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Probably one of the first things to know about Aspen’s Element 47 is that it’s a popular place, so dinner reservations are five star, especially on the weekends. Here are five key points to keep in mind before you book a table in the fine-dining restaurant at The Little Nell:
1. The à la carte menu changes seasonally, so a duck dish you enjoyed in December may not be the same in June — or there may not be a duck entrée. Executive chef Matt Zubrod may even change ingredients based on the freshest produce available that week — or that morning.
2. Element 47 is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends.
3. The bar, adjacent to the dining room, is a lively spot, especially in the late afternoons in the winter months, for après ski. The bar offers snacks, sides and mains if you’d like a bite to eat while enjoying a drink.
4. The full bar has a Colorado Well, meaning it features a selection of artisanal Colorado-made spirits and beers. So, if you order a mojito, unless you specify otherwise, the rum will be Montanya rum, distilled in Crested Butte. Also enjoy beers brewed in such Colorado towns as Aspen, Fort Collins, Boulder and Durango.
5. The wine collection at Element 47 is composed of 20,000 bottles, about 600 of which are displayed in an impressive wine wall that connects the bar and the dining room. Overseeing the wine list is wine director and master sommelier Carlton McCoy. There are fewer than 200 Master Sommeliers in the world, so diners at Element 47 are fortunate to have one.