Mawa’s Kitchen is the flagship restaurant of owner, Chef Mawa McQueen, James Beard semifinalist nominee 2022 & 2020 Colorado governors minority business winner of the year. The business began as full-service caterer, including in-flight dining catering 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 the years in Aspen’s Airport Business Center, Mawa’s Kitchen is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
Mawa’s Kitchen is the hidden jewel of Aspen.
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. Inside the restaurant you will find an ambiance like no other. Colors that bring a warm welcome along with art pieces that show Mawa’s roots and local artist. Have a seat at our full-service bar where you can enjoy a cocktail or one of our many organic wines as you gaze out our open glass windows. Enjoy fine dining at our tables with family and friends where you can experience many cultural dishes to satisfy your palate.
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 palate and sharing the food of other cultures with you.
Mawa’s Kitchen is off the beaten path located in the Aspen Airport Business Center. It may be hard for some to find but well worth the search! We are located 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.
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.
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 March 8, 2022