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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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SOBEWFF’s Salute to Swine & Wine at The Biltmore

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 02:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (2) comments

On SOBEWFF‘s last day, a smokin’ hot new event made its mark on the weekend lineup. Hosted by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos from the Cooking Channel’s hit show Extra Virgin, the Festival’s first ever Swine & Wine took over The Biltmore Hotel‘s elegant outdoor courtyard. This swine-celebrating evening soiree brought together more than a dozen celebrated chefs who served their tastiest version of whole roasted pig.

Each pit master spent the day preparing all natural, farm-raised Duroc and Hampshire breed hogs using a variety of techniques. Whether smoked, stuffed, roasted, glazed or rubbed down, succulent pork was spotlighted and paired with a selection of sides, wines and heavy-handed mojitos.

  1. Cooking Channel\'s sassy married duo Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar shared their love of Miami\'s weather, food and culture. \"I\'m a Cuban wannabe at heart,\" Mazar exclaimed.
  2. The beautiful and historic Biltmore Hotel in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida
  3. SOBEWFF\'s first ever Swine & Wine event at the Biltmore\'s spacious outdoor courtyard
  4. Barbuto\'s Jonathan Waxman sliced up swine for his luscious blood orange & avocado pork tacos
  5. Chef Marc Murphy and his team served up succulent Southern-style stuffed porchetta
  6. Marc Murphy\'s tasty porchetta was bursting with flavorful cornbread & andouille stuffing
  7. Seamus Mullen kept it simple and let the swine shine—resulting of one the day\'s best dishes
  8. Seamus Mullen\'s incredibly juicy smoked Berkshire pork jowl & whole suckling pig plate
  9. Chef Michael White\'s savory porchetta tigelle with pesto di lardo and salsa verde
  10. Gabriele Corcos embraced his Italian roots with a Tuscan-style pig sandwich
  11. Gabriele Corcos & Debi Mazar\'s Tuscan porchetta sandwich with fresh arugula & tomatoes
  12. Aww...this little piggy got all dressed up for the party
  13. Slow-roasted cochinita pibil from Food Network\'s \"Mexican Made Easy\" host Marcela Valladolid
  14. Ingrid Hoffmann\'s pulled pork taco with guava salsa negra & pickled mustard seeds was the crowd\'s favorite dish. Simply delicioso!

Representing six of the fourteen tasting stations, New York chefs had a strong showing at the swine showdown. Nick Anderer dished out tender Maialino al Forno, Marc Murphy carved up Southern-style porchetta stuffed with cornbread and andouille, and Michael White presented porchetta tigelle with pesto di lardo and salsa verde. Seamus Mullen smoked juicy Berkshire pork jowl and whole suckling pig, while Yuhi Fujinaga paired suckling pig with heirloom bean casoullet, morcilla dip and chicharrón, and Jonathan Waxman rolled out tangy blood orange pig tacos with creamy avocado.

In between savory bites, the crowd enjoyed the Biltmore’s dessert buffet, puffed Padron and La Flor Dominicana cigars, danced to live Latin beats from the Chirino Sisters and voted for their favorite pork dish. In the end, celebrichef Ingrid HoffmannMiami restaurateur and host of Food Network’s Simply Delicioso—snagged the coveted crown for her savory-meets-sweet mini pulled pork tacos with guava salsa negra and pickled mustard seeds.

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival NYC

Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 09:01 PM - Posted by Megan - (3) comments

Saturday served up a taste of the South, so I pulled on my cowgirl boots and headed to one of my favorite food events of the year—the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. My third BBB (last year, I attended NYC’s inaugural fest and also Cary, NC’s Southern soiree) was bigger and better than ever, with thousands of hungry patrons packed into the sprawling space at la.venue for a down-home good time. Admission to the two session pig-out included unlimited tastes of 60+ beers, 40+ bourbons and authentic barbecue, with entertainment from live bluegrass bands and seminars featuring the country’s top Master Distillers and Pit Masters.

My friends and I paraded through the West side venue and sampled a slew of BBQ dishes: pulled pork sliders, fall-from-the-bone ribs, smoked & flavored bacon, brisket, pork belly and pigs feet, complete with all the necessary fixins—collards, chili, beans, grits and more.

From the brews to the browns, the booze was flowin’. Suds from names like Blue Moon, Blue Point, Sierra Nevada, Sam Adams and Magic Hat were on tap to help wash down all the ‘cue, while bourbon lovers sipped Kentucky’s finest whiskey from the big boys (Wild Turkey, Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark) and dozens of small batch samplers.

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