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Date(s) - Saturday, February 18
7:00 pm

Spoon and Stable

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One of America’s most dynamic culinary festivals, Cochon555, brings its 2017 tour to one of America’s most up-and-coming food cities, Minneapolis, on Sunday, February 19th. The night before the main event the weekend kicks off with Chef’s Course, a one-of-a-kind, 5-course dining experience at Spoon and Stable, a co-production from three of the city’s most celebrated chefs and one of its most talented pastry toques.

On Saturday, February 18th at 7:00PM, Chef’s Course BESPOKE: An Evening of Culinary Modernity, will be hosted by Chef Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable, and will co-feature “2015 King of Pork” Thomas Boemer of Corner Table and “2016 Prince of Pork” Jorge Guzman of Surly Brewing Co. The evening will take as its theme “Culinary Modernity,” with each toque creating one course that embodies their own conception of the night’s core ideas. The final course will be a group collaboration, in which all the chefs will cook one family-style course representative of what they believe to be modernity.

Wine and drink matching for the night will be driven by the racy and complex wine pairings by Wines of Germany, and will also include a pre-dinner cocktail reception at Spoon and Stable hosted by House of Angostura. To close the evening, Diane Yang of Spoon and Stable will prepare a pastry course featuring Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. A special guest will be in attendance as a guide of sorts – our own culinary Virgil – illuminating for all in attendance the ideas which define our culinary time and inspire Cochon555 events. Tickets for the dinner are $125 and can be purchased online.

Where:             Spoon and Stable, 211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
When:             Saturday February 18th, Reception 7:00 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. sharp
Reserve:         To buy tickets,

Guests wanting to purchase a one-of-a-kind BESPOKE weekend package can reserve the multi-course guest chef charity dinneron Saturday (wine, cocktail pairings, a degustation, and a chef meet & greet) and combine it with a one-of-a-kind Cochon555 Sundayticketed experience, including a $75 donation to our sister charity, Piggy Bank ( 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 tableside introduction to the Somm Smackdown featuring wines selected by five renowned local sommeliers, followed by an introduction to five notable barkeeps competing in a whole-bottle, highly-spirited Bourbon Punch Competition called Punch Kings. Only ten BESPOKE tickets are available for $400 each and can be purchased online at

“Our BESPOKE dinner series was created as a way to link an intimate and luxurious food-and-wine experience to the very ideas that help define our culinary time – and future,” says Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe. “We’ve tried to evolve the experience of our main event with the addition of palate-expanding dinners like Chef’s Course that extend the rich, complex flavors that are created when cooking heritage breed pigs.”

At the center of all Cochon555 events is a culinary championship featuring five chefs cooking five whole, heritage breed pigs with innovative techniques and bold flavor profiles. One week before the event, each chef receives a knock on their door by a pig farmer and a 180-200 pound heritage breed pig. They are each tasked to create and present a “Judge’s Plate” of 6 dishes scored on categories such as utilization; cooking techniques; and overall flavor. The winner from each city is crowned the “Prince or Princess of Porc,” and given a place at our national championship, Grand Cochon, to be held in Chicago during October 2017.

Communal feasting is an integral part of the Cochon555 culinary fabric. Beyond the 30 chef-competitor dishes – all told, some 1,200-plus pounds of heritage pork from family farms – guests can sample beef tartare with the wines of Antica Napa Valley, farmhouse cheeses; a pop-up bakery from La Brea; a Salami Snack Bar from Creminelli and Divina; a ramen noodle soup bar paired with the racy Wines of Germany, among others. Innovative spirit, wine, and cocktail experiences include Smoked Old Fashioneds with Breckenridge Bourbon; The Manhattan Project presented by Poached Jobs, the Tiki Bar featuring Angostura Rum punches; a Courvoisier Cognac cocktail and neat tasting; and a Heritage Rum Cart. The array of wines grouped under our “5 Winemakers” banner features Scholium Project; Pax Wine Cellars; and more.

About the Cochon555 US Tour

The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually and stages over 60 events. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions including Heritage Fire (live-fire); Heritage BBQ (global grilling cultures; and Grand Cochon (national whole-hog championship). Cochon555 cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species, raised by family farms in top culinary markets in North America. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities, and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more details and videos of events, visit or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank

Launched in 2015 by Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe, Piggy Bank is a pig farming sanctuary. Harboring a Noah’s Ark-worthy selection of heritage breeds, it provides free genetics and access to shared business plans to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and benefit from the sharing of genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. The Piggy Bank farm, to be located in Missouri, raises heritage breed pigs to be gifted to communities, while building a model of agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank is a nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Follow the Piggy Bank conversation on Twitter @PiggyBankOrg. For more information, watch the video or visit

About Spoon and Stable

Spoon and Stable is located in downtown Minneapolis, and opened in November 2014. Located along the riverfront and among the historic warehouses and old grain mills of the North Loop neighborhood, the restaurant introduces a spontaneous and contemporary American dining experience, with respect to both the seasons and the surroundings. The menu focuses on modernizing traditional dishes and ingredients of the Heartland and melding them with the classic French techniques for which Chef Gavin Kaysen is known. Spoon and Stable is open for dinner from 5 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 – 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is open for brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Spoon and Stable is also on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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