September 13


The Hamptons Hottest Hangout Will Pop Up in Aspen


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Europe may be in the midst of the year’s coldest week yet, which is all the more reason to start scheming your summer–and next winter, while you’re at it.

On Memorial Day weekend, Eleven Madison Park will bring its popular Summer House back to East Hampton, N.Y. Later in the year, the crew will take up residence in Aspen to launch the inaugural edition of EMP Winter House.

Daniel Humm( left) and Will Guidara took advantage of outdoor games at their EMP Summer House.

Source: Eleven Madison Park

The return of Summer House is amazing a lot of people, even co-owners Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm. The Summer House was originally conceived as a route to keep staff employed while the world’s best eaterywas closed for redevelopments in 2017. Even with its breakout success–there were rumors of booking systems crashing after Bloomberg announced reservation details, and the place was packed throughout the summer–the duo didn’t intend to reopen the place for an additional season.

” Hiring seasonal personnel is too scary. We invest so much in people, they have to be full hour ,” says Guidara.

” But it was so successful ,” says Humm.” The location wanted us to be there longer, so many people reached out and showed interest .”

He claims he came up with the Aspen House idea, which offered the opportunity to have a year-round restaurant–albeit one split between two locations: Colorado and Long Island. He and Guidara won’t commit to the residencies beyond winter , nor will they rule it out.

” We don’t intend to do[ either house] again after this wintertime ,” says Humm.” Still, we never thought we’d be back[ in the Hamptons] after the first time. So I guess we will wait and see .”

Summer House

Not pictured: the fleet of Summer House-branded BMWs.

Source: Eleven Madison Park

This year’s Summer House will appear a lot like last year’s Summer House.” There won’t be a lot of changes ,” says Humm. Among those few, the triple-Michelin-starred chef is considering such new menu items as do-it-yourself fish tacos, via a whole roasted or fried fish served with tortillas and an array of condiments and accompaniments.

Returning diners will find their beach-minded favorites such as corn flatbread with truffles and lobster tempura with chile aioli, plus a wood-fired rib-eye for two, in the main indoor dining room. The backyard’s tented region will again offer more casual fare such as lobster rolls and reserve-ahead fried chicken picnics and lobster boils for a crowd. Guidara, who says a highlight of last summer was beating his business partner Humm at ferocious games of ping pong between tours of the room, says those tables and corn hole committees will return, together with new, yet-to-be-decided activities.

A Summer House best-seller: fried chicken for a crowd.

Source: Eleven Madison Park

The opening date will be Friday, May 25, the start of Memorial Day weekend. That’s almost a full month ahead of last year’s start date–which means more time to try to snag a reservation.( More on that below .) Look out for the branded BMWs to again ferry guests back and forth on the Montauk Highway.

Winter House

Aspen, Colo ., will be home to the upcoming EMP Winter House.

Photographer: Jeff Kravitz/ FilmMagic, Inc

In Aspen, Humm and Guidara will winterize the menu and vibe for the Sno-Cat crowd: Think schnitzel and crispy potato rosti, as well as a consomme that will undoubtedly appeal to bone broth aficionadoes. And there will be cheese fondue, including a luxe version.

” Sometimes, we do a fondue, and when it’s almost go, we crack in a couple of eggs and shave in black truffles. It’s one of the most insane things ,” says Humm, a native of Switzerland.” I will insist that we do that in Aspen .”( If you suffer a craving now, Humm has masterminded a special Sunday night fondue dinner series at the Nomad in New York through March 18 ).

Most of the menu will be determined by the location, which has yet to be confirmed, though it will be in Aspen proper , not a auto ride away.” The vibe will be more or less Swiss, depending on the place ,” says Guidara, who says the opening date will similarly be predicated on the space:” It could be just before Thanksgiving; it could be December .”

The Partnership

According to AmEx’s Janey Whiteside, EMP is one of the card’s most requested restaurant reservations.

Source: American Express

EMP’s relationship with American Express Co. is also continuing. As last summertime, AmEx is the only card that will be accepted for payment; reservations are available via the card’s concierge service and at and are available only to card holders.

” When we came to the end of last summer, we said,’ We’ve got something here; we need to bring it back somehow ,'” explains Janey Whiteside, an AmEx executive in charge of the relationship. She won’t share figures but considers profit in the prospect of a Winter House that widens Amex’s work with the EMP team.” Aspen is a top winter destination for our card members. But our relationship with Will and Daniel is much bigger than simply the summer and wintertime homes. We’ve been their partner for a long time. EMP has been one of the most requested restaurants in the world from our concierge service .”

EMP Summer House:

Reservations will be available at for AmEx card holders) and via AmEx’s concierge service on the following dates:
* Starting May 1, reservations will be available through June 30
* Starting June 1, reservations will be available through July 31
* Starting July 1, reservations will be available through September
* A $50 per person deposit is required for all reservations, which will be applied to the final dining bill.

EMP Winter House: More details about reservations will come later this year.

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