Head Sommelier, CHRIS DUNAWAY

sommelier at the little nell in aspen

Little Nell Head Sommelier Chris Dunaway arrived in Aspen in late 2015 by way of New York City. During his five-year run in Manhattan, Chris worked for some of the most respected professionals in the food and wine industry including celebrity chef Daniel Boulud. Chris grew up in a small farming town in Kentucky where he was exposed to the joy and conviviality of dining experiences at frequent gatherings with his family at large. These were often supplemented with the freshest ingredients from his grandparents’ garden and even homemade wine at times. “I was fascinated by wine at an early age,” Chris contends. “A sentiment forever ingrained as a result of many summer evenings spent walking through my grandfather’s grapevines." He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Transylvania University in Lexington and passed the challenging Level III Advanced Sommelier exam on his first attempt - a remarkable feat - just this summer, July 2016, in Phoenix. When he's not working, he's often on wine-related travels to Napa, Chile, France and elsewhere in the world.


ASPEN, CO 81611





BREAKFAST: 7 AM - 10:30 AM
BAR: 11:30 AM - 9 PM
Please note: element 47 is closed for lunch and dinner service through the end of October. Please join us at breakfast and in the bar.

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Ajax Tavern Fall Specials
Enjoy autumn specials on food and drinks at Aspen's favorite bistro and slopeside patio. Ajax Tavern is open daily from 11:30 am - 9 pm.
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Aspen Snowmass Opening Weekend
Aspen and Snowmass Mountains officially open for the ski season Thanksgiving Day! Keep an eye on conditions and start planning your winter escape to Aspen.
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element 47 Fall Specials
Celebrate autumn in Aspen with the best deals in town! Serving up food and wine specials at every hour of the day, element 47 is your Aspen oasis.

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