F&W’s ‘Best New Chefs’ Dinner Finally Open to Civilians

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The next big food-universe throwdown is the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, June 19 to 21. Price alone usually renders the event exclusive: Weekend passes start at $1,185 a person and go up to $3,100 and that's before you factor in travel and lodging. Perhaps bowing to the economy, the Classic has gone la carte for the first time. Day passes to the grand tasting are available for $250 and tickets to the weekends finest event, the Best New Chefs dinner, are going for $250. This event has never been open to the public before. The dinner, with first-ever alumni host David Chang (of course), will feature dishes by all eleven of the magazines class of Best New Chefs. Paul Liebrandt, for example, is making uni-konbu gele with cauliflower crme. The only way to get a ticket is to call Stay Aspen Snowmass (877-900-WINE) and ask for the event specifically. You wont find tickets online.