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Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Star chefs Tom Colicchio, Grant Achatz and Thomas Keller, along with Food & Wine magazine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin, gather at Chefs Club by Food & Wine magazine in the St. Regis for a roundtable discussion of restaurants and the future of food.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

The grand tasting tent.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Every year, the Wines of Spain booth garners one the longest lines in the tasting tent; the wines are a big draw, but so so is the selection of Spanish cheeses.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Andrew Zimmern and José Andrés at the spectacular Wines of Spain party that always takes place on the grounds of a palatial estate. The house where this year's feast took place is actually on the market...for $28 million.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

The swanky dining room at the Chefs Club by Food & Wine magazine in the St. Regis.

 

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

This year, Whole Foods hosted a fishmonger competition, in which fish slayers from Whole Foods stores from across the country competed against one another for top fish in the sea supremacy.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Bob "The Fish Guy" Keany, the fishmonger at the Whole Foods in Highlands Ranch, won the battle.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Top Chef season nine winner Paul Qui.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Andrew Zimmern, José Andrés and Giada De Laurentiis at the Wines of Spain party.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

There were sausages galore -- and a whole lot more -- at the Wines of Spain soiree, which spotlighted the food of Andrés.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Oak at 14th bartender and co-owner Bryan Dayton shook things up at a pool party at the Sky hotel.

 

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Top Chef season four contestant Richard Blais in the grand tasting tent.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

There were thousands of bottles of wine to sample in the grand tasting tent, but these German Rieslings were some of the best -- and the winemakers had personalities as vibrant as their wines.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

To wit: Riesling tattoos.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

The Denver FIVE -- Tyler Wiard (Elway's Cherry Creek), Jessica Scott (Bistro Boys Catering), Hosea Rosenberg (BlackBelly Catering), Samir Mohammad (former chef of the Village Cork - now a free agent) and Jenna Johansen (current contestant on Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo) -- cooked for a private party.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Ben Parson, who founded the Infinite Monkey Theorem, hosted a blowout bash in the Smuggler Mine, and pig, courtesy of Masterpiece Deli, was in abundance.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Kelly Whittaker, chef-owner of Pizzeria Basta in Boulder, did sous-vide wieners wrapped with Tender Belly bacon at the Mine party.

 

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

IMT's rosé wine in a can.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Chefs Michael Symon and Bobby Flay share a laugh while autographing their cookbooks in the grand tasting tent.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

This marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and as part of the celebration, chefs Mario Batali, José Andrés and Michel Niscahn cooked at a benefit concert, where Elvis Costello took the stage -- and Batali served, among other dishes, a fantastic cheese and cherry tomato bruschetta.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Mario Batali at the thirtieth anniversary party.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

Michel Nischan.

Photos: Famous faces, food and debauchery from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen
Lori Midson

The 2009 Debauchery Petit Verdot / Petite Sirah wasn't the best juice in the tent, but it definitely defined the weekend.


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