The Cochon U.S. tour has brought national attention to the importance of heritage breed pigs and the use of open-source agriculture.

The Cochon U.S. tour has brought national attention to the importance of heritage breed pigs and the use of open-source agriculture.

Chico ranch Llano Seco has taken part in the Cochon event for five years, and they're thrilled to be paired with Chef Ryan Pollnow of Aatxe. Above, a hog donated by Llano Seco is broken down in the Aatxe kitchen.

Chico ranch Llano Seco has taken part in the Cochon event for five years, and they’re thrilled to be paired with Chef Ryan Pollnow of Aatxe. Above, a hog donated by Llano Seco is broken down in the Aatxe kitchen.

In this porcine-themed culinary competition, five renowned local chefs create dishes prepared from whole, locally raised heritage breed pigs. This is an all-you-can-eat (and drink) event, as you cheer on the winner, who competes at the Grand Cochon event held in Aspen in June. Proceeds benefit the heritage pig charity Piggy Bank, a farm of 90 pigs representing 10 different heritage breeds. Piggy Bank is a model that can be replicated for any endangered species. The approximately 600 offspring produced on the farm each year are gifted as breeding stock to new family farms, to help existing farms recover from a disaster, or to culinary schools. Cost: $125. Info and tickets: here or 678.PIG.LUVN

Cochon 555 San Francisco
Sunday May 1, 5pm
Terra Gallery
511 Harrison St, San Francisco

 

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The lineup of chefs for this year’s San Francisco event includes Neil Stetz of Quince, Ryan Pollnow of Aatxe, Jason Franey of 1833, Nicolai Lipscomb of The Battery, and Marc Zimmerman of Alexander’s Steakhouse.