50 Eggs Hospitality Group is excited to announce that CHICA featuring Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia is now taking reservations for the restaurant’s official opening on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Aspen, Colorado.
Opening just in time for ski season, CHICA is positioned at the base of Aspen (Ajax) Mountain inside the renowned Residences at The Little Nell. The 4,335-square-foot restaurant boasts an additional 2,969 square feet of patio space with an outdoor bar and breathtaking views of Aspen Mountain. With 165 indoor and outdoor seats, this new hotspot will serve as a gathering place for Aspen’s stylish visitors and locals. CHICA will be open year-round where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, as well as après-ski, grab-and-go and late night.
“From our dynamic menu and award-winning wine and cocktail program, I can’t wait to show Aspen what we do at CHICA,” said 50 Eggs Hospitality Group Founder and CEO John Kunkel. “With classic renditions and signature interpretations of Latin American, Chef Garcia has come up with an eclectic mix of menu offerings for an Aspen dining experience like no other.”
Chef Garcia ― best known for television roles on “Top Chef Masters,” “America’s Next Great Restaurant” and Univision’s “Despierta America” ― has focused her entire career around bringing the robust and vibrant flavors of Latin cooking to a global audience. The menu draws from CHICA’s Miami and Las Vegas locations and also showcases new dishes, allowing guests to explore the bold flavors of Latin American with influences from Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, and beyond.
Signature dishes include:
- Crispy Peruvian Octopus ($25) – Blistered Padrón Chile, Crispy Quinoa, Ají Amarillo Sauce, Brazilian Pico
- Ember-Roasted PEI Mussels Cazuelass ($25) – Ají Panca, Coconut Broth, Chorizo, Pisco Italia, Garlic Herb Bread
- Wagyu Quesa-Birria Empanada ($22) – Guajillo Consommé, Chili
- Asado Negro Arepas ($22) – Handmade Piloncillo Arepa, Braised Short Rib, Brazilian Pico
- Peruvian Corvina Ceviche ($22) – Leche de Tigre, Sweet Potato, Peruvian Corn, Red Onion, Cilantro
- Wagyu NY Strip Steak (MP) – Black Garlic Mole, Watercress
- Baby Back Ribs “Al Pastor” ($38) – “The Smoke Show”
- Lobster “Croqueta” Mac & Cheese (MP) – Tasso Mornay, Calabrian Chili Oil
- Pan-Roasted Ora King Salmon ($38) – Crispy Bok Choy, Ginger Chili Sauce, Nikkei Glaze
- Roasted Meat Parrillada ($190) – Wagyu NY Strip, Tenderloin Pinchos, Lamb, Venison Chorizo, Meyer Lemon Chicken, Chimichurri Sauce
- Mexican Hot Chocolate ($12) – Served with Mini Churros, Chocolate Shavings, and Fresh Whipping Cream
- The Flaming Skull ($32) – Warm Lava Cake, Horchata Ice Cream, Fresh Fruit, Corn Marshmallows
In addition to an extensive wine list and bottle service offerings, a bevy of craft cocktails will be available. Top picks include the signature CHICA-Rita, a mélange of El Tesoro Blanco Tequila, Pineapple, Lime, Agave and Tiki Bitters; the Palomita with Avión Blanco Tequila, Pink Grapefruit, Agave, Lime; the Rum, Smoke & Spice with Havana Club Añejo Rum, Winter Spice, Lemon; and the Black Truffle Old Fashioned with Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey, Sugar, Water and Shaved Black Truffle. Not to be overlooked, the Mexican Hot Chocolate with Espadín Mezcal, Guajillo Chili, Toasted Marshmallow is a delicious rendition that warms from the inside.
Right off the ski lift, guests can enjoy Après-Ski with half off on Aperol Spritzes every day from 4-7 p.m. Then from 7-10 p.m., guests can indulge in “After Après-Ski” with $5 beers, $8 glasses of wine and $8 cocktails. CHICA’s other offerings include “Tequila Tuesdays” with $5 shots, $10 cocktails and a $40 punch bowl and “Rosé Sundays” with 50% off all rosé wines during “After Après Ski” hours.
Bringing a new dynamic to Aspen’s nightlife, “CHICA Nights” takes place every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m.–close with live musicians, exotic performers and an animated lineup of DJs to dance the night away. On Sundays, CHICA’s lively brunch offers a bottled mimosa service where guests can order a bottle of bubbles with their choice of hand-pressed juices from the fresh juice bar. Bloody Marys and Sangrias are also available.
CHICA’s jaw-dropping design is the brainchild of Rockwell Group, a New York-based architecture and design firm focused on high-end brands such as José Andrés’ Think Food Group and NOBU Hospitality. The restaurant’s ambiance draws influence from Latin American colors and textures such as handmade tiles, bright accents and colonial-inspired ironwork.
CHICA is located at 501 E. Dean Street Aspen, CO 81611.
CHICA Aspen is still hiring for full and part-time positions. To inquire about positions in Aspen, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conceptualized by 50 Eggs Hospitality Group in collaboration with Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia. CHICA is a celebration of vibrant Latin flavors and culture. CHICA made its initial debut in 2017 inside of The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas and followed with a second location in Miami’s historic MiMo District in 2019. The menu features influences and flavors from Garcia’s hometown in Venezuela, as well as Peru, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina, among others. From the hearty wood-grilled steaks to the freshly prepared ceviche and seafood delicacies, Garcia meticulously reimagines each and every dish in her own distinct global style. CHICA delivers an unparalleled dining experience and is open daily for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, private dining, and late-night on weekends for a unique nightlife and culinary experience, coined CHICA NightsÔ. From daytime into the late hours of the night, CHICA is that lively party – part delicious feast, part Carnival – that serves as a singular all-in-one dining and entertainment destination.
Las Vegas | 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd. St. 106, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Miami | 5556 NE 4th Ct., Miami, FL 33137
Aspen | 501 E. Dean Street Aspen, CO 81611
For more information, visit: https://www.ChicaRestaurant.com
ABOUT 50 EGGS HOSPITALITY GROUP
Founded in 2001 by seasoned restaurateur John Kunkel, 50 Eggs Hospitality Group is a globally acclaimed restaurant group known for its game-changing concepts, critically acclaimed chef partners, and signature warmth hospitality. Named Restaurant Hospitality Magazine’s “Coolest Multi-Concept Companies in the Land,” 50 Eggs, Inc. focuses its efforts on developing cutting-edge brands that deliver unparalleled dining experiences throughout the United States and abroad. The multi-faceted full-creative firm owns and operates some of the country’s most influential restaurants, with 12 successful restaurants in its current portfolio, and several more brands and location expansions on the horizon. Signature concepts include the James Beard Foundation Award-nominated YardbirdÒ, with six eateries in Miami, Las Vegas, Singapore, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and more to come, including Chicago and Denver in 2022. CHICA a collaboration with Celebrity Chef Lorena Garcia debuted at the Venetian Las Vegas in 2017 followed by Miami in late-2019. The Venetian Resort is also home to two additional 50 Eggs Hospitality Group concepts including Spritz Restaurant & Bar and Capri Pool Restaurant & Bar. Lastly, the group’s fast-casual Spring Chicken concept delights guests in both Miami International Airport and Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.
This year (2021), also marking the groups’ twenty-year anniversary, 50 Eggs Hospitality Group will open CHICA’s third outpost location in Aspen and reopen Yardbird in Beverly Hills. The group’s award-winning restaurant concepts continue to expand throughout the United States, and internationally, with the upcoming addition of its newest concept, WAKUDA. Created in collaboration with world-renowned, two-Michelin-starred Chef Tetsuya Wakuda, the brand-new eatery is a collision of time and culture through cuisine. Opening at Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and in Las Vegas early-2022. For more information, visit: https://www.50EggsInc.com, and follow @50EggsInc on Instagram and 50EggsInc on Facebook.
ABOUT LORENA GARCIA
As a restaurateur, philanthropist, TV personality and published author, Chef Lorena Garcia is well-known for her numerous accomplishments in the culinary world, not only as a chef, but as the author of two cookbooks, TV series host of Emmy-award winning show “Despierta America” for Univision (Delicioso), co-creator, executive-producer and host for Nickelodeon’s “Food Hunters” and season 4 finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” Beginning her culinary training at Johnson & Wales, Garcia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and obtained her honorary doctorate degree. Chef Garcia has furthered her love for education with her culinary loft in Miami, FL. The Venezuelan-born chef has a constant focus on culinary development and hosts events and provides a culinary incubator within the space. Lorena furthered her craft early on in her career by studying in countries known for great cuisine. Chef Lorena always finds time to give back, developing “Big Chef, Little Chef” as a comprehensive non-profit program to help children and their families take control of their eating habits and, ultimately, their lives.