Mawa’s Kitchen is the flagship restaurant of owner, Mawa McQueen. The business began as full-service caterer, including in-flight dining, in 2006 and evolved into the high -energy, fun, and cultural restaurant you will find today. Providing fresh, organic, locally sourced ingredients on its eclectic healthy menu for over 5 years in Aspen’s Airport Business Center, Mawa’s Kitchen is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. We continue to do event catering as well as In-Flight Dining out of the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.
You haven’t been to Aspen if you haven’t been to Mawa’s Kitchen!
Enter through the kitchen and be a part of the creation of your meal. Get comfortable in our cozy dining room or get lazy on our shady, scenic patio that is open from late Spring to early Fall.
Imaginative, Fresh, Locally Sourced, Organic and Global.
The food you will find at Mawa’s Kitchen is mostly Mediterranean with French and African heritage for Dinner as well as American Classics for breakfast and lunch.
We can accommodate the following dietary preferences: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, Low Salt, and Diabetic Friendly.
One unique aspect of Mawa’s Kitchen is that every year Mawa selects a new global ingredient to feature. This ingredient is showcased on each of her seasonal menus.
Welcome to Mawa’s table where family friendly, experienced staff will make you feel at home. Chef Mawa is grateful for the gift of delighting your palette and sharing the food of other cultures with you.
Mawa’s Kitchen is nestled in a cozy spot in the Aspen Airport Business Center among neighboring businesses. We are convenient to the airport, downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village with plenty of parking. Don’t let our façade fool you. Everything at Mawa’s Kitchen is designed to put you “outside of the box” when it comes to dining.
If you are in Aspen for a visit, you can contact us to schedule a first-come-first-served ride from your hotel or vacation residence to our restaurant and back
Mawa’s Kitchen offers Breakfast | Lunch on weekdays, Dinner nightly, and Brunch on weekends. We also offer full-service Event Catering, Private Chef and In-Flight Dining on private aircraft out of Aspen Airport.
Aspen Colorado’s dynamic and beloved Chef Mawa is a successful restaurateur and entrepreneur who is unapologetic about her African, French and American roots. Mawa’s passion is creating dishes that are balanced, healthy, locally sourced, organic food your body craves.
Her flagship restaurant, Mawa’s Kitchen, in Aspen, is a favorite spot for both locals and seasonal visitors. The Crepe Shack, an instant hit for Mawa, opened in December 2018 in the new Snowmass Base Village Ski Resort.
In 2019, food photographer, Alan “Battman” Batt, honored Mawa by selecting her to be featured in his newest cookbook SAVOR; Extraordinary Diversity of Black Chef’s that highlights 101 of the most talented chefs in America.
Despite COVID-19, in 2020, Mawa received the Colorado Governor’s Minority Business Award for McQueen Hospitality. In January 2021, Mawa launched her snack brand, GrainFreeNola, to keep her restaurant open and her staff employed due to COVID-19. She has been working on this ultra-healthy Paleo, Keto, Gluten-Free and Vegan granola since 2016.
Originally from Berlin, Germany Daniel started his career as an apprentice at The Hotel Bornmuehle after getting his hotel & restaurant management degree. His passion for wine moved him to spend more time in the restaurant where he executed all food and beverage including private functions, meetings and events.
Daniel’s friends recruited him from Germany to come to the United States to work at the famous White Barn Inn restaurant in Kennebunkport Maine. In a few years, he worked his way up from server to Food and Beverage Director. While working at the White Barn Inn restaurant, Daniel opened a few sister properties; an Italian restaurant called Grisini, an upscale Fish & Seafood restaurant in Kennebunkport, Maine called Stripers, and Muse by Jonathan Cartwright at the well-known Vanderbilt Grace Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island.
Daniel met his wife Mawa while they were both working in Kennebunkport. In 2012, Daniel was asked to be part of the opening team for the new Hotel Jerome and Prospect Restaurant in Aspen, Colorado. During this time, Daniel was also working at McQueen Hospitality as the Catering Manager. When the business started growing quickly, Daniel left the Jerome to concentrate on the family business.
Today, Daniel is the CFO and Managing Partner of McQueen Hospitality, LLC.
Robert G. McCormick
To Chef Robert McCormick, a career in culinary arts has never been solely about the food, but the people. For over two decades, McCormick has been creating work environments that are backed with strong moral values, mission and purposeful cooking. As a corporate chef and brand leader, he strives to create an open environment where young chefs can accelerate their skill sets and find a mentor on his teams.
McCormick’s love of food stems from the sense of community it has always brought to his life. Robert’s extended family was part of a small dairy farming community in northeast Pennsylvania. A typical childhood day would include a variety of outdoor activities including hunting & fishing or picking apples & splitting wood. The hard work he learned as a child, shaped his future for community, nature, farming and teamwork. As Robert grew older, he valued every Sunday afternoon where he had dinner with his family that had grown to 40 cousins.Their time together always revolved around food and togetherness. They considered the Sunday meal as a time that prepared all of them for the week ahead- washing away any troubles or stress with a good meal gathered around a common table.
“My love of food stems from this concept of building a space for loved ones to gather with one another,” remarks McCormick. “I’ve brought this sensibility to every kitchen I’ve worked in and am excited to work with Mawa who shares that same philosophy.”
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1998, McCormick joined Gunter Seeger’s team in Atlanta, where he was exposed to fine dining and farm-to-table cooking before it was considered a trending topic. Later, Chef Robert joined Daniel Boulud in several roles, crediting the Michelin-star chef as the person responsible for refining his kitchen management and leadership skills. Those leadership skills took immediate placement in his next role as Executive Chef of the Little Nell in Aspen, CO, and then on to Dean & Deluca in New York City.
Prior to joining McQueen Hospitality, McCormick was the Brand Chef at True Food Kitchen. At True Food, he credits the company for changing his perspective on food and using it to promote mental clarity and focus. He began promoting food as a ‘fuel source’ and educating his team that good food can make people feel better—and that you can work with ingredient substitutions without ever having to sacrifice flavors.
During the COVID pandemic, he began to ask himself how he can make a positive transformational change and hone in on a singular chef to help them scale and give them a voice and support. McCormick immediately thought of Mawa McQueen and his time with her at the Little Nell. The pair reconnected and immediately found a partnership where Chef Robert could make a transformational change in her restaurant, catering, and granola business.
Robert resides in Basalt, CO with his wife, Erin and their three children. When they aren’t enjoying meals together as a family, you can find them enjoying outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking or kayaking. The family has always dreamed of living in the mountains, so joining Mawa’s team was never a hesitation. “When Mawa hired me, she hired our entire family to come along on this journey,” remarks McCormick. “I admire her tenacity and believe she’s a great role model for our children, so am excited for our partnership on a number of levels.
Born in Ivory Coast, Zak has called Aspen his home for 12 years. Zak came to McQueen Hospitality in February 2020, with an extensive background in customer service and airline operational management over his 10 years at Aspen Airport.
Zak is a proud father of a lovely daughter, who enjoys traveling, learning and discovering cultures through the taste of their finest foods. Zak loves mountain biking and running in his free time.
One of the things he enjoys most at Mawa’s Kitchen is learning about wine and cocktails so he can offer an elevated level of support and service to our guests.
Updated November 10, 2021