Say “Bienvenue” to The Nell’s exclusive Cuvée Champagne

For the past five years, our Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy has partnered with a Champagne House in France to produce a cuvée wine, exclusively available at The Little Nell. In 2016, Carlton collaborated with Maison Bérêche et Fils for this special release, a pinot noir-based brut reserve blend. Just 80 cases were produced, which arrived… Read more

Aspen Peak’s Guide to the Best Brunch Spots in Aspen

Every morning at element 47, you’ll find an attentive staff cheerfully awaiting your arrival for breakfast or brunch in the dining room, the gallery, the private dining room or on the garden-surrounded patio. Aspen Peak magazine rounded up their Best Brunch Spots in Aspen, naming The Little Nell to this list. The top menu item… Read more

How Chef Patrick Dunn Crafts Element 47’s Indulgence Menu [Q&A]

Patrick Dunn, Chef de Cuisine at element 47, crafts the restaurant’s constantly-changing indulgence menu. This five-course tasting menu highlights the daily foraged harvest, fish monger’s catch + other seasonal ingredients. Every Wednesday, Patrick visits The Little Nell Gardens at Emma Farms in Basalt to pick-up the week’s harvest. He then uses those ingredients to map out the items… Read more

Rising the Ranks as an Advanced Sommelier [Q&A]

Another sommelier at The Little Nell has risen the ranks. Chris Dunaway, Head Sommelier at element 47, passed the grueling Advanced Sommelier exam, held in Phoenix in July. In preparation for the test, Chris spent the greater part of the past year immersed in his studies. He shares a glimpse into all this entailed and… Read more

Mountain Mojito Recipe

At The Little Nell, we love fresh ingredients in our cuisine and cocktails, from vegetables and herbs to edible flowers. In conjunction with our complimentary weekly garden tours, Ricky Leyvas, Bar Manager & Chief Mixologist at element 47, created the “Mountain Mojito”, which can be made as a cocktail or mocktail (sans the rum). For this summer… Read more

A Week Before the Wedding in Aspen

The RSVPs are in, the menu is finalized, and the vows written (hopefully). It’s one week before the wedding, and time to start enjoying the build-up with some downtime. Make sure to leave enough room for all the proper pampering, and then kick off the celebrations Aspen-style. Here’s our week before the wedding planning guide… Read more

Events During The FOOD & WINE Classic That Don’t Require a Pass

If you’re visiting Aspen June 16 – 19, but don’t have a pass to the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, you’re in luck! There is a bevy of events that don’t require a pass to attend. Here are our 10 picks for free parties, extravagant dinners and more. THURSDAY, JUNE 16 10 pm – 1:30… Read more

The 10 Master Somms That Make Up The Nell’s Wine Legacy

The Court of Master Sommeliers was established in April 1977 to encourage improved standards of beverage service, particularly wine + food pairing, in hotels and restaurants. In honor of the Master Sommelier Diploma Exams held this week at The Nell, we’re taking a look back at all 10 Master Sommeliers, from first to most recent,… Read more

Support the Aspen Homeless Shelter with a Curry Dinner at The Nell

We’re excited to welcome Chef Biju Thomas back to The Nell this spring. The affable and talented chef specializing in Indian cuisine hosted the first installment of our Guest Chef Dinner Series last December, which was a sold-out success. By popular demand, Biju is returning to the kitchen at The Nell on Saturday, May 14. Join… Read more

5 Not-So-Basic Champagne Cocktails

Following along with the philosophy that champagne doesn’t need to be saved for a “special” occasion, Aspen Peak magazine recently rounded up a list of favorite bubbly cocktails. The one common theme for this group of après-ski drinks in Aspen – each is made with champagne. Aspen Peak’s Top Five Not-So-Basic Champagne Cocktails List includes:… Read more