Ideal weather and scenery greeted people with the pricey passes to Grand Tastings
Main Street Bakery Cafe in Aspen. Locals and visitors may bump into a celebrity, in town for the classic
Michael Symon (left) and Bobby Flay (right), signing books
Emeril Lagasse stands for television interview outside the Grand Tasting tents
Visitors are asked to take one wine glass per customer for the tastings, much to our disappointment.
Macaroons at Turks & Caicos table
Pistachio truffles at the Godiva booth
Shrimp cooked in broken chili sauce with black barley and grapefruit
Beef short rib sandwiches In the Kitchen with David, QVC television host
Tomatillo gazpacho with shrimp marinated in lime and mezcal topped with chilli peanuts and fresh avocado
Certified Angus strip steak with quinoa lentil salad with micro arugala and Cayman sea salt
Chef Cheng of Hong Kong restaurant Celebrity Cuisine (this was his first time in the U.S.)
Tables ready for opening of the Chefs Club restaurant at the St. Regis hotel in Aspen
Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman chills the Champagne bottle before sabering ritual at St. Regis hotel
Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio, who appear together on Bravo's Top Chef, pose for fans
Andrew Zimmern mingles and greets guests at the FOOD & WINE Classic 30th anniversary party
Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali pose in Batali's kitchen area
In the Kitchen with David QVC television host David Venable poses with his likeness
The scene is set for guests to perch on bales of hay at the FOOD & WINE Classic 30th anniversary party
Guests had the choice to sit, stand or mingle with beautiful views of Aspen area mountains
Some of the swag in the media bag for the FOOD & Wine Classic. items included measuring cup/spoon set, Vinturi aeration, Louisiana's Crystal Hot Sauce, a pass to The Green Room at The Little Nell Residences and much more!
At the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, the chance of bumping into a celebrity chefs is a great as the abundance of amazing food to sample. But with prices starting at a whopping $1,225 each, only the privileged could sit in on demonstrations led by household names. Here's a peak at some of the best moments.