Brady Lowe is a respected authority of fine wine and artisan cheese who has been producing exceptional food events since 2003. It was then, while working in Atlanta at the dawn of the local food movement, that Lowe was among the first to unite boutique wines and hard-to-find cheeses. One taste pairing inparticular sparked an ‘out of body experience’ in a customer that Lowe would never forget. At thatmoment, he devoted himself to transcending the boundaries of the food world, to creating uniquecombinations, not just with ingredients but among people. Now a food educator and taste influencer,Lowe is passionate about reaching individuals with a social conscience to support a responsiblecommunity of local chefs, butchers, winemakers and farmers that we all depend on.
Lowe grew up in Iowa reading the “Choose Your Own Adventure” series and his mother’s collection of cookbooks, books that would influence the narrative of his culinary future. At University of Iowa, he studied communications and marketing. Upon graduating, he moved to Atlanta and stepped into the world of fine dining. While selling cigars at the height of the burgeoning cigar culture, he discovered there was a unique vernacular to cigars, a flavor vocabulary that he enjoyed learning and sharing. The ideas translated naturally to other languages he wanted to study, those of wine, cheese, chocolate, and cuisine.
His appetite for the larger food movement blossomed in 2006 when Lowe started hosting larger tasting events for private clients and notable members of the Atlanta food community. Three years later, he launched Cochon 555, a ten-city culinary tour showcasing five chefs, five pigs and five winemakers in a competition to promote breed diversity and whole animal utilization. In 2010, COCHON 555 began teaming up with Food + Wine Magazine for the Grand Finale showcase during the Classic in Aspen. Now ‘pig is big,’ but Cochon 555 is still the nation’s only heritage breed pig culinary competition. In 2011, the tour continued to expand with the addition of Heritage Fire, a tribute event to fire cooking and butchery and All-Star Cochon, the first ever non-competition event that was hosted at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.