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Insiders' Aspen

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen: Then and Now

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Insiders’ Aspen

Photographs: Alison Harris (Hazan), Percy Ramirez for Oxfam (De Laurentiis), Brad Trent (Parker), Courtesy of Paul Grieco (Grieco), Perry Johnson (Lagasse, 1990), Courtesy of Steven Freeman (Lagasse, today), Rachel Cobb (Child), Courtesy of Tom Hopkins (Pépin)

When the Food & Wine classic in Aspen launched 30 years ago, 300 people showed up. Today, more than 5,000 come: celebrity chefs, wine pros, restaurateurs, citizen foodies and—perhaps the happiest, most excited group of all—F&W editors. Our job is to run around for three days introducing the speakers and panelists at cooking demos and wine tastings; eating and drinking our way through the Grand Tasting Tent (sort of a dream wine-and-food bazaar); catching up with friends like Jacques Pépin at parties, after-parties and after-after-parties; and getting a crash course on the latest culinary trends, news and personalities to watch. Here, a window into the Classic for anyone who’s ever wanted to go:

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