Cochon555 Heritage BBQ event returns to Chicago

Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan Street) plays host to another installment of the popular Cochon555 Heritage BBQ tour. Cochon555 focuses on promoting heritage breed pigs and local food. On Sunday, September 27 guests at an all-inclusive stand-up tasting event will have the chance to sample some incredible BBQ from an all-star list of Chicago chefs. VIP entry begins at 4 p.m. and General Admission at 5 p.m.


According to Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe:

“We’re incredibly excited to bring Heritage BBQ to Chicago for the second time and pay tribute to global cultures by consuming local food the way BBQ was intended to be. Today’s BBQ restaurant doesn’t give us a choice to buy local, safe food with our hard-earned money and we’re on a mission to change that by hosting incredible events that honor the greatest social traditions on the planet, cooking over fire. This event returns the BBQ conversation to the original context of local meats, cooked with native spices, over fires and shared with a community. Therefore, the event will tilt the scales back towards creating long-term relationships for family farms and big protein buyers like BBQ restaurants. It’s only a matter of time until people demand better food choices when standing at the counter. We are standing right there with them, promoting honest food and a choice to buy safe food.”


Sunday, September 27, is the main event, Heritage BBQ, hosted at Morgan Manufacturing. This year’s competing chefs include:

  • Alfredo Nogueira of Analogue
  • Ed Sura of Perennial Virant
  • Scott Manley of Table, Donkey & Stick
  • Chris Curren of Seven Lions
  • Jonathan Meyer of Freehand Chicago

Each chef will be given a 180 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. Offering are tasted by a panel of expert judges and scored on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and overall flavor. The winner in Chicago will be crowned the “BBQ King or Queen” and takes home more than $3,000 in prizes.

The all-inclusive stand up tasting event features 1,400+ pounds of heritage pig, “pop-up” culinary experiences, premium wines, artisan cheeses, sustainable seafood, hand-crafted spirits, fine cocktails, and a very impressive selection of whiskies, ryes and bourbon. In addition to sampling the competitor’s dishes, the all-inclusive ticket includes “BBQ Traditions”, a tasting inside the event where 10 notable chefs prepare one dish from their favorite BBQ culture in non-competitive spirit. If you love global flavors and star-studded culinary events, this educational event is like a top chef classroom including grilling-styles like Hibachi, Korean BBQ, Asador, Braai from Africa, Char Siu, Caja China, Churrasco, Barbacoa, as well as regional American BBQ styles from Texas to Kansas City.

Non-competing chefs cooking BBQ Traditions include:

  • Chrissy Camba of Maddy’s Dumpling House
  • Dave Ochs of Maple & Ash
  • John Manion of La Sirena Clandestina
  • Mitch Cavanah of GT Fish and Oyster
  • Phil Whingo of Pork Mafia
  • Dylan Lipe of Blackwood BBQ

In addition to the main event, there are two other special events during the weekend. The kick-off is on Friday, September 25 at 10:00 p.m. with Chef Abe Conlon hosting a Late Night Asian Speakeasy Dinner at Fat Rice. Only 40 tickets are available, the price is $125 per person and can purchased at


On Saturday, September 26, Cochon555 teams up with Chicago Gourmet to host the inaugural Punch Kings, Pigs n’ Tiki on the Harris Theater Rooftop from 8 to 11 p.m. Guests will be immersed in the beverage trend taking the nation by storm – tiki – when a notable group of twelve mixologists prepare Tiki-inspired Cruzan Rum punches paired with a heritage pig roast. Tickets are $75 per person and can be found at


Tickets for Sunday’s main event start at $100 for General Admission and $200 for VIP early admission. To purchase tickets, visit the website







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