This year's festival kicked off with a star-studded reception at the St. Regis Aspen Resort.

By Danica Lo
June 16, 2017
Tamron Hall and Editor in Chief Nilou Motamed at the mkgallery Classic in Aspen welcome reception.
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This year's mkgalleryamp; Wine Classic in Aspen officially kicks off today, with a charity race in support of Wholesome Wave and a full-on scheduled of seminars and tastings led by celebrity chefs and sommeliers including Ludo Lefebvre, Curtis Stone, Jamie Bissonnette, Ken Oringer, Mark Oldman, Scott Conant, Carla Hall, Stephanie Izard, Chris Cosentino, Anne Burrell, and Ming Tsai. And just in case you didn't make it to Aspen for the Classic this year, make sure to tune in to the mkgalleryamp; Wine Facebook Livestream at 10 a.m. Mountain Time / 12 p.m. Eastern featuring Chef Daniel Boulud and Sommelier Carlton McCoy, where they'll be demonstrating and talking about "Exotic Mediterranean" at the St. Regis Courtyard—we'll be taking questions from our Facebook audience!

 

 

Last night, the mkgalleryamp; Wine Classic in Aspen welcomed a star-studded guest list to the St. Regis Aspen Resort for an opening night party that featured killer cocktails—hello frosé and watermelon mules, yum—as well as small bites from celebrity chefs including former contestants on Top Chef. Check out some of our favorite photos from the 2017 mkgalleryamp; Wine Classic in Aspen welcome reception—and make sure to follow along with us on Instagram @foodandwine  and on social media platforms with the hashtag #FWClassic all weekend long as we fully immerse ourselves in the epicurean experience. 

Best New Chef 2017 Angie Mar of The Beatrice Inn

Best New Chef 2017 Angie Mar of The Beatrice Inn at the mkgallery Classic in Aspen welcome reception.
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Andrew Zimmern attends the mkgalleryamp; Wine Classic in Aspen welcome reception.

Andrew Zimmern attends the mkgallery Classic in Aspen welcome reception
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These watermelon mules were delicious.

Watermelon mules at the mkgallery Classic in Aspen welcome reception
David Cicconi / mkgallery

Small bites from former Top Chef contestants at the mkgalleryamp; Wine Classic in Aspen welcome reception.