As always, the celebrity chef lineup for the 2013 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, which will take over Glitter Gulch June 14-16, is a gallery of big, bold culinary mugs: Mario Batali, José Andrés, Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson, Andrew Zimmern, Jacques and Claudine Pépin, Ming Tsai, Hugh Acheson, Andrew Zimmern, Tim Love and whomever wins Top Chef: Seattle (Go, Tyler Wiard!), are all slated to descend upon Aspen for what many deem the be-all and end-all of food and wine bashes in the nation.
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Oenophiles and foodniks attending the 2013 Classic include can definitely expect to jostle for seats at these demonstrations, the roster of which will continue to grow:
- Mario Batali's Sicilian Summer Supper - Oysters 10 Ways with Jose Andres - Andrew Zimmern's Dim Sum at Home - DIY Sausage with Chris Cosentino - Porktastic Pours: Best Wines for Charcuterie with Josh Wesson - Cooking Demonstration with the winner of Top Chef: Seattle (Season 10)
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Tickets to the always exhilarating three-day, high-altitude jubilee, which includes dozens of theatrical (and educational) culinary demos, discussions and wine seminars and food-and-wine tasting events under a billowy white tent otherwise known as the Grand Tasting Pavilion, are $1,150 before March 15, 2013 and $1,250 thereafter, and are available by calling 877-900-9463 or by visiting www.foodandwine.com/classic. It's a splurge weekend to be sure, but worth every cent, and FOOD & WINE donates two percent of the net proceeds from all FOOD & WINE Classic tickets sold to Grow for Good, benefiting Wholesome Wave Foundation.