Aspen Sojourner article by Cindy Hirschfeld.
Getting your daily food fix is as easy as AABC (Aspen Airport Business Center!)
Dinner at Mawa’s Kitchen
Aspen diners have long been familiar with effervescent chef and restaurateur Mawa McQueen. The Ivory Coast native has been cooking locally since 2004, first opening a catering kitchen in the AABC, then morphing it into a sit-down breakfast and lunch spot in late 2014. McQueen and her husband, Daniel Liesener, also operate the Crêpe Shack in Snowmass Base Village and frequently cater events.
In addition to readily available parking, diners have been coming for Middle Eastern and Moroccan dishes like house-made labneh (strained yogurt) with spices, curry, and potato chips; bison kefta; and Colorado lamb tagine with fonio, as well as standards like blackened Norwegian salmon and meatballs with polenta.
“I always try to create something a little bit different,” explains McQueen about the seasonally changing dinner menu’s current focus. “As your palate grows, you need to evolve.”
Diners can also order dinner to go or even have it delivered. “There’s nothing better,” says McQueen, who herself takes advantage of the delivery service on nights off at home.
Another recent highlight: she’s among 101 honorees in Toques in Black, the first book to celebrate African American chefs (or, in McQueen’s case, African French American). Additionally, she was chosen to create dishes for the chefs of Guanacaste Nights in Costa Rica this February.