Nothing at the Classic induces more excitement than Saturday night's big ticket, the Best New Chefs Dinner. It was my favorite event last year for a multitude of reasons: superb flavor combinations, a jaw-dropping view of the mountains at sunset, fantastic energy, and the best people-watching in the world. The annual by-invitation-only event was opened up to the public this year, which meant lots of crowds, but the opportunity to meet and eat with trendsetters still made it all worthwhile. Here, you'll get to know this year's Best New Chefs and their signature dishes.
While in Seattle for Starbucks Coffee College, I didn't have much time to check out the Pacific Northwest, but I did have one free meal. I used it to visit Spinasse, an Italian restaurant in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Helmed by Food & Wine Best New Chef Jason Stratton, the menu features rustic Italian from the Piemonte region. I loved the chef's complex food pairings, and I can't wait to taste more of his food at the Best New Chefs Dinner in Aspen this year!
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