To celebrate the recent launch of the new Pork® Be inspiredSM campaign, on April 14, Top Chef All-Stars winner, Richard Blais, is joining America’s pork producers to open the one-day-only Pork Inspiration Café in New York City. In addition to inspiring home cooks in New York City and nationwide to embrace all the possibilities that pork offers, the opening of the café also kicks off a nationwide partnership with Feeding America® that will help provide over 125,000 servings of fresh pork to families in need.

Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais

A fan of the world’s most popular protein, Chef Blais has created six signature pork dishes specifically for the Pork Inspiration Café. “Pork is my go to ingredient when I want to experiment with flavors – or create a terrific meal for family and friends."

Known for his avant-garde culinary techniques, the newly crowned Top Chef is bringing his passion for culinary innovation to home kitchens everywhere by sharing his original Pork Inspiration Cafe recipes on PorkBeinspired.com. Take your next meal from traditional to inspirational by trying one of Chef Blais' recipes, including:

  • Pear-Brined Pork Chop: With a double hit of pear – from pear juice brine to an innovative pear puree – the all-star pork chop gets an easy and delicious twist.
  • Slow-Roasted Ginger Ale Pork Ribs: Slowly-coated ribs are lacquered in a ginger ale barbeque sauce and topped with shredded celery root to create an unexpected new version of a BBQ classic.

Be Inspired: New York City and Beyond
On April 14, Blais will be serving up these and other inspired pork dishes free of charge at the Pork Inspiration Café, in New York City. Blais' inspired pork dishes will be served at the café, located at 470 Park Avenue South at the following times: 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. – no reservations required. An anticipated 600 to 700 consumers will be served over four meal services, with each service featuring a different pork cut and recipe from Chef Blais.

"My hope is that everyone who comes through the Pork Inspiration Café will leave inspired to recreate the dishes at home and even put their own spin on the recipes,” said Blais. "This one-day, exclusive restaurant really shows people the many unexpected ways to cook with pork.”

For those unable to stop by the café – no matter where they live – all the action will be on PorkBeinspired.com and Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired:

  • Tune in for a live cooking demo where Chef Blais will show how to cook his newest favorite pork chop recipe.
  • Download all the recipes from the Pork Inspiration Café.
  • Meet some of America's proud pork producers and learn more about their family farms.
  • Help Feeding America provide fresh pork to families in need.

Inspiration to Help Feed America
Inspired to help more Americans enjoy a juicy, tender, flavorful pork meal, America's pork producers are teaming up with Feeding America to help those in need. For every meal served at the Pork Inspiration Café, one serving will be donated to a local food bank. The effort will continue through the National Pork Board's online food drive, with the goal of donating 125,000 servings of fresh pork to Feeding America. Until May 31, 2011, help us meet the goal by simply clicking "Like” on Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired or visiting www.PorkBeInspired.com.

In addition, as part of the celebration and an ongoing commitment to hunger relief, pork producers from across the country are hosting similar events to meet the Feeding America goal. "Bringing the Pork Inspiration Café to our area is a great way to make an even bigger impact on our local community,” said Dianne Bettin, a Minnesota-based pork producer. "Many pork producers are already involved in local donations, so we're thrilled to help Feeding America make a difference nationwide.”

Looking for even more inspiration? How about free pork for a year? For a chance to win, information on how you can help feed America and more inspirational pork recipes, visit the newly-launched website PorkBeinspired.com. Also, be sure to "like” us at Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired and follow @AllAboutPork on Twitter.