Food & Wine
The 22nd annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen was bigger than ever with people milling in the big tents, eating and drinking everything in sight. What a good time they all had! Besides all the tastings, there were cooking demonstrations by famous chefs (as famous as movie stars) and many, many special parties, such as Wines from Spain’s third annual tapas party held at the Baldwin Gallery, the Texas Outlaw party held at Kenichi and the publisher’s gala given by Food & Wine magazine publisher Julie McGowan at the Sundeck atop Aspen Mountain. There was also a welcoming party given in a tent at The Little Nell and the Best New Chef party at the Hotel Jerome. In fact, there are so many photos that I will run another Food & Wine column next week.Longtime Aspenite Vicki Brooks (living part time in California) is back in her Aspen condo for the summer. This past year she traveled with Stanford University to Cuba and Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand). Her son, Alder Yallow, an Aspen High School and Stanford University graduate, is engaged to be married. His fiancee, Ruth Lieu, is a Harvard Business School graduate. They live and work in San Francisco and plan to be married next April. Anita and Gary Rosenau just returned from a six-week trip in their motor home. They visited friends and family in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., and over the Memorial Day weekend they had a family reunion of four generations in Manahawkin, N.J. From there they visited lifelong friends in Old Forge, N.Y., and then went on to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, for the Shaw Festival where they saw seven plays. In Stratford, Ontario, for the Shakespeare Festival they saw five plays, one of which was the innovative “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Anita also managed to squeeze in a trip to New York City for six plays and an alumni reunion at the University of Pennsylvania.Aspen photographer Pat Sudmeier has an exhibit in the Yakima Valley Museum in Yakima, Wash., titled “Portraits from Eisenhower High School: Photographs taken from 1974 to 1976.” Aspen artist Wewer Keohane is celebrating the fact that her work is now in the Musée de L’Eventail in Paris, France.Internationally celebrated artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude will be showing drawings and collages of “The Gates: Project for Central Park, New York City” at the Baldwin Gallery from July 2-26. In February 2005, Central Park will be adorned with saffron-hued banners suspended from 7,500 gates over 23 miles of walkways. Christo is best known for his wrapping of famous architectural monuments and for the “Rifle Curtain” at Rifle Gap. Jessica Young, daughter of John Young and Linda Vieira, was named to the dean’s list for academic achievement during spring semester at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.Just back from a nostalgic trip are Mary and Gib Gardner. They rode a special reincarnation of the original Vista-Dome California Zephyr train, which ran from 1949 to 1970 between Chicago and Oakland via Denver and Salt Lake City on the Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific railroads. The trip this spring was from Reno to Emeryville and used seven passenger cars and one engine from the original California Zephyr. Alex and Scott Kendrick are the proud parents of Cooper Storey, born April 26 in Aspen Valley Hospital.Undercurrent … There is a sea of red poppies outside my window. I started with one poppy plant from Florence Glidden many years ago, and they have spread all over the front yard and the alley.
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Amid the pre-Thanksgiving gloom of grim pandemic news here in Aspen, across Colorado and the mountain west came a small but significant dose of hope in the unlikely form of an Aspen Music Festival and School announcement.