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Pork dish Cochon555 Carryout
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Miami’s largest porkcentric food festival is letting participants bring the experience home

Cochon555 returns as Cochon555 Carryout, featuring some of Miami’s hottest chefs and restaurants cooking for you live.

By
Virginia Gil
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A lot of us have been scratching our proverbial heads thinking about the future of food festivals in Miami, especially as we go into fall and winter when some of our favorites were due to return. While we wait for the season of eating to reveal itself, there’s one annual event ready to lead the pack. Porkcentric celebration Cochon555 is back next month with a slew of top-rated local chefs and an entirely fresh approach to communal feasting.

This year will be dubbed Cochon555 Carryout, an at-home dining experience designed and cooked by the likes of Michael Lewis from KYU, Michael Schwartz from Amara at Paraiso and Brad Kilgore from Ember, among others. Diners will receive their prepared meals ahead of time and tune into a live cooking demo on Zoom, where they’ll get to make one of the dishes in their multi-course dinner alongside the chef. Tickets are $115 for one full-course meal or $200 for two people, and include a bottle of red or white wine from Bodegas Ontañón and a cocktail (choose from DIY or mixed). Participants can opt to pick up or have the meals delivered for an additional $30.

Cochon555 will certainly look different in 2020 (like everything else, let’s be honest) but the bones will all be the same: The annual swine-eating fest will still celebrate heritage-breed pigs and the family farmers, and promote agricultural education and responsibility. Plus, where it previously donated a portion of proceeds to a select charity, the carryout edition will be giving 80-percent of the proceeds back to the participating restaurants. It pays to be the piggy that stayed home. 

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