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“Mawa’s Way”: How chef Mawa McQueen redefined Aspen dining with Afro-fusion cuisine

“Mawa’s Way”: How chef Mawa McQueen redefined Aspen dining with Afro-fusion cuisine

[ad_1] Near the airport in Aspen — the Colorado city known both for its snow-covered slopes and glitzy affluence — is a restaurant that offers diners a true reprieve from the sometimes sterile-feeling winter conditions outside. At Mawa’s Kitchen, Chef Mawa McQueen serves bold, Afro-Fusion food like Berbere Spiced Chicken Yassa and Colorado Lamb Tagine in a bright, welcoming dining room.  Both McQueen and her restaurant, which is the only Black-owned restaurant in the city, have earned numerous accolades in recent years, including a Michelin recommendation, a James Beard nomination and being dubbed the Colorado Governor’s Minority Business of the Year in both 2020 and 2022.  Her first cookbook, “Mawa’s Way,” which is a showcase of her career and approach to food and restaurants thus far, further establishes her as a trailblazer in an industry that often skews younger, white and male. “I want readers to learn about my beginnings with Mawa’s Kitchen, the grit and determination it took to keep this dream going and how I’ve evolved since I’ve started,” McQueen told Salon Food.  Cover …

Aspen Snow Ball Honors Rachel Zoe In Fight Against Children’s Cancer

Aspen Snow Ball Honors Rachel Zoe In Fight Against Children’s Cancer

[ad_1] Under a starry sky surrounded by snow, the second edition of the Aspen Snow Ball took place on Feb. 3 in the celeb-loved ski town. Hosted by the Ball’s founder Thomas Pierce, a film producer and philanthropist, the event was held at the newly renovated St. Regis Aspen Resort. With major contingents from Los Angeles and New York among the guests, people gathered to raise money for children with cancer and blood disorders at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, including TV personality Giuliana Rancic, the evening’s host, and the night’s honorees, fashion designer Rachel Zoe and actor Tom Lewis. “This is the most important thing that I do, working for women and children, and pediatric cancer is near and dear to my heart” said Zoe on the red carpet. Added Pierce, “Rachel has been a longtime advocate of Baby2Baby and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for many years, and her work is being acknowledged with the Impact Award for her philanthropy.” Also in attendance was Scream actor Mason Gooding. “It’s an honor to be a part of …