The Willow Creek Bistro at the Ritz Carlton/Aspen Highlands is hosting weekly Barbeques Sundays from 6:00-9:00 P.M. on a gorgeous deck overlooking a greener-than-green mountain.
Hmmm. Okay. Barbeque. Does that word conjure up images of burgers, dogs, ketchup, relish, five variations each of macaroni and potato salad, chips, dips, and a "kegger?"
Not here, folks.
The fare, created and served by Executive Chef Jami Flatt, is not only artistically presented, but thoroughly gourmet, from the grilled artichokes, corn and snappy fresh vegetables to, for crying out loud, the bread. (How do people make bread like that, anyway? Crusty on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside.) The wine selection is brilliant, from all over the globe. As for the meats: Last week, Jami grilled steaks, chicken breasts and lamb. He served me a lamb chop that was truly, honestly the best I've ever had.
Jami plans to offer alternative choices throughout the summer. Determined to serve only the best, he thoroughly researches his food purchases. He's presently looking into some spectacular salmon. Maybe it'll be there tonight!
You can order the Barbeque, which includes two glasses of wine (and I suppose other libations) for $29.00. If you prefer, you can select something from the All Day Dining menu. (Price range: $8 to $19) Or you can sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the incredible view—and the entertainment.
(Here comes my shameless plug:) The event features the musical stylings of none other than me 'n' Dave (aka, in this particular incarnation, H2 - Harding & Hawes).
Here is the address: 0075 Prospector Road Aspen, Colorado 81611
Here are phone numbers:
Willow Creek Bistro: (970) 429-2327
Ritz Carlton Aspen Highlands: (970) 925-0000