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2013 Cochon 555 NYC: Princess of Porc Competition

Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 01:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

The fifth anniversary of Cochon 555 kicked off in NYC with the tour’s first-ever all-female lineup of chefs. The nationwide traveling culinary competition, designed to raise awareness of heritage breed pigs and sustainable practices, challenged Big Apple chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Missy Robbins, Elizabeth Falkner, Leah Cohen and Shanna Pacifico to create a multi-course menu using an entire 200-lb. porker, from nose-to-tail. Hundreds of swine-loving gourmands gathered in Chelsea’s Pier Sixty to savor the meat-centric spread, while sipping wine from five different producers, a variety of spirits and punches from local mixologists.

A panel of esteemed chefs and judges, along with the crowd, voted for their favorite of the day. Besides scoring the ultimate bragging rights, the winning chef was crowned Princess of Porc and will advance to compete at Grand Cochon during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe invited me to shoot a video at the action-packed event. Check out the clip below to see which fierce female was crowned 2013 NYC Princess of Porc!

Congratulations to Brady and everyone who participated!

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New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (1) comment

“New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin.” — Mark Twain, 1884

There’s no place quite like New Orleans. Earlier this summer, I headed down to the Big Easy for the 19th annual New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (NOWFE). This famed five-day festival brings together world-renowned winemakers, celebrated chefs and industry insiders for a showcase of inspiring signature events, all in support of local Louisiana charities.

NOWFE kicked off Wednesday night with Vintners dinners at dozens of local restaurants. My choice? John Besh’s Restaurant August, where Chef de Cuisine Michael Gulotta prepared an elegant six-course meal that was tastefully paired with a selection of wines from Pride Mountain Vineyards. The next few jam-packed days were spent scouring the city for the best Creole and Cajun eats, beating the Louisiana heat with far too many Hurricanes and Mint Juleps, attending some incredible events such as the Royal Street Stroll, Grand Tastings and Cochon 555and getting a little kitchen action at one of NoLa’s famous seafood spots, the Royal House Oyster Bar. What an experience — New Orleans completely blew my mind!

Since I was a first timer at NOWFE, I thought it would be fun to document highlights of my adventure:

Being able to enjoy this experience was truly a blessing. Besides the extraordinary cuisine, cocktails and celebrations, it was meeting such wonderful people that made my trip to the beautiful city of N’awlins unforgettable. Thank you to everyone who shared a plate, a story, a laugh, a dance, or tossed one back with me at NOWFE!

Until we meet again…

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