince of Pig” title this year.
GEORGE FORMARO, Django, Centro, Gateway Market, South Union Bakery, South union Deli, Des Moines
George is a man obsessed with food. He has done “Snout to Tail” whole hog dinners at Centro. If you don’t know who he is, you may have had your nose stuck in the corner of your closet for the last decade.
I will be updating throughout the event, so stay tuned.
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