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Cochon 555 Forgets the Pig Also Might Like a Local Wine

five local chefs … one local pig from Bev Eggleston and 4 from wherever … zero local wines.

Cochon 555 sounds like a great event but it's just one more food event that forgets we have a couple of decent wines to offer in the Mid-Atlantic. I'm not suggesting that all five of the wines should be from a local winery … just one would at least recognize that there are family wineries in the back yard of your traveling fundraiser. I think coming here with five California wineries is insulting … but they are not alone … I've gone to several local farm-to-table dinners where you are supposed to swoon because the local dirt is still attached to the roots of the local plant and the pig for dinner just ran by the kitchen door, but we can't find one wine to serve from one of our family wineries.  

About the Author

Michael Birchenall is Editor and Publisher of Foodservice Monthly, a regional trade publication covering the foodservice industry of the Mid-Atlantic (DE, DC, MD, VA). Foodservice Monthly has been recognized as the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Allied Industry Member of the Year and by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington as the Joan Hisaoka Associate Member of the Year.

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  1. Bravo, Michael! Too many of these events – and restaurants that tout their local ingredients – forget that wineries are “local farms”, too. Remember those dinners Alice Waters did in DC during the Obama inauguration to trumpet the cause of local foods and her idea of an organic garden at the White House? All California wines, and not even organic ones …
    Keep up the good work!

  2. Colleen says:

    A pet peeve of mine as well, but on the other hand, the local wine industry seems to lag behind other places when it comes to sustainability efforts. Doubt the cold shoulder is the way to inspire them to make changes, though.

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