On Sunday afternoon, a few hundred pork-and-beer loving folks hit the Slow Food Pig Roast at Goose Island Brewery to feast on a variety of Slagel Farm pork dishes served up by some great local chefs including Nicole Pederson (C-House), Rob Levitt (The Butcher & Larder), Matt Troost (Three Aces), Andrew Hroza (Goose Island), Chris Spear (Uncommon Ground) and Rick Gresh (David Burke's Primehouse).
Nearly 300 people paid $60 to support Slow Food Chicago in its big annual fundraiser. The non-profit organization strives to bring good, clean food to all people in a way that does not harm the environment. There are more than 3,000 people who support Slow Food locally and more than 18,000 people globally.
The chefs were set up either outside the loading dock under tents or inside the building, where Goose Island also had set up taps to serve a few beers, including Matilda and Sofie. Pederson had braised pork belly and crispy pork confit with peach mustard, grilled peaches and sweet corn. Gresh had a braised pork pizza topped with truffled pecorino, quail eggs and caramelized onion. Troost had a porchetta di testa as well as pozole meatballs in a spicy stew. Levitt served lechon asado (Cuban-style roasted pig), while Hroza served a Cuban sandwich with spicy pork rinds.
Spear had the sole vegetarian dish: housemade herb ricotta, tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil atop a crusty grilled bread. Intelligentsia doled out some tasty iced teas while Stephanie Samuels of Angel Food Bakery served up delicious ginger almond peach crisp featuring Klug and Noffke farms peaches.