Farmhaus' Trip to Aspen's Food and Wine Classic, in Tweets

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Best New Chefs, 2011 - FOOD & WINE
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Last week Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800 or www.farmhausrestaurant.com) owner/chef Kevin Willmann and manager Eric Scholle took their crew to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, where Willmann was selected as one of 2011's Best New Chefs by Food & Wine magazine.

Even though it's a hectic three days of parties, food prep and events, Scholle found time to post about his weekend adventures on Twitter.

Says Scholle: "I have been tweeting for the restaurant (@farmhausstl) and for myself (@Farmhauseric) since we opened over a year ago. I feel like we get to experience a lot of cool and interesting stuff in our business, and I like to share that with other people. The Aspen trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I was pretty excited about, and I wanted to share that excitement and experience with my friends and the rest of St. Louis."

Did you miss his live recounting of the event? We've culled the best of Scholle's Tweets, and he's expanded on the ones that merit more than 140 characters.

We got the Best New Chefs to drink Busch with us.less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

"The camaraderie between all the Best New Chefs was inspirational, and it was very fun to get to work and prep with all of them in the kitchen," says Scholle.

This is the room we are cooking the dinner in. Nuts! http://lockerz.com/s/111587681less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

"Aspen is completely gorgeous."

Lovin it. We're about to work our butts off though http://lockerz.com/s/112024467less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

"Even though we had a ton of fun, a conservative estimate of the amount of time Kevin and I worked would be around 100 hours," says Scholle. "It takes a long time to prep food for 1,000 people."

Scholle, taking a moment to admire the scenery.

Tweets and photos by Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern.

Serving Farmhaus' beloved bacon-wrapped meatloaf for 1,000 people took some ingenuity. "The hot-dog roller was a collaborative idea between Kevin and the rest of the kitchen as a way to crisp the bacon before serving it. The day before we left, I ran around town looking for one and luckily found it at Restaurant Depot. Everyone there thought it was hilarious and it actually worked very well."

They got some local love from Marianne Moore, Director of Catering and Conference Services at the Four Seasons St. Louis (@chefgirl55):

"I also enjoy the opportunities I get to work side-by-side with my boss Kevin in the kitchen because even though we work together just about every day, I am usually doing my front-of-the-house thing and he does the back of the house," says Scholle. (Would you caption a photo with Jacques Pepin any differently than Scholle did? Of course not.)

One of chef's proudest moments. We are freaking jacked http://lockerz.com/s/111726065less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

(That's American for "Willmann's with Jacques Pepin!")

Just snuck into another party. How did I do it? On Mario Batali's coat tails of course. Fucking hilariousless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Just how did that happen? Scholle explains: "There was an after-party every night at this huge mansion twenty minutes outside of town. It was totally free, but I forgot my pass in the hotel room. I was trying to sneak through the check-in station with Carlo Mirarchi (Roberta's in Brooklyn) when Mario Batali and his entourage showed up. Batali brings a huge presence with him everywhere he goes. So everyone was kind of distracted, and I just scooted up behind his group and pretended like I was with him, and I got right in.

"One more thing: Mario Batali was definitely wearing bright orange clogs."

Holy Moly. Just getting out of a party that was a little out of my league. Waxman and Symon: Y'all are crazy. Samuelson: you too coolless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

"That was the coolest house party I've ever been to. There were chefs hanging out and cooking in the kitchen, and beer just kept appearing in random places throughout the house."

So I've done a lot of cool stuff this week, but working a brunch with two badass chefs and a hotel kitchen staff was the most impressiveless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

How do you end such a jam-packed, whirlwind, once-in-a-lifetime event?

Jacque Pepin, Ming Tsai, and Richard Blais just chilling and eatin lunch in Aspen. And we're about to go trout fishin with a guide. Pumped!less than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

Last night in Aspen spent eating great French bistro food with chef and Jess then watching Return of the Jedi. Coolless than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet Reply

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