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Food and Wine Classic This Weekend

June 17, 2010

Tomorrow marks the start of the 28th annual Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. For foodies, the event is like an All-Star game of top chefs, restauranteurs, sommeliers and vineyard owners, offering a weekend of tastings, seminars and cooking demos. Everyone is there: Jacques Pepin, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio, Giada di Laurentiis and many, many more.

The full schedule is here, but some of the highlights include a “Secrets of Wine & Food pairing” seminar from Philadelphia sommelier Marnie Old, a “Best of Ligurian Cooking” demo from Batali and a “Create your own Specialty Cocktails” session with the Modern Mixologist himself, Tony Abou-Ganim. I also would love to attend the “It is Easy to be Green: Feasible Farm to Table Practices” seminar with Joe Bastianich, Sam Beall, Jeff Harvey, Michel Nischan and Cindy Pawlcyn. After spending some time at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture for my master’s project, farm to table (or better yet, farm to fork) is something that I’ve become very interested in. Of course, I wouldn’t mind attending some of the tastings either.

All that good food and drink comes at a hefty price — almost $1200 for a weekend pass. Hopefully one day, I’ll get there.

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