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Singletraveler Jan 16, 2011 04:14 AM

Has anyone attend the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen and have suggestions on where to stay and how best to take advantage. of this event?

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    ClaireWalter RE: Singletraveler Jan 16, 2011 10:08 AM

    Aspen lodgings (especially high-end ones) get booked up early for this event. If you can't find anything there, Snowmass is a good option. Either take RFTA into town or if you drive and are frustrated by the street parking situation, pull into the garage between the library and the visitor center (Mill Street, just north of Main)..

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      Singletraveler RE: ClaireWalter Jan 16, 2011 11:30 AM

      Claire,

      Thank you! Your response is most helpful! I wasn't sure whether or not mass transit was available. I don't want to get frustrated about anything on this trip so any additional hints will be most appreciated. I'm bringing my two adult children as their Christmas and birthday presents. They are very excited, and I'm trying to make the arrangements.

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        Siouxchef RE: Singletraveler May 12, 2011 02:08 PM

        Hello, folks. I'm brand new to board posting so if this is not the right place, please redirect this post. But I too am going to the Food and Wine Festival in Aspen in June. My question is, after a full day of food and wine, is it possible that one would think of going to dinner that night? My husband is insisting I make reservations (which means a bunch of research) and I'm resisting. I think we'd be more likely to bar-hop than go out to dinner each night. You don't know me, but you might know the portions sizes of the tastings and whether they would add up to a dinner meal. Thank you so much.

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          snowmassskier RE: Siouxchef May 15, 2011 03:57 PM

          Hi - I live in Snowmass and have attended F&W for the last ten plus years. I've only gone out to dinner once after a full day of tastings and it was a awful. I was very full and slightly buzzed. And the restaurants are crazy busy. I would get an app somewhere and call it a night. Remember, it's a marathon, not a sprint...AND HAVE FUN!

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            Singletraveler RE: snowmassskier May 15, 2011 04:23 PM

            Thanks for advice about dinner after the Food and Wine Classic! If we bar hop afterwards, are there some "shouldn't miss" places. We'll be coming in on Thursday night so do you have any suggestions for dinner on Thursday to set the stage for the big event?

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              snowmassskier RE: Singletraveler May 17, 2011 05:18 PM

              It depends on what you are looking for. I love the bar at Cache Cache. Great food and vibe. Jimmy's has a great bar menu as well. If it's a nice day and it's early, Ajax Tavern is a wonderful place to sit outside and people watch. A lot of people lik Pacifica's patio (especially during F&W) because of the people watching (it's right next to the entrance) - but I think the service has slipped recently. Do you know where you are staying? Also, let me know what kind of place you are looking for and I can point you in the right direction.

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              Ajax Tavern
              675 East Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

              Cache Cache Restaurant
              205 S Mill St Ste 106, Aspen, CO 81611

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                Siouxchef RE: snowmassskier May 18, 2011 07:55 AM

                Hi, Snowmasskier. It seems that I am on the same page (literally and figuratively) as Singletraveler. We are staying at the Limelight Lodge. And how interesting that on my todo list today is to call Cache Cache for a reservation (if it takes them). My husband and I are 50 and we are just trying to figure out what to do in the evening, especially if we won't be that interested in dinner. So some good bar food and a nice atmosphere but not too raucous. A good mixologist at the helm would be fantastic too. Who knew Chowhound could be so fun?

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                Cache Cache Restaurant
                205 S Mill St Ste 106, Aspen, CO 81611

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                  ClaireWalter RE: Siouxchef May 18, 2011 08:42 AM

                  FWIW, Aspen seems generally tamer in summer than in winter to begin with.

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                    snowmassskier RE: Siouxchef May 18, 2011 05:17 PM

                    Cache Cache does take reservations, but only for the dining room. The are currently closed for the off season, but if you leave a message Jody or Alex will call you back pretty quickly. That entire building is having an electrical upgrade done, so I'm not sure if the answering machine is working. Just give it a couple of days and call back. They are not on Open Table.

                    The Limelight is a great choice, I think you will like it. On the same block is another solid french restaurant, Brexi. They are also closed for the off season, but do take reservations at Open Table.

                    Jimmy's, which is in the same building as Cache Cache has a great bar menu. The bar is tiny, so be prepared. I love getting a crab cake and a mac and cheese side. Yum!

                    As far as mixologists, I think that Jimmy at Cache Cache and Dylan at Jimmy's are some of the best bartenders in town.

                    Sioux Chef - Are you from ND?

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                    Cache Cache Restaurant
                    205 S Mill St Ste 106, Aspen, CO 81611

                    Brexi
                    411 S. Monarch St., Aspen, CO 81611

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                      Siouxchef RE: snowmassskier May 24, 2011 03:11 PM

                      Hello again. So I'm assuming that Cache Cache and Brexi (and any others closed for the season) will be open in time for the Food and Wine Festival? I live in Salt Lake City, 30 minutes from Park City. I think Park City restaurants usually are fully operational by June too, which is my only experience with "closed for the season." Cache Cache doesn't seem to have its answering machine working so I'll just keep trying. Any other interesting bars that cater to we untattooed set? We like buzz and energy, well-mixed drinks, but we won't be there past 12:00 for sure.

                      Karen

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                      Cache Cache Restaurant
                      205 S Mill St Ste 106, Aspen, CO 81611

                      Brexi
                      411 S. Monarch St., Aspen, CO 81611

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                    Singletraveler RE: snowmassskier May 19, 2011 05:29 PM

                    Thanks for the recommendations! I'll check out Cache Cache (saw that Siouxchief is headed that way also); Jimmy's, and Ajax Tavern. We are staying in Snowmass. Kinds of places? Places for people watching and meeting. We tend to eat at the bar and chat with folks. Casual, rather than stuffy.

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                    Ajax Tavern
                    675 East Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611

                    Cache Cache Restaurant
                    205 S Mill St Ste 106, Aspen, CO 81611

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                      snowmassskier RE: Singletraveler May 19, 2011 06:50 PM

                      For Snowmass places, I would go to Il Poggio, Garnish, or The Artisan. I perfer the bar area in all of these restaurants.

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                        snowmassskier RE: snowmassskier May 26, 2011 06:43 AM

                        Cache Cache is set to open on Friday.

                        Also saw some questions re: public trasportation. Here is the website: http://rfta.com/. The bus between Snowmass and Aspen is free, which is great. Very easy to use.

                        What classes is everyone taking?

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                        Cache Cache Restaurant
                        205 S Mill St Ste 106, Aspen, CO 81611

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                          Siouxchef RE: snowmassskier May 26, 2011 09:38 AM

                          Hello again. Thanks for the information on Cache. I'll call tomorrow. I just double-triple-quadruple-checked my schedules. I'm into cooking while my husband is into wine. We won't be seeing much of each other during the day. Right out of the gate I'm going to see my idol -- Jacques Pepin and The Wonderful of Eggs. I wouldn't have cared if it was The Wonderful World of Cow Pies, I'm in. Friday afternoon is Top Chef with Colicchio and Simmons, and then Jose Andres' class demo on vegetable dishes. Been a fan of his for a long time. Saturday is John Besh's demo, Tim Love's grilling demo, and I'll join my husband for Sommelier Secrets. Sunday morning's demo by Chiarello rounds it out. I'm somewhat disappointed that there are far more wine classes than cooking ones (Friday afternoon, six cooking, 16 wine, for example) but maybe that's okay. I would be suffering from severe indecision if there were 16 cooking classes from which I had to choose just two. What are you two (Snowmass and singletraveler) signed up for?

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                            Singletraveler RE: Siouxchef Jun 12, 2011 03:22 PM

                            My adult children are going with me so we are doing some seminars together and then others we are branching out. Friday morning is grill master (that's for my son!); Friday afternoon is Colicchio and Simmons and close out with Mario Batali. Saturday is Sustainably Delicious; How to Taste Wine like a Pro; and then Sexy Vegetable dishes with Jose Adres. I live in DC and saw him on Thursday when I was at Jaleo for dinner. Sunday is with MIchael Chiarllo. We are getting very excited.

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                              ClaireWalter RE: Singletraveler Jun 13, 2011 12:44 PM

                              Please report back. Sounds fab.

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                                Siouxchef RE: ClaireWalter Jun 30, 2011 11:40 AM

                                We had such a fabulous time in Aspen. We didn't realize the Limelight was across the street from the Grand Tasting tents so we could zip over to the hotel and ditch stuff whenever we wanted. I was a little concerned that the noise in the mornings as provisions were being unloaded would be distracting, but either they'd all been asked to be as quiet as possible or the Limelight has superb soundproofing. Suffice it to say that Jacques Pepin is such a darling, allowing all comers to have their picture taken with him before his demo began. So gracious. He and Claudine together were just the right amount of sour and sweet. My goddess Lidia Bastianich was at the QVC booth and I had another photo op then. She was more beautifull in person. I was cowed to be in her presence; if I'd been more composed, I believe we actually could have talked awhile. And finally I met Thomas Keller, my final god, at his book signing. I thought I would sink to my knees. My only wish was that Lidia and Thomas had had demonstrations for us masses instead of just at the trade presentations. Cache Cache was great -- imagine sitting at a table and watching both Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud at the table next to me. They did not eat -- it seemed to be more of a simple appearance. As we were leaving Michael Chiarello (not a god but a prince) also stopped by. I'm now spoiled -- in looking at the lineup of chefs for the South Beach Food & Wine, the NYC one, the Barbados one -- none can compare to Aspen's. Well done folks. I'm thinking this will be an annual event for us.

                                And thanks, Claire, for all of your wisdom. I hope some day we can meet.

                                Singletraveler -- what did you think?

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                                Cache Cache Restaurant
                                205 S Mill St Ste 106, Aspen, CO 81611

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          tiomano RE: Singletraveler Jun 18, 2011 11:59 AM

          They are blogging from the Food and Wine Classic here - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06...

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            ClaireWalter RE: tiomano Jun 19, 2011 01:58 PM

            I wonder who "they" are. The HuffPost was infamous for not paying the writers on whom their empire was built. Now they are owned by AOL, which pays poorly but is stingy with bylines.

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