Five chefs, five pigs, five wineries — they all come together in a cooking contest where the chefs are each given a whole pig before the event and given about a week to prepare them. Cochon 555 starts in January, kicking off a 10-city culinary competition and tasting tour for which "50 chefs are selected to prepare a 'snout-to-tail' menu created from heritage breed pigs." The 10 local winners then battle at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen at Grand Cochon.
You can gift tickets to events in any of the participating cities: New York, Napa Valley, Memphis, Portland, Boston, Miami, Washington D.C., Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco. They range in price for general or VIP admission, from around $125 to $250.