Around Aspen: More Food & Wine
June 30, 2011
The Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen 2011 was so festive that I’ll run a few more photos this week.At the Grand Tasting, we were pleased to see a booth for Aspenite Alex Kaufman’s Kalex Wines that are produced in his Central Otago vineyards on the South Island of New Zealand. Alex, who has had an Aspen home on Pitkin Green for many years, sold his chemical company, Kaufman Holdings Corporation (300 employees) in 2007 and moved to Aspen full-time.Austin Sirkin, who worked as a summer intern at The Aspen Times a few years ago, is graduating from Georgia State University with a Master’s Degree in Literature. He is author of the audio book, “The Phantastic and Wondrous Adventures of Mr. Jonathan Darby” (jonathandarby.net). Austin writes sci-fi and time-travel stories and is the son of Alan and Alicia Sirkin of Aspen and Miami.In more college-related news, JoAnna Coffey of Snowmass Village has earned honors for the spring semester at the University of New Hampshire.Author Lisa See, who writes mostly about China, has written a new book titled “Dreams of Joy” published by Random House and she will be in Aspen at 5 p.m. on Aug. 11 to give a talk and book signing at Explore Booksellers. Lisa has a home in Aspen and her last best-selling book was “Shanghai Girls.”Madeleine Osberger and Rick Low are boating in Flaming Gorge, Utah, this week while daughter Madison attends Birch Trail Camp in Minong, Wis. Madeleine recently left as editor and general manager of the Snowmass Sun, where she ran the business for 10 years. Prior to the Sun, Madeleine was a general assignment reporter (and ski reporter) at The Aspen Times for eight years. She now has several projects underway for later this summer following some time off for rest and renewal. Don’t worry – you will see Madeleine back in print soon, as writers need to write.Undercurrent … The International Design Conference at Aspen used to be the start-up of the summer season. Now it is the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen.