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Event Fri Apr 13 2012

Cochon 555 Brings More Pork Battle to Chicago

cochon555.jpgBacon Fest isn't the only pork-centered foodie event this April. Cochon 555, a gourmet feast that goes way beyond pork belly, returns to Chicago April 29 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Five chefs are each given a whole heritage breed pig so as to cook a nose-to-tail meal that will capture diners' hearts and be crowned Prince or Princess of Porc. Meanwhile, five winemakers offer up wines to match the culinary creations (the third five in the name).

Returning chef competitors Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Michael Sheerin of Three Floyds Brewpub go up against Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, Danny Grant of RIA and Jason Vincent of Nightwood. In addition, Kevin Hickey of Four Seasons' recently opened Allium will serve a whole-hog barbecue to supplement the competition dishes. Buther & Larder's Rob Levitt will do a butchery demonstration, and you can try to win Le Creuset cookware in a tasting contest with Sepia's Andrew Zimmerman.

Chase Cellars, Elk Cove, Buty, Yorba Wines and Scholium Project are the showcased wineries, but in keeping with the "more is more" theme, there will also be wines from SALDO, Cornerstone and Robert Kacher Selections, and beer from Anchor Brewing and Three Floyd's. A "Perfect Manhattan" ended by Daniel Hyatt of Alembic SF will feature Templeton Rye, Hirsch, Angel's Envy, Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Hudson Whiskey's Baby Bourbon and Luxardo.

The April 29 event begins at 5pm for general admission; VIPs get in at 4pm. Tickets start at $125 and go to $250 -- and despite the price are likely to sell out. Get yours quickly.

 
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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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