But it was last year's lamb roast, a shindig hosted by Spanish chef José Andrés, who never stopped cooking or chatting with guests, that was the Classic's tour de force. Andrés is returning this year, as are cohorts Jacques Pépin, David Chang, Giada De Laurentiis, Thomas Keller and Batali, along with newcomer, and local kitchen magician Alex Seidel, chef/owner of Fruition and a 2010 Food & Wine magazine Best New Chef winner.
Tickets to the Classic, which usually fly out the door faster than you can say "sticker shock," are still available at www.foodandwine.com/promo/classic-in-aspen.
But if you can't fork over the cash, I'll be serving up reports from the classic right here on Cafe Society as well as Twitter. Sign up at twitter.com/cafewestword if you don't want to miss a morsel.