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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
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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
—Photo courtesy of Galdones Photography/Food & Wine