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Highlights from the 2013 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Monday, July 22, 2013 at 04:07 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

This year marked the 31st annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, America’s premier and most prestigious culinary event. And I couldn’t have been more honored or excited to be heading out West with the KitchenAid team to attend my very first Classic. With eager anticipation and my appetite in tow, I made my way from Manhattan to Aspen, Colorado for three jam-packed days of food- and fun-filled festivities.

  1. The culinary world’s finest gathered to celebrate at the 31st annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (photo: Huge Galdones)
  2. Chefs Eric Ripert, Tyler Florence, Daniel Boulud & Chris Cosentino share some laughs at the Grand Tasting
  3. The always entertaining Mario Batali does Italian proud during his lively cooking demo on the KitchenAid stage
  4. Magnificent mountain views provide a breathtaking backdrop for the Grand Tasting Village
  5. Triple threat! Johnny Iuzzini, Andrew Zimmern & Marcus Samuelsson sign their latest books for adoring fans
  6. Famed chefs Jacques Pépin, Susan Feniger & Tom Colicchio sign KitchenAid appliances for the Cook for the Cure® live auctions

Aspen is a charming little town, boasting world-class restaurants and hotels, eclectic boutiques, and stunning mountain scenery—a breathtaking backdrop for a truly exquisite weekend. Food-loving attendees indulged in the ultimate culinary celebration with a schedule featuring everything from exclusive events and grand-scale tastings, to panels with industry pros and live demonstrations from celebrity chefs.

Read the rest of my recap and check out more pics on KitchenAid’s The Kitchenthusiast™ blog here.

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2013 Cochon 555 NYC: Princess of Porc Competition

Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 01:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

The fifth anniversary of Cochon 555 kicked off in NYC with the tour’s first-ever all-female lineup of chefs. The nationwide traveling culinary competition, designed to raise awareness of heritage breed pigs and sustainable practices, challenged Big Apple chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Missy Robbins, Elizabeth Falkner, Leah Cohen and Shanna Pacifico to create a multi-course menu using an entire 200-lb. porker, from nose-to-tail. Hundreds of swine-loving gourmands gathered in Chelsea’s Pier Sixty to savor the meat-centric spread, while sipping wine from five different producers, a variety of spirits and punches from local mixologists.

A panel of esteemed chefs and judges, along with the crowd, voted for their favorite of the day. Besides scoring the ultimate bragging rights, the winning chef was crowned Princess of Porc and will advance to compete at Grand Cochon during the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe invited me to shoot a video at the action-packed event. Check out the clip below to see which fierce female was crowned 2013 NYC Princess of Porc!

Congratulations to Brady and everyone who participated!

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