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Hotel Jerome in Aspen is place to be for the biggest hog fest of the year

June 20, 2014 Updated: June 20, 2014 at 7:43 am
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It's not every day that heritage breed pigs are the main attraction in the ballroom at Hotel Jerome in Aspen. But from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, the hotel will be the culmination of a 10-city culinary Cochon U.S. Tour that started in New York City. Winning chefs from each of the cities on the tour compete in a head-to-tail cooking showdown for the chance of becoming this year's King or Queen of Porc.

Competing this year is Denver's Jennifer Jasinski, a co-owner of a string of fine dining eateries in Denver including Rioja. She has been on a winning streak, being named the James Beard Foundation award winner for Best Chef Southwest in 2013 and taking the title on season five of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters." The ticket price to the pork fest is $150 for general admission ($200 for VIP that gets you in 45 minutes early).

But there's much more to the event than getting to taste 30 dishes prepared by the 10 chefs using different heritage breed pigs. There are wines, brews and spirits for pairing with the swine. One of the most dramatic events of the day is the pop-up butcher shop, where a pig butchering demonstration takes place. Visit cochon555.com.

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Liz Rosenbaum, owner of Her Story Cafe and Catering, which started out as a mobile food truck business and then became a brick-and-mortor operation, is moving into the 21st Century Library, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. The new chapter starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, where you can enjoy her homemade soups, sandwiches and salads. Details: 661-5108, herstorycafe.com.

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM include:

- The Broadmoor's Krista Heinicke, food and beverage marketing and public relations manager, and Brian Wallace, chef de cuisine at Natural Epicurean in Broadmoor West, 1 Lake Ave., talk about the newest eatery at the resort. Details: 634-7711, broadmoor.com.

- Jeff Zearfoss and Melissa Lofton, owners of Common Cause Catering, talk about their unique catering company and upcoming dinners. Details: 924-5299, cccatering.

- Grant Goodwiler, the brewer at Local Relic, a new brewery that is coming to downtown Colorado Springs, talks about the business. His beer will be featured at the Common Cause Catering beer dinner.

- Nicole Nicoletta, market manager for the Sunday Market Downtown in Acacia Park, talks about the new market, which opens July 6.

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Send tips about restaurant openings, closings, menu changes and food specials to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271, Twitter@tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

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