American Express is proud to present the 28th annual Restaurant Trade Program at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen from Thursday, June 15th to Saturday, June 17th.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the American Express Restaurant Trade Program at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen! Your Trade Program experience will include invaluable insights and dynamic conversations from industry leaders at our panel discussions, as well as unique opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow peers over uniquely curated food and wine offerings at our Trade-only events, all in the spectacular setting of the Rocky Mountains.

The three Trade Program panel discussions will explore restaurant industry-specific topics that will help enhance your business, from cultivating culture to implementing sustainable practices to remaining relevant in today’s ever-changing market. Please register here to secure a seat at the table for the following panels:

T100: Meet the Masters: Cultivating Culture
Friday, June 16, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. at Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Chef, author and TV personality Andrew Zimmern will speak with two pairs of award-winning restaurant operators whose success is rooted in their unique company culture. Union Square Hospitality Group’s Danny Meyer and Sabato Sagaria, along with Frasca Food and Wine’s Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson, will touch on the importance of creating and fostering a strong company culture to attract and retain talent, as well as share insights into key experiences that built their brands – and careers.

T200: Changing Culinary Landscapes
Friday, June 16, 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. at Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Andrew Zimmern will moderate this panel discussion with Anya Fernald and chefs Mike Lata, Ludo Lefebvre and Jonathon Sawyer. This dynamic group will discuss how environmental, economic and nutritional concerns have impacted menus and operations in restaurants, while also sharing best practices for implementing responsible sourcing and sustainability programs within the industry.

T300: Relevance Today: Adapt, Evolve, Innovate
Saturday, June 17, 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. at Hotel Jerome Ballroom

Moderator Curtis Stone will explore ways to stay relevant with panelists Ashley Christensen, Will Guidara, Gary Obligacion, and Alon Shaya. These chefs and operators will discuss how they created, developed and evolved their concepts to stay competitive and relevant, while identifying new opportunities to innovate and drive authentic business and more.

In addition to the panel discussions, please register to join us for the following Trade-only events:

TKO: Trade-only Kick-off Party
Thursday, June 15, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Ajax Tavern

Start your Trade Program experience at the base of Ajax Mountain with James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Alon Shaya and an exclusive Old School vs. New School menu marrying Israeli culinary traditions with modern New Orleans sensibilities. Enjoy freshly baked pita, hummus, matzo ball gumbo, and much more paired with wines, beer and cocktails on Ajax Tavern’s al fresco patio. Please RSVP here to join us as we kick off the weekend.

THAP: Trade-only Afternoon Social
Friday, June 16, 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. at Theatre Aspen at John Denver Sanctuary

Join us at Theatre Aspen, a brand-new Trade Program location, for a view as spectacular as the specially crafted menu from Will Guidara and the teams from Eleven Madison Park and NoMad and refreshing wines from Long Meadow Ranch and Scarpetta Wines. The Afternoon Social will immediately follow the Changing Culinary Landscapes panel on Friday, June 16, at Theatre Aspen, located at John Denver Sanctuary, a short walk from Hotel Jerome. Please RSVP here.

On behalf of the teams at American Express and FOOD & WINE, we look forward to welcoming you to Aspen this June!