Do An Expert’s Guide to the Aspen Saturday Market
I started my career as a line cook at Hotel Jerome over 20 years ago, and I’ve been lucky to be an executive chef here since 2012. Through the years, I’ve seen Aspen undergo a number of changes, but one thing has stayed remarkably constant: the Aspen Saturday Market, a community gathering spot since it opened in 1998.
Soaking in the fragrance and vivid colors of perfectly ripe fruits and vegetables fill me with inspiration for my daily cooking. During the months when the market runs, my Saturday ritual is to walk over as early as possible to pick fresh produce for my home kitchen and sometimes for the hotel. It’s been a longstanding tradition, and now I share it with my children who love to pick out their own favorite items for picnics, weekend adventures and school lunches.
Through all my visits, I never leave empty-handed. Here’s a guide to some of my favorite vendors:
Il Porcellino Salumi They make excellent house-cured meats including a must-try spiced juniper salami along with various cheeses.
Aspen Crunch I love picking up a few packets of their dehydrated fruit for a pick-me-up on the mountains.
Louis Swiss When I feel like something sweet, I’ll pick up a pastry from this terrific local bakery.
Jeffreezz Jelato My kids love to stop here for their amazing sorbettos, gelato and old-fashioned ice cream.
Aspen Kettle Corn A favorite of my kids—and well, just about everyone. Who knew four ingredients—corn, corn oil, sugar, and salt–could be so addictive.