Checking in with Matt Padilla, Chef de Cuisine at element 47

Photo: Daniel Krieger. Ever since he graduated from culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Denver, Matt Padilla has pursued a path towards using farm-fresh ingredients in all of his recipes. After school, his first post was at The Kitchen and Colterra in Boulder, Colo., where he learned to make simple but delicious food, and… Read more

Married on Aspen Mountain

Kelly Ann McColm and Daniel Conal McCarthy of Aspen, Colo., tied the knot at the top of Aspen Mountain on June 6, 2015. The pair first met when Kelly Ann moved to town a few years ago from Texas, introduced by way of mutual friends back home who thought they would click. They were right… Read more

Birds & Bubbles with Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot arrived in Aspen on July 19 for “Birds & Bubbles,” a Sunday picnic at Ajax Tavern, bringing with them a Clicquot Mail‬ truck and mobylettes. The 6 Million Dollar Band played 80’s hits while guests enjoyed Champagne, fried chicken and all the fixins. The Little Nell stopover was a highlight of Clicquot En… Read more

Carte Blanche – A Custom Menu from Chef Matt Padilla

Carte Blanche, offered nightly, is a constantly evolving menu by element 47’s Chef de Cuisine Matt Padilla. Featuring five courses, this custom menu is designed for diners who are curious about new concepts and flavors from the kitchen, always prepared with seasonal ingredients. Portions are slightly smaller than those offered on e47’s traditional menu in… Read more

Seeing Stars

Adding to an already action-packed list of summer adventure offerings, The Little Nell introduces Stargazing Jeep Tours as shown in this Aspen Mountain video. These nighttime outings are led by an adventure concierge from The Nell and an astronomy expert from Aspen High School. Guests meet at the hotel just before sunset to depart in… Read more

Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

The Food & Classic in Aspen celebrates 33 years of fine wine, cuisine, Grand Tastings, seminars, socializing and more this weekend. Starting Thurs., June 19, The Nell will be teeming with formal and informal gatherings (from the restaurants to the living room to the stairwells), eccentric events (think pop-up concession carts and Champagne toasts), winemaker… Read more

The Little Nell – HQ for F&W

As featured on Forbes Travel Guide’s blog, The Little Nell is the place to be during the Food & Wine Classic. Hobnob with some of the nation’s best chefs at the 33rd Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (June 19 through 21, 2015). Chefs Jose Garces, Jacques Pépin, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael White, Andrew Zimmern, Rick Bayless and more… Read more

Cinco de Mayo Recipe: The Margarita 47

If you haven’t yet tried our tableside cocktails at element 47, you’ll want to put this on your list for summer. The Margarita 47 and Manhattan 100 were each named with their price per cocktail, at $47 and $100 respectively. Created by element 47’s chief mixologists, these signature drinks are prepared with flair, using only… Read more

Aspen’s Secret Season – Mid-May to Mid-June

Winter and summer in Aspen may be the peak seasons for recreational activity, when cultural events of all kinds hit their stride and restaurants brim with activity, but the shoulder seasons are also special in their own right. Coined the “Secret Season” by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, mid-May to mid-June offers a more relaxed… Read more

Recipe: Parker House Rolls

According to many of our repeat restaurant guests, among the most treasured traditions at element 47 are the piping hot Parker House rolls served with lunch and dinner. For those who would like to prepare them at home, our pastry chef, Curtis Cameron, provided the recipe. He also shared the history of these doughy treats,… Read more