Friday, October 5, 2012

Winning Chefs Host Pop-Up Heritage BBQ Dinners on Monday, October 15 & Sunday, October 28

Brady Lowe of Taste Network and COCHON 555 hosted the first-annual COCHON Heritage BBQ event this past Labor Day weekend, crowning Atlanta-based Local Three Chef Todd Mussman, Chef Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, Chef Nick Melvin, and Farmer Tommy Searcy of Gum Creek Farms the winners of the BBQ cooking competition. To celebrate the victory, Atlanta chefs Mussman and Swift will host exclusive pop-up dinner events featuring the winning BBQ menu at their respective restaurants – on Monday, October 15 at Muss & Turners and on Sunday, October 28 at 4th & Swift.

As part of the pork-fueled Heritage BBQ weekend this past Labor Day, organizers Brady Lowe and Ryan Trimm of Sweet Grass in Memphis, alongside Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Boston’s Toro, created a Heritage BBQ Pop-Up Restaurant as a model to show diners what Heritage BBQ restaurants can be. This never-before-done pop-up dinner showcased the benefits of whole animal utilization in BBQ, helping to further COCHON’s mission of raising awareness of heritage breed pigs.

At the competition, Chef Mussman and his Heritage BBQ team impressed the judges with their menu, taking home top honors. His team, like all other competitors, executed a menu from a whole heritage hog, focusing on four meats (pull, muscle, bone, stew) plus two sides (mayo, mustard) for the complete snout-to-tail pork feast. For these exclusive dinner events hosted by chefs Mussman and Swift, guests will experience the following menu that won BBQ gold in Memphis:

Chile RelleƱo Pie

Pig Head Gumbo with Dirty Rice Calas

Master Chang Broth

Tennessee State Fair Slider

Esquites, Pork Fat Mayo, Hominy Corn Nuts

Pork and Cranberry Beans, Belly, Ham Pastrami, Mustard Molasses Glaze

Taste Network Founder Brady Lowe will be attendance at both dinners to talk about the importance of preserving the heritage breed pig and supporting local farms. As a special thanks to guests, Lowe will pour an exclusive tasting of bourbon from his private cellar.

For both dinner events, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception featuring a welcome cocktail with Templeton Rye whiskey, a spirit that is new to the Atlanta market. Dinner will follow, where guests will enjoy a tasting of the entire heritage menu. The dinner at Muss & Turner’s on October 15 will begin at 7 p.m., while the dinner at 4th & Swift will begin at 5 p.m. and will take place on the restaurant’s patio.

Priced at $35, tickets include the welcome cocktail and dinner, with optional cash bar for additional imbibing Reservations are required can be made for either dinner event by visiting Brown Paper Bag tickets:

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