Last night, Cochon555, a nationwide traveling swine tour that celebrates heritage breed pigs, returned to the Ritz-Carlton in Denver, pitting five chefs against one another in a quest to become the "Prince or Princess of Porc." Along with 1,200 pounds of pig, there were bourbon cocktails and punch, ... More >>
As we reported a few weeks ago, Cochon555, the nationwide swine tour and chef battle that trots from city to city in an effort to ballyhoo the benefits of heritage-breed pigs, is stopping in Denver on Sunday, March 9, specifically at the Ritz-Carlton, where five local chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Rio ... More >>
Larimer Street has become one of Denver's hottest dining destinations. The trend started a dozen years ago in Larimer Square, when Larimer Associates made a conscious decision to fill the block with chef-driven restaurants rather than tourist traps. Since then, ambitious eateries have continued to o ... More >>
Last week's episode of Top Chef Masters ended in a nail-biter for Denver fans -- and Work Options for Women, the charity for which chef/contestant Jennifer Jasinski is competing. At the end of the August 28 installment, Jasinski and chef Sue Zemanick were both kicked off the show after the Yo Gabba ... More >>
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 >>
Bravo's Top Chef Masters will start its new season tonight, and Jennifer Jasinski, the James Beard Award-winning executive chef of Rioja (and co-owner of Euclid Hall and Bistro Vendome) is one of the masters. So is Richard Sandoval, who owns several restaurants in Colorado, including Zengo, Maya, Ta ... More >>
On Wednesday night, Jennifer Jasinski, the executive chef and co-owner of Rioja, makes her debut on Top Chef Masters, where she'll go head-to-head against twelve other chefs, including Douglas Keane, David Burke and Bryan Voltaggio, for a chance to win the Top Chef Masters title and $100,000, the ea ... More >>
Dana Rodriguez, who's spearheaded the kitchen at Bistro Vendome for just over two years, may be one of the most unheralded chefs in Denver, but that's about to change: In late July, she'll leave that kitchen behind to become the executive chef-partner of Work & Class, a new restaurant that will open ... More >>
The season premiere of Bravo's Top Chef Masters will hit televisions on Wednesday, July 24, and among the contestants battling for $100,000 in prize money -- money that will benefit a charity of the winning chef's choice -- is Jennifer Jasinski, exec chef and owner of Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bistro V ... More >>
How far does she go? You'll have to tune into Bravo beginning on Wednesday, July 24 to see whether or not Jennifer Jasinski, executive chef of Rioja, makes it all the way on Top Chef Masters. Jasinski, who just won the Best Chef Southwest James Beard Foundation award -- and also owns Bistro Vendome ... More >>
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 >>
The cinema industry has its Oscars and its Golden Globes, the Grammy Awards celebrate the best in music, and the James Beard Awards are every chef's dream, and tonight, at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, Jennifer Jasinski, chef-owner of Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bistro Vendome, wa ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation just released the finalists for this year's food and restaurant awards, and the list of locals has been whittled considerably since the semifinalists were announced back in February. Then five Denver chefs made the list; now only chef Jennifer Jasinski, co-owner of Rioja, ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation has just released its list -- its long list -- of semi-finalists, and several Denver area restaurants and chefs have made the cut. Jorel Pierce may have gotten bumped from Top Chef early, but the exec chef at Euclid Hall made the cut for Rising Star Chef of the Year. And ... More >>
In February, the James Beard Foundation released the names of the chef, restaurateur and restaurant semi-finalists vying for a coveted spot as a James Beard finalist. And today, just minutes ago, the Foundation announced its 2012 finalists...and guess who's in it to win it?
Jennifer Jasinski, chef/owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, is among the chosen few vying for a James Beard Foundation award.The James Beard Foundation has just announced its crop of restaurant and chef semi-finalists vying for a coveted 2012 James Beard award, and several Denver ... More >>
Last weekend, Jennifer Jasinski and Max MacKissock, two of Denver's best -- and most beloved -- chefs got hitched in California. Jasinski, who owns Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome and Rioja, where she's the executive chef, and MacKissock, the exec chef of the Squeaky Bean, met several years ago, and the ... More >>
Lori MidsonCochon 555 chefs Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Kelly Liken, Alex Seidel, Frank Bonanno and Jennifer Jasinski Lard, have mercy on my soul. To say that I pigged out this weekend is the understatement of the year, and if I was porky before, you should see me now. In fact, I'm fairly ... More >>
Oh. My. God. We just heard that Tyler Wiard (Elway's Cherry Creek), Elise Wiggins (Panzano) and Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall) are joining forces with a national "roast beef" sandwich chain to create a new sandwich that'll be called "The Big TyWigSki." "I'm looki ... More >>
Lori Midson"I know! Can you believe it? We finally got the book through the doors!" That was elated response from Jennifer Jasinski, the chef/owner of Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bistro Vendôme, when I spoke with her late yesterday afternoon, two days after 5,000 copies of her Rioja cookbook, T ... More >>
Sustainably-farmed fish will be a big trend in 2011, say local chefsYesterday, several local chefs -- Michael Long (Aria and Opus); Eric Skokan (Black Cat); Brandon Biederman (Steuben's); Brad Rowell (Colt & Gray); and Troy Guard (TAG and TAG Raw Bar) -- dished on the culinary trends that wou ... More >>
Mark MangerThe Euclidean cheesesteakEuclid Hall, 1317 14th Street, the third restaurant within one block for partners Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch, who also own Rioja and Bistro Vendome, was one of the hottest openings of the summer. The crowds packed into the beautifully refurbished s ... More >>
After ESPN released a summary of health-code violations for stadiums around the country, it stands to reason that you might want to avoid food at the game altogether. At a loss for where to bulk up before the Broncos? Business Week has you covered. In its write-up of restaurants located near ... More >>
Lori Midson Craig Dixon, executive chef of Cafe Options This is part two of Lori Midson's interview with Cafe Options executive chef Craig Dixon. To read part one of that interview, click here. Favorite ingredient: Butter. Animal fat is where it's at. You can't fake butter. Humans have sur ... More >>
It's one of the great culinary paradoxes: While most household-name chefs are men, in most households, women are the ones wearing the aprons. But the annual fundraiser for Work Options for Women -- a nonprofit enterprise that teaches impoverished women the skills they need to become gainfully ... More >>
Northstar Media BooksJennifer Jasinski's black truffle potato saladJennifer Jasinksi, executive chef of Rioja and Bistro Vendome, and the subject of this week's Chef and Tell interview, recently wrote The Perfect Bite , a soon-to-be released cookbook chock-a-block with recipes from Rioja, inc ... More >>
Jennifer Jasinski Executive chef/owner: Rioja and Bistro Vendome Unless you've been in self-imposed isolation or mandatory lockdown, you've no doubt heard the news: Jennifer Jasinski, executive chef/co-owner of Rioja and Bistro Vendôme, is just months away from opening Euclid Hall Bar and ... More >>
Lori Midson Best of Denver 2010 was released April 1, but Cafe Society is still counting down, in no particular order, our 100 favorite dishes. Send your own nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Left to right: Max Mackissock, Jennifer Jasinski, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, John Broening, Alex Seidel, Blake Edmunds and Travis VaughnTwo very different restaurant fundraisers this week bought a literal boatload of help for Haiti. First up: The $125-a-head, six-course meal at Rioja on Monday n ... More >>
Jason Sheehan just reviewed TAG and found lots to love at Troy Atherton Guard's eponymous restaurant, including -- but not limited to -- the rice. Here are nine more Larimer Square restaurants we think deserve some props:
Lori Midson Spinach veloute soup and chestnut soup with foie gras terrine from Rioja Jennifer Jasinski, chef-owner of Rioja, 1431 Larimer Street, is renowned for both her use of local ingredients and seasonal menu changes. And her most recent iteration, a lovely autumn board of fall vegetables, ... More >>
See photos from the event at westword.com/slideshow. Last night, nearly 500 foodophiles packed the ballroom at Congregation Emanuel to lend their support for the fifth annual Women Cook!, Dining for a Difference, the largest silent auction and fundraiser of the year for Work Options for Women, a n ... More >>
Chefs Up Front, a benefit for Share Our Strength's Operation Frontline, brings twenty top chefs to the Colorado Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. today, March 15. The participating restaurant/chef combos include Andrew Lubatty of Avenue Grill, Pete List of Beatrice & Woodsley, Sean Huggard of Black Pea ... More >>
Bistro Vendome gets a new chef.
Kevin Taylor rebuilds his empire.
Chef and Tell
Fans had no trouble finding Rioja; now it needs to find itself.
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