Hence the Cochon 555 culinary tour, which has been introducing diners to these pigs for six years now. The Denver leg of the 2014 tour will feature chefs Jennifer Jasinksi, Paul C. Reilly, Justin Brunson, Bill Greenwood and Steve Redzikowski, who will create six dishes from one whole heritage-breed pig per team; diners and judges will vote on the dishes, which Lowe says inspires the chefs to bring their A-game. “They spend two weeks to a month planning for this one day, and every single bite that they’re producing is a campaign for the vote,” he says.
There will also be a live butchering event and preparation of an additional whole pig in an Asian-speakeasy style during the event, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Denver, 1881 Curtis Street. Tickets are $130.95 and can be purchased at cochon555.com.
Sun., March 9, 4-8 p.m., 2014