EMP Winter House: Where Mongolian Culture Meets Swiss Après-Ski in a Little Place Called Aspen
Photo Courtesy of EMP Winter House in partnership with American Express
There I sat, turning the pages of Food and Wine magazine on a recent flight back from Utah when I came upon the last page which featured an incredible picture of a Potato Rosti. This delectable dish of golden potatoes smothered in creme fraiche and layered with pastrami, more at home in the Swiss Alps, is the type of comfort food meant to warm the soul. Reading the brief article written by one of my favorite foodies, Gail Simmons, I came to discover that this dish was part of a menu that would be served this winter in the new EMP Winter House in Aspen. I just NEEDED to know more, so I reached out to a friend in the industry who calls Aspen her home and by a stroke of luck she had attended the media opening and pointed me in the right direction. EMP (Eleven Madison Park) building off the success of their recent summer house in the Hamptons has partnered with American Express to build a yurt village just inside the interior courtyard of the Chefs Club at The St. Regis in Aspen. And, with restaurateur Will Guidara on board along with Chef Daniel Humm, whose Swiss upbringing screams après-ski, I knew this combination would be a sure-fire hit.
#Yurtlife Makes Mountain Dining Chic
Before #yurtlife was even a thing, yurts (large round tents) served as the primary home for the nomadic Mongolian tribes who roamed the central Asian steppes during the middle ages. These structures were hardly something that you would think worthy of a story in Food and Wine or a location at the St. Regis in Aspen. However, now with the DIY show Love Yurts highlighting their new age growth and ski resorts and breweries around the country erecting their own, more permanent, yurts they have become the chic trend in on and off mountain dining and more. The EMP Winter House is capitalizing on this growing movement. By constructing an entire village of yurts and turning them into a posh dining scene, complimented by the perfect mountain menu, they are elevating yurt life to new heights.
An Après-Ski Menu Reminiscent of the Swiss Alps
Slightly more casual (it may be The St. Regis in Aspen but it’s still the mountains) than NYC’s iconic Eleven Madison Park, EMP Winter House, through their partnership with American Express, will offer an à la carte menu inspired by Chef Daniel Humm’s upbringing in Switzerland. Think dinners of veal schnitzel, spaetzle and fondue paired with the perfect wine from their extensive 250 bottle wine list.
Can’t do dinner? No worries, stop by each afternoon for their après-ski specific menu filled with tasty snacks and bevvies for you post pow. “Each creation on the EMP Winter House menu hits so close to home for me personally. To be able to share these dishes with guests as they dine in Aspen is incredibly special,” said Chef Humm. The EMP Winter House is truly an après skiing foodie’s delight. There is just one small caveat though. You need an American Express card to bask in all of these glorious delights.
But…You’ll Need Amex
American Express will be the only form of payment that they accept at the Winter House and card holders will get exclusive access to reservations at EMP Winter House. Makes sense…they are the presenting sponsor and all. Good thing for you is that you can attain one online pretty easily these days and I’d definitely get on that soon. As of February 1, they are already taking reservations for March 1 through April 6 (their last month). Remember, this is a pop up and is only around for the season but based on what I’m hearing it is quite the Mongolia meets Swiss Alps cultural foodie experience.