A weekend-long celebration of food, art, culture, and ideas, BESPOKE makes its debut April 7-9 in Boston’s historic SoWa neighborhood. Join us to explore both taste and thought through a series of one-of-a-kind events presented by Cochon555.
FRIDAY APRIL 7
Friday evening, 6-10pm
Pairing up-and-coming artists with the next wave of the city’s top chefs and bartenders, the opening evening will showcase Boston’s vibrant community of homegrown talents. It will be set to a soundtrack of live music, both instrumental and electronic. Collaborating on the evening will be Sneaker Pimps, the world’s largest sneaker exhibition and street-inspired art show.
Extend your evening of art and stop by the galleries and studios on Thayer Street for SoWa First Friday.
SATURDAY APRIL 8
Bespoke: A Cold-Brewed Exploration of Taste and Thought (all proceeds go to charity)
A Daytime Symposium on Food & Landscape, 9 am - 2:30 pm
Making its national debut, the symposium aims to enrich the culinary and intellectual worlds of all present beginning with keynote speeches by leading thinkers such as Dr. Amy Trubek (Vermont Professor and author of Taste Of Place: A Cultural Journey into Terroir) and Adam Sharp (formerly Twitter’s Head of News, Politics, and Elections). A 4-person panel will address issues of power, labor, diversity, and class in the restaurant industry, followed by a series of intimate talking circles pairing no more than 15 guests with each of the day’s guest speakers for lively, themed discussions. This marks the beginning of a partnership between Cochon555 and the American Friends of the world’s most prestigious forum for food studies, the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery. All proceeds go to charity.
Chef’s Pantry Pop-Up Farmer’s Market, Noon - 4 p.m.
A one-day, pop-up market featuring farmers, food artisans, and other unique goods that have been farmed, cured, foraged, aged, and curated by the very people selling them. Free of charge.
BESPOKE: An Evening of Culinary Modernity, 7 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
An inspirational multi-chef, 5-course charity dinner benefiting Piggy Bank and the heritage breed animals and family farms it helps support. Keynote speakers Dr. Amy Trubek and Adam Sharp, along with Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe and BESPOKE chair Robert McKeown, will act as guides of sorts - our culinary Virgils - illuminating for all in attendance the ideas that define our culinary time and inspire Cochon555 events. Wine and cocktail pairings are included in the evening.
SUNDAY APRIL 9
Cochon555 Heritage BBQ, 4 p.m. VIP/5 p.m. General Admission
Heritage BBQ is a culinary competition featuring notable chefs cooking over live fires with global flavors and timeless cooking techniques. Each chef is given a 180 to 200-pound heritage breed pig and tasked to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. Chefs must then present a “Judge’s Plate” scored on utilization; global influences; cooking techniques; and overall flavor. The winning team will be crowned the “BBQ King or Queen” of Boston. In addition to sampling 1,500 pounds of competitor’s dishes, all tickets includes “BBQ Traditions” - our fringe festival of flavor - where notable chefs prepare one dish from their favorite grilling culture in the spirit of collective feasting. There’s also plenty of curated spirit, wine, and beer experiences,a ramen noodle pop-up, a luxury butter bar, and much more.