America’s cult outdoor culinary festival, Heritage Fire by Cochon555, returns to Base Village in Snowmass on June 16, 2018 with an all-star cast of chefs who will take guests on a journey of whole animal cookery over live-fires. The list of heritage and heirloom foods includes dry-aged beef, whole pigs, lamb, and goats alongside responsibly-raised fish, squab, rabbit, duck, fish, chicken and locally grown heirloom vegetables. Events like Heritage Fire help foster relationships between local farms and emerging chefs who are committed to serving guests flavorful food from real farmers. By shining a gastronomic spotlight on the hard-working people who are raising heritage-breed animals, the wood-fired feast will feature more than 100 prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps working in concert to create luxurious moments that educate the mind. Tickets start at $150 for an all-inclusive afternoon feast. To purchase tickets, visit cochon555.com/us-tour/2018-her
Heritage Fire Snowmass will showcase over 50 notable chefs and butchers, each grilling heritage-breed animals en plein air against the Rocky Mountain backdrop, and each inspired by global food cultures. A preview of participating chefs include John Manion of El Che Bar (Chicago), Steve Redzikowski of Acorn (Denver), Shota Nakajima of Adana (Seattle), Manabu ‘Hori’ Horiuchi of Kata Robata (Houston), Jean-Philippe Gaston of Izakaya (Houston), Joshua Pollack of Rosenberg’s (Denver), Bill Miner of il Porcellino (Denver), Jim Butchart and Andrew Helsley of Aspen Skiing Co., Nate Singer of Blackbelly (Denver), Daniel Asher of River & Woods (Denver), and Kelly Whitaker of Basta (Denver) to name a few. In addition to the meat-laden feast, the event also features a Pop-Up Butcher Demo and Silent Auction with celebrated butchers Kate Kavanaugh and Josh Curtiss of Western Daughters (Denver). Wine enthusiasts will taste through the stunning portfolios of Wines from Rioja, Chateau D’Esclans, Wines of Germany, Antica Napa Valley, Silver Oak, Kosta Browne, Pax Wine Cellars, Sandhi, and Twomey Cellars in addition to hand-crafted cocktails and spirit tastings from Breckenridge Distillery, Courvoisier and El Tesoro Tequila to name a few. Every event is a fundraiser for Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank — a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).
Official Host: Base Village – Snowmass, Colorado
When: Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 3 p.m. for VIP entry $200, 4 p.m. for General Admission at $150
VIP Access $200
Start celebrating early and treat yourself to the VIP experience with an extra hour of extravagance to get up close with the chefs, winemakers and farmers who make it all happen. Chefs will serve one special dish to entice your palate while professional bartenders and sommeliers bring their best game forward with specialty cocktails and reserve wines.
General Admission $150
A unique signature three-hour culinary experience of delight and wonderment. Feast on responsibly-raised heritage animals cooked over live fires, a perfect setting of ethically sourced food, and a variety of beverages from local craft breweries, distilleries and wineries – all created by some of the nation’s most forward-thinking food and drink leaders.
Beyond the 100+ chef created dishes, the food is paired with free-flowing wines from boutique producers, stunning spirits, craft beers, and artisan ciders. Guests will also enjoy innovative preparations and cocktails from some of the most critically-acclaimed kitchens and bars in Colorado. The Welcome Lounge ushers guests in to the Buffalo Trace Punch Bar and our Signature Starter Bar and Cheese Experience spotlighting Les Trois Petits Cochons, Yellow Door Creamery, Cello, Savile Row, La Quercia, and Cypress Grove. Sip sparklers from Topo Chico and the Manhattan Project featuring premium bourbons from Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and Breckenridge PX Cask Finish topped with Luxardo cherries. Learn about pairings at the TarTare Bar aligned to the wines of Antica Napa Valley and a “Taste the City” culinary spotlight featuring the racy portfolio of Wines of Germany. Experience innovative cocktails from Courvoisier and a Perfect Margarita presented by El Tesoro Tequila and taste through the stunning portfolio of Wines from Rioja, Blanchard Family Wines and beautiful Rosés from Chateau D’Esclans. Cochon555 will debut a new experience called Trompo “Hora de Familia” in celebration of its first Global Cochon555 event in Mexico City later this year as well as Royal Oak’s Natural Charcoal “Dirty Steak” Tomahawk Bar. Guests wanting a sweet bite will enjoy a Pop-Up Pie shop by Mike’s Pies and Swine and Sweets, an innovative spin on dessert spotlighting notable pastry chefs working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.
Additional programming to Heritage Fire includes, Rustic Grind on Thursday June 14th at 6:30pm as part of the Snowmass Free Concert Series. This Heritage Fire preview event features wood-fired grills loaded up with heritage breed sausages prepared by chefs with national acclaim paired with premium wines and hand-crafted cocktails from El Tesoro Tequila and Courvoisier. Located inside the concert venue, ticketed guests will enjoy unlimited food and drink for $40. Guests may purchase in advance or at the door (please note: Rustic Grind tickets do not include entry into Heritage Fire on Saturday).
“The tour is about uplifting small, family farmers through epic culinary moments,” said founder Brady Lowe. “We create and restore connections between the farmer and chef who want to raise, source and serve food raised with purpose and passion. Together, through eating, we become stewards of the good food movement, motivate change and influence our food system from pasture to plate.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Heritage Fire back to Snowmass for the fourth year,” says Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “Heritage Fire is one of the most beloved and anticipated events of the summer, and is a perfect complement to the FOOD & Wine Classic taking place in Aspen that weekend. We can’t wait to see what new, unique, and tasty dishes the participating chefs will create.”
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 15 major cities in North America annually. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and culinary schools each year. Since 2009, 108,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $1,100,000 has been donated to charities, and over $1,200,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more information, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.
About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered. Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs 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 share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit www.piggy-bank.org or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter. Watch the video http://j.mp/PIGGY_BANK.
About Snowmass Village, Colorado
A renowned winter playground and vibrant summer community just 9 miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world and was listed by USA Today as one of the 25 fastest-growing vacation destinations in 2017. Snowmass offers guests incredible views of mountain vistas, in addition to 2.8 million adjacent acres, open for activities and exploration. Snowmass offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, over 30 restaurants, 95 percent on-slope lodging, world-class shopping, unique special events and music – all year round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.