Colicchio, Bastianich Rock a More Casual Classic

Photo: Perry Johnson

Excess was out at this year’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: the Tasting Pavilion was a little bit quieter, the swag bag a few pounds lighter, and the food a lot more casual. But that’s not to say there weren’t hoards of enthusiastic attendees and many a chef boozed out of his mind watching the sun come up. One party house reported having gone through 1,500 pieces of stemware in three days. For a place with a nightly capacity of 250, that’s a lot of stemware. Rockers Tom Colicchio and Joe Bastianich played 12:30 a.m. shows both Friday and Saturday. With Molto Mario accompanying aggressively on air guitar and a slew of Top Chef alums salivating along, the two guys fronted for Frank Manzi and his band (of Babbo’s-tenth-anniversary fame). “I wouldn’t exactly call it a debut,” said Joe, though it was the first time the guys played together for the Aspen crowd — and for quite so many chefs and insiders. The set list on both nights included “Wonderwall” and “Money for Nothing” (played twice on Friday). “The guitar playing was great,” said one sommelier, “although the singing left something to be desired.”