Italy Meets California at the Aspen Mountain Club

Ever wanted to experience dinner at the exclusive Aspen Mountain Club, without having to be a member?

Head up the gondola on Aspen Mountain to 11,212 feet on Saturday, March 24, to enjoy “Italy Meets California” — an evening of Italian food perfectly paired with California wines.

Las Vegas icon and Top Chef Masters finalist Rick Moonen (Chef/Owner of RM Seafood Restaurant) with be serving up dishes at the reception and four-course dinner with wine pairings by Chris Deas of Italian Wine Merchants.

Celebrated chef and Las Vegas icon Rick Moonen will be serving Italian-themed dishes.

Here’s what’s on the evening’s agenda:


Kushi Oysters served chilled with Cucumbers, Ginger Mignonette and Tobiko Wasabi
Cobia Tartar with Yuzu, Grapefruit and Avocado
Miniature Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with Chipotle Aioli
Rabbit Roulade with Pistachio Gremolata and Natural Jus
Domaine Carneros “Le Reve” Blanc de Blanc 2005
Campo al Mare Bolgheri 2009
Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 2009


Arctic Char on Braised Leeks, Red Wine Foie Gras Butter and Crisp Taro Root
Cakebread Cellars Pinot Noir 2009
Punica Barrua 2007

Surf and Turf Pasta
Wild Boar and Lobster Bolognese
Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Reserve Cabernet 2008
Nardi Brunello di Montalcino Manachiara 2006

Seared Loin of Venison with Pear Butter, Wild Mushrooms and Brussel Sprouts
Sequoia Grove Cambium 2007
Sette Ponti Oreno 2008

Buttermilk Sage Panna Cotta, Winter Citrus and Graham Cracker Tuile
Michele Chiarlo Moscato

The cost for this evening is $195, excluding tax and gratuity. The gondola departs for this feast at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, please call 970-429-6910. Aspen Mountain Club Members are, of course, welcome at this public event as well.