Last weekend, DCBeer was able to check out Cochon 555, a culinary tour that travels across the country highlighting great chefs, local products, and, above all, pork. A number of great DC chefs and venues were highlighted, including:

In addition to food, Goose Island and Crispin Cider were there to deliver tasty beverages, and there were spirits and wine purveyos as well. Aside from the consumables, there was also a pop-up butcher shop where you could bid on freshly butchered cuts of the pig you'll see in the slideshow below, excellent DJing, and a photobooth hosted by Yelp!

The event took place at Union Market's Dock 5, which if you haven't seen it is quite an event space and well worth a visit whether there's something going on or not. Industrial and unfinished but with fantastic lighting, the venue, which is relatively new, was the perfect place to showcase so many young and up and coming chefs.

Pictures from the event are below. Be sure to pay attention to the platter from The Red Hen, which was my favorite of the evening. Reuben croquette with Russian dressing? Sublime. Masala biscuit? Perfectly balanced between sweet and spicy. And the pork-stuffed clams? So decadent and paired perfectly with either Crispin Brownslane or Goose Island Matilda.


Congrats to Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto for being crowned the Prince du Porc. His pork bun was just unbelievably good. I could have eaten a mountain of them.

Thanks to Cochon 555 for hosting us and to all of the vendors and chefs who made the event great!

Photos by Cait Douglas (the good ones) and Bill DeBaun (the rest).

Created with flickr slideshow.