Mangalitsa Pig Dinner

Mangalista pigs are all the rage. Get a taste at this upcoming dinner.

A mangalista pig from Winkler Wooly Pigs in Windsor. Photo from Tim Winkler.
A mangalista pig from Winkler Wooly Pigs in Windsor. Photo from Tim Winkler.
A mangalista pig from Winkler Wooly Pigs in Windsor. Photo from Tim Winkler.
A mangalista pig from Winkler Wooly Pigs in Windsor. Photo from Tim Winkler.

If you haven’t heard about the mangalitsa pig, you should. This prized, wooly breed is fatty and flavorful, and definitely not “the other white meat.”

A number of chefs are now harvesting the animals, and are offering them on the menu, but by far the best Mangalitsa-centric (secret) feast we’ve seen lately is this Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Epicurean Social Club/Matrix Winery dinner in Santa Rosa.

Feast on charcuterie, pork rinds with pork lard, pork sliders with saffron rouille, pork jowl bacon, pork belly sous vide, pork tenderloin with vanilla bean sauce and wild mushroom risotto, leaf-lard cocoa nib cookies sandwiches and of your the bacon-chocolate brittle goodie bag.

$95 per person includes wine, tickets by reservation only. Tickets at http://www.epicureanescape/epicurean-social-club.html

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10 thoughts on “Mangalitsa Pig Dinner

  1. Andrew, I think you’re mistaken; the pig’s name is Hungarian and is spelled in that language with a c-type character that is pronounced as “TS”. So the anglicized phonetic spelling would be as the article shows it.

  2. Norm is speaking for the norm. All that area in that there picture should be filled to capacity with chickens and all their complex social behavior along with Some Turkeys, ducks, goats, cows, pigs…. kids would love observing and running around with the animals. Their behavior is quite interesting as well. Most definitely a win win situation.

  3. Norm it’s one thing to be hyperbolic in criticizing an occasional un healthy meal but do you really want to wish ill health and early death upon people just because they have made different eating choices than you? You aren’t a food Nazi are you?

  4. after meeting the folks who brought these ancient pigs to America, I sm truly humbled to be able to partake in a meal honoring the mangalitsa pig.

    Cultures with far more sense than ours have long known that healthy animal fat is not what is killing us.

    I look forward to experiencing this rare opportunity and will relish every bite of unctuous fat.

  5. Mangalitsa is one of the healthiest fats found. The consumption of these animals is leading to increasing populations because of the demand. They live happy free lives eating acorns and foraging our fertile wine country.

    Traditional nutrition is being turned on it’s head. Scientists are finding saturated fats particularly healthy free ranged animal fats, to be one of the most important ingredients in brain function and cognitive growth. Try cutting out any processed anything, eating real food and increasing your fat intake and see your waistline shrink and mind and body wake up out of the chemical haze. .Here’s a little food for thought on the health aspects of the Mangalitsa breed in general.

    Pork lipids are an important source of conjugated linoleic acid, which in light of recent studies can provide protection
    against some forms of cancer and heart disease because of its antioxidant properties. Pork is an excellent source of
    vitamins and trace elements, ensuring between 10% (pantothenic acid) and 65% (for thiamine – vitamin B1) of daily
    recommended dose. It is also an excellent source of pyridoxine, cyanocobalamin, biotin, niacin – soluble vitamins
    necessary for healthy metabolism. Minerals contained in pork provides between 9% (for iron) and 36% (for zinc) of
    the recommended daily dose, but also of phosphorus and magnesium. Mangalitsa fat content is 12-16% less saturated
    fatty acids and 8-10% more unsaturated fatty acids (like n-3 and n-6) than the modern pig breeds. Significant
    differences were recorded among ratio content of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids in Red and Blonde Mangalitsa
    (35.88% and 38.42% respectively). In comparation with other modern breeds both Mangalitsa had a higher ratio of
    unsaturated fatty acids.
    The amount of fats in meat and offal from Mangalitsa ranging from 8 g/100 g in pork leg to 80g/100g in lard, while
    cholesterol is found from 50 mg/100g to 130 mg/100g in the same products.

    Here are a few general nutrition tips; Fat is healthy, eat more. Cut out anything that can not be harvested and eaten. If great grandma wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it.

  6. This looks like it could go in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most unhealthiest meal ever served. I hope there are some paramedics at the dinner for all the clogged arteries that will ensue come desert time!
    In some ways it’s sickly appropriate that the murder of these unique creatures could bring death to those at the other end of this tragic transaction.

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