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From famous chefs to food trucks at Chautauqua Food Festival

Iconic French chef Jacques Pepin will headline the Chautauqua Food Festival in August, as the Chautauqua Institution's focus turns to food.

Chefs, authors and others will be cooking and talking about food, with one-of-a-kind dinners and tasting events from Aug. 20-25.

On Aug. 20, Ross Warhol, the former Athenaeum Hotel chef who became executive chef at Buffalo fine dining standard Oliver's, offers a five-course menu. Earlier, barbecue, wine and beer will be the focus in the campus' Bestor Plaza.

[Read: Warhol's cuisine earns top marks in Oliver's review]

On Aug. 21, world-famous chef and television star Jacques Pepin speaks. Restaurants from Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Cleveland will offer food, demonstrations and engage in cooking competitions. Chef Ben Shropshire of Soul Gastrolounge in Charlotte, N.C., offers a five-course menu.

On Aug. 22, Chautauqua County restaurants, breweries and wineries will be featured. Author Michael Ruhlman will speak.

On Aug. 23, food trucks from Buffalo, Rochester and elsewhere will bring their flavors to the institution. Anna Blythe Lappe of the Small Planet Institute speaks.

On Aug. 24, wine takes center stage, with tastings and demonstrations from regional producers. Food educator Marion Nestle of New York University speaks. Chefs at Athenaeum Hotel's Heirloom restaurant offer dinner.

On Aug. 25, do-it-yourself food is the focus, with chefs and others workshops and demonstrations on canning, cider-making, pickling and other preservation skills. The evening brings a beachside clambake and beer garden.

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Former Athenaeum Hotel Chef Ross Warhol will revisit Chautauqua again for the week of food events. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

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