It’s hard to deny that the farm-to-table movement has gained popularity in recent years. It is a great shift in consumption that encourages us to think about the source of our food, support our local economy and surrounding farms and ranches. And it is a natural fit for Aspen Snowmass given our strong sustainability values and active outreach to the community.

Beginning in the summer of 2015, Aspen Snowmass offered Farm-to-Table Tuesdays at Elk Camp restaurant. This event provides a free ride up the Elk Camp gondola to the Elk Camp Restaurant where guests can enjoy locally sourced ingredients in a farm-to-table-inspired, a-la-carte dinner with full cash bar, outdoor family activities and live music. Each year, two local nonprofits have been chosen to promote their work and received 5% of food sales from this event. In 2015, the Thompson Divide Coalition and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) were featured and this year, the Roaring Fork Conservancy, as well as ACES for a second year, were selected.

In addition to Farm-to-Table Tuesdays, The Little Nell partners with local purveyors to bring their Ride and Dine series to life. The evening features an al fresco meal prepared by the element 47 cuisine team featuring fresh ingredients from local purveyors, such as Roaring Fork Valley watercress, Spit Roasted Emma Farms Sirloin Butt, Paonia Peach Cobbler, and much more. Ride along with the action of the Ride and Dine dinners in this short video.

In 2015 the final ride and dine dinner doubled as fundraiser for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) raising $20,000. The check was presented this fall by Simon Chen, Managing Director of The Little Nell, to Chris Lane, Chief Executive Officer for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (as pictured).

In 2016, The Little Nell continues this tradition on August 25th with the Aspen BBQ Cook-Off benefiting the Aspen Homeless Shelter.

Ride and Dine at The Little Nell
Ride and Dine at The Little Nell

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