The Maroon Bells serve as a majestic backdrop to Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, located on Aspen Highlands.

There’s a little-known fact in Aspen that rings louder than the lunchtime whistle atop the Aspen Volunteer Fire Department: Dinnertime is for schmoozing, but lunch is when the real deals take place. Real estate agents, artists, ski pros, architects, and those whose only job is to lunch, make the rounds to the hot spots where ideas are created, hands are clasped, and people fall in love. Here is where it all goes down:

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