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December 5, 2012

From the Periodic Table to the Dining Room, Element 47 Brings Local Cuisine to The Little Nell

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Aspen, Colorado-Reported by D.J. Larsen for Elite Traveler, Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Housed in what was formerly The Little Nell’s Montagna Restaurant, the luxury Rocky Mountain oasis’ Element 47, recently unveiled a completely redesigned gastronomic destination.

Element 47, representing both silver on the periodic table and the precious metal tied to Aspen’s historic mining culture, has loosened its necktie, departing from the previous prix fixe menu format. Guests can select from à la carte entrees that highlight Colorado agriculture, local produce and livestock, the focal point of Chef Robert McCormick’s dazzling new menu. The menu introduces new and soon-to-be favorites like wagyu tartare with gruyere, purple mustard, pastrami spice and quail egg, a sorrel cured Atlantic fluke with blood orange, petite lettuce and green olive and wild and cultivated mushrooms with roasted, flan, tortellini and herbs. There is also a six-course market menu with optional wine pairing available.

Along with a fresh look and new menu, Element 47 also features The Little Nell’s new Colorado Well concept. Highlighting a selection of top-quality, Colorado-made spirits and beers, the restaurant is also unveiling its new private-label champagne—Marc Hébrart “Sélection” Brut, N.V.—a star of the restaurant’s 20,000 bottle cellar.

“We’ve been serving contemporary food with a local flair for years. It’s time our décor matched that concept,” said Little Nell’s Food and Beverage Director Sabato Sagaria, and, with this in mind, the hotel hired 2012 James Beard Restaurant Design award-winner Bentel & Bentel to spearhead the Element 47 renovation.
Design elements include a fortified connection between the vibrant bar scene and dining room, a focus on large-scale artwork, a glass wine wall incorporating the restaurant’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning cellar and variable lighting to provide a distinct look for each meal period. The space also includes natural elements such as stone, wood, blackened steel and rich leather seating accented by luxurious fabrics and wall coverings.

So if you’re a fan of gourmet localvore and rustic Rocky Mountain chic, or if you are simply looking for some fresh mountain air this winter, Element 47 is sure to keep your appetite for fine dining satisfied.

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