Sorry for the lateness for the post folks. We had to sift through hundreds of photos before making this post presentable.
Day 2 of the Aspen Food and Wine Festival went off without a hitch. We started the day with Justin Chapple who really proves why he is the Mad Genius. A truly special surprise was when we saw Tamron Hall from the Today Show on stage with Justin! These two truly are the Lucy and Ricky of the cooking world and that lady knows how to throw back a drink! Do we have some tips to share? OH YEAH WE DO. Wait until you see how we implement his guacamole tips as well as how to make a marinara sauce from a fresh tomato and a cheese grater. Seriously amazing tips and we will be watching his videos on Food and Wine so that we can find more tips that make us even more successful in the kitchen. Side note…HOW BEAUTIFUL IS TAMRON HALL? When you see these people in person, you see their amazing personalities and warm spirit and they all seem to exude a beauty from the inside to the out.
Also this is the day where the wife half of our team got to meet Tyler Florence. He really seems like a nice guy and it was clear that he was one of the fan favorites. If you are lucky enough to sit through a class with him, you will see why, the guy has his own olive oil, organic baby food, test kitchen, restaurants, books, I could go on but you get the picture.
At the tasting tent there was a lot of the same as the previous day, but on this day, we had ahi tuna. The wife side of the team was scared; the husband side was all EAT THIS. Honestly, we could eat that for every meal the rest of our lives and think that is a fine option. Actually we are going to make the decree that if we are only allowed to eat ONE thing the rest of our lives it will be ahi tuna in that amazing briney, spicy, amazing sauce, that and baked goods (did we just break the rules of only one thing for the rest of our lives…but WHO is keeping track? Is it you dear everydayfoodie?)
Our second presentation was by Christina Tosi, the incredible talent behind Milk Bar. First, we honestly don’t think she could be nicer. Second we learned a lot by watching her do her thing. She is clearly driven by a passion for baking and we really look forward to purchasing one (maybe all :-D) of her books and testing in our own kitchen because what she makes sounds truly amazing.
The final presentation of the day was truly awesome. It was Anne Burrell teaching us how to make a 3 course meal in 45 minutes with the former editor of Food and Wine (who very bravely admitted about a year ago that she cannot cook). Anne showed us how to make pasta in that time frame. OH THE DIRTY JOKES THAT HAPPENED. Warning, avert your eyes if easily offended
Anne stated that you need to “mount” your pasta and she also said no one likes a limp noodle. It doesn’t seem so bad when you read it but trust us…it was hilariously inappropriate.
Ok back to the post 😀
Her food looked amazing, smelled amazing and no we aren’t scared of trying to make pasta from scratch anymore.
On this day we learned that Aspen Food and Wine should actually be called Aspen Wine and Food because of all of the wine. We are not saying this is a bad thing, but if you aren’t the biggest fan of wine, just be prepared to be excited about other opportunities when you go. The presentations were amazing and left us excited to come back home so that we can start implementing what we learned.
We finished out our day by walking the residential areas in Aspen. This place, in one word, is “magical.”