Your Guide to the 2017 Aspen Food & Wine Classic

Every year, the Aspen Food & Wine Classic assembles an unrivaled roster of culinary talent. Fortunately, Dancing Bear Aspen affords Owners a front-row seat to this magnificent foodie festival.

First of all, the obvious reason: the Grand Tastings take place across the street in Wagner Park. But secondly, Owners are invited to an exclusive annual rooftop soiree to kickoff the festival, and this year’s party will truly be unforgettable.

Here’s a special guide to the 2017 Aspen Food & Wine Classic as seen through the eyes of our Owners.

Fiesta Del Vino

Our private party for Owners might just be the highlight of the weekend. None other than Richard Blais — the edgy and boundlessly creative chef and restauranteur best known for winning Top Chef (and then becoming one of its judges) — will be on hand as our guest of honor. He will be signing his new cookbook So Good: 100 Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours.

Dancing Bear Aspen, Aspen Food & Wine Classic Party

In addition to Richard Blais, the exclusive event for Owners will feature Spanish-themed tapas from Crystal River Meats and Caribou Club, as well as sublime little treats from Delysia Chocolatier. World-renowned cheese expert Laura Werlin will be on hand, and Owners will be able to sample wines, beer and spirits from a curated roster of vintners, brewers and distillers.

The party will be held on The Rooftop Terrace of the Dancing Bear Aspen on Thursday, June 15 at 6pm, and the guest-list is exclusive to Owners and their guests.

Grand Tasting

Dancing Bear Aspen’s location is often praised in terms of its proximity to the Silver Queen Gondola (which is lovely in the summer), but when it comes to the Food & Wine Classic, it is all about our front door’s proximity to the Grand Tasting tent. This wonderland of culinary invention and refined taste is open for lunch and dinner intervals during the event, offering attendees an exquisite roster of cuisine, fine wine, craft beer and spirits.

Top Chef

The acclaimed TV series has long been a fixture of the Aspen Food & Wine Classic. After all, the grand prize for winning chefs of the reality-based competition has been a culinary showcase at the event. But this year, Top Chef — which is currently filming season 15 in Denver — will be bringing the contestants to Aspen for a showdown, which will serve as one of the upcoming season’s episodes.

Meanwhile, Brooke Williamson — last year’s winner — will be showcasing her talent on Friday as well.

Elevate Your Understanding

For serious gourmands, nothing tops the educational seminars held at the Food & Wine Classic. Passholders can attend any of the 40+ seminars lead by such esteemed chefs as Daniel Boulud, Jonathan Waxman, Richard Blais, Curtis Stone and Carla Hall. Sommeliers will also be conducting intensive deep dives on vino, with topics ranging from “Northern Italy’s Greatest Whites” to “Around the World with Bubbles.”

The Food & Wine Classic will be taking over Aspen on June 16–18. Passes are currently sold out, but future events promise to be just as compelling.

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