aspen food and wine classic

July 7, 2011

Three weeks ago, I lucked out and got assigned to shoot the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo. Organized by the Food and Wine magazine, this festival brings together celebrity chefs, gourmet producers and food aficionados from all over the world for a three-day celebration of gormandizing in Colorado’s capital of decadence. A weekend-ticket for the regular Joe Schmoe to get admitted here is a staggering $1,200. Think of it whatever you want, but the food I had during this weekend was great. Nevertheless, I was glad when I finally got to escape the craze and be among regular people again…

Surrounded by the mountains, the Food and Wine Classic takes place in downtown Aspen Friday, June 17, 2011.

Surrounded by the mountains, the Food and Wine Classic takes place in downtown Aspen.

Susan Feniger, co-owner of the Border Grill restaurants, prepares Peruvian Ceviche with Pickled Red Onions during her "Global Street Food" cooking demo at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., Friday, June 17, 2011.

Susan Feniger, co-owner of the Border Grill restaurants, prepares Peruvian Ceviche with Pickled Red Onions during her "Global Street Food" cooking demo Friday, June 17, 2011.

During a press lunch titled "Celebrating Singaporean Street Food" at the Baldwin Gallery on Saturday, the Singaporean Tourism Board served Carrot Sesame Pineapple ice cream among many other exotic dishes. Very delicious...

During a press lunch titled "Celebrating Singaporean Street Food" at the Baldwin Gallery on Saturday, the Singaporean Tourism Board served Carrot Sesame Pineapple ice cream among many other exotic dishes. Very delicious...

Howard Greenstone, right, the CEO of New York City-based Rosa Mexicano, relaxes with his employees Jason Berry and Grace Hu in the courtyard of the Grand Tasting Pavilion at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Saturday morning, June 18, 2011. "This is hangover position," he said. "I'm sweating out some of last night's champagne."

Howard Greenstone, right, the CEO of New York City-based Rosa Mexicano, relaxes with his employees Jason Berry and Grace Hu in the courtyard of the Grand Tasting Pavilion Saturday morning. "This is hangover position," he said. "I'm sweating out some of last night's champagne."

José Andrés and daughter Lucia prepare ingredients for one of Andrés's recipes during his "Sexy Vegetable Dishes" demo cooking at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., Saturday, June 18, 2011.

José Andrés and daughter Lucia prepare ingredients for one of Andrés's recipes during his "Sexy Vegetable Dishes" demo cooking Saturday.

From left, Alexandra Steel, Elise McLean and Charlotte Steel, all of New York City, participate in a stretching exercise immediately before the "Sauce on the Side: Wine, Wieners and the Works" wine and hot dog tasting conducted by Danny Meyer at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Saturday, June 18, 2011.

From left, Alexandra Steel, Elise McLean and Charlotte Steel, all of New York City, participate in a stretching exercise immediately before the "Sauce on the Side: Wine, Wieners and the Works" wine and hot dog tasting conducted by Danny Meyer Saturday.

Various wines and condiments along with a hotdog and a tasting matrix are laid out for participants of the "Sauce on the Side: Wine, Wieners and the Works" wine and hot dog tasting conducted by Danny Meyer at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Various wines and condiments along with a hotdog and a tasting matrix are laid out for participants of Danny Meyer's wine and hot dog tasting.

Members of the media line up in front of Aspen Meadows Resort for the press preview of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Members of the media line up in front of Aspen Meadows Resort for the press preview of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner Saturday.

Bowman Brown, center left, and Viet Pham, the owners of the Forage restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah, serve their Heritage Valley Organic Terrine Scented with Spruce at the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Bowman Brown, center left, and Viet Pham, the owners of the Forage restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah, serve their Heritage Valley Organic Terrine Scented with Spruce at the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort Saturday.

Guests of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort chat in one of the lounge rooms Saturday, June 18, 2011.

Guests of the 2011 Food & Wine Best New Chefs Dinner at the Aspen Meadows Resort chat in one of the lounge rooms Saturday.

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