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Mawa McQueen bringing her crepes to Snowmass Base Village

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Popular local chef and restaurateur Mawa McQueen is opening a crepe shack in Base Village this winter.
Located in the Lumin building, a small residential condominium next to the Limelight Hotel and plaza, The Crepe Shack is expected to offer a fresh and healthy take on crepes.
With Mawa's Kitchen in the Aspen Business Center and Market Street Kitchen at Willits in Basalt, The Crepe Shack in Snowmass will be McQueen's third restaurant in the Roaring Fork Valley.
"I am really excited to create this because it's so dear to my heart from my childhood," McQueen, who was born in Ivory Coast of West Africa and raised in Paris, said in a statement. "Every country seems to have its own spin on traditional French crepes. The great thing is you can fill them with whatever you want."
The Crepe Shack will feature three different batters: a gluten-free and vegan buckwheat flour, garbanzo bean flour and regular flour.
McQueen takes pride in her culinary approach using fresh, nutritious ingredients in creative ways.
"Cooking is my passion and my purpose," McQueen said. "It's how I share my heart with the world."
McQueen said The Crepe Shack's menu will cater to locals and visitors alike, such as Europeans and South Americans.
Of the space, McQueen said, "We redefine the word 'shack' with what we are doing."
"We're very excited to bring a well-respected, much-loved and talented, local restaurateur to Base Village," said Andy Gunion, managing partner for East West Partners. "Mawa's energy and passion for food, as well as her experience in working in ski towns, is what makes her such a great fit."
McQueen started working in the local culinary scene in 2002 and in 2006 launched her own catering business while also working with Aspen Skiing Co. In 2012, McQueen left Skico to focus on her business and, eventually, a full-scale restaurant at the Aspen Business Center.
The Crepe Shack is expected to open Dec. 15 in conjunction with Base Village's grand opening.