Michael Martensen, Katherine Clapner, and Matt McCallister at Texas Outlaws Party.

Dallas Does Aspen 2014 Food & Wine Classic

Every year, a handful of Dallas food and enthusiasts, chefs, and chef groupies head to the rarified air of Aspen for the annual Food & Wine Classic. Thirty two years ago, this gathering was a bunch of hippies drinking wine. Now, it’s a star-studded extravaganza with advertising and endorsements plastered on chef jackets, tents, and programs.

This year, The Brad traveled to Aspen with The John Tesar. Shocker, I know. I asked The Brad to snap some pictures and file a small report of what went on. Here’s The Brad and his pictures:

Yes, the ubiquitous (The) Brad here- once again reporting for Nancy on Texasish goings on at Food & Wine magazine’s Classic in Aspen. We had a nice contingent from Texas at this years event. Many Dallasites call Aspen home as well. In fact, one evening we sat at a bar entirely surrounded by expats and half-timers.The setting is a spectacular backdrop for our type of shenanigans. The “Tent” has its appeal, but the measure if one’s “classic” is the quantity of after-hours parties attended. Here, then, is some of the trouble we got up to:

 

Michael Martensen, Katherine Clapner, and Matt McCallister at Texas Outlaws Party.
Michael Martensen, Katherine Clapner, and Matt McCallister at Texas Legends & Wildcatters party.
Check out Dean Fearing's new hairdo. He was at at  the Centurion Lounge booth presented by American Express.
Check out Dean Fearing’s new hairdo. He was at at the Centurion Lounge booth presented by American Express.
Tesar with Jason Dady at Texas Legends & Wildcatters party.
Tesar with Jason Dady at Texas Legends & Wildcatters party.
Martensen and Rachael Wallace ( works al Biernat's)  chat with Monica Greene at Texas Wildca
Martensen and Rachael Wallace (Al Biernat’s) chat with Monica Greene at Texas Legends & Wildcatters party..
Tesar and former Dallas sommelier D'lynn Proctor strike an artsy pose.
Tesar and former Dallas sommelier D’lynn Proctor strike an artsy pose.
Wildcatter's party on top of Ajax Mountain.
Wonderland Party on top of Ajax Mountain.
Grant Achatz with edible helium balloon.
Grant Achatz with edible helium balloon.
Matt McCallister teaches John Tesar how to make pine tincture from a cell phone app.
Matt McCallister teaches John Tesar how to make pine tincture from a cell phone app.
The "it" party of the festival, Jose Andres' Spanish Wine soiree.
The “it” party of the festival, Jose Andres’ Spanish Wine soiree.
Tesar with Bart Vandaele from John's Top Chef Season 10 Seattle at Jose Andres Wines of Spain party.
Tesar with Bart Vandaele from John’s Top Chef Season 10 Seattle at Jose Andres’ Wines of Spain party.