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Little Nell cook-off event to support Aspen Homeless Shelter

Staff report

The Little Nell is hosting the Aspen BBQ Cook-Off, a benefit for the Aspen Homeless Shelter, on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.

When Little Nell Executive Chef Matt Zubrod first put the word out to fellow culinary greats about the barbecue competition, a list of contenders was confirmed within minutes. In addition to the full menu, guests will enjoy barbecue from each of the 10 chefs named below, alongside their chosen protein. All will be vying for top prize (a bragging-rights-sized belt) by putting their best barbecue forward.

The competing chefs and their choice of meat are:

Chefs Jim Butchart and Andrew Helsley, Aspen Skiing Co. — Lamb

Chef Keith Theodore, element 47 — Bison

Chef JD Baldridge, Ajax Tavern — Pork

Chef Rob Zack, Hotel Jerome — Beef

Chef Jeff Casagrande, bb’s — Pork

Chef Barclay Dodge, Bosq — Duck

Chef Taylor Wolters, Rustique — Pork

Chef Will Nolan, Eight K — Pork

Chef Jake Burkhardt, Aspen Kitchen — Lamb

Attendees will be the judges at this benefit event with all proceeds from ticket sales and all profits from the silent and live auctions earmarked for the Aspen Homeless Shelter.

Little Nell Managing Director Simon Chen serves on the Aspen Homeless Shelter board, a cause important to him and his fellow board members.

“There are an increasing number of people that need assistance within our valley,” he said. “In our day to day life, as a society, we may not be aware of these needs, but they are very much a part of our community. In contributing our resources to help these individuals get back on their feet, we can all make a difference.”

The array of live auction and silent auction packages includes items such as a his-and-hers ski package with two pairs of skis and bindings from Four Mountain Sports, two Helly Hansen ski jackets, six lift tickets from Aspen Skiing Co., First Tracks on Aspen Mountain with Aspen SkiCo. CEO Mike Kaplan and breakfast afterward at element 47, a deluxe stay at the brand new Limelight Ketchum in Idaho for two including accommodations, ski rentals, lift tickets, breakfast and dinner, and a private tasting in the wine cellar at The Little Nell for as many as six guests with Little Nell Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy.

The $95-plus ticket price includes food, drinks and dancing to the Poser Band. Private tables for $5,000-plus also are available for as many as eight people, including wine, family style dinner service and tableside visits from the participating chefs.


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