Rare Becker Lane Pork Makes Cafe Pierre Go ‘Hog Wild’

Becker Lane pork short rib
Becker Lane pork short rib Photo: Hadley Tomicki

“Whenever I hear that Becker Lane pork is available anywhere in the Bay Area, I go out of my way to get some of it,” writes author Michael Pollan on Jude Becker’s website. The Iowa heritage hog breeder is famous among chefs and foodinistas for the rare pigs he feeds entirely with organic acorns, only raising 80 of these porkers each year alongside his other pigs fed on organic grain. Pollan has company in Cafe Pierre chef Remi Lauvand, who manages to quietly get his hands on a Becker Lane hog every once and a while for charcuterie, sausages, and dishes that, once discovered, run out fast. On March 9th, Cafe Pierre is teaming with Zagat Presents for a “Hog Wild” dinner that showcases Lauvand’s way with pork over two courses plus dessert for $50, with one course using two cuts from a Becker pig alongside sous vide brussel sprouts. Seats will be snapped up quickly for this dinner, so make reservations at 310-545-5252 and check out Lauvand’s full menu below.

March 9, 2010


Provencal Pork “Caillette,” roasted vegetable salad, confit shallots

Jude Becker’s Heritage Hog, Brussels sprouts, wild mushrooms, bergamot orange jus

Rhubarb “Cobbler,” candied rhubarb and orange shortbread

$50 per person
Menu by Chef Remi Lauvand

Suggested wine pairings for each course will be available for purchase by the bottle or glass

Rare Becker Lane Pork Makes Cafe Pierre Go ‘Hog Wild’