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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.
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.
There’s nothing better than eating, drinking and hanging out with friends—especially for a fantastic cause. On Tuesday, April 24, join award-winning chef and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio for the 16th Annual Toast to the Children. Hosted at Colicchio’s elegant Riverpark restaurant, this premier food and wine tasting event raises money for the pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital.
Enjoy the gorgeous waterfront space as you mingle with celebrity chefs and fellow gourmands, savor signature dishes from NYC’s finest restaurants—including Barbuto, Blue Smoke, Colicchio & Sons, Craft, Hearth, Pearl Oyster Bar, Perilla, Saxon + Parole and The Hurricane Club—and sip hand-selected wines from sommelier and James Beard Award nominee, Paul Grieco. This year’s gala will also honor celebrated chef Marcus Samuelsson, for his contributions to the culinary world and his philanthropic endeavors, as well as TODAY Show co-anchor Al Roker and senior producer Jaclyn Levin for “Al’s Book Club for Kids.”
Image courtesy of RiverparkNYC.com
Neighborhood comfort is what Marcus Samuelsson’s new Harlem hotspot, Red Rooster, is all about. With an already impressive list of accolades under his belt—including winning Top Chef Masters and receiving two three-star New York Times ratings as the Executive Chef of celebrated Scandinavian restaurant, Aquavit—the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised Samuelsson focuses his Lenox Ave outpost on affordably elevated American classics.
Last night, I excitedly hopped on the 2/3 train and headed north to see what the Rooster was all about. I entered into a warmly lit lounge area boasting an expansive copper-topped bar, with a wall of premium liquors and glass carafes of house-infused bourbons on display. Patrons were packed into the space (expected since it was NYC Restaurant Week), but my guest and I managed to squeeze into two stools at the bar, so the crowds didn’t hinder enjoying a couple pre-dinner cocktails.