The Little Nell and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies partner for final Ride & Dine event Thursday |

The Little Nell and Aspen Center for Environmental Studies partner for final Ride & Dine event Thursday

The Little Nell is partnering with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies to host its final Ride & Dine dinner at ACES’ Rock Bottom Ranch this evening.

Guests may drive to the ranch or meet at The Little Nell beforehand and bike to Rock Bottom in a “fun group environment,” The Little Nell spokeswoman May Selby said.

Once guests reach the ranch, they are invited to take a tour of the farm, as well as take part in both a live and silent auction, beginning at 4 p.m.

The Ride & Dine will kick off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a welcome reception at the ranch from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Aspen 82 host Oliver Sharpe will host the evening as MC and auctioneer. The auctions will go as late as 8 p.m., and prizes include a private wine tasting in the cellar at The Little Nell with Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy; first tracks on Aspen Mountain with breakfast at Element 47; a $1,000 gift card to Gorsuch clothing store; and two seats at a Ride & Dine dinner next year, with road bikes provided by Four Mountain Sports.

At 6 p.m., a family-style dinner will take place in the barn.

Aspen’s only five-star restaurant, Element 47, will cater the meal using only “fresh ingredients from local purveyors,” Selby said.

Dinner will include an asado carving station, fresh cornbread with honey butter, an heirloom tomato salad, red and white wine and more, Selby said.

Guests also can enjoy live music and a performance by The Poser Band throughout the evening.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to ACES and its efforts to purchase a “living wall” for environmental education.

Both Rock Bottom Ranch’s Farm to Table dinners and The Little Nell’s Ride & Dine dinners have all sold out this summer, Shelby said.

“It’s our first time to come together for a dinner like this, which is just really nice,” Selby said.

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