February brings two large foodie events: Cochon 555 Anniversary Tour and Atlanta Chef’s Expo. Tickets are now available for both. Valentine’s Day gift, perhaps? Here’s the scoop.
When: 4 p.m. (VIP), 5 p.m. (general admission) Sunday, Feb. 17
Where: Sheraton Atlanta Downtown, 165 Courtland St. N.E.
What: In its 5th anniversary tour, this traveling competition and tasting event features five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers (555). Five chefs are tasked with preparing a nose-to-tail menu from an entire 200-pound heritage breed of pig. A panel of judges and the 400 attendees will vote on favorite dishes to determine the winner, who will compete at the Grand Cochon event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this June.
This year’s chefs include Ryan Smith (Empire State South), Joseph Schafer (King and Duke), Eric Ottensmeyer (Leon’s Full Service), Whitney Otawka (Farm 255) and Guy Wong (Miso Izakaya).
General admission ticket prices include wine pairings and a taste of Todd Mussman’s (Local 3/Muss & Turners) winning barbecue from the Heritage BBQ 2012 competition.
VIP tickets come with access to the cocktail competition, “Punch Kings.” Contenders include Kevin Bragg (4th & Swift), Kellie Thorn (Empire State South), Arianne Fielder (Seven Lamps), Nate Shuman (Proof & Provision), Ian Cox (The Wrecking Bar), and Trip Sandifer (The Spence).
Other event experiences feature a craft cheese bar, tartare bar, bourbon and mezcal tastings, and a butcher demonstration by Rusty Bowers from Pine Street Market.
Tickets: Purchase online. $125-250.
Atlanta Chef’s Expo
When: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24
Where: Georgia Ballroom at the Georgia World Congress
What: This event to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Greater Atlanta features menu tastings from chefs and caterers, cooking demonstrations from local chef Scott Serpas (Serpas True Food), traveling chef Joe Arvin (Madlove Cooking), and a mixology demonstration from Kit Lewis.
Participating restaurants and caterers include Thrive, Baraonda, Couteaux’s Catering, Clement Catering Co. and Dr. Sweet’s Cake Emporium.
Blogger Broderick Smylie (Savory Exposure blog) will join cooking instructor Ginny McCormack and Star 94’s Holly Firfer to judge the event’s most creative dish. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for the fan favorite award.
Tickets: Purchase online. $35 (general admission), $55 (VIP).
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog