December 8, 2019
Chef Martin Oswald’s Mix6 nourishes folks fast in Snowmass Base Village.Chef Martin Oswald crafts dishes at Mix6 with an array of flavorful, nutrient-dense ingredients and colorful spices.
For nearly four decades, Martin Oswald has been crafting his secret recipe. “How do you boost flavor?” the chef wonders aloud, inside his latest concept, Mix6.
While this might seem the objective of any culinary artist worth his salt, Austrian-born Oswald, a protégé of iconic chef Wolfgang Puck, is considered the pioneer of nutritarian cuisine—plant-based ingredients and lean animal protein chosen and prepared in ways that maximize nutrients, vitamins and minerals in high ratio to caloric value—since he founded Pyramid Bistro in 2010. The Aspen restaurant above Explore Booksellers has earned Oswald major kudos by top docs and wellness professionals for nailing a tricky balance: ultranourishing food that both energizes the body and enchants the palate.
Located inside The Collective, a new multipurpose community venue anchoring Snowmass Base Village, Mix6 is a fast-casual counter-service joint offering a kaleidoscopic selection of dynamic fare. Think: chimichurri steak, biryani chicken, barbecue pork, harissa shrimp, curried vegetables, leafy salads and dozens more “healthy-ish rainbow foods,” he says, enhanced with herbs, seasonings and scratch sauces combined in a choose-your-own-eating-adventure format.
Mix6 is a kindred spirit to Bolay (with the added bonus of a full bar), a concept Oswald helped launch in Florida in 2016. Both showcase a cornucopia of fresh, lovingly prepared whole foods—quickly, thanks to steam-powered combi-ovens, which “preserve nutrients in as short a cooking time as possible,” Oswald explains.
Gentle prices—a bowl of four items (Mix4) for $11; six (Mix6) for $14—and order-ahead takeaway for lunch beginning at 11:30am and dinner until 9:30pm are sure to delight omnivores craving sustainable mountain fuel. Moxi Bar, a sassy neighboring lounge with seating for 50, with views to the ice rink and a wine list curated by master sommelier Jay Fletcher (who worked alongside Oswald at Syzygy for many years), serves a separate menu of plated dishes from Mix6. 49 Wood Road, Snowmass Village, eatmixsix.com
Photography by: Shawn O' Connor