With its star-chef presence and around-the-clock offerings of food and drink, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is quite possibly the best place to spot the latest culinary trends. Last year, we eyed plenty of fruity-spicy cocktails, sea urchin, and Spanish croquettes, all of which proved to be huge over the past year. When we looked into this year's Classic crystal ball, what did we see? Find out when you keep reading.
Grant Achatz and Tom Colicchio both used to work for the great Thomas Keller, so when the three chefs reconvened at the new Chefs Club over this past weekend's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, it was just a gathering of great chefs, but also a reunion of sorts.
The three chefs — Achatz of Chicago hot spot Alinea, Colicchio of Top Chef and Craft fame, and Keller of French Laundry — were at the event for a panel discussion hosted by Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin, where the four discussed everything from the state of the restaurant industry to the future of fine dining to what's next for each of them.
- On his ticketed dining concept, Next: "I wanted to turn the idea of a restaurant inside out."
- On the state of the restaurant industry: "All these [new restaurant concepts] are coming in, but fine dining is not going out."
- On creativity: "Could you imagine what we could do if we didn't have to serve people?"
To see more thoughts from three great chefs, keep reading.
At the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars take place all the way from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon, and one might sit down to learn about any cooking topic, from knife skills 101 to a primer on the Northern whites of Italy. This year, I sat in on each of these seminars — led by Andrew Zimmern, Bobby Flay, and Michael Symon, respectively — where I learned at least a few great tips from each star chef, regardless of the discussion at hand.Source: WireImage
From the Grand Tasting to this year's Best New Chefs dishes, there was a lot of food and drink to be consumed at this year's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen — most of it solid, some of it questionable, and a handful of it truly exceptional.
Which bites and sips from the weekend truly left a mark? Find out when you keep reading.
- A classic French farmhouse vinaigrette — Zimmern shared his favorite recipe for us, divulging that he stole it from Pierre Gagnaire in Paris. "I use cider vinegar, peanut or safflower oil, cream, and salt and pepper," he told us.
- Potatoes — Duck fat fries are a thing, but if you can't be bothered to turn on the deep-fryer, then just toss roasted potatoes with seasonings and duck fat.
- Steak — Here's one we really hadn't thought of: to make your next aged steak really over-the-top, drizzle melted duck fat on top of it. Talk about the ultimate indulgence!
We can't wait to try the farmhouse vinaigrette. What do you do with duck fat?
The Best New Chefs Dinner is a highlight at the annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic, but for the festival's 30th anniversary celebration, Food & Wine switched things up, showcasing this year's award winners at a Grand Tasting booth throughout the weekend. Take a look at what they offered — and what we devoured.
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There was plenty to eat at this year's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, but the experience was hardly just about the food. There were so many people to befriend, so much nature to admire, and, of course, so many parties to attend. For proof that we truly had the time of our lives, take a look at some of our favorite moments.
We were on location at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and while we were thrilled to attend celebrity chef cooking demos, wine seminars, and parties, let's be real for a second: our favorite part of the whole thing is the eating and drinking! So far, we've tasted everything under the sun, from rabbit crepe tacos to lamb bacon gnocchi. See what we're eating when you keep clicking.
Once again, we'll be sharing the most memorable epicurean experiences with you, so be on the lookout for our coverage of this amazing culinary event. For real-time updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram (under the username "heyyumsugar"). And, if you're in town, look out for us; we hope to see you under the tents! Get excited for the return of our coverage by checking out some of our favorite Aspen highlights from years past.
Bobby's Burger Suggestions
Boiling the Perfect Egg With Jacques
Ming Makes Tempura and Jokes
Reviving Tiki Classics
Tastes From the Tents
Steve Raichlen's BBQ Tips
It's that time of year again: for the fifth year in a row, we're headed back to the green peaks of Aspen, CO, for the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Although there are certain celebrity chefs who are mainstays at the event, each year sees a different lineup of food and beverage personalities, many of whom are leading their own seminars on subjects ranging from grilling at home to Burgundy's best white wines. This year — the event's 30th anniversary! — the roster looks more exciting than ever. Here are five stars we can't wait to see in person.
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