August 10, 2011 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

Cochon 555 @ Charles Krug in St. Helena, CA

UPDATE: Conchon 555 recap.

As promised there was an array of wood-fired whole animals, butchery, wines & brews. The butchery demonstrations were incredibly fascinating. If you’ve ever wondered where your Ribeyes, Strip Steaks, Flank Steaks, Steak Tartare, Tri-Tip Steaks, on and on Steaks come from… the butchers at Cochon’s Heritage Fire event would have satisfied your wonderment.

Wine was in abundance… certainly plenty of Charles Krug to go around and from what I recall: Hill Family Estate and Failla, and plenty others.

The grounds at Charles Krug are enchanting, and there’s plenty of room. There were hundreds of people chowing down on wood-fired pulled pork and chickens and vegetables smothered in chicken fat and duck dogs (oh my duckgod – see photo below) and lamb and potatoes and salt-encrusted whole ham-hocks and burgers and ducks and sides of slaw and succotash. Wow. A feast and a half.

The best part was seeing some of the SF/Napa friends I’ve come to know: Laiko Bahrs, Susan Quinn (striking blue party dress) and Didier Loustau (sporting a beret!) from TouteSuite Social Club were there and I met Nora from Scribe, and Stephanie from KQED, and ran into a Napa Valley legend: Hunter Boon.

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This couldn’t have come at a better time: Cochon 555 arrives in St. Helena this Saturday, August 13 – at Charles Krug Winery (a five minute drive down the road pour-moi). For anyone else in the Bay Area, this is an event, absolutely not to miss. Do not miss this event. If you miss this event you should never go to another event again. At least, not until the next Cochon 555 event. I’ll be there tasting and sipping away and will update this post with a recap of the experience.

Brady Lowe, the Founder of Cochon 555, Taste Network & Primal will present Cochon Heritage Fire at Charles Krug Winery in St, Helena, CA. This is the second largest COCHON event, and will move beyond pigs to honor heritage breeds in general with 25 chefs, 10 star butchers and over 2000 pounds of different heritage breed animals from rabbits to chicken to goat. The event includes wood-fired whole animal theatre cooking, butcher demos, cured meats, wood-fired cheeses, hand-made sausages, heirloom vegetables, craft cheese and boutique brews.

WINE: There will be an array of amazing wineries pouring: Charles Krug – Peter Mondavi Family, Chase Cellars, Failla Wines, Elk Cove Vineyards, Long Meadow Ranch, ACME Fine Wines, Cimarossa, Signorello Estate, Hill Family Estate, Arnot Roberts, Terra Valentine, Zacherle, Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, Green Barrel and Melka Wines. Appellation St. Helena will be pouring a slew of other wildly interesting brands. This is a great opportunity to taste and experience the valley.


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