MORE THAN 300 DAYS remain until Aspen’s epic food smorgasbord, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen—but that doesn’t mean we must wait another ten months to enjoy the culinary stylings of world-class chefs. An awesome food weekend is right around the corner: Not one but two top chefs are coming to town for separate cooking engagements on Aug. 17, 18, and 19.
First up, next Thursday night: esteemed Argentine chef Francis Mallmann will lead the Little Nell team in preparing a five-course menu to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the venue’s first Wine Spectator Grand Award (which it earned yet again in 2017). Known for his mastery of primal, wood-fire cooking techniques, as shown in the first season of critically acclaimed Netflix series “Chef’s Table,” Mallmann, along with Nell executive chef Matt Zubrod, will stage preparation outdoors, likely in the sand bocce court in front of Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain. (Zubrod notes that they plan to set up an infiernillo—”small inferno”—essentially a cooking level arranged between two fires.)
Including more than fifty rare wines poured by several Master Sommeliers and others who have worked at the Nell over the past two decades, the 20th Anniversary Wine Dinner for 40 guests is priced at $1,200 per ticket.
“It’s expensive, but the wine lineup is what you’re paying for,” Zubrod says. “And eating (Mallmann’s) food without going to Argentina.”
“It is going to be one of the best food weeks ever in Aspen.”
—Rob Ittner, Cooking School of Aspen
Then, on Friday and Saturday, Michelin-starred chef Davide Palluda (All’Enoteca in Canale) will prepare an intimate, seven-course Italian tasting at the…
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