Mountain Mayhem: Another fabulous Food & Wine Classic

by May Selby
A party posse at Dancing Bear's rooftop kick-off with Aspen Magazine.

The 34th annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen may have been my favorite – and not just because 34’s my lucky number. Let’s start with the weather – brilliant blue skies and verdant hillsides set the backdrop, and while it may have hot, it was on brand for the Southern-themed dinners atop Aspen Mountain – Friday night’s Publisher’s Party, which channeled Charleston, South Carolina, and Saturday’s Blackberry Farm dinner with the celebrated resort’s chefs.

Food & Wine introduced its new editor Nilou Motamed whose debut issue is currently out, covering the best new chefs and more. With far too many parties, pop-ups and personalities to mention, I’ll simply list off some of my number ones: ACRA’s membership lunch at Hotel Jerome, Constellation Wines’ reception at Casa Tua, Swirl Girl Denver’s Yacht Rock at The Sky, Tim Hutchins’ pork party on Waters Ave., Dancing Bear’s rooftop kick-off with Aspen Magazine, Aspen Kitchen’s late night party with Aspen Peak, the Patron Party at Nello Alpine, and Infinite Monkey Theorem’s Wine at the Mine for the fifth time!

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