More Aspen?

You asked for more, and you shall receive it.

The kind folks – and by kind I really mean Saintly – at Bombay Sapphire Gin so generously sent 3 rogue bartenders on a trip to high class upper-echelon Aspen, Colorado.  How did they expect myself, Duggan McDonnell (San Francisco), and Michael Flannery (Miami) to visit this city during the classiest festival of all time, The Aspen Food and Wine  Classic, and not make fools of ourselves?  The trust they must have in us crazy kooks. 

Well, I’m happy to say it all went off without a hitch.  Marvelously smooth, I say.  An experience  that I will never forget, save for the moment of complete ineptness when meeting face to face with Giada de Laurentis (does Everyday Italian on the Food Network ring a bell?).  This I would love to forget.  I froze, okay?  I don’t feel like discussing it any further, thank you.

Our digs were comfy, and the surrounding mountain peaks, pine trees (even Juniper bushes – very fitting!), and pleasant temperature were combined to create the most perfect setting.

Aspen is beautiful in the Springtime.  The sun shines through low, thick clouds; rivers and brooks rush along their ways, being fed by melting snowfall and crisp rain water.  I could see myself living here.

We competed in front of eager festival-goers, tended bar at the Sapphire booth inside the big tent, and attended all of the most exclusive dinners and parties during this 3-day affair.   We were actually there for 5 days in all.  Hey, ‘ya need ease yourself into these kinds of things.

I’ve included some pics below.  Please feel free to comment, or voice your concern, or how jealous you may be…whatever you’d like.

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