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Brandon Perlman aka @MrLuxurySki | November 16, 2017 | Food & Drink
Thanksgiving in Aspen means two things: the kick-off of ski season and bountiful, beautiful meals. With cold temps, early November snows and the Aspen Skiing Company cranking up the snow-blowers, we could be in for a white Thanksgiving. Best case scenario, you’ll be turkey trotting down Silver Bell on November 23rd, which begs the question: Who has time to cook?
Fear not, Mr. Luxury Ski has you covered... There are plenty of ways to enjoy a stress-free and delectable holiday. These venerable establishments are serving special Thanksgiving menus—gather your friends and family and leave the basting, roasting and mashing to the pros.
The three-course dinner at Jimmy’s ($48 per person, seating from 3:00pm to 10:00pm) starts you off with butternut squash soup or an autumn salad. Next, you have the option of roasted or honey-baked turkey with all the traditional fixings: mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows, gravy, stuffing, green beans and cranberry sauce. Save room for dessert with your choice of pumpkin or chocolate pecan pie.
If you want a feast this Thanksgiving, reserve a table at Element 47 at the Little Nell. Enjoy a three course meal ($99 per person, optional $65 wine pairing, children $47 per child).
The holiday menu riffs on the traditional featuring squash soup, trout tartar and kale salad as appetizers. Roasted organic turkey with all the trimmings is offered as the main course, as are turkey alternatives: salmon and venison. Enjoy either pecan pie or pumpkin and brown butter cake for dessert.
If you want an Italian flair to your Thanksgiving dinner, Acquolina has your number. The a la carte menu features Turkey Day standbys: butternut squash soup and turkey, et al, but, when in Rome, you can also sample their half-moon shaped pasta with pumpkin filling.
Prospect @ Hotel Jerome has you covered at home or in the restaurant. Their special T-day take-out menu serves eight to 10 people. For around $600, your table will be overflowing with turkey, side dishes and three pie options for dessert.
Prospect also has an in-house buffet style Thanksgiving feast, ($115 per person, $39 per child under 10 years old). Not only can you enjoy all the traditional comfort foods, but there is a raw bar and a selection of antipasti available as well. Start your meal with a variety of salads and finish it off with the chef’s selection of pastries.
For those that wish to dine at home, catering go-to Mawa’s Kitchen offers a set menu for four to six guests (about $300). You’ll receive turkey, salad, casserole and sides. There’s also an a la carte option if you have a famous recipe you want to show off—but don’t want to bear the responsibility of the entire shebang. Desserts like pecan and pumpkin maple pie are also available.
The culinary team at the St. Regis Aspen Resort is something to be grateful for any time of year, but this Thanksgiving, while the hotel’s restaurant is under renovation, the crew is serving up an epic meal at Chef’s Club. The buffet will be set from 3:00pm to 8:00pm ($95 per person, children 12-years-old and under, $35, children 5-years-old and under, complimentary). Stations include a raw bar, Colorado meat and cheese, cedar plank salmon, turkey and bourbon honey-glazed ham.
Bon appetit, Aspen!
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