Day 1 of Aspen Food and Wine Classic has come to a close for everydayfoodies.com. It was truly EPIC. If you enjoy cooking and learning about cooking the way that we enjoy learning about cooking, then please read further into our post! If cooking isn’t your thing…then continue reading, we may just convert you!
We started the day with Chef Johnny Izzuini. He is the author of Sugar Rush. He made this strawberry tart and for the most part it looked amazing. He did an herb infused custard and the herb he used is tarragon. Now for us, personally, we will try to re-create this recipe but with a different herb as that one tastes like licorice, which is not really our thing.
We then went to the Grand Tasting Tents and OH MY GOODNESS THE CROWDS! We were told at the registration location that this event hosts 4K people. We found them ALL in one place. While the crowds were fierce, that didn’t keep us from sampling a few goods. Now we were willing to try things we had never tried before and we got the opportunity. Our personal favorite was this crazy concoction of a corn soup with shredded pork (almost a floss consistency) with….wait for it……….are you still reading…………..STILL WITH US?!?!?! PICKLED PEACHES. Honestly it sounded like it was not going to be very pleasing, but hey, we are in Aspen and are trying different things right? I hear you….”Why attempt to eat that”? Well because, WHY NOT? When in Aspen do as the Aspens do! The soup was given to us cold. I don’t know if that was intentional or not but OH EM GEEEE, it was SO GOOD. It was smooth, spicy, creamy, writing this brings sadness because there isn’t a large bowl of it in front of me. We chatted with some nice people from Kitchen-Aid which has a lock on this whole event, such beautiful appliances. And we were able to have some beverages from Stella Artois. Their Cidre is amazing. I really loved a different brand until trying this one an I now have a new favorite. If you like the ciders, try Stella Artois Cidre.
THEN IT HAPPENED. I (the wife half of our team) got to meet ANNE BURRELL, and she very kindly signed my (and anyone else in the line) new copy of her book “Own Your Kitchen.” Now here is the interesting thing, these chefs are kind of magical creatures who somehow look 100 times better than they already look on TV. They are all honestly incredible. Anne has this INCREDIBLE beautiful simile…I could go on about all of them but I figured it was worth mentioning. For the record, I’m going to do the same thing tomorrow with Tyler Florence.
AAAAH Tyler. We learned how to really make some interesting grilled veggies, to make salsa or just yummy stuff in general. We also both wanted to bum rush the stage and take the food he made. It looked, in one word, amazing. We also got to see a sneak peak of his new TV show called Test Kitchen. He actually pulled it up on his iPhone and hit play and had the camera man show it on the big monitors. So you heard it from everydayfoodies.com that there will be a new Tyler Florence show, and you do NOT want to miss it.
After Tyler’s presentation we then went to go see Tim Love. He is not for the faint of heart or easily offended. He is very free to let the f-bombs fly and we loved EVERY STINKING SECOND of his presentation. His food looked amazing and we learned that you can brine chicken with sparkling water. UMMMM HUH? We will be testing this out in our kitchen very soon. He said it gives the skin more of a crisp to it and we all know that crispy chicken skin is good chicken skin. He also has come up with a very twisted game that we hoped to be called for and hoped to lose (and thereby win some MASSIVE TIM LOVE LOOT). He calls the game Shot Roulette. 12 people get selected out of the audience, 11 of them get a shot of Tequila. What does the other person get you ask? I’m so glad that you asked…it is a big old shot of … canola oil. While one of us did get called up there, tequila was in the husbands shot glass.
It has been a blast and we are really looking forward to tomorrow. Can’t wait to come back and share more.