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Outtakes: Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

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The food world’s glitterati descended upon Aspen over the weekend for the 32nd annual Food & Wine Classic. It was a collection of information-packed seminars and celebrity chef–studded parties. Here, a short list of quotes and nuggets I took away from the weekend.

On food: “Food is about connection; it’s the stories that thread everything together. That’s how we share who we are.” —Giada de Laurentiis, chef, TV personality, and cookbook author

On guilty pleasures: “I love scrapple—It’s a Jersey thing. And there’s always whipped cream [Reddi-Wip] in my fridge.” Ali Larter, cookbook author and actress

On the importance of cooking: “The more we cook at home, the more we save foodways. Cooking is survival.” Hugh Acheson, chef, cookbook author, TV personality

On food memory: “When you cook for others, you’re making memories for them.” Dana Cowin, editor in chief, Food & Wine Magazine

On career: “Through food I learned languages and all my sensibilities…and it’s taken me all over the world.” Marcus Samuelsson, chef, restaurateur, and author

On foundation: “The word ‘restaurant’ means ‘restore one’s spirit.'” Jonathan Waxman, chef and a pioneer of California cuisine

On the power of food: “Food can taste of comfort, security, and happiness.” Jacques Pépin, chef, TV personality, and cookbook author

On wine: “Last stop on the crazy train of wine connoisseurship is red Burgundy.” Mark Oldman, wine columnist for the Food Network

Follow food editor Amanda M. Faison on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

—Photo courtesy of Galdones Photography/Food & Wine

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