Aspen Food & Wine ’15 Preview

Welcome to my new format for Texaztaste!  It’s official, and I have made the switch from Blogger to WordPress, a move that has been suggested to me for some time, but I was too scared to try.  I enlisted the help of the delightfully knowledgeable tech duo, Emily and Jacob Dietz of Scottsdale, AZ, to show me how to navigate the murky waters of social media.  For those of you who are my subscribers from Blogger, welcome to the new look.  (Drop me a line…I would love to hear what you think!)  My goal was to time the release of my new website with my third annual trip to the Aspen Food and Wine Classic.  More than your average food festival, the Aspen Food and Wine Classic is an inspirational three days of food and wine seminars located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  Combining three of my favorite activities, namely eating, drinking and exercising, the FW Classic is the holy grail of foodie festivals.  While I organize by thoughts, I have compiled a teaser of some of my favorite experiences from the weekend.  Stay tuned for more to come!


Aspen restaurant Jimmy’s held a mescal tasting in the Grand Tasting tent.


OMG…look who was there! Chef Alvin Cailan from Eggslut in LA with one of his signature egg dishes, the Slut.


A close up of the Slut, a poached egg atop whipped potatoes with a dash of chives and caviar.


Every day in the Grand Tasting tent, a few of F&W’s best new chefs will showcase a signature dish.


Food & Wine best new chef of 2015, Grae Nonas, of Olamaie in Austin, chats up a fan.


From Bryce Shuman at Betony in NYC, Tsar Imperial Caviar, Caramelized Buttermilk, and Crème Fraîche.


At the KitchenAid exhibit, a fancy add-on for your standing mixer is a spiralizer…I gotta get one.


Cochinita Pibil tacos from the Yucatán exhibit.


Patrón Tequila always has a fun assortment of creative cocktails to try.


I loved Mustard Girl’s story: she prayed for a sign to help her find a career path and shortly thereafter attended a church service on the Parable of the Mustard Seed.


Mionetto’s Sparkling Blood Orange Herbal Cocktail.


The iconic Monsieur Jacques Pépin.


Andrew Zimmern, Marcus Samuelsson, Eric Ripert (of Bernardin) and Jacques Pépin.


Tyler Florence showed us a version of his grandmother’s fried chicken, with an herbal twist.


Tim Love showed us a good time, as always.


Marnie Old, sommelier, posing with fellow oenophile, rocker Pink.


And in case you were wondering what to wear? Well, rompers were apparently all the rage.

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  • Sylvia Canelos

    I will follow your well-written, interesting, and utterly fabulous blog wherever it moves to because it always brightens my day! Thank you!

    • TexazTaste

      Thanks, Syl, for the overwhelming vote of confidence!

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