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Must-Attend Public Events During Food & Wine Weekend

BY Muriel Perez | June 13, 2017 | Feature Features

If you find yourself lucky enough to stumble into Aspen for the Food & Wine Classic, there will be a sizable agenda awaiting—whether you hold a coveted ticket or not. Each of these gatherings are open to the public. For the full experience, sip and savor a little bit of each.
Brenda O'Conner at the Aspen Magazine Food & Wine Dancing Bear Party 2016

Jimmy's Charity Benefit
Jimmy’s Bodega is a reliable hotspot for the long-awaited weekend. Thursday night, Denver's Occidental will get behind the bar to serve up some of their favorites. All proceeds will benefit Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry and the Helen David Relief Fund, which assists women in the bar industry who are fighting breast cancer. They promise many surprises for the evening, including drinks, music and fried chicken. 11PM, no cover, Jimmy’s Bodega

The Little Nell's Champagne Party
After the overwhelming success of last year’s soirĂ©e, The Little Nell will once again join foodies and wine aficionados (or simply avid drinkers) to mingle and sip a little bubbly. Presented by Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot and held at Aspen’s only five-star hotel, party-goers are encouraged to come with high expectations. Enjoy live music by Chicago’s electric violinist Kat V and an equally electrifying DJ. Drink specials will also be offered at the cash bar. For the full treatment, contact Wine Director Carlton McCoy to purchase one of the three private booths with bottle service ($1,000; 10:30PM, no cover, Chair 9 at The Little Nell,

George Mendes x Abe Conlon Portuguese Takeover
George Mendes, chef and owner of New York City’s Aldea and Lupulo, and Abe Conlon, of Chicago’s Fat Rice, come to Chefs Club to excite the palate with an array of Portuguese cuisine. Chef Mendes cooks up a seasonal take on some delectable dishes and Chef Conlon brings his unique influence from the fare of Macau to create a dynamic culinary duo. Indulge in dishes like the marinated black sea bass with citrus confit and heritage pork with smoked mussels as Wines of Portugal provides the perfect pairing for each dish. 5:30PM, no cover, Chefs Club by Food & Wine at the St. Regis, visit for reservations

Heritage Fire
Celebrate regional farming and ranching with a feast of head-to-toe cuisine alongside wines from exclusively selected boutique producers, craft brews and small-batch artisan ciders. Enjoy mouth-watering tastings while you witness live-fire, whole animal cooking—from lamb to rabbit to pigs. As a part of Cochon 555’s efforts to support the prosperity of heritage foods, the event will also offer a selection of fish, oysters, artisan cheese and heirloom vegetables. With 3,500 pounds of meat and 50 talented chefs, it will be a meat-lover’s paradise. 4PM, tickets $125-$200, Snowmass Base Village,

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