By Diana Rodriguez

While Miamians were fist-pumping in unison on Sunday in their short shorts, we were getting up close and personal with 1500 pounds of heritage breed pork. Because when Cochon555 is in town, there aren’t enough neon lights to detract us.

Sunday was filled with rounds of chef-crafted tastings, charcuterie, a smoked old fashioned bar, and pork as far as the eye could see. We walked the room at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, searching for the best bite. While we saw many familiar faces, five Miami chefs were cooking five heritage breed pigs in the competition to raise funds for the Piggy Bank charity through Cochon555.

The lineup included many of our favorites like Rick Mace and Clarke Bowen from DB Bistro, Tito Vargas representing The Bazaar by Jose Andres, Jeremiah Bullfrog (P.I.G. or Pork is Good), Rene Reyes and John Gallo from Pinch Kitchen, to the BBQ queen herself, Paula DaSilva from Artisan Beach House. We ate up every last bite of their creations. In the end, Paula was crowned the Princess of Porc (yes!).

We loved the nom-noms, and especially the bigger message behind the little piggy. Miami is just one of the stops on this culinary tour where the Cochon team takes the message of sourcing products responsibly. This year, Cochon555 is giving a portion of all sales to Piggy Bank, which is a project that benefits small family farms and in turn, helps to make food safer.

Find out how you can be part of the solution and get involved by going to today. Until next year, Cochon!