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Food Wine is a monthly magazine published by American Express Publishing. It was founded in 1978 by Ariane and Michael Batterberry. It features recipes, cooking tips, travel information, restaurant reviews, chefs, wine pairings and seasonal/holiday content and has been credited by The New York Times with introducing the dining public to “Perrier, the purple Peruvian potato and Patagonian toothfish”. The premier event for the magazine is the Food Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. The Classic features wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, featured speakers, as well as a cooking competition. Held annually in June, the event is considered the kickoff to the Aspen summer season and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007. The winner of Top Chef, the reality television cooking competition is featured in a spread in this magazine. Michael and Ariane Batterberry’s early writing work on food included the 1973 book On the Town in New York, From 1776 to the Present, which proved a culinary history of New York City and was republished in 1998 by Routledge in celebration of the book’s 25th anniversary. The Batterberrys had first met an an arts benefit on the roof of Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotel and hadn’t initially been food writers, with Michael working as a journalist and historian and the couple working together as arts editors at Harper’s Bazaar. They first conceived of the idea of writing a book about food after spending a weekend together with best-selling wine writer Hugh Johnson, who later dropped out of the writing project. The original edition of the book was described by The Washington Post as being “considered the authoritative history of dining in the country’s culinary capital”. The Batterberry’s saw “a big changeover at the moment we founded Food and Wine in the late 70’s” from a time when “it was the little wife in the kitchen” to a period in which more men developed an interest in cooking.