I'm reporting from the 28th annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. This is a huge event for foodies and wine lovers, bringing in the 50 top authorities on food and wine--basically the celebrities of the food world--together for tastings, cooking demonstrations, and wine seminars.
The real fun is getting to be around these culinary superstars and watching them interact with one another--while eating their expert food and drinking their exceptional wines.
Something epic, ridiculous, or at least delicious is bound to happen...I'll keep you posted!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS--OPENING NIGHT
Food & Wine's "Top Chef Welcome Reception":
Four Top Chef, Season 6 contestants had booths with small dishes, with a text-to-vote competition (not sure that anyone actually texted)--see which you think looks best!
See the photos:
Salt Cod, Preserved Lemon and Fennel
Shot of Anise Hyssop
Octopus, Watermelon, Kaffir Aioli
Together they did BLT: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE PAST: the original concept of the BLT
PRESENT: traditional brioche BLT, thick bacon, lettuce and tomato
FUTURE: Tomato gumdrop with Bacon Dippin' Dots and lettuce garnish
MY WINNER: Michael Voltaggio's tomato gumdrop and bacon dippin' dots -- surprising and delicious.
Wines from Spain Spanish BBQ Party, featuring Chef José Andrés:
Going Whole Hog:
Roasted suckling pig
José Andrés and his team, including Top Chefs: Michael Voltaggio, Bryan Voltaggio, Mike Isabella, after Lakers victory:
Taking their own victory shot, José screams something to the effect of, "Their team's got nothing on our team!" Love it.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT:
José Andrés feeding me (and everyone around) delectable pig skin, announcing, "The pig of the lord," as he puts it in your mouth.
That's my kind of baptism!
Now that I'm sworn in...let the games begin!
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