The high-altitude cooking event of the year kicks off today as the 31st annual Food & Wine Classic invites celebrity chefs and foodies from around the country to mountainous Aspen, Colorado for a true celebration of all things culinary. This year's festival boasts more than 80 cooking demonstrations and wine talks, tastings, panel discussions and more, all held at an elevation of 8,000 feet.
New events promise to make this year extraordinary. A celebrity chef 5K allows food-lovers to run alongside their favorite culinary stars while also raising money for Food & Wine's Grow for Good, which works with Wholesome Wave to expand the availability and affordability of fresh, local produce throughout the country. Meanwhile, the 25th Anniversary Food & Wine Best New Chefs Party in Aspen invites patrons to indulge in eats from Best New Chefs of the past including John Besh and David Chang.
Events led by all-star chefs and culinary personalities including Mario Batali, Rick Bayless, Richard Blais, Tom Colicchio,Thomas Keller, Danny Meyer, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons, Andrew Zimmern and many, many more round out the weekend packed with food fun.
Photo: José Andrés, Mario Batali, Andrew Zimmern, Bobby Flay, Dana Cowin, Danny Meyer, Michael Chiarello, Michael Symon, Christina Grdovic, Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons and Tim Love at last year's Classic.
Image Credit: Galdones Photography