Epic Labor Day Feast Heritage BBQ Presented By Goose Island Cochon 555

August 1, 2014 at 3:03 pm


How can you not like an event when they thank sponsors with this phrase”We thank sponsors for paving the way to a better food system“. Cochon 555 now has a summer version called Heritage BBQ. The official press release is below. The summer version is just as creative in the drink category, Bourbon Bar, Mezcal Bar and the Goose Nest(read below to find out what this is) and brings together highly talented chefs and a pop-up butcher shop with Rob Levitt of Butcher and the Larder to benefit Kendall College. The Cochon crew know how to throw a really fun event with heart and sentiment focused on heritage pigs and  local farmers. What is not to love about this event!



NEW YORK (Jul. 31, 2014) – Heritage BBQ presented by Goose Island Beer Co. is kicking off a flavor-packed, star-studded five city global BBQ tour in Chicago on August 30th over the Labor Day weekend. The local-food focused BBQ tour started by Brady Lowe, Founder of Cochon 555, invites five notable chefs to put their love of globally-influenced whole pig BBQ to the test in a friendly but fierce competition to promote the consumption of heritage breed pigs raised by local family farms.

This year’s competing chefs include Chrissy Camba of Laughing Bird, Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, Abraham Conlon of Fat Rice, Cary Taylor of Big Star and Nathan Sears of The Radler and D.A.S.. Each chef will be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 respected judges will vote for Chicago’s “BBQ King or Queen.” The BBQ will take place at Goose Island’s new Barrel Warehouse – a facility dedicated to the art of aging beers in wine and bourbon barrels.

Additionally this year, Heritage BBQ will debut “BBQ TRADITIONS,” a series of pop-up pairings where notable chefs will serve one dish that best exemplifies a culinary tradition and BBQ culture from anywhere in the world. Guests will have the chance to pair spectacular wines, brews, and spirits with globally inspired BBQ dishes such as Braai from Africa, Char Siu from China, Churrasco from Brazil and Barbacoa from Mexico. Heritage BBQ is an edible education on the finest social tradition in human history. Together with local food producers, craft brewers, winemakers and prestigious distillers, the Heritage BBQ tour motivates grilling communities worldwide to support local food producers, and to break ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed BBQ while celebrating National Bourbon Month.

Guest interested in an ULTRA-VIP experience can purchase access into the Pilot Light Lounge, hosted by Paul Kahan (avec, Blackbird, Nico Osteria, Publican), Matthias Merges (Yusho, A10 Hyde Park, Billy Sunday) and Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe, Nightwood). Tickets are limited to 30 people and cost $300. They include specially prepared bites, chef-prepared cocktails, and best of all, 100% of the proceeds benefit Pilot Lounge, a Chicago-based non-profit that provides children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to develop a healthy relationship with food.

The 500 person event features over 1,400+ pounds of heritage pig in an all-inclusive tasting. In addition to the 35+ chef-prepared global BBQ dishes, guests will also experience:

•       The Goose Nest, an area featuring the Bourbon County Brand Stout, and Vintage Ales from  Goose Island Beer Co.

•       Pop-Up Butcher Shop with Rob Levitt of The Butcher & Larder, benefiting Kendall College and Le Cordon Bleu with the support of Williams-Sonoma

•       Special “Summer Citrus” cocktail from Four Roses Bourbon

•       “Perfect Manhattan” Bourbon Bar to celebrate National Bourbon Month, featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Templeton Rye, Four Roses and Luxardo

           TarTare Bar featuring Creekstone Farms,  an artisan cheese bar with Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine featuring Rogue Creamery, andKenny’s Farmhouse Cheese

•       Portfolio tasting of Crispin Ciders, amazing wines, and a Mezcal Bar featuring Fidencio and Mezcales de Leyenda

•       Pre-awards “Ice Cream Social” with James Beard Award Winner, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

“This is the new Q that celebrates hundreds of grilling – and smoking -traditions from around the world. We are on a mission to redefine BBQ as social eating, the act of gathering around fire, making friends and eating responsibly-raised animals. Together we work around the clock to preserve timeless family traditions from all over the globe. The bottom line is to host an event that develops the conversation of local food and heritage pigs, thus creating long-term growth, jobs on farms and better food choices for the future,” explains Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. “We are passionate about promoting food sources that support a more natural, sustainable food system, and for the first time we are excited to announce Goose Island Beer Co. as a presenting sponsor of the Heritage BBQ series.”

Tickets for general admission start at $125, and VIP tickets for early admission are $200. VIP includes 60-minute early access to all the food (special, limited dishes) and a chance to mingle with chefs, judges and media. Both ticket prices are all-inclusive of food and beverage.

To purchase tickets, visit the website http://events.cochon555.com/heritagebbq_chicago.

Where:              Goose Island Barrel Warehouse 603 N. Sacramento Blvd.

When:               Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014     4 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Pilot Light is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works with chefs and teachers to build classroom lessons that weave food and nutrition education into everyday subjects like science, English, and social studies, and then equips teachers to deliver them in their own classrooms.  Founded in 2010 by chefs Jason Hammel, Paul Kahan, Matthias Merges and Ryan Poli, Pilot Light’s mission is to provide children with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to develop a healthy relationship with food. In the 2014-2015 school year, Pilot Light will be working with six schools in low-income communities throughout Chicago, reaching over 1100 students with its engaging and motivating lessons that help teachers meet academic performance standards and reach their students with critical food and nutrition education at the same time. For more information, visit www.pilotlightchefs.org.


Founded in Chicago in 1988, Goose Island is one of the most successful craft breweries in the Midwest and produces some of the most popular, and award winning, beers in the U.S. Since 1989, Goose Island beers have won a variety of awards at acclaimed beer events including the World Beer Championships, World Beer Cup, World Expo of Beer and the Great American Beer Festival (GABF).

Started in 2012 in an effort to bridge the gap between family farms and all categories of BBQ restaurants, Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555, is the first national BBQ competition dedicated to supporting a new direction for heritage breed pigs by expanding the conversation to a global economy. Created by Cochon 555 Founder Brady Lowe, Heritage BBQ engages existing BBQ restaurants in the local and sustainable food conversation taking place nationwide while simultaneously breaking ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed, farm-supporting BBQ.
Cochon 555 was created in 2009 by Taste Network’s Brady Lowe in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breeds. The festival is a national event series that takes place in 16 major markets. In addition to its flagship event, Cochon 555, the Cochon brand now offers a variety of experiences each year in the family of events. The events with national followings include Heritage BBQ, Heritage Fire, EPIC Cochon, All-Star Cochon and Cochon Island. Since its launch in 2009, the tour now serves over 10,000 guests annually and works with over 1,500 pioneers all supporting a better food system. Known for creating an impact on local agriculture by amplifying the conversation of heritage breed pigs through consumption, events include notable sommeliers, restaurateurs, chefs, media, consumers and independent business owners looking to champion a premium, responsible lifestyle. For more details about the events, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter.