This weekend, Cochon is returning to Memphis for a three-day party celebrating two amazing things: heritage pork barbecue and National Bourbon Month.
The first annual Cochon Heritage Barbecue is three days of pig meats prepared by fine dining chefs from Memphis and around the country, washed down with tall glasses of tasty, tasty bourbon. Here's what you need to know before you go:
If you only make it to one event, make it this one: The official Heritage Barbecue Cooking Contest (aka, the main event) is at One Commerce Square on Sunday, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $125 – $200, but they include tastings at all 15+ team booths, where high-end chefs will be perparing whole-hog plates consisting of one pulled meat, some kind of muscle, a stew, a bone and two sides, one mustard-based and one mayo-based.
If you go to another event, don't miss: the Mixologists Rooftop Soiree at the Peabody Hotel on Friday. There will be live music, tons of food, loads of bourbon-based drinks and a heritage bologna contest. Tickets are $50.
If you want something better than regular brunch, check out: the after-hours brunch at One Commerce Square ($40) on Friday night or the Bloody Mary Tailgate party at Sweet Grass on Saturday morning ($20). Both will feature foods other than pork (like oysters and chicken and waffles).
There are a ton of other events – like a Chef vs. Food eating tour, a 5.55K and a pop-up restaurant at Sweet Grass throughout the weekend. Tickets to the various events can be bought individually, or you can drop $500 for a full weekend pass. For details on the full list of Cochon events, go here.
I'll report back (with tons of pictures) over the weekend.