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A La Carte: Chefs compete to be pork royalty

Cochon 555, a culinary tour in support of heritage breed pigs, will stop by the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone at 4 p.m. Sunday for a friendly cooking competition between five all-star Wine Country chefs.

This year's competitors include host chef Patrick Clark of the CIA, Kelly McCown of Goose & Gander in St. Helena, Jason Kupper of The Thomas in Napa, Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill in Napa and Dustin Valette of Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg.

The five chefs will prepare a maximum of six dishes, each from one whole heritage breed pig, in an effort to win votes from the judges and the crowd.

The winner will go on to compete at the Grand Cochon in Aspen in June for bragging rights as the King or Queen of Porc.

The pig party will also include a cocktail competition, a Prosciutto di Parma tasting, an artisan cheese bar, an Asian Speakeasy-style whole pig cooked by Larry Forgione's Farm-to-Table students at the CIA, and a dessert course from the 2011 King and Queen of Porc, Duskie Estes and John Stewart of Zazu Kitchen and Farm in Sebastopol.

Tickets are $125, available at cochon555.com. 2555 Main St., St. Helena.

Focus on promoting farms

An Early Spring Farm Forum, focused on how to promote Sonoma County's farms and farm trails, will be held at 5 p.m. March 5 at The Barlow Event Center in Sebastopol.

A panel of farmers and producers, moderated by Marcy Smothers and Clark Wolf, will discuss how to visit, taste and share the bounty of Sonoma County.

Members of the panel include Barney Aldridge of The Barlow, Duskie Estes of Zazu Kitchen and Farm, Lou Preston of Preston Farm and Winery, Carmen Snyder of Sonoma County Farm Trails, Ariana Strozzi of Valley Ford Mercantile and Wool Mill and Evan Wiig of The Farmers Guild.

Tickets are $15, which includes reception with treats from Zazu at 6 p.m. and a no-host bar. To RSVP: assistant@clarkwolfcompany.com.

The forum is designed for Certified Tourism Ambassadors but is open to the public.

Cab is King funds scholarships

The Conservatory restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone will hold a “Cab Is King” dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday to raise money for students.

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