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Fine Living Network films shows in Aspen

Naomi HavlenAspen Times Staff Writer

Hundreds of press members were in town last weekend to showcase Food & Wine internationally, including one production crew set to cover “fine living” in Aspen.The Fine Living Network is producing three programs in Aspen – a one-hour special on the Food & Wine Magazine Classic, a holiday special featuring several chefs preparing food worthy of holiday feasts and a half-hour show called “Simply Wine.”Sandy Green, the programs’ producer, said crews visited Aspen during last year’s Classic to tape a one-hour program.”It turned out to be fantastic, and we were asked to come back,” Green said.Green is with Los Angeles-based Follow Productions. Owner Gordon Elliot is host of the Food & Wine Classic show and the holiday-themed episode.”Simply Wine” is an upcoming half-hour series on the Fine Living Network hosted by Andrea Immer, who was named “Best Sommelier in America” in 1997. Immer is author of several books, including “Great wine made simple: Straight Talk from a Master Sommelier.”Her series will premier on the network in September, Green said.”She’ll be featuring all of the wines for the moments in your life – everyday wines, once a week wines, once a month wines, once a year wines and even once in a lifetime wine,” Green said. The one-hour program on Food & Wine will also feature all that Aspen has to offer, she said, including restaurants, lodging and outdoor activities.”Most of what the Fine Living Network is all about is living life to its fullest – and that’s what you get up here in Aspen, not just in the winter but in the summer too,” Green said. “You can’t even create a backdrop that’s more beautiful than what you all have here, and it’s the quality of life that makes it successful.”And although it may sound difficult to film a holiday-themed show in June, Green said the film crew found a place in the mountains with some snow for some appropriate footage, and they’ll also hire a crew to come up when it starts to snow in town.Todd Slossberg, chef for the Hotel Jerome restaurant, is one of the featured chefs for the holiday show, which should air on the Fine Living Network during the holiday season, Green said.”Everywhere we’ve pointed the cameras we have a beautiful postcard shot behind us,” she said. “We’ve really enjoyed our time here.”Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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