Scenes from the OpenTable Aspen Food & Wine Classic Champagne + Sushi Party #FWClassic

The 2015 Aspen Food & Wine Classic was held this past weekend, and OpenTable was there to help celebrate the best in food and wine as curated by our friends at Food & Wine magazine. Since no celebration would be complete without bubbles, we were pleased to host our second annual Champagne-centric soiree at Matushisa Aspen with famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa. ICYMI, we present a few scenes from the OpenTable Aspen Food & Wine Classic Champagne + Sushi party.

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Chef Nobu was in the house, which makes sense because he owns it, as was OpenTable’s Leela Srinivasan.

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There was sushi, obviously.

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And chef Eric Ripert, too.

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There were a lot of other fun food + wine people there also, but the Champagne never ran dry despite our efforts.

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PSA: Don’t go chasin’ waterfalls — unless they’re Krug waterfalls. Then by all means…

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It’s not a Food & Wine party without the mag’s editor-in-chief Dana Cowin and Maria Sinskey of Sinskey Winery (Do you see what I did there?).Continue Reading

The Ultimate 2015 Aspen Food & Wine Classic Dining Guide #FWClassic

The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen starts tomorrow, running June 19-21, 2015. We’ve already rounded up three things to plan on doing ahead of the #FWClassic — including to visit OpenTable in the Grand Tasting tents to help us help you find a restaurant to dine at the end of your long, delicious days. Use the ultimate 2015 Aspen Food & Wine Classic dining guide to whet your appetite, and be sure to visit us between bites so we can book your restaurant reservations!

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Food & Wine Classic in Aspen 2015: Three Things to Do Ahead of the #FWClassic

MG_  007The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is happening June 19-21, 2015. Tickets are sold out, but if you’re headed there (as we are!), we’ve rounded up three things to do ahead of the #FWClassic before you arrive in Aspen. 

Plan to shop like a local foodie. The Aspen Saturday Market will be open for business on Saturday, June 20th. Carve out some open space in your pre-Classic calendar to sample Aspen’s locally grown and made food. The market runs from 8AM-3PM, from the corner of Galena and Hopkins, to Hunter and then again back to the intersection of Hyman and Galena.

Register to run a footrace. Before you start sampling all the fine food and wine that abounds at this unique festival, lace up your trainers and run a 5K to raise money for charity. On Friday morning, June 19th, you’ll scramble through the streets with culinary luminaries including race hosts and Top Chef alums Richard Blais and Stefanie Izard along with Tim Love, and Marcus Samuelsson. Remember the altitude difference when you’re training — Aspen is just under 8,000 feet above sea level.

Make a reservation. At the end of the day, you may wish to sit for a proper meal before making your way to one of the many parties that happen after hours at the festival. Plan ahead and book your tables now or look out for the OpenTable team in the Grand Tasting tents. We can help you make free, last-minute reservations in and around Aspen.Continue Reading

Champagne + Sushi + Sommeliers: Oh, Matsuhisa!

What’s better than throwing one party at the Food + Wine Classic in Aspen? Throwing two parties, of course! On Saturday night, OpenTable joined with master sommelier Dustin Wilson (wine director at Eleven Madison Park and star of the documentary Somm), Eric Railsback (sommelier and co-owner of Les Marchands Wine Bar in Santa Barbara), and Carlos Solorzano-Smith (beverage director of Matsuhisa) at Nobu’s Matsuhisa Aspen for a Champagne and sushi soiree.

There was dancing (although, sadly, not a dance-off), a Champagne waterfall, and culinary luminaries including chefs Matt Acarino (SPQR), Maria Sinskey (Robert Sinskey Vineyards), Bobby Stuckey (Frasca Food and Wine), Alex Stupak (Empellon Taqueria), and Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger), Dana Cowin, Ray Isle, and Kate Krader from Food + Wine, actress Ali Larter, and restaurateur Danny Meyer and wine director John Ragan of the Union Square Hospitality Group, among others.

Eyeball all the action in the slideshow below, with photos by Katrina Smith of The Smith Design.