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FOOD & WINE Classic In Aspen Kicks Off Summer In Style

The 35th annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen kicked off summer in style over Father’s Day weekend in scenic Aspen, Colorado. Celebrity chefs, celebrity guests, locals and international foodies gathered in beautiful downtown Aspen to experience culinary delights in the form of seminars, private parties, winemaker’s dinners, VIP luncheons and the always popular Grand Tasting Pavillion where vintners showcase their finest wines and spirits.

Attracting more than 5,000 attendees from around the world, the inaugural classic was established in 1982 as the Aspen/Snowmass International Wine Classic by founders Gary Plumley of the Grape & Grain in Aspen and Bob and Ruth Kevan of Chez Grandmere in Snowmass Village. In 1986, Food & Wine magazine became the official host of the event, while American Express later hosted the American Express Restaurant Trade Program providing a unique educational and networking opportunity for professionals in the hospitality world.

 

 

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Ticket holders could experience a range of seminars that took place over three days, such as celebrity chef Ming Tsai’s Shrimp Five Ways, Master Sommelier Andrea Robinson’s Affordable Agers, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio’s High Steaks and Andrew Zimmerman’s The Art of Seafood. In between seminars, everyone moved over to the Grand Tasting tents to sample gourmet cuisine, wine, Champagne and spirits from over 300 wine and luxury lifestyle brands.

 

 

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As day turned to night, the parties were in full swing with Bravo Top Chef and Copper Cane Wines & Provisions hosting a welcome reception at the St. Regis Resort on Thursday night and the Wines of Spain celebrating 25 years at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen with an invite-only party hosted by 2015 Food & Wine Best New Chef Katie Button at Aspen Kitchen. On Friday, lucky guests were treated to acclaimed Chicago chef Stephanie Izard’s homage to Chinese cuisine with a taste-around dinner reception inspired by Duck Duck Goat that took place at the uber-chic American Express Platinum House. Emirates presented Dubai In The Sky at the top of Aspen Mountain to celebrate 35 years with the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

 

 

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Saturday night saw the most action, with the addition of musical entertainment featuring music by The Spazmatics and a tasting by Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer at Belly Up, while DJ and electronic violinist Kat V wowed guests at the St. Regis where the Nomad Magic Show with Dan White and exclusive after-party hosted by Starwood preferred Guest Card from American Express took place. We ended the night at the GOAT After-Party with Stephanie Izard back at the American Express Platinum House.

Carin von Berg

Carin von Berg lives in Los Angeles and writes about food and wine, luxury travel, beauty, fashion and luxury products. She is the editor-in-chief of Luxlife Magazine and the author of the novel Gucci Girl. In her spare time, she works as a lifestyle model when she isn't traveling to some exotic, luxury destination or dining in the latest hot-spot. ...(Read More)

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