Batali, Lagasse, DeLaurentiis, Flay, Colicchio, Pépin and More Reunite for Star-Studded 30th Anniversary FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

FOOD & WINE will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the legendary FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen on June 15 – 17, 2012 with a line-up of new events and the greatest number of chefs and winemakers to be gathered at this event. Together, epicurean masters, Mario Batali, Giada DeLaurentiis, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Tom Colicchio, Danny Meyer, Jacques Pépin, Michael Symon, Ming Tsai and many more will lead more than 80 cooking seminars and demonstrations.

For 5,000 attendees, the three-day weekend brings the FOOD & WINE brand to life through cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, interactive seminars, panel discussions, tasting events and the famed Grand Tasting Pavilion – all set at 8,000 feet in glamorous Aspen, Colorado.

Tickets are $1,125 before March 15, 2012 and $1,225 thereafter, at 877-900-WINE or www.foodandwine.com/classic. FOOD & WINE donates two percent of the net proceeds from all FOOD & WINE Classic tickets sold to Grow for Good, benefiting Wholesome Wave Foundation. Grow for Good is FOOD & WINE’s national initiative dedicated to supporting local farms and encouraging sustainable agriculture.

Highlights from this year’s line-up include:

• Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio Top Chef: Salty & Sweet
• Mario Batali’s Italian Sunday Supper
• Meatless Mondays with Michael Symon
• Sizzling Skillets with Emeril Lagasse
• Brilliance of Bordeaux with Paul Grieco
• Cooking Demonstration with the winner of Top Chef: Texas (Season 9)
• Return of the famous Classic Cook-Off

Giada De Laurentiis answers questions in her Giada at Home seminar

Mario Batali heats up the oil in his Seafood of the Adriatic seminar.

Ming Tsai, Dana Cowin, Mario Batali, Tim Love, Christina Grdovic, Gail Simmons and Michael Symon toast to another fantastic Classic in Aspen!

Thomas Keller, Jean-Claude Szurdak and Jacques Pépin catch-up over a glass of wine.

Attendees will be treated to special 30th anniversary events and new programming this year, including a hands-on knife skills seminar presented by Sur La Table; a butchering demonstration, a 5K charity run, an anniversary party, and a late-night dessert bash. More details of all the 30th anniversary events and tickets will be announced over the next few months. Follow the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen on Facebook for more information.

2012 sponsors include: American Express, All-Clad Metalcrafters, Belvedere Vodka, FIJI Water, Godiva, Lexus, Patron Tequila, Stella Artois, and Sur La Table.

About the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is the epicurean brand’s signature event, bringing together the world’s foremost authorities on wine and food at over 80 cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. In addition, over 300 wines and luxury lifestyle brands gather together in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, the epicenter of the event, to feature and sample their newest products. Simultaneously, American Express will host its 23rd annual Restaurant Trade Program, a unique educational and networking event developed for the professionals who shape the world of hospitality. Designed to offer the tools and best practices that attendees need to stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace, the American Express Restaurant Trade Program features a welcome reception, two exclusive opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow Trade attendees, and four panel discussions with leading restaurateurs, chefs and operators. With planning a
year in advance, FOOD & WINE identifies the hottest culinary talent and trends and uses its industry connections to bring an all-star line-up and program to the FOOD & WINE Classic every year.