On a warm evening in August, several friends opened their homes for an around the 'hood party. Honoring birthday girl Sarah Manning, everyone arrived on bikes or on foot for a progressive feast that worked its way around the east end of Aspen.
The first stop was at the Lone Pine condo complex, where cheese, crackers and wine were served. Next, it was a quick visit to Hunter Creek, where the guest of honor packed 40 of her closest comrades into her 600-square-foot studio. She offered red and green Jell-O shots as the main course. Holly Bornemeier hosted the next leg of the journey at her Centennial studio. Lemon drops and sandwiches were enjoyed by all.
Next, Lyndell Hendricks welcomed guests to her newly remodeled pad on King Street, where sushi was served.
"If I knew this was a tour of the smallest pads in town, I would have added mine to the mix," a friend said as he climbed the steps to Hendricks' deck.Rachel Rogers invited everyone to her apartment near Heron Park for the fifth stop of the evening.
"This is so much fun," said Wendy Casson in town from Chicago, visiting her daughter Emma. "Back where I'm from we had progressive dinners quite often," the native of Australia said.
The sixth and final stop was on the corner of Original Curve, where the best dishes were saved for last. The host passed out glasses of Prosecco to complement the sashimi platters and sliced tenderloin served with horseradish sauce."Next time, let's start with the food and end with the Jell-O shots," a guest said as he went in for seconds on the tenderloin.