This year, I had the opportunity to attend Cochon 555. I’m telling you: if you are lucky enough to have this fabulous culinary tour stop in your city, you have to attend. This must-attend event will be the highlight of any foodie’s social calendar.
This year, Atlanta’s Cochon was held at The Ritz Carlton-Buckhead. From the moment you checked in to Cochon 555 there were plenty of tasty bites such as cremeinelli meats and ossabaw-whipped Lardo, and I completely devoured mine within five minutes. On the libation front, there were creative bourbon cocktails to sample, with The Flight of the Pelican starting my experience off right. When you entered the conference hall, there were plenty of booths to try and sample. I saw numerous Atlanta restaurant favorites such as Seed, King+Duke, Seven Lamps, and Cooks and Soldiers. Everyone brought their A-game, and there wasn’t anything I didn’t like.
During the event, there was plenty of wine and cocktails. One of my favorite booths had to be The House of Angostura, with their bright, floral decor and the handsome mixologists having a blast whipping up the cocktails. The House Angostura is one of the Caribbean’s leading rum producers.
Not only is The House of Angostura a proud sponsor of Cochon 555, but are the world’s market leader for bitters. House of Angostura featured its signature Swizzle cocktail, the Queen’s Park Swizzle. The cocktail presentation was superb, and the drink itself was smooth with a slight punch. I could have enjoyed two more. After having a blast at The House of Angostura booth, I stopped by for a pig butchery demo, which was educational and interesting, with the meat being sold and proceeds going to charity.
Overall, I had great time and I wished this event took place more than one a year. Cochon 555 has four more tour stops this year, and the effort to go will be so worth it.
You will have a great time!