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For 28 years, the Food & Wine classic has drawn food fans from around the globe to Aspen, Colorado for a long weekend of seminars, tastings, hobnobbing with celebrity chefs and, well, a few parties. Okay, a lot of parties.
We asked the editors of Food & Wine Magazine - all longtime veterans of the event - to share their most special moments and top tips for surviving a long weekend of the good life.
Top Five Aspen Memories: Dana Cowin, Editor in Chief (pictured right)
2. At the big cooking-demo space (now at the St. Regis) with Julia Child, 1996, being mobbed by her fans. We had to take a back exit. I felt like I was with Mick Jagger.
3. At the Aspen Alps condo, 2007, Momofuku Noodle Bar genius Dave Chang went shopping at the local market then cooked noodles for my kids — no sous chefs, no fancy ingredients. We still talk about it.
4. Every year, hanging out with Jacques Pépin, his daughter Claudine and his best friend Jean-Claude Szurdak at the Best New Chefs dinner, where we dissect the merits of the dishes.
5. Sloshing through the Tasting Tent in boots I'd just purchased, 1996, when there was a huge rainstorm and we didn't have a way of getting water out of the tents. We've been prepared for that — and more — ever since.
5 Great Aspen Hangover Cures: Ray Isle, Wine Editor (pictured left)
1. Have a curative Bloody Mary at the Hotel Jerome bar. With extra Tabasco sauce.
2. Take a quick dip in the bracing waters of the Roaring Fork River - a 40-degree snowmelt helps eradicate hangover instantly.
3. Eat a protein-packed power breakfast - the one with steak AND baby-back ribs - at Hickory House.
4. Drink a glass (or two) of Champagne poolside at the Little Nell.
5. Ride a bike on the stunning Rio Grande Trail and sweat out the delicious toxins from the night before.
How to Keep Up Your Strength at the F&W Magazine Classic in Aspen: Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor (pictured center)
1. Hit ink! coffee company as often as necessary. Never get anything smaller than large coffee. In an emergency situation, add a toasted bagel and cream cheese.
2. Bike the 10 or so miles to Woody Creek Tavern for killer nachos. Alternatively, take a taxi. No matter what, take a taxi back.
3. Shop the totally chill Saturday morning farmers market. Cheeses, fruits, all restorative - but especially don't miss the always just-made kettle corn.
4. Duck out to the summer sales at Prada and Gucci that always happily coincide with the Classic. Allow extra time for the shoe department.
5. Stage your own burger competition between Ajax Tavern (where they make their own version of In-N-Out's Double-Double) and the J-Bar (with cheese, smoked bacon, caramelized onions, 'shrooms). Edge to J-Bar - it's also the best place in Aspen to watch the World Cup.
Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below, and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.
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