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Mountain Mayhem: A toast to Food & Wine

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem

This weekend in Aspen, the entire culinary community — and city for that matter — felt the absence of what would have been the 38th Annual Food & Wine Classic presented by Food & Wine magazine. To pay tribute to the festival’s legacy and toast to brighter days ahead, The Aspen Times and The Little Nell invited a group of Aspen area chefs, sommeliers and restaurateurs to a mountaintop reception and Aspen Culinary Class of 2020 photo atop Aspen Mountain on Thursday, June 18. It served as a reunion for many who have been a part of the Classic over the past 37 years, including its founder, Gary Plumley from Of Grape & Grain, who shared a few words about the humble origins and grand evolution of the festival.

Throughout the weekend, various pop-up parties took place up and down the valley as a tribute to Aspen’s wine and culinary character, including a Wines of Spain-inspired small gathering in Wagner Park, a pool party with a “rosé all day” theme and a fabulous 40th birthday party with a Food & Wine theme for Katie De Besche Bennas on Father’s Day with all the bells and whistles.