Still a treasure |

Still a treasure

My relationship ” platonic ” with the Pine Creek Cookhouse extends back to the days of Greg Mace.

Those of you with long memories will recall that if one arrived at the restaurant one microsecond after one’s reservation time, you couldn’t get seated and you got a lecture.

In the 1970s we organized a physicists’ bike ride which took place on Thursdays. Thursday was chosen because Bil Dunaway had been elected an honorary physicist and the Times ” his paper, then only a weekly ” went to bed Thursday mornings.

There were also evening outings. One memorable one was organized by Henry Cato and his wife, Jessica, who brought John Cleese. I managed to persuade Cleese to sing the Lumberjack song, appropriate to the ambiance. We also skied up night and day and froze at night in the sled.

I bring this up because when it burned down last spring, I was heart broken. I felt that I had lost a friend I would never see again. I was wrong. Like the Phoenix it has risen from the ashes. The new Cookhouse is delightful ” more roomy ” but with the same log ambiance. I just skied up in the bright sunshine, and it is still one of Aspen’s treasures.

Jeremy Bernstein


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