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Dispatch from Aspen: It Begins

So the culinary world is descending on Aspen at this moment. For the record, we're here, two Bloody Marys in. A text from the New York's Gabriel Stulman of just seconds ago: "On my way to Aspen. Be there in a few hours." Danny Meyer: already poolside at the Little Nell, perhaps the nicest hotel in the city, on his Blackberry. Matthew Johnson, a Sushi Samba honcho, also at the Nell, passing out business cards (true). Dave Chang, Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, Team Baltz Co., Team Food & Wine: On site. There's much more to come, friends, but in the meantime, here's the fine print on the back of our credentials, if you want to get a sense of what's in store:

By using this credential, the bearer of this credential assumes all risks and liabilities associated with attending and otherwise participating in the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen ("the event"). The bearer of this credential may not recover, from any individual or company associated wit the event, AND RELEASES AND HOLDS ALL SUCH PERSONS AND COMPANIES HARMLESS for and from any of the activities pertaining, directly or indirectly, to the Event (or any portion thereof).
If it sounds dangerous, that's because it is.

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