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

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

Simon’s Top Summer Traditions

Summertime in Aspen unleashes an abundance of activities that appeal to all. We asked our Managing Director, Simon Chen, for his personal take on the best cultural, social and athletic endeavors in store this season. Q: The Food & Wine Classic is right around the corner – June 19 – 21 – how would you… 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

Nick Barb Passes the Advanced Sommelier Exam

The Little Nell is thrilled to share the news from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Our very own Nick Barb of element 47 has passed the grueling Advanced Sommelier exam, held in April 2015. Nick shares his insights into this distinction and the work involved to reach this crowning achievement. The Little Nell: Tell us… Read more

Q + A with Carlton McCoy

Andy Duvine, an adventurer, wine connoisseur, ambitious cyclist, and curious traveler first met Carlton McCoy, resident Sommelier and Wine Director at The Little Nell in Aspen, in 2012. That’s the year Duvine began bringing guests to the hotel for a USA Pro Cycling Colorado Bike Tour and the two became fast friends. Following is an… Read more

Vote for element 47 in the James Beard Awards

The countdown to the 2015 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. They awards cover all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers… Read more

Spring Menu at element 47

Here at element 47 when the weather warms, we find diners not wanting to have that long leisurely lunch. Instead our guests prefer to get in, get nourished and get back out onto the slopes to enjoy the rest of the beautiful March days. With this in mind, we have re-invented our lunch menu and… Read more

New 3-$47 menu

3-$47 menu at element 47 (where you get three courses AND a glass of wine for $47) November 19th– December 2nd 2013 First Course  red wine+short rib terrine, brown butter vinaigrette, farm squash, thyme or warm duck confit salad, frisee aux lardon, crispy egg yolk, sherry vinaigrette Main Course braised beef brisket, root vegetables, onion… Read more

Special Wine Dinners at element 47

Oh have we got a winter lineup for you. Little Nell Wine Director Carlton McCoy and Food & Beverage Director Sabato Sagaria like to share spectacular wine and food, so they’ve arranged a series of special wine dinners throughout the winter season in Aspen. These meals are about exploring, learning and above all, having fun…. Read more