The Little Nell Culinary Fest - Featuring Relais & Châteaux chefs

Thursday, June 17 - Sunday, June 20 | The Little Nell

Join us the weekend of June 17-20, 2021, for The Little Nell Culinary Fest featuring Relais & Châteaux Chefs. Celebrate food, wine and the finest in hospitality in the spectacular mountain setting of Aspen, Colorado. Historically, this weekend has served as the kick-off to summer with the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. As the Classic has been scheduled to take place this fall, The Little Nell is continuing the tradition of a June epicurean celebration, in partnership with several other Relais & Châteaux properties. The weekend festival features elegant and casual meals from world-class chefs and wine selections and service from expert sommeliers. Participants may join by buying the Culinary Fest Package with bundled pricing starting at $1,000 per person or à la carte with events ranging from $100 - $450 per seat. Guests who purchase the Culinary Fest Package will receive 40% off accommodations at The Little Nell.

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Featured Relais & Chateâux Chefs

Josh Holt, Executive Chef at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in California
Adriano Venturini, Executive Chef at Eden Roc Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic
Zachary Ladwig, Executive Chef at The Inn at Dos Brisas in Texas
Matt Zubrod, Culinary Director at The Little Nell
Oscar Carrasco, Executive Sous-Chef at The Little Nell
Lucas Rocca, Chef de Cuisine at Element 47
Matt Doyle, Executive Sous-Chef at the Sundeck
Alex Swecker, Chef de Cuisine at Ajax Tavern
Amy Andrews, Pastry Chef at The Little Nell

Featured Sommeliers

Chris Dunaway, Wine Director at The Little Nell
Jesse Libby, Sommelier at The Little Nell
Oscar Fernandez, Sommelier at The Little Nell
Jacob Johnson, Sommelier at The Little Nell

Schedule of Events

4 pm - 6 pm - Champagne Reception
For guests staying as part of the Culinary Fest Package, enjoy champagne and canapes on the Element 47 patio. Meet the participating chefs and sommeliers as we toast to the start of the weekend.


12 pm - Sommelier Lunch - With The Inn at Dos Brisas
Enjoy an al fresco lunch amidst the gardens in the pool courtyard at The Little Nell. The three-course tasting menu by Zachary Ladwig, Executive Chef at The Inn at Dos Brisas, will be complemented by wine pairings selected by Chris Dunaway, Wine Director at The Little Nell.

6 pm - Relais & Châteaux Gourmet Dinner – Presented in Part by Dom Pérignon

Join us for a Dom Pérignon reception in The Little Nell Courtyard at 6 pm, followed by an elegant dinner at 7 pm in the dining room at Element 47. The multi-course tasting menu will be prepared by the chefs from the four Relais & Châteaux properties while wine pairings and service will be overseen by The Little Nell's team of sommeliers.

9 am - Champagne Breakfast
Enjoy a decadent breakfast amidst the gardens in the Courtyard at The Little Nell prepared by Little Nell Executive Sous-Chef Oscar Carrasco, paired with champagne selected by The Little Nell sommelier team.

12 pm - Garden Lunch – Featuring Eden Roc Cap Cana
Join us for an al fresco lunch on the Element 47 patio and enjoy a four-course tasting menu by Adriano Venturini, Culinary Director at Eden Roc Cap Cana, complemented by wine pairings from Chris Dunaway, Wine Director at The Little Nell.

6 pm - 9 pm - An Ode to Shellfish Dinner: A Taste of The Sea
This street food-style tasting event on the Ajax Tavern patio will feature different dishes from all of the participating chefs, each utilizing sustainable shellfish from producers affected by the pandemic, with a shellfish farmer in attendance. This reception is inspired by World Oceans Day, observed every June, an initiative that Relais & Chateâux has supported across all of its properties for many years. Enjoy wines poured by our team of sommeliers, plus craft cocktails prepared with Duke Bourbon, Woodinville Bourbon, Volcán Tequila and La Adelita Tequila.

11:30 am – 2:30 pm - Rosé Father's Day Brunch - Featuring Rancho Valencia, The Little Nell and Whispering Angel
Celebrate Father’s Day with The Little Nell at a Rosé-themed brunch at Element 47. Josh Holt, Executive Chef at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, and The Little Nell’s Culinary Director Matt Zubrod and Aspen Mountain Club Chef Matt Doyle, have written a savory send-off menu with wine from Whispering Angel served by Chris Dunaway, Wine Director of The Little Nell.

Please contact Dining Reservations with questions at or 970-920-6331.


Dining Reservations

(970) 920-6331 (970) 920-6331

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