America’s cult outdoor culinary festival, Heritage Fire by Cochon555, returns to Newport, RI at Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina on August 24, 2019 with an all-star cast of chefs who will take guests on a journey of whole animal cookery over live-fire grills. The list of heritage and heirloom foods includes dry-aged beef, whole pigs, and lamb, alongside responsibly-raised fish, squab, rabbit, duck, chicken and locally grown heirloom vegetables.

Heritage Fire Newport will showcase over 20 notable chefs each grilling heritage-breed animals en plein air, inspired by global food cultures, against the stunning backdrop of Newport Harbor. A preview of participating chefs include: Jason Bernier, Melanie Dulude and Melqui Corleto of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina (Newport, RI)Cody Brown of Hoodoo Brown BBQ (Ridgefield, CT)Andy Teixeira of Newport Vineyards (Middletown, RI)Mark Bryson of Binge BBQ (Newport, RI)Jonathon Kirk of The Fat Pig PVD (Providence, RI)Judd and Kate Foster of South of Heaven BBQ (Carrollton, GA)Tatiana Rosana of Outlook Kitchen at The Envoy Hotel (Boston, MA)Alexander Willis of Sarto Restaurant (Providence, RI)Nate Singer of Carter Country Meats (Boulder, CO)William Myska of Ore Nells BBQ (Kittery, ME)Dan Hall of Perro Salado (Newport, RI)Edward Bolus of Mill’s Tavern (Providence, RI)David Robinson of Formaggio Kitchen South End (Boston, MA), and Mariana Gonzalez-Trasvina of Bar ‘Cino (Newport, RI) to name a few. Running in tandem is our beverage competition to complement the whole-animal tilt; Punch Kings presented by El Tesoro Tequila, a whole bottle, large-format spirit competition featuring five top barkeeps in a hand-crafted punch challenge. A preview of Punch Kings competitors include: Zach Pierce of Perro SaladoMichael Ford of 22 Bowens, and Melissa Meier of Bar ‘Cino.

Every event is a fundraiser for Cochon555’s sister charity, Piggy Bank — a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).

Events like Heritage Fire help foster relationships between local farms and emerging chefs who are committed to serving guests flavorful food from real farmers. By shining a gastronomic spotlight on the hard-working people who are raising heritage-breed animals, the wood-fired feast will feature more than 30 prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, brewers and barkeeps working in concert to create luxurious moments that educate the mind. Tickets start at $150 for an all-inclusive afternoon feast, to purchase tickets, visit

About the Cochon555 North American Tour

The Cochon555 Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 15 major cities in North America annually. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms and culinary schools each year. Since 2009, 108,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $1,100,000 has been donated to charities, and over $1,200,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more information, visit or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank

Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered.  Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter. Watch the video

About Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina

Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is a stunning waterfront Resort nestled between Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor, just minutes from Downtown Newport. Situated on nearly 10 acres of Goat Island with undisturbed waterfront views, Gurney’s Newport is the ideal location to enjoy Gurney’s signature hospitality in Rhode Island, one of New England’s premier seafaring villages. With 257 rooms and 18 suites alongside the resort’s own 22-foot marina, Gurney’s Newport offers year-round access to stunning views of the docks and beyond. Guests can enjoy beloved Italian specialties from Scarpetta, poolside bites and cocktails at The Pineapple Club, artisan pastries and coffee at For Five Coffee or a mix of inventive and classic cocktails at Gurney’s Firepit & Lounge which features both indoor and outdoor seating with a three-tiered deck and eleven fire pits. Guests can treat themselves to pampering at the resort’s full-service spa offering aficionados the ultimate wellness escape, including an in-house sauna, full fitness facility, expanded pool deck, and indoor/outdoor pool for lounging, sunbathing and swimming, all with an undisturbed view of the horizon. Gurney’s Newport boasts 27,000 sq. ft. of event and meeting space, the largest group meeting space in Newport, ideal for any personal or professional occasion. To learn more about Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina go to

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