Getting ready for the 2017 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

Delysia Aspen Food and Wine Festival

It’s that time of year again! Delysia Chocolatier is gearing up to make the scenic trek back to Colorado for the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. This will be our fourth showing at the star-studded foodie festival and we couldn’t be more excited to share our new “Around the World” flavors. As a result, we’ve made the trip enough times to have the packing down pat.

We can’t wait to unveil a few new flavor-filled chocolate truffles Chef Nicole has created over the past few months in the kitchen. If you’re a Delysia fan, you know we always put something deliciously special together for this premier festival. You’ll be tasting popular flavors from all over the globe, such as Italy’s famous spaghetti, England’s ravishing earl grey tea and Spain’s most favored paella dish.

Follow our journey through social media to get the latest scoop on our most exotic flavors on the year, who we’re meeting and what special events we’ll be attending.

Here are a few of the other things we’re looking forward to at the 2017 Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

The Kick-Off Party

Every year the kick-off party for the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is the event everyone wants to attend. Many of the most influential people in the culinary world will be there rubbing shoulders with the other guests. It is such a star-studded event the guest list almost overshadows the amazing selection of food and beverages.

After waiting 12 months, attendees, talent and exhibitors are all eager to celebrate their passion for fine food and wine – even if that means getting just a few hours of sleep. It is a good thing this party happens on the first night while every still has plenty of energy.


Learning From the Best Chefs in the World

The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is renowned for attracting the top chefs in the world. Not only are experts like Graham Elliot and Scott Conant honored guests, they are also sharing their knowledge. In addition, there’s also over 80 cooking demos happening at The Classic. Each one features creative, out-of-the-box techniques and ideas that give the Aspen Classic its reputation for innovation.

Of course, we’ll naturally have to attend seminars like Around the World With Bubbles, Wines for Zillionaires and Northern Italy’s Greatest Whites. It’s all in an effort to find more wines to pair with our decadent artisan chocolates.


Exploring the Culinary Delights of the Grand Tasting Pavilion

Delysia is joined by about 300 other luxury food and wine brands at the Grand Tasting Pavilion of the Aspen Classic. Our fellow culinary experts pull out all the stops to create flavors that you have never tasted before. You may remember that last year our Cricket Chocolate Bark was a big hit with adventurous eaters like Andrew Zimmern.

Even though our table is continuously busy during the tastings, Nicole enjoys finding time to see what other chefs have been up to lately. One of the biggest benefits of The Classic is being able to sample dishes and treats that haven’t yet hit menus. It’s a really great event for testing the culinary boundaries and pushing them further.

If you plan to be at the 2017 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, come by our table at the Grand Tasting Pavilion to meet Chef Nicole Patel and sample some of the handcrafted artisan chocolates from the “Around the World.”

See you in Aspen!



Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.

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