Though named for the Nell Trent character in Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop, Aspen’s Little Nell is anything but an old curiosity. Indeed, its glamorous corridors have been trod by the comely likes of Kate Hudson, Heidi Klum, and Beyoncé. So its new restaurant, Element 47, is sure to cultivate its own star power–something perhaps portended by its dazzlingly sleek, sexy interior, which incorporates a glass wine wall and striking blackened steel elements.
But its culinary ambitions are hardly pretentious, with chef Robert McCormick’s menu drawing on local produce and sustainable seafood. Still, Element 47 brags a 20,000 bottle oenophile’s dream of a cellar (the list nods to Burgundy, a lofty vocation to be sure), and offers an extravagant six-course market menu, complete with wine pairings, for those with more ambitious epicurean tendencies. And about the name: silver, the precious metal upon which Aspen was built, is the 47th element on the periodic table, but you knew that.
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