Highlights from the Aspen Food and Wine Classic

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.

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    Ideal weather and scenery greeted people with the pricey passes to Grand Tastings
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    Main Street Bakery Cafe in Aspen.  Locals and visitors may bump into a celebrity, in town for the classic
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    Michael Symon (left) and Bobby Flay (right), signing books
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    Emeril Lagasse stands for television interview outside the Grand Tasting tents
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    Visitors are asked to take one wine glass per customer for the tastings, much to our disappointment.
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    Macaroons at Turks & Caicos table
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    Pistachio truffles at the Godiva booth
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    Shrimp cooked in broken chili sauce with black barley and grapefruit
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    Beef short rib sandwiches In the Kitchen with David, QVC television host
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    Tomatillo gazpacho with shrimp marinated in lime and mezcal topped with chilli peanuts and fresh avocado
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    Certified Angus strip steak with quinoa lentil salad with micro arugala and Cayman sea salt
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    Chef Cheng of Hong Kong restaurant Celebrity Cuisine (this was his first time in the U.S.)
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    Tables ready for opening of the Chefs Club restaurant at the St. Regis hotel in Aspen
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    Sommelier LeeAnn Kaufman chills the Champagne bottle before sabering ritual at St. Regis hotel
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    Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio, who appear together on Bravo's Top Chef, pose for fans
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    Andrew Zimmern mingles and greets guests at the FOOD & WINE Classic 30th anniversary party
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    Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali pose in Batali's kitchen area
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    In the Kitchen with David QVC television host David Venable poses with his likeness
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    The scene is set for guests to perch on bales of hay at the FOOD & WINE Classic 30th anniversary party
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    Guests had the choice to sit, stand or mingle with beautiful views of Aspen area mountains
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    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!
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