The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe Ever

Little Nell Pastry Chef Danielle Riesz makes lots of delicious treats this time of year. Her penguin snowboarder cupcake? Legendary. But perhaps the most warming, delicious concoction from her kitchen is her hot chocolate with house-made marshmallows. We also like to “super size” it by adding Amaretto, Bailey’s, Frangelica, Coffee Liqueur, Rumpleminze or another adult… Read more

Wedding Trends for 2013

Our very own Events Director Melina Glavas recently attended Engage!12, a luxury wedding business summit at The Breakers in beautiful Palm Beach. “Engage is where the best in the business meet,” Glavas said. “It’s such a small, isolated town in Aspen, and even though the world comes to us, we’re not always exposed to new ideas. That’s why… Read more

Featured Wedding: A Family Legacy

This month’s featured wedding is a bit of a departure (in that the ceremony and the reception were not held at The Little Nell), but it was too beautiful a wedding/story not to feature it on our blog! Barb Pfeifer and Simon Longacre were wed Sept. 29 in Aspen at the Pine Creek Cookhouse, located… Read more

element 47 opens its doors

The Little Nell is set to debut its new restaurant, Element 47, for dinner on December 1, unveiling a completely redesigned and refreshed space which formerly housed Montagna Restaurant. Element 47 references silver on the periodic table, a precious metal firmly tied to Aspen’s silver mining past. New to Element 47 and a departure from… Read more

Beaujolais Week

If Thanksgiving wasn’t enough delicious food and drink for you (or if you just want to keep the gravy train going), Ajax Tavern is celebrating Beaujolais Week. What is that, you may ask?  It’s the annual release of Beaujolais nouveau (a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France). In celebration, we’re pouring… Read more

Thanksgiving

We’re already getting asked about our plans for Thanksgiving, so we wanted to let folks what we’re cooking up. Element 47, our new restaurant, will not be open until November 30, so our Thanksgiving meal will be at Ajax Tavern. Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. The price is three courses for $45…. Read more

Holiday Parties!

We know, it’s not even Halloween yet, so we’re even a little hesitant to talk about it… but the holidays are coming! While it’s too early to start decorating, it isn’t too early to start planning. “You should book holidays parties early for the best deals and dates,” said Shawna Rahm, events manager at The… Read more

Announcing Element 47 – Aspen’s Newest Restaurant

We’re excited to announce the name for our redesigned restaurant! Plans are underway to remodel The Little Nell’s famed Montagna Restaurant in the fall of 2012, with the award-winning restaurant re-emerging as Element 47 on Thanksgiving Day. Element 47 is silver on the periodic table, a precious metal firmly tied to Aspen’s past. Aspen was founded… Read more

College Cooking 101

Remember “cooking” in college? It likely consisted of heating up Ramen noodles, making a box of macaroni and cheese or defrosting a pizza. Wouldn’t life have been better back then  if you knew the basics in the kitchen? Little Nell Banquet Chef Nick Fine took a few college students under his wing recently to teach them some… Read more