Nestled in the core of downtown Aspen, steps away from the ski-lifts and surrounded by world class boutiques, Aspen Kitchen pays tribute to the heritage and traditions of the West with a warm inviting atmosphere and an adventurous spirit befitting its legendary location.
The restaurant features an elegant, second level dining room surrounded by three walls of windows that allow 180° views of town and the mountains with warm, rustic wooden design elements accented by brightly colored tapestries. Guests are greeted by a glass-enclosed dry aging room before entering the vibrant space anchored by a bustling open “action” kitchen and a luxurious bar that showcases an extensive wall-mounted wine collection.
Executive Chef Matt O’Neill has developed a menu that celebrates contemporary American cuisine using classic technique and premium local ingredients in a variety of exciting dishes ranging from snacks and small plates like deviled duck eggs and elk tartare to hearty entrees including Colorado striped bass, roasted suckling pig, and prime beef from the patented dry-aging program, before concluding with a decadent selection of seasonal desserts.
Guests can also enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail, glass of wine or beer, and a selection of light bites at the bar or relax outside in the restaurant’s outdoor “garden” - an expansive patio perched above town with unbeatable views, a dedicated outdoor bar, and communal fire pits with lounge seating.
As the executive chef of Aspen Kitchen, an artisanal market-to-table restaurant in the heart of historic downtown Aspen, Jake Burkhardt applies a decade of culinary experience and expertise to the restaurant’s dedication of seasonal and sustainable fare. Burkhardt began his culinary career working under acclaimed Italian chef Fabrizio Candela at Castillo di Gabbiano, one of Chianti’s premier restaurants. Following his time in Italy, Burkhardt relocated to Las Vegas where he played a key role in opening highly regarded Chef Steve Martorano’s first Las Vegas location, Martorano’s within the Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino to great acclaim. After several years, Burkhardt moved to California and began working at Mayfield Café in Palo Alto, founded by Tim Stannard (of Michelin-starred Spruce and The Village Pub), where, as the executive sous chef, he perfected his ability to mold cuisine and menu offerings around a focus of fresh, seasonal, and local products. Continuing to emphasize sustainable and local food practices, Burkhardt was offered the position of sous chef at Black-Eyed Susans in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, one of Zagat’s top-rated restaurants. Here he developed inspired menus focused on culinary offerings from the coast.
Since joining the Craveable Hospitality Group in 2014, Burkhardt has risen up through the ranks, beginning as the executive sous chef of Aspen Kitchen and then assuming the top leadership position as executive chef in 2016. In this position his vast knowledge of farming and fishing practices echoes Aspen Kitchen’s artisanal market to table ethos.
Aspen Kitchen is the perfect venue for events of any size. From weddings and showers to business meetings, cocktail parties, fund-raisers and holiday parties, we are excited to work with you to make your event an unforgettable one.
The restaurant features an elegant, second level dining room surrounded by three walls of windows that allow 180° views of town and the mountains with warm, rustic wooden design elements accented by brightly colored tapestries. The space also boasts an impressive outdoor “garden” - an expansive patio perched above town with unbeatable views, a dedicated outdoor bar, and communal fire pits with lounge seating.
Executive Chef Matt O’Neill has developed a menu that celebrates contemporary American cuisine using classic technique and premium local ingredients including wild game and prime beef from our patented dry-aging program in addition to a decadent selection of seasonal desserts.
Inside: 130 seated, 180 reception
Outside: 70 seated, 160 reception
Full Capacity (in and out): 340 reception
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The Aspen Kitchen team will come to you anywhere, for any style and size of gathering. We bring restaurant-quality cuisine, hospitality and special touches to perfectly complement the uniqueness of the location you've chosen. We can provide everything you need for an intimate in-home Chef dinner, a elegant outdoor event, or a rustic yet luxurious group picnic in the woods - the only limit is your imagination!