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Cochon 555's Heritage Fire Announces Lineup for Whole Animal Roast-A-Thon

The Napa Valley event goes whole hog, cooking up over 3,000 pounds of heritage animals alongside an ocean of wine.

Heritage Fire Napa
Heritage Fire Napa
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It's summertime in Napa Valley, which only increases the likelihood for some serious outdoor, wine-fueled culinary feats of strength. This year, Heritage Fire, the whole animal, live-fire event from the founder of Cochon 555, will return to Charles Krug Winery to take up the challenge.

This is the seventh year that the all-day meat feast has traveled the country, leaving a trail of high-quality woodsmoke and meat sweats in its wake. And though the sheer size and scale of the event can seem somewhat gluttonous, the goal is to promote family farms, sustainably raised heritage breeds and the people who support them. To that end, there will be a large and impressive lineup of chefs and wineries on hand to execute that vision. Additionally, the event is a great training ground for students of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone (which is conveniently located directly across from Charles Krug Winery). In fact, Williams-Sonoma will host a Pop-Up Butcher Shop whose proceeds will benefit student scholarships at the CIA. (Full disclosure: Eater SF's editor was previously a student at this location, and can vouch for the skill required to roast such a vast number of whole animals over live fire.)

So, on to the juicy stuff. There will be more than 50 talented chefs participating in the event, along with local farmers, breweries and wineries from California and Germany. Here's a list (in no particular order) of the local chefs who plan to roast up a storm in the vineyard:

  • Matthew Accarrino, SPQR, San Francisco
  • David Bazirgan, Dirty Habit, San Francisco
  • Adam Sobel, RN74, San Francisco
  • Jason Kupper, Heritage Eats, Napa
  • Joey Elentario, Cadence (opening this fall), San Francisco
  • Robin Song, Hog & Rocks, San Francisco
  • Brandon Sharp, SolBar, Calistoga
  • Dennis Lee, Smokestack/Namu Gaji, San Francisco
  • Michael Thiemann, Mother/Empress Tavern, Sacramento
  • Marc Zimmerman, Alexander's Steakhouse, San Francisco
  • Chris Marchino, Cotogna, San Francisco
  • Omri Afalo, Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco
  • Rogelio Garcia, Angele, Napa
  • Anthony "Nash" Cognetti, Tra Vigne, St. Helena
  • Brad Farmerie, The Thomas, Napa
  • Trevor Kunk, Press, St. Helena
  • Dave the Butcher, Marina Meats, San Francisco
  • Joshua Schwartz/Tony Incontro, Del Dotto, St. Helena
  • David Katz, Sub Rosa Salumi, St. Helena
  • Blaise Bisbey, Calistoga Kitchen, Calistoga
  • Kim Wiss, Antica Napa Valley, Napa
  • Peter Jacobsen, Jacobsen Orchards, Yountville
  • Alex Lovick, Inglenook, Rutherford
  • John Stewert and Duskie Estes, Zazu Restaurant and Farm, Sebastopol
  • Timon Balloo, Bocce Bar, Sausalito
  • Check out the full lineup here
Keep an eye out for menu updates closer to the event, but for now diners can expect wood roasted duck, dry-aged beef, local rabbit, goat, heritage breed pigs, and a selection of raw oysters, roasted clams, octopus, sturgeon and more. There'll also be tons of demonstrations, seminars and other fun educational opportunities along the way.

The event takes place Sunday, August 2 from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m. A variety of ticket options, including VIP, are available here.

Charles Krug Winery

2800 Main Street, , CA 94574 (707) 967-2229 Visit Website