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PartySugar's Top 10 Moments Found in Aspen

PartySugar's Top 10 Moments Found in Aspen


It's hard to say good-bye to a long weekend of fabulous food and wonderful wine. However, the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen ended last Sunday and until next June, I won't come into contact with any festival as fantastic. To commemorate the occasion, I've rounded up my top 10 favorite Aspen moments. From complex sushi rolls to French piña coladas, check out my list below and click though for all the magnificent photos.

  1. Chatting with Gail Simmons at the CIA awards dinner
    We hadn't seen Gail since her last visit to San Francisco, so it was great to catch up with her at this event. Topics of conversation: the location of Top Chef Season 5 (New York City!) and her upcoming nuptials.
  2. Gerard Craft's chicken liver terrine at the Best New Chefs Dinner
    This delicious bite was insanely balanced: rich, crunchy, sweet, and salty.
  3. Chatting with Rocco DiSpirito at the David Chang party
    After I interviewed him, Rocco and I spoke later that evening over lettuce wraps and pork buns. We both agreed living alone in a big city is expensive!
  4. Toni Abou-Ganim's party punches and sangria class
    Learning how to make party drinks from a master was informative and entertaining. I caught his attention when I was the only one in the audience who knew grenadine is made from pomegranates instead of cherries!
  5. Getting ham from Jose Andres
    During his demo, I answered all of Chef Andres' questions correctly (little did he know I lived in Spain for two years!). He rewarded me with a piece of fresh sliced jamon.
  6. Jacques Pepin and Dana Corwin hosted a party in honor of the CIA's top ten students. At the party I caught up with Gail Simmons.

    The students await their rewards.

    Chicken liver terrine.

    Heaven on a plate!

    To discover what else made my list, plus a gallery of images, just read more.

  7. Sunning with sparkling rosé outside the tents
    I enjoyed the Spanish sparkling rosé so much I asked the girl to pour me an entire glass, so I could sip in the sun.
  8. Watching Morimoto make sushi
    During his demo, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto made a complex, multistep sushi roll. The roll was so geometric it looked more like a piece of art than food.
  9. The after-pool party at the Sky Hotel
    After Sunday's final grand tasting everyone who's anyone headed to the after party at the pool at the Sky hotel. I sipped cocktails made by the Modern Mixologist and got cozy with Hung Huynh's sous chef Kenny.
  10. Puerto Rican pork and piña coladas
    The Puerto Ricans made an insanely refreshing French piña colada that paired perfectly with their fresh-cut pork. Chambord was swirled into the classic colada giving it a chic presentation and sophisticated flavor.
  11. Bobby Flay's uberentertaining demo
    Learning how to make burgers from one of America's most loved chefs was something I will never forget.

Jacques Pepin and Dana Corwin hosted a party in honor of the CIA's top ten students. At the party I caught up with Gail Simmons.

The students await their rewards.

Chicken liver terrine.

Heaven on a plate!

Rocco and I chatted while noshing on David Chang's pork buns.

Rocco taught me how to assemble one of David Chang's lettuce wraps: fill the lettuce with the Korean barbecued beef, top with ki

Toni Abou-Ganim's party punches and sangria class.

Toni makes sangria.

Toni teaches how to make simple syrup.

Jose Andres was impressed by my knowledge of Spanish cuisine!

Jose cut me a piece of ham from the leg in the picture.

Out of all the wines I tasted, this sparkling Rose was my favorite.

Morimoto rolls sushi.

Morimoto rolls sushi.

Morimoto's complex sushi roll.

Morimoto's complex sushi roll.

Toni Abou-Ganim mixes up cocktails at the after party.

Mass producing cocktails is tough!

French piña coladas.

The piña coladas were garnishd with a pineapple spear.

Bobby Flay performs.

Bobby Flay hams it up for the crowd.
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