Monday, July 21, 2014

7/21 KELLY MCGOWAN, CHEF, GOOSE AND GANDER’S, COCHON’S HERITAGE FIRE EVENT IN ST HELENA, STEVIE "PUPPET" LEE, THE PUPPET SHOW, HALF PINT BRAWLERS

KELLY MCGOWAN – CHEF, GOOSE AND GANDER’S - COCHON’S HERITAGE FIRE EVENT IN ST HELENA AUGUST 3 

Napa Valley’s Cult-Favorite Food and Wine Festival Features 3,000 Pounds of Fire-Kissed Meat

Heritage Fire by Cochon 555, the Valley’s premier hyper-local, whole animal live-fire outdoor food and wine event, returns to Napa’s Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena  August 3rd, 2014. The event will showcase over 30+ wineries and 40+ notable chefs and butchers cooking 3,000 pounds of heritage breed animals in celebration of breed diversity and family farming. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit the St. Helena Farmers Market and The American Institute of Wine & Food. A group of celebrated butchers will host a Pop-Up Butcher Shop where 100% of the proceeds will benefit the students of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit cochon555.com.

Heritage Fire features chefs and farmers working together to spotlight traditional outdoor cooking techniques paired with amazing wines, ice-cold brews, and crisp ciders. While Cochon’s flagship event, Cochon 555, brings chefs together in a friendly competition, Heritage Fire is a collection of culinary champions cooking together for a crowd of meat and wine loving gourmands. The list of heritage and heirloom foods to be featured include dry-aged beef, spit-roasted sturgeon, whole pigs, lambs, goat, lobster, squab, rabbit, duck, chicken, artisan cheese, oysters and heirloom vegetables.

In addition to the meat-laden feast, the event includes animal theatre cooking, butcher demonstrations, seminars, lawn games, live music and the opportunity to learn directly from the farmers and producers at the Chef’s Pantry. The all-inclusive event includes craft beers from Magnolia Brewery and Crispin Ciders. Participating wineries include Stags’ Leap Winery, Antica Napa Valley, Cornerstone and Stepping Stone Cellars, Barlow Vineyards, Somerston Estate, The Scholium Project, Alysian Wines, Larkin Wines, Heibel Ranch Vineyards, Inglenook, Silver Oak Cellars & Twomey Cellars, Charles Krug Winery, Zacherle Wines, hope & grace Wines, Red Cap Winery, Cliff Family Winery, Outpost Wines, and many more. Immediately following the event, Heritage Fire Chef Kelly McCown will be hosting the Official After Party for the “Chefs & Producers” at Goose & Gander.

There will be seminars running through the afternoon in the carriage house. The ultra-VIP Seminar will include winemakers Anthony Biagi (Hourglass Winery, Plumbjack, Cade, Cartierra), Fredrick Johannasen (Staglin, Schrader, Outpost) and Matt Courtney (Marcassin, Arista). Abe Schroener of Scholium Project will lead a new-world seminar. Seminars are limited to 40 people.

The closing seminar, Fire Meets Cheese, hosted by The California Artisan Cheese Guild, will include presentations from three dynamic cheesemakers who will cover artisan cheese making and explore the thrill of cheese on the open fire. Seana Doughty of Bleating Heart Cheese, Mariano Gonzalez of Fiscalini Farmstead Cheese, and Kuba Hemmerling of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Co. will show how to entertain with whole wheels of cheese on the open fire and will give pairing suggestions. They will discuss the long history of preserving food and culture through cheese and fire, as well as the transformation in flavor from a natural preserved state to the heat of the fire. This seminar will have a California twist on tradition and will be a truly American Original experience.

As in 2013, this year’s Pop-Up Butcher Shop will have Large Cuts available for purchase (including tomahawks, double pork-porterhouses and tenderloins). 100% of the proceeds will benefit the CIA. Prize cuts will be seared on the plancha and presented to the buyer, who will also receive a cutting board, knife, forks, bottle of wine, and pig’nic blanket for the perfect grill session with friends.

Tickets: $100 general admission and $200 VIP (VIP Guests receive early access to food, oysters, and limited treats specially prepared by the chefs in addition to magnum wine bar access); to purchase tickets visit http://cochon555.com/2014-tour/heritage-fire/. Be sure to get your tickets, as they are expected to sell out.

ABOUT GOOSE & GANDER
Goose & Gander is a wine country public house- a gathering place for locals and visitors to celebrate Napa Valley’s abundant bounty (or embarrassment of riches). Chef Kelly McCown creates amazing rustic American food and mouthwatering bar bites served in our pub-like dining room, cherished basement bar or lush patio. The seasonally  driven menu perfectly complements Scott Beattie’s retro-fresh libations or a bottle of  wine from our unique and exciting wine list.

WWW.GOOSEGANDER.COM
COCHON555.COM


STEVIE "PUPPET" LEE – AUTHOR, TV SERIES STAR OF "THE PUPPET SHOW & FOUNDER AND CEO OF THE MIDGET WRESTLING COMPANY “HALF PINT BRAWLERS” 

HALF PINT BRAWLERS
Steve is the founder and CEO of the midget wrestling company “Half Pint Brawlers” which later got picked up by SPIKETV for a television series. More info on Half Pint Brawlers: www.halfpintbrawlers.com

INSPIRATIONAL
Steve is currently writing "LIVING OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE", an autobiographic and motivational book about living with dwarfism, the stereotypes and social stigma that come with it, and the relationship between his life as a dwarf and living the wild and dangerous life he has. He is happy to discuss the controversy of “Midget Wrestling” and his view on “Half Pint Brawlers” and how it shatters the stereotype of the “Goofy/Cute Midgets,” and respond to the claim that it exploits these stereotypes. Earlier this year Puppet had a near-death experience (health-related) and would be open to talking about that as well.
He has done a number of motivational speeches across the country. More info on Living Outside the Circle (plus Steve’s resume): livingoutsidethecircle.wordpress.com/steves-bio

EVERYDAY GUY
Steve is a husband and father of two. He's a hilarious and well-spoken guy. He is an avid Pittsburgh Stealers fan who grew up in Chicago. Puppet has a quick sense of humor and has done stand-up comedy across the country. A member of SAG, Puppet has appeared in over a score of national and international film and television programs, as well as commercials, for over two decades.

We are currently launching his new TV series, "THE PUPPET SHOW", an outrageous new sketch comedy show. bingewatchthepuppetshow.com





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