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Sheerin, Zimmerman, Vincent, More Heading to Cochon Heritage Fire in Napa

Now here's a great excuse to book a last-minute flight to San Francisco for next week. In addition to the Outside Lands festival taking place next weekend in Golden Gate Park, the Cochon Heritage Fire culinary bash will be held in Napa on Aug. 13 and a number of Chicago's top chefs are heading west for it.

Unlike the Cochon555 traveling competition, where former Mercat a la Planxa chef Michael Fiorello took the top prize in March, the Heritage Fire gathers 25 chefs and 10 butchers from across the country to come together and create a massive feast. Mike Sheerin (3 Floyds, Trencherman), Jason Vincent (Nightwood), Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia), Chris Curren (Blue 13, Elate) and Josh Adams of June Restaurant in Peoria, Ill., will all head out to participate.

The event, being held at Charles Krug Winery, will see the chefs and butchers working with 2,000 pounds of heritage animals—breaking them down during demos, giving instruction on how to use the meat, preparing dishes. The chefs will work with everything from hogs and rabbits to chickens and goats. There will be charcuterie, cheeses, craft beers, small-batch wines and more. Basically, this is an orgy of food that the Romans would be proud of.

If you're heading to SF next weekend, think about going. Tickets, which can be purchased online, cost $100 for GA and $200 for VIP.
· Michael Fiorello Crowned Prince of Porc at Cochon555 Chicago [~EChi~]

Jason Vincent [Photo: StarChefs]/Mike Sheerin [Photo: Reader]