If it feels like most of the high-profile chefs in your city are mysteriously missing this weekend, don’t worry. The 29th Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is taking the mountain town over for the next three days, and some of the most prestigious chefs and food personalities in the business are there to give presentations, revel in the fine weather, and cook a lot of food. Jacques Pépin, Mario Batali, Thomas Keller, and Tom Colicchio are just a few of the big names that will be making the rounds.
If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you’re unfortunately out of luck; the passes for all the events are sold out. But Grub Street will have an inside source for the whole weekend, which kicked off last night with a red-carpet gala. Food & Wine’s editor-in-chief Dana Cowin and publisher Christina Grdovic Baltz greeted chefs from all over the country, including John Besh, Marcus Samuelsson, and Michael Chiarello. There were also way more Top Chef winners and contestants than we could have imagined.
We’ll have a recap of the festivities next week, but definitely check out the red-carpet event now.