The Classic, usually held in Aspen, was canceled due to COVID-19

By Mary Honkus
June 29, 2020 04:59 PM
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Food & Wine is making it's annual Classic a virtual extravaganza!

The magazine, which is published under Meredith Corporation (PEOPLE's parent company), just announced the first-ever Food & Wine Classic at Home. The annual event usually takes place in Aspen each year, but was canceled due to the risks imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.  The virtual Classic will happen on July 23 at 4 pm Eastern Time, and will feature an array of culinary professionals including Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Ayesha Curry, JJ Johnson, Stephanie Izard, and Kwame Onwuachi.

“The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen is always a highly anticipated event bringing together chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers, and food lovers from all over," said Hunter Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine in a press release. "Though we’ve missed being there this June, I’m delighted that we’re able to offer this fun and entertaining experience with top talent that also supports relief efforts at a time when there is so much need across the restaurant industry and in areas of social justice.”

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The two-hour event, emceed by Food & Wine's Culinary Director at Large Justin Chapple, will include interactive experiences like wine and beer tastings and cooking demonstrations. It will focus on the current needs of the restaurant industry, which has been struggling worldwide due to the coronavirus, and raising money for five charities: the Jacques Pépin Foundation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Southern Smoke Foundation, Wholesome Wave and World Central Kitchen.

The Classic at Home is completely free to attend, you just need to register on Food & Wine's website. If you wish to participate in the wine tastings, the wines can be purchased in advance here.