Rising star Chef Brendan Kelley returns to his Telluride roots from Copenhagen’s Amass (“The most influential restaurant of the last decade,” according to Noma), and two Michelin-starred Kadeau, NYC’s authentic French Bistro Libertine, and the infamous pizza mecca that kickstarted a movement, Roberta’s NYC. Come spring 2024, Kelley’s own highly anticipated restaurant, Confidant, will open in Brooklyn, serving seasonal, wood-fired New American food.
With Chef Brendan at the helm, Ah Haa will kick off New Year’s Eve with a celebratory Sky Deck viewing of Telluride’s annual Torchlight Parade. Guests will be treated to special drinks and delicious canapes as they watch the glowing spectacle. They will then be seated in the Launchpad for a stunning full-course dinner highlighting favorites of the Southwest, such as Rocky Mountain Lamb with mushroom, mint, and jus, complete with curated, paired wines. This is a very special opportunity to support Ah Haa School for the Arts while experiencing a Telluride-born chef’s brilliant cuisine. Limited to 32 people.
Looking for a group reservation during the busy Holiday Season? Enjoy an intimate, private dining experience for groups of up to 10 people!
Featuring New American Tasting Menu
Beet Soup Swirl, crème fraiche, fermented beet dice, orange gems
Endive Salad, fried shallot crispy & emulsion, preserved orange, mimolette
Curry Squash Agnolotti, raisin, almond massaman foam, sesame, almond, cilantro
Duck breast, braised cabbage quenelle, confit leg, date, onion jus
Chocolate Budino, peanut mouse, praline, luxardo cherry, mint
12/28 Trang Pham, Private Chef
Featuring an Asian Menu
Vietnamese Five-Spice Nuts
Shrimp Toasts (bánh mì nướng tôm)
Spring Rolls (gỏi cuốn)
Banana-coconut bread pudding (bánh chuối nướng)
Featuring a Moroccan Menu
Trio of Moroccan salads
Orange Blossom-Mint Refresher
Lemon Chicken Tagine
Mille-Feuille Pastry and fresh strawberries
1/3 Will Nolan, Black Salt Hospitality, Telluride
Featuring Creole-Italian Menu
Crispy Duck Confit, Soft Cooked Eggs, Heirloom Grits & Sauce Creole
Braised Lamb Sauce Piquant
Cannoli Bread Pudding
Create a special holiday dinner with friends, family or colleagues by booking one of these unique Chef’s Table experiences with a talented chef in Ah Haa’s intimate Culinary Classroom. Participants spend time in the kitchen with the chef as they prepare and plate a special multi-course tasting menu while sharing techniques and personal stories. Holiday Chef’s Tables are non-refundable. Seating is at 6pm, $2000/$2500 with wine pairings.
Reserve your table through the links above or contact Culinary Program Director Jess Newens to reserve your private experience!
Considered a pioneer of “new gatherer” forage-forward cuisine, chef and restaurateur Regan is best known for her renowned Chicago-based restaurant Elizabeth, which earned her Michelin stars six years running, as well as Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2016. Her menus are built around fresh, organic, seasonal ingredients gathered in the wild and acquired from local farmers and hunters. Her dishes have been called visually stunning, reflecting her inspirations from the natural world.
After three incredible cooking classes and a Launchpad Dinner at Ah Haa last November, Iliana returns to Telluride for a month-long residency this January. Join her in the Ah Haa kitchen each week for her instructional cooking class series each Sunday and Monday evening and for mutli-course tasting dinners each Friday and Saturday.
With the overarching goal of cultivating community, cultural connection and a sense of place, Ah Haa’s culinary offerings bring people together at a fundamental touchpoint – the preparing and sharing food. As a resource for skill building, sustainable practices and connective storytelling with chefs, cooks, farmers, winemakers; Ah Haa nourishes and nurtures culinary students of all ages and skill levels.
Locals’ Lunches & Seasonal Suppers on Wednesdays
Wine Tastings on Thursdays
Market Day Cooking on Fridays
Date Nights & Multi-Course Dinners on Fridays & Saturdays
Ah Haa invites regional, national and international chefs into the kitchen to bring their unique flavors into our kitchen and to your plates! Guest Chefs at Ah Haa offer classes, skill building, story telling and multi-course Launchpad Dinners.
Guest Chefs include
Iliana Regan – Six Consecutive Michelin Stars
Justin Pioche – James Beard Award Finalist Best Chef of the Southwest
Lucas Wentzel – Swiss Trained Fine Dining
Alexi Mandolini & Taylor Herbert – Easy Vegan – Winners, Great Food Truck Race 2023
Fun in the kitchen begins at age 5! Kids learn skills, recipes, baking and presentation they can take to their own home kitches!