From Mushrooms to Wagyu – Aspen’s Farm to Fork Network

Progressive yet traditional; classic although contemporary; with a magnetic draw while having a taste of Wild West. Aspen is an eclectic mountain town unlike any other and while this unique place welcomes newcomers and out-of-box innovation, maintaining Aspen’s farm to fork network is what stabilizes and guides the sustainable growth. One central branch of that… Read more

The Very Best Breakfast in Aspen

Souffle pancakes. Poached eggs. Crispy bacon. Fresh coffee. All these culminate to one stellar experience that is Breakfast. Breakfast should energize you, recenter you, and prepare you for the day ahead. This is why being named the best breakfast in Aspen is an honor, and we are excited to share our favorites with you. Here… Read more

Bug Out! To a New Culinary Sensation

Are you adventurous enough to eat bugs for dinner? Not as a garnish or shocking side dish; but baked, sauteed, and served front and center. If you’re feeling uneasy about eating insects, you’re not alone. There’s a mental hurdle to get over before you enthusiastically welcome them on your plate. Which is why we’re going… Read more

How Chef Ryan Hardy Left His Mark on the Roaring Fork Valley

After decamping to Manhattan in 2013, Hardy returns in December to kick-off The Little Nell’s 2nd Annual Guest Chef Dinner Series. An excerpt from Aspen Sojourner, by Laurel Miller. Food-loving locals and devotees of The Little Nell still look back fondly on former executive chef Ryan Hardy’s tenure. The chef, who helmed Montagna (now Element… Read more

2017 James Beard Awards Call for Entries

The countdown to the 2017 James Beard Foundation Awards is underway. Considered the Oscars of the American restaurant world, the Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards cover all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers… Read more

Artists That Call Aspen Home (+Must-See Galleries)

Aspen may be recognized internationally first and foremost as a ski town, but it’s quickly earning a reputation as an arts town, too. That’s fitting, given the percentage of people employed in the arts in Aspen makes it No. 2 in the country per capita, according to data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s… Read more

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