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They’re skiing in Aspen today. At least that’s the rumor, that there’s one ski run open and up to three feet of snow on the mountain (I’ve spotted some on this live cam). I have to wait until tomorrow to see it for myself.

Ski or no ski (I’m bringing my boots just in case), I’m excited for this year’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Aside from the dinners and special events, the seminar lineup is one of the best ever. Here are some highlights:

• A chocolate and wine-pairing seminar conducted by our own Ray Isle and chocolatier Andrew Shotts. Usually these types of tastings are snore fests, but Shotts has created some of the most gonzo, sweet-savory dishes imaginable. Chocolate covered pork rinds, anyone?

• Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi cooking side-by-side using similar ingredients, but in their own respective styles. Think Top Chef meets Iron Chef.

• Grill guru Steven Raichlen’s around-the-globe barbecue seminar. It’s impossible to spend an hour with Raichlen and not learn 50 new things.

• The American Idol of wine: The 3rd annual Sommelier’s Challenge, in which Lettie Teague pits four of the world’s best sommeliers against each other as they try to be the ultimate wine geek. 

• David Chang’s whole hog tasting. ‘Nuff said.

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