Food & Wine Classic in Aspen schedule released
Food & Wine Magazine announced Wednesday the talent line-up and program for the sold out 34th annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.
The brand’s signature event, named America’s Hottest Festival by Adweek, brings together culinary luminaries with rising star talent for a weekend of tastings, seminars, parties and panels. The three-day event will take place June 17 through 19 in various locations throughout downtown Aspen. The full schedule of seminars is available online at http://www.foodandwine.com/classic.
This will be the inaugural year for Food & Wine’s new editor, Nilou Motamed, who joined the brand March 14. Motamed will join Hugh Acheson, Richard Blais, Chris Cosentino, Graham Elliott, Tyler Florence, Johnny Iuzzini, Tim Love, Mark Oldman, Jacques Pepin, Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons, Curtis Stone, Christina Tosi and Andrew Zimmern as presenters at the Classic. Jose Garces and Anne Burrell are new additions.
In addition, Food & Wine will partner with Blackberry Farm to host a one-time-only dinner honoring Southern classics at the top of Aspen Mountain on June 18. The Tennessee farm’s artisan team will start the night off with bites from their larder kitchens and highlight cheeses, charcuterie and preserves. For the family-style meal, the three chefs of Blackberry Farm — Cassidee Dabney, Sarah Steffan and Josh Feathers — will send out farm favorites while food and beverage director and sommelier Andy Chabot leads the charge on pouring wines worth hiking up the mountain to sip. Tickets will go on sale April 1.
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Additional highlights of the weekend include:
• More than 80 cooking, wine and cocktail seminars on topics trending in the culinary world, including Wines for IPO Trillionaires, Whole Fish Different Ways, The Ultimate Grain Bowl, New Style Surf and Turf, Secret Italian Steals, White Burgundy and Beyond and Swine & Wine: Best Wines for BBQ.
• The famed Grand Tasting Pavilion, an epicurean adventure with nearly 300 brands.
• The 27th annual American Express Restaurant Trade Program, which combines the best and brightest minds in the business on industry challenges.
• The second annual Somm Con, an exclusive event for the wine and beverage industry.
• A morning run along the Rio Grande River for the Celebrity Chef Charity 5K race. A portion of the proceeds benefit Wholesome Wave.
• Exclusive parties and late-night events.
• Classic cook-off featuring surprise celebrity sous chefs.
Tickets for the sold out Food & Wine Classic were $1,450 before March 15 and $1,550 thereafter.
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