Swining and dining: Cochon 555 trots into Las Vegas

If you don’t, as Samuel L. Jackson says in Pulp Fiction, “dig on swine,” you might want to stop reading this right now.

The standard Cochon 555 event puts five chefs together with five winemakers and turns them loose on five whole pigs. Magic generally ensues, at least according to devoted pork-lovers. Almost lost in the bin Laden-related Twitter frenzy on May 1 was the leaked news that the 3-year-old porcine competition concept would stick its snout in the Las Vegas market this summer. When it was made official, the news was even better than expected.

As with all good things in Vegas, nothing succeeds like excess. The first-ever All-Star Cochon event, 4:30-7:30 p.m. July 24 in The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan, will feature 10 past winners and fan favorites, four top butchers and 14 heritage breed pigs. The chefs will prepare a “snout-to-tail” menu, incorporating wine tasting, butchery demonstrations and craft brews and specially paired artisan cocktails into the itinerary. Prepare to, ahem, pig out.

But there’s only so much other-white-meat to go around, so tickets to this pork-fest will almost certainly sell out, and fast. $150 general admission and $200 VIP tickets (includes early admittance, a private reserve wine tasting, artisan cheeses, oysters and caviar—my God, are there any sins left to commit???) are available at Cochon555.com or CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.

“Why, oh, why?” some lingering vegetarian might wonder. Because “bacon tastes gooood. Pork chops taste gooood.” Ain’t that right, Travolta?



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