Celebrity travelers: How I spent my summer vacation [Pictures]
If the falling leaves and shorter days have you pining for those carefree days of summer, we commiserate - especially after we tried to drown our end-of-summer blues in a sunny strawberries-and-creme Frappuccino only to discover it had been replaced with a dead-leaf-colored, pumpkin-spiced concoction. But rather than get your Halloween witch-face on prematurely, perhaps it's better to take the make-lemonade approach and begin planning your travels for next summer. But where to go and what to do? For inspiration, we consulted with some local personalities about where they spent their summer vacations. Bryan Voltaggio (chef and recent finalist on "Top Chef Masters"), Ava Marie (WBAL meteorologist), Ray Mitchener (owner of Baltimore's Ruth Shaw boutique) and Patti Neumann (publisher of CityPeek Inc.) were only too happy to reminisce about their adventures. -Stephanie Citron, For The Baltimore Sun
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'CitiPeek' Patti Neumann( Photo courtesy of Food & Wine / June 17, 2011 )
Highlights: "[The festival] began with a phenomenal opening party with [Spanish chef and restaurateur ] Jose Andres' Think Food Group. The rooms were packed with aficionados, foodies and wine experts from New Zealand to Napa to Baltimore. I was at an event called the Chef's Club from Food & Wine [magazine] and bumped into Maryland's own Michael Voltaggio....I met chef Jacques Pepin and his daughter, Claudine, and [Mark Stroobandt], the world-famous master beer sommelier. I sat in a social media seminar with Andrew Zimmern [Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods"] and John Besh [PBS cooking show host] and Chris Cosentino, the "Top Chef Masters" champion known for his pork and bacon. Everywhere you looked was a stunning vista - a beautiful mountain, a clear blue sky, maybe a passing cloud. Then you look down. and there's the world's best chefs preparing wonderful food."
If you go: United Airlines flies from BWI through Denver into Aspen, Colo. Tickets for the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, held each year in June, go on sale in December. A day pass is $700 per person, while a full package is around $3,500. For more information, go to foodandwine.com/classic.