Jen Jasinski

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    October 9, 2014

    Four Top Culinary Events Today Feature Sips, Soup and Chefs Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski

    You don't need to wait to the weekend to get a full serving of culinary fun. Tonight you can celebrate LoDo, enjoy special dishes prepared by Jeff Osaka and Jen Jasinski, or get bowled over at a Boulder fundraiser. Keep reading for a taste of what's on today's culinary calendar. See also: Jeff Osa ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    The Dish on Paul and Aileen Reilly, CRA's Exceptional Newcomer Award Winners

    After cooking around town, including at the late, lamented Encore, Paul Reilly and his sister, Aileen, finally got to open a place of their own last year. And what a place it is! Beast Bottle, at 719 East 17th Avenue, is the restaurant "we conjured in our heads since we were kids," Paul explains. ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    A Bird or a Plane? No, Just the Pierce Brothers at Stoic & Genuine

    Chef Jorel Pierce of Stoic & Genuine is no stranger to publicity, with an appearance on season ten of Bravo's Top Chef as well as additional camera time as Jen Jasinski's sous chef on Top Chef Masters. But if you've been to the new oyster house in Union Station, you may have been confused by a sight ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    The five best places for Alton Brown to visit in Denver

    Food Network star, cookbook author and food-nerd extraordinaire Alton Brown was spotted yesterday attempting to have a quiet lunch at Stoic & Genuine, chef Jen Jasinski's posh new seafood haven in Union Station. There was no filming going on, other than the discreet (or not so discreet) attempts of ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Alex Seidel: Thinking outside the box for Mercantile Dining & Provision

    Union Station is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, July 26, two weeks behind schedule -- but one of the restaurants going into the historic building is even further down the track: Mercantile Dining & Provision. Still, Mercantile -- a 5,000 square foot restaurant in the north wing helmed by Ale ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    All aboard -- almost -- for Union Station grand opening Saturday

    When Union Station hosts its grand-opening gala on Saturday, July 26, most -- but not all -- of the fifteen restaurants, bars and retail outlets signed on for the project will be open to the public. Alex Seidel's Mercantile Dining & Provision is more than a month away from opening -- but Fruition's ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    All aboard for Stoic & Genuine, opening Wednesday in Union Station

    Even though the official grand opening of the renovated Union Station has been pushed back to July 26, Stoic & Genuine, the seafood restaurant created by Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch (the team behind Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall), is ready to get in the swim, and plans to be open for lunc ... More >>

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    May 8, 2014

    Wall Street Journal offers an "Insider's Guide to Denver"

    The Wall Street Journal just posted its "Insider's Guide to Denver" -- and it's a lot more insightful than the Denver destinations for foodies list that USA Today produced earlier this year. But there's a lot more than food here, too. The Journal spoke to actress AnnaSophia Robb, Museum of Contempo ... More >>

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    March 28, 2014

    Reader: Denverites sure have a thin skin when it comes to criticism of the food scene

    We've just published our annual Best of Denver issue, which includes more than a hundred awards in the Food and Drink section alone, all for winning restaurants, chefs and dishes that make the Denver dining scene something worth celebrating. For instance, there's Rioja, which just won Best Chef's Co ... More >>

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    March 21, 2014

    Reader: Don't appreciate Denver's dining scene? Don't let the door hit you on your way out!

    Last week USA Today served up Denver's top ten foodie picks, including Jen Jasinski's Rioja, but one former Chicagoan wasn't impressed by anything on the list -- or by Denver's food scene in general. See also: Reader says Denver's food is disappointing -- and don't blame it on the altitude

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    January 24, 2014

    Reader: Restaurant names are starting to sound like boutique clothing shops

    Denver is about to see a run of new restaurants with similar-sounding names. Work & Class opens next week. Guard and Grace is coming in February. Opening a month or so later is Salt & Grinder -- which will also go by its initials, S&G. That prompted a slight name change for Stoic & Genuine, the fish ... More >>

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    January 22, 2014

    What's in a name? Plenty of ampersands these days

    Denver is about to get several restaurants whose names each link two words. Partners Delores Tronco, Tony Maciag and Dana Rodriguez will open Work & Class at 2500 Larimer Street on January 29, right across the street from Troy Guard's new Los Chingones. And Guard has another new restaurant opening i ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Sip and snack at Rioja, enjoy beer bites at Euclid Hall tonight

    After all the big holiday parties and meals, restaurants can be slow in January. But there's reason to get up and out to Larimer Square, where two sibling restaurants are bringing back their successful Tuesday specials to celebrate the new year: Sips and Snacks at Rioja, and Beer Bites at Euclid Ha ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    Photos: Ten great reasons to visit Denver in 2014

    Don't accuse the folks at Visit Denver, the city's main tourism agency, of getting a slow start during this still new year. In fact, they've already come up with a list of ten great reasons to stop by the city in 2014, including a major sporting championship, a new feature at Coors Field and an inte ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Jennifer Jasinski is badass -- with a nod from The Daily Meal and a fourth restaurant coming

    A recent Time magazine story on the "13 Gods of Food" left a bitter taste when it failed to include a single female chef -- although seven male chefs made the cut, and sixty more were included in an accompanying article. To be fair, some female food entrepreneurs were included on the list, but the ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Jen Jasinski doesn't win Top Chef Masters -- but she wins for WOW

    The Broncos smacked the Raiders on Monday night, but the hometeam couldn't repeat the triumph on Wednesday, when the final episode of Top Chef Masters aired on Bravo. Jen Jasinski, chef/co-owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, who was named this year's Best Chef Southwest in the James Bear ... More >>

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    September 25, 2013

    Readers: Will Jen Jasinski win Top Chef Masters tonight?

    Denver looked good on Monday Night Football this week, but it could look even better tonight. Jen Jasinski, chef/co-owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall has made it to the finals of Top Chef Masters. At 8 p.m. tonight, Bravo will air the last episode, in which Chef Jen competes against Bry ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Jen Jasinski moves to the finals of Top Chef Masters

    Denver will be in the national spotlight next week -- and we're not talking about Monday Night Football. The really big game is on TV two days later, when Jen Jasinski will compete in the final round of Top Chef Masters. The chef/co-owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, who was named this ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Wow! Jen Jasinski wins $15,000 on Top Chef Masters for Work Options for Women

    Jen Jasinski did Denver proud last night on Top Chef Masters. The chef/co-owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, who was named this year's Best Chef Southwest in the James Beard Foundation competition -- won both challenges, netting another $15,000 for Work Options for Women, her chosen cha ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Jen Jasinski creates a killer "Dead Duck" on Top Chef Masters

    Jen Jasinski has not only survived the first three weeks of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, but she was the big winner of last Wednesday's "Sex, Murder and Greed" elimination challenge, when each chef had to create a dish based on one of those soap-opera themes, all judged by cast members of Days of Our L ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Jen Jasinski's James Beard win felt like a lifetime achievement -- although her career is cooking

    Prince Harry might have stopped by The Market on Monday, but the real royalty was right down the street, at Rioja. Just a week before, Jennifer Jasinski, the chef who opened that Larimer Square restaurant with business partner Beth Gruitch almost a decade ago, was named Best Chef Southwest at the Ja ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Euclid Hall: The bull's balls in their court

    Euclid Hall is on a roll. Today the restaurant learned that Jorel Pierce, the executive chef, has been named a James Beard semifinalist in the Rising Star Chef category. And last night, the restaurant's Rocky Mountain oysters got a rave review from Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods. One segment of th ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Round two with Pete Marczyk, chef-owner of Marczyk Fine Foods

    Pete Marczyk Marczyk Fine Foods 770 East 17th Avenue, 303-894-9499 5100 East Colfax Avenue, 303-243-3355 This is part two of my interview with Pete Marczyk; read part one of Pete Marczyk's interview Rules of conduct in your kitchen: Show up; try hard; think; keep making it ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Four chefs give the lowdown on what makes LoDo cook

    Chefs are Denver's rock stars, and lower downtown is one hell of a stage. Last night I was lucky enough to moderate a panel of four LoDo chefs -- Jen Jasinski, Matt Selby, Tom Coohill and Max MacKissock -- who dished out restaurant tidbits (both literal and figurative) before an appreciative crowd o ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Sips and Snacks at Rioja

    ​Every Tuesday, Rioja, the Larimer Square restaurant run by Beth Gruitch and chef Jen Jasinski, hosts Sips and Snacks, which pairs tastes of selected wines with four bite-sized snacks from the kitchen. This week's theme: Bubbles. Admission is $15, and the deal starts at 5 p.m.; call 303-820-22 ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Denver's five best French restaurants

    ​Happy Bastille Day, Denver. We'll grab just about any excuse to pop open a bottle of French wine and chow down on baguettes, but the storming of the Bastille on July 14 may be the best excuse we'll find all year. While one of our favorite spots for a French feast, Brasserie Felix, closed ear ... More >>

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    June 16, 2011

    Photos: Hot Rocks Griller Challenge, 6/15/11

    Pulled pork with basil pesto, pickled red cipollini onions on brioche by Tyler Wiard at Elway's. ​The original Elway's hosted the annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge last night, when sixteen of Denver's top chefs competed to make the best slider. The winner? Troy Guard of TAG and TAG | RAW Ba ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011

    Reader: With Brian Laird going to Russo's, things are looking up in the southern suburbs

    Lori MidsonThe interior of Russo's Kitchen Tavern..​Yesterday, a reader wondered if the restaurant-packed Berkeley neighborhood in northwest Denver was suffering from too much of a good thing. But the revelation that Brian Laird was heading south to Russo's Kitchen Tavern, one of several r ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Reader: Hope this smart chef stays in Denver!

    Lori MidsonWe never sausage thing!l​Jorel Pierce, the saucy chef at Euclid Hall, told all -- almost all -- to Lori Midson for his recent Chef and Tell interview, and readers appreciated his candid comments (if not the sausages around his neck, an homage to a recent photo with Jen Jasinski). H ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011

    Chef and Tell, part two: Euclid Hall's Jorel Pierce on body parts and being a trigger-puller

    Lori Midson​ Jorel Pierce Euclid Hall 1317 14th Street 303-595-4255 This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Jorel Pierce, executive chef of Euclid Hall. Part one of that interview ran in this space yesterday. Favorite restaurant in America: Blue Ribbon in Manhat ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Tonight: Five-course wine dinner at Rioja

    ​Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, will present a five-course wine dinner featuring dishes by chef/owner Jen Jasinski for $95. Keep reading for the full menu.

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    November 29, 2010

    Culinary calendar for the week ahead: Beer dinners, latke cookoffs and more

    ​The city is awash in beer dinners this week -- but there are also many classes, food drives and the annual Top Latke Cookoff. Here's a taste of what's on the menu:

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    November 18, 2010

    Chef and Tell, part two: Bistro Vendôme's Matt Anderson

    Lori Midson​ Matt Anderson Bistro Vendôme 1420 Larimer Street 303-825-3232 This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Matt Anderson, chef of Bistro Vendôme. Part one of that interview delves into Anderson's take on WHIRL, EVOO, brains and Bourdain. Culinary in ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Eating my words about Wolfgang Puck alums

    Wolfgang Puck's alums prove me wrong​A few weeks ago, when I reviewed Euclid Hall, I wrote that I'd noticed a certain shortcoming common to chefs who'd trained under Wolfgang Puck. "They're excellent cooks with mastery of technique," I mused, "but they're not innovative chefs." Plenty of read ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010
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    October 28, 2010

    Bistro Vendome has the right ambience for brunch

    ​After eating my way through the menu at Euclid Hall for this week's review, I stopped by Rioja, the Larimer Square restaurant that Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch opened six years ago, and also by Bistro Vendome, the restaurant at 1420 Larimer Street that the pair took over in 2006. Bistro Ven ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Samba Room, Euclid Hall, Ocean Prime and the ongoing evolution of Larimer Square

    ​A month ago, when Samba Room went dark and a sign appeared in the window of the restaurant at 1460 Larimer Street announcing that the space was under "construction," Joe Vostrejs, COO of Larimer Associates, started getting calls. Restaurateurs were interested in leasing this corner spot in ho ... More >>

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    January 21, 2010

    Rioja team ropes together Martini Ranch deal

    Meanwhile, back at Martini Ranch....​Jen Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, the talented duo behind Larimer Square restaurants Rioja and Bistro Vendome, have their eyes on a third spot around the corner, as Penny Parker reports in a good scoop this morning. According to the sign still on the former M ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Rioja serves up Tuesday sips and snacks, brings back lobster classics

    ​Stop by Rioja, at 1431 Larimer Street, every Tuesday from 5 p.m. until close, and you can enjoy the $15 Sips and Snacks special: four bite-sized snacks paired with wines according to that week's theme. Today, it's Wines of Spain; on January 19, Pinot Posse; on January 26, the Sauvignons. And ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009
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    December 10, 2009

    Chef and Tell part two: Max Mackissock from Squeaky Bean

    Max Mackissock​This is part two of my interview with Max Mackissock, executive chef of Squeaky Bean. To read part one of this interview, click here. Proudest moment as a chef: One of the best parts about being a chef is watching people enjoy our hard work -- our food -- every day. That's alw ... More >>

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    December 9, 2009

    Chef and Tell with Max Mackissock of Squeaky Bean

    Lori MidsonSqueaky Bean executive chef Max Mackissock​ "After all that nonsense at Primebar -- those guys are the biggest scumbags ever -- it was unbelievably refreshing to get a job at a restaurant that's owned by one of the nicest guys I've ever met," Max Mackissock says during our interview ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009
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    August 12, 2009

    Chef and Tell: John Broening

    John Broening​"We'll have head cheese at Olivéa on Friday -- I expect to see you there," summoned the e-mail. The note - short and to the point -- was from John Broening, the executive chef at Duo and Olivéa: the former a restaurant in Highland with a field-to-plate, seasonal approach to foo ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    The List: Living it up on Larimer

    So now that I've squared things with Rioja in this week's re-review and detailed about a decade's worth of history on Larimer Square, what else is there to do?So glad you asked... Below, find this week's list of all the best places on Larimer Square -- and why. Now, if you find yourself craving a Ri ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009
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    April 2, 2009

    IACP Conference Report: What do several hundred wet food writers smell like?

    For those of you not yet hipped to the big foodie news in Denver this week, the International Association of Culinary Professionals is in town -- a kind of traveling circus show of food writers, food editors, food pimps, chefs, authors, wine gurus and associated tradesmen. And, of course, Jason Shee ... More >>

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    December 17, 2008

    The food trends--or lack thereof-- in 2009

    "Value." "The economy." "No new concepts." "Staying open." I talked to four of the top chefs in the state (and possibly the western United States) and asked each of them about the top Colorado food trends of 2009. I wanted to share their bold predictions, like "the new hottest di ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    A Late Update on The Early Show and Chef Jen

    Yes, Jen Jasinski's segment on The Early Show was on awfully early -- 6:30 a.m. last Saturday, July 26, when the Rioja/Bistro Vendome chef/owner was cooking live in the New York studio of the CBS show. But better late than never -- because you can still catch Chef Jen in the act right here.

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    April 3, 2008

    The Rest of Denver

    An embarrassment of riches – and bitches.