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‘BESPOKE’ debuts in Boston this weekend with daytime symposium and charity dinner

BOSTON – BESPOKE, a day-long event offered by partners Cochon555, the Piggy Bank Charity and the Oxford Food Symposium on Food and Cookery, comes to Boston this weekend on April 8th on the 2017 Cochon555 National Tour, bringing “A Cold Brew-Fueled Exploration of Taste & Thought” to the SoWa Power Station at 540 Harrison Ave. from 8:30 a.m. (check-in) to 2:30 p.m.

The debut Boston event will address the Oxford Food Symposium’s 2017 theme of Food & Landscape, led by a pair of keynote speakers. The first, Oxford symposiast Dr. Amy Trubek, is a professor at the University of Vermont and author of Haute Cuisine: How the French Invented The Culinary Profession, and Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey Into Terroir. She also owns a working cidery and farm with more than 80 varieties of apples. Amy will address the forces behind our ideas of taste and place, and how they shape the culinary landscapes we inhabit.

 

The second keynote speaker is Mr. Adam Sharp, formerly Twitter’s first-ever Head of News, Government, and Elections, who literally helped teach Washington D.C – from President Obama to the Senate- how to tweet. Sharp will explore how we as ‘netizens’– and the culinary landscape we inhabit – express ourselves through food and social media.

 

Following the keynotes will be a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Amy Trubek, focusing on how issues of power, labor, diversity and class affect the hospitality industry and what innovative solutions might be found to address them. The day concludes with a series of small group talking circles, each led by a different panel member whose personal expertise will serve to frame the discussion. Everyone in the circle will have one minute to speak/respond.

 

Like all Cochon555 events, BESPOKE places a premium on food and drink experiences. -, served with white wines from Wines of Germany. Closing the session will be a Scotch tasting in the Glenfiddich Experimental Dome.

Cost: $70 for breakfast, lunch, and the day-long symposium. 20% discount for students & chefs/cooks using the code = Industry: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580Student or industry/restaurant ID or proof needed at door for discount entry.

That same evening, a one-of-a-kind, 5-course, charity BESPOKE dining experience will be held at a venue to be determined with three of Boston’s top kitchen talents. The evening’s theme will be “Culinary Authenticity,” with each chef creating one course that embodies their conception of the night’s core ideas, along with a collaborative, family-style final course. Dr. Amy Trubek and Adam Sharp will serve as evening guides discussing the ideas which define our culinary time and inspire Cochon555 events. Tickets for the dinner are $125+ tax and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580

Guests wanting to purchase a BESPOKE weekend package can reserve the multi-course guest chef charity dinner on Saturday (wine, cocktail pairings, a degustation, and a chef meet & greet) and combine it with a one-of-a-kind Cochon555 Sunday ticketed experience, including a $75 donation to sister charity, Piggy Bank (piggy-bank.org). The uber-luxury BESPOKE package costs $400 and includes a special 2:30 p.m. entry time to Cochon555, with a 30-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour with a Cochon555 Director. The exclusive tour includes a table-side introduction to the Somm Smackdown featuring wines selected by five renowned sommeliers, followed by an introduction to five notable barkeeps competing in a whole-bottle, highly-spirited Bourbon Punch Competition called Punch Kings. Only 10 BESPOKE package tickets are available for $400 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580. All proceeds from BESPOKE will go to charity, split between Piggy Bank, an agricultural charity in support of heritage breeds and family farms, and the American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, a tax-exempt U.S. foundation organized to promote the Oxford Food Symposium and its aims in the United States.

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Cochon555 returns to Boston with a new event

BOSTON – Cochon555, a celebration of heritage breed pigs, returns to Boston April 7-9 with events not to be missed! The newest will be BESPOKE, “A Cold-Brewed Exploration of Taste and Thought,” with all proceeds going to charity. It’s a daytime symposium April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with keynote speeches by leading thinkers, a panel on issues of power, labor, diversity and class in the restaurant industry and “talking circles” with the day’s guest speakers. BESPOKE is a partnership between Cochon555 and American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. On Sunday, Cochon555’s Heritage Fire takes place with five chefs competing. Each chef is given a 180 to 200-pound heritage breed pig and must create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. Chefs then present a “Judge’s Plate” scored on utilization; global influences; cooking techniques; and overall flavor. The winning team will be crowned the “BBQ King or Queen” of Boston. In addition to sampling 1,500 pounds of competitor’s dishes, all tickets includes “BBQ Traditions” – the fringe festival of flavor – where notable chefs prepare one dish from their favorite grilling culture in the spirit of collective feasting. There’s also curated spirits a ramen noodle pop-up, a luxury butter bar, and much more. Tickets & more info: http://bit.ly/BOS-BBQ. Go to www.cochon555.com.

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Explore taste and thought at Cochon555’s Bespoke event in April

BOSTON – Bostonians know Cochon555 for its tour designed to raise awareness of heritage breed pigs with a nose-to-tail cooking competition between five chefs in a growing number of U.S. cities. This year it returns to town for an expanded event.

‘BESPOKE’ in SoWa at the Power Station will be part of it, as Cochon555 and Piggy Bank Charity engage in an alliance with American Friends of the Oxford Food Symposium. The new national partnership involves a day-long event here and will be “A Cold Brew-Fueled Exploration of Taste & Thought,’ with a goal of enriching the culinary worlds of all involved through keynote speeches, themed panels, roundtable discussions, and an exclusive charity dinner.

The debut Boston event will address the Oxford Food Symposium’s 2017 theme of Food & Landscape, led by a pair of keynote speakers. The first, Oxford symposiast Dr. Amy Trubek, is a Professor at the University of Vermont and the author of two influential books, Haute Cuisine: How the French Invented The Culinary Profession, and Taste of Place: A Cultural Journey Into Terroir. She also owns a working cidery and farm with more than 80 varieties of apples. Amy will address the forces behind our ideas of taste and place, and how they shape the culinary landscapes we inhabit.

The second keynote speaker will be Adam Sharp, formerly Twitter’s first-ever Head of News, Government, and Elections, who literally helped teach Washington D.C – from President Obama to the Senate- how to tweet. Sharp will explore how we as netizens – and the culinary landscape we inhabit – express ourselves through food and social media.

Following the keynotes will be a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Amy Trubek focusing on how issues of power, labor, diversity, and class affect the hospitality industry and what innovative solutions might be found to address them. The day will conclude with a series of small group talking circles, each led by a different panel member whose personal expertise will serve to frame the discussion. Everyone in the circle will have one minute to speak/respond.The event will include white wines from Wines of Germany and will finish with a Scotch tasting in the Glenfiddich Experimental Dome.

When: Saturday, April 8, 2017 (8:30 a.m. check-in) 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: SoWa Power Station (540 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA; http://www.sowaboston.com)

Cost: $70 for breakfast, lunch, and the day-long symposium. 20% discount for students & chefs/cooks using the code = Industry: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580Student or industry/restaurant ID or proof needed at door for discount entry.

 That same evening, a one-of-a-kind, five-course, charity BESPOKE dining experience will be held at a venue yet to be determined with three of Boston’s top kitchen talents. The evening will take as its theme “Culinary Authenticity,” with each toque creating one course that embodies their own conception of the night’s core ideas, along with a collaborative, family-style final course. Dr. Amy Trubek and Adam Sharp will serve as our evening guides – our own culinary Virgils – illuminating for all in attendance the ideas which define our culinary time and inspire Cochon555 events. Tickets for the dinner are $125+ tax and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580

Guests wanting to purchase a one-of-a-kind BESPOKE weekend package can reserve the multi-course guest chef charity dinner on Saturday (wine, cocktail pairings, a degustation, and a chef meet & greet) and combine it with a one-of-a-kind Cochon555 Sunday ticketed experience, including a $75 donation to sister charity, Piggy Bank (piggy-bank.org). The luxurious BESPOKE package costs $400 and includes a special 2:30 p.m. entry time to Cochon555, with a 30-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour with a Cochon555 Director. The exclusive tour includes a table-side introduction to the Somm Smackdown featuring wines selected by five renowned sommeliers, followed by an introduction to five notable barkeeps competing in a whole-bottle, highly-spirited Bourbon Punch Competition called Punch Kings. Only 10 BESPOKE package tickets are available for $400 each and can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cochon555-boston-tickets-29658569580

All proceeds from BESPOKE will go to charity, split between Piggy Bank, an agricultural charity in support of heritage breeds and family farms, and the American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, a tax-exempt U.S. foundation organized to promote the Oxford Food Symposium and its aims in the United States. Other Cochon555 Tour sites slated to offer BESPOKE this year include San Francisco, Chicago, Austin and Seattle.

“The American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery is thrilled to be partnering with Cochon555 to bring scholars and thought leaders to these exciting events,” says AmFriends President, Doug Duda, “as we see real synergy between these on-the-ground events and the discussions taking place annually at the Oxford Food Symposium.”

“Moving the conversation surrounding the culture of food aligns beautifully with the work Cochon555 and founder Brady Lowe have been doing for the past 9 years,’ adds BESPOKE co-chair and Cochon555 Communications Director Robert McKeown. “To be able to bring together the best minds from both hospitality and academics for a day of inspirational talks helps to generate the kind of ideas that affect us all for years to come. We’re all thrilled that it will benefit students and family farms around America.”