This Little Piggy Went… to Miami

Heritage Pork: The un-white meat is marbled with delicious fat.

Come to mama.

Let the games begin!  Cochon 555, one serious traveling competition bringing chefs and winemakers together to raise awareness of the goodness of heritage pork, made the even smarter decision to bring the U.S. tour in its fourth year (finally!) to South Florida. And with bacon as our witness,  WE ARE READY!

Our Genuine Dream Team representing will be chef/owner Michael Schwartz and @MGFD_MIA chef de cuisine Bradley Herron.  As Michael shared when we shot our TV pilot in fall 2010, inspired by working with Jim Wood’s Palmetto Creek Farm Hereford hogs, “I don’t know where this The Other White Meat moniker came from, but it’s not working for me.”  We hope we get a chance to work with his locally-raised and slaughtered product for this event.

As reported by Eater yesterday, “The ten city nose-to-tail event kicks off on January 22nd in New York City, with the winner of each city going on to compete for the title of King (or Queen) of Porc at the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen on June 17, 2012.”  See chef Bradley’s reaction when he heard the news, below, and stay tuned for ticket sales to go live for the April 1, 2012 match-up, on the Cochon 555 website.

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Dear Chef: Finding Berkshire Pork Retail in South Florida

100% Berkshire pork is the star of crispy sweet & spicy pork belly, here getting ready for its close-up at the cookbook photo shoot in January.

Where can I find Berkshire pork locally without having to place an order online?

– Carla L.

Great question Carla.  You can get pork from heritage breeds like Berkshire here in Miami, but if you walked into a store today, you’re not going find it.

Let’s quickly back up for some context as to why… Heritage means old breeds that have become rare thanks to industrial hog farming. Heritage hog farmers have small, often family-run operations so it’s no wonder you might have difficultly finding it at your neighborhood grocer.

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