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Tickets on sale for Food & Wine Classic

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Emiril Lagasse offers up a sample to a member of the audience during his seminar on Saturday at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic.
Laura Sugaski |

Food & Wine heads back to the slopes of Aspen this June with more insider access, more hot sips, more trends to watch and more star talent.

The 33rd annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, America’s premiere culinary weekend, will take place June 19 to 21, with a star-packed lineup of culinary masters and trendsetters. Returning celebrity chefs and wine experts Hugh Acheson, Richard Blais, Tyler Florence, Carla Hall, Kristin Kish, Tim Love, Danny Meyer, Morimoto, Mark Oldman, Jacques Pepin, Marcus Samuelsson, Sang Yoon, and Andrew Zimmern will be joined by new F&W Classic additions: Pastry chef Christina Tosi, wine experts Jordan Salcito and Patrick Capiello and cocktail expert Anthony Bohlinger.

Weekend passes are on sale now and available at FoodandWine.com/classic. The three-day event combines cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, panel discussions, tasting events and the famed Grand Tasting Pavilion. Below are some of the highlights of the weekend:

JUNE 18

• Kick-off Welcome Reception: Featuring talent from the past seasons of Bravo’s Top Chef.

JUNE 19

• Celebrity Chef 5K Charity Run: Race Aspen’s Rio Grande course with Richard Blais, Tim Love, Marcus Samuelsson and others. Registration will open in April. The race benefits Wholesome Wave Foundation.

• Classic Conversations: Hosted by Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Dana Cowin, these panel discussions will tackle women in food, and the future of food among other topics.

• American Express Restaurant Trade Program: The American Express Restaurant Trade program will kickoff its 26th year with compelling seminars for restaurant industry professionals. Chefs and restaurateurs including Rick Bayless, Michael White, Jose Garces, Gabrielle Hamilton, Danny Meyer and more will share best practices and key insights from their experiences in the hospitality business.

• Marcus Off Duty with Marcus Samuelsson.

• The Blais-wich Project with Richard Blais.

• Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen with Dana Cowin and David Chang.

• Epic Summer Pairing: Burgers and Wine with Ray Isle.

• 2015 F&W Best New Chefs in the Grand Tasting Pavilion: The biggest emerging culinary talents in the country will offer samples of their best dishes.

• Food & Wine Late Night Party: New this year, Food & Wine will host a late night party with tickets available for purchase exclusively with an American Express card. Tickets are $150. More details of the event to come.

JUNE 20

• Paella Party with Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

• Gail & Hugh’s Top Chef Quickfire with Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson.

• Sushi from A to Z with Masaharu Morimoto.

• Wingin’ It: Winning Wine for Chicken Wings with Josh Wesson.

• Grand Char-CRU-terie with Danny Meyer, Eric Korsh and John Ragan.

• Blind Tasting Smackdown with Anthony Giglio.

• Spain’s Greatest Discoveries with Marnie Old.

• Saturday Night Event: F&W returns to the top of Aspen Mountain with another exclusive evening dinner event. More details will be released in April.

JUNE 21

• The Classic Cook-off.

• In the Kitchen with Top Chef with the winner of Top Chef: Boston (season 12).

Tickets for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen are $1,350 before March 15, 2014 and $1,450 thereafter and are available by calling 877-900-9463 or by visiting foodandwine.com/ classic. The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen proudly supports Grow for Good, benefiting Wholesome Wave Foundation. Grow for Good is Food & Wine’s national initiative dedicated to supporting local farms and encouraging sustainable agriculture.

The 2015 sponsors include: American Express, KitchenAid, Lexus, Patron Tequila, S. Pellegrino/Acqua Panna and Wines from Spain.

Follow the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen on Facebook for more information.


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