Sometimes when our chefs need a pig, it’s not always so straightforward.
Recently, we were given the task of finding a baby pig for chef Derek Ronspies and we had but a few days. Unlike other pigs that enter through restaurant doors, this pig would get its fill of its favorite treats (carrots!) and enjoy its fifteen minutes of fame posing in a photo shoot with chef Derek at the soon-to-be Le Petit Cochon space.
After a little bit of luck and some awesome Twitter followers (special thanks to Amy Jo Crumb and the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog), we were directed to the nice folks at Fox Hollow Family Farms who kindly offered Henry, the runt of their litter.
Sweet little Henry received a lot of attention from Fox Hollow farm hands. The little guy was the only one in his litter who could jump through the gaps in his pen. His small size afforded him many escape attempts, earning him the nickname Henry Houdini. He was lovingly fostered by the staff for the first few weeks of his life, receiving regular bottle feedings and sleeping beside the bed of his caretaker.
Lucky for Henry, you won’t find him on any plate at Le Petit Cochon. He is safely back in the hands of the farm and being loved by many young visitors. Fox Hollow Family Farms is open to the public with the mission of providing a farm experience for everyone. Visit Henry and his animal friends — pigs, chickens, bunnies, kittens, sheep, goats, mini horses, peacocks and horses. They also have a hay loft, rope swings, cottages, pony rides, train rides, bounce houses and more. The farm is open Spring through Fall on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for chef Derek Ronspies and Fox Hollow’s petit cochon, Henry, on the upcoming October issue of Seattle Magazine!