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    November 25, 2014

    Fifteen Great Places in Denver to Take Your Parents Over the Holidays

    Denver's in the midst of a dining boom, but when it comes to choosing a restaurant for out-of-town parents or older guests, you might want to look past your new faves. That's because trendy spots in RiNo, Union Station and the Source will likely elicit the same reaction that your music used to: That ... More >>

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    November 21, 2014

    Stealth Sopapillas at Casa Bonita: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, November 17-21

    This week in Cafe Society, Gretchen Kurtz declared Chop Shop a "quick hit," but suggested that the crowd-averse hit this popular new fast-casual eatery later in the day. Mark Antonation met with the four owners of Bonfire Burritos, who bought the tiny Mexican food trailer in Golden after years of be ... More >>

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    November 20, 2014

    Celebrate Rioja's Tenth Anniversary With These Ten Memorable Moments

    On November 22, 2004, when Jennifer Jasinski and Beth Gruitch opened Rioja in Larimer Square, that block wasn't the dining destination that it is today -- and chef Jen was far from a household name. Fast forward ten years, and Larimer Square is an eating Eden, with Gruitch and Jasinski adding to the ... More >>

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    October 10, 2014

    From Cats to Cafe Mercato: A Second Helping of Cafe Society, October 5-10

    This week in Cafe Society, our reviewer got a taste of the UK at Argyll Whisky Beer, where both the whiskey and Scotch eggs were delicious. Rioja chef de cuisine, For Chef and Tell, Mark Antonation talked with Tim Kuklinski about failing in the kitchen, his love of Italian food and life at Rioja.

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    August 8, 2014

    Glitzy Dorchester Social Eatery Opening in LoDo Saturday

    Dorchester Social Eatery opens tomorrow in a prime slice of real estate at 15th and Market streets, on a block where the young and chic often club away the night with champagne, house music and expensive outfits. While offering a full dinner menu of continent-hopping entrees as well as smaller sampl ... More >>

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    June 6, 2014

    Indulge your pork fantasies at Grand Cochon in Aspen, featuring Jennifer Jasinski

    Each year, after the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, a feast of piggish proportions follows, namely Grand Cochon, a swine showdown that gives the pork entourage the opportunity to stuff as much pig down their gullet as possible. Ten chefs compete in the battle, all of whom have won Cochon competitions ... More >>

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    February 17, 2014

    Jasinski, Brunson, Reilly, Redzikowski and Greenwood competing for top pork prize in Cochon555

    Five Colorado chefs -- Jennifer Jasinski (Rioja, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome and the forthcoming Stoic & Genuine); Justin Brunson (Old Major and Masterpiece Deli); Paul Reilly (Beast Bottle); Steve Redzikowski (Acorn and Oak at Fourteenth); and Bill Greenwood (Beano's Cabin) -- have been tapped to ... More >>

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    January 14, 2014

    Free healthy cooking class today, "Ode to Shellfish" at BRU tonight

    Ian Clark, executive chef and brewmaster at BRU handbuilt ales and eats, is hosting an "Ode to Shellfish" beer dinner at 7 p.m. tonight. He'll prepare a four-course meal featuring oysters, shrimp and mussels; each dish will be paired with a variety of BRU's homemade beers. Tickets are $45; call 720 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 6, 2014

    Wine dinners, wine tastings and the Big Beers Fest this week

    Resolve to eat more great food this year. The Monday night wine dinners are back at Frasca Food and Wine, and tonight's edition will feature a flight of deep red wines presented by Mike Joyce of the Natural Wine Company, located in Denver. Joyce, along with Frasca's Bobby Stuckey, will pour the wine ... 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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    November 6, 2013

    Twelve best restaurants on Larimer Street

    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 >>

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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 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Rioja's Jennifer Jasinski dishes on her debut on Top Chef Masters, premiering Wednesday on Bravo

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    March 18, 2013

    Jennifer Jasinski a James Beard finalist for Best Chef Southwest

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2012

    Club W delivers tasty wines worth waiting for

    Delicious bottles of wine. Hand-selected for you by industry pros, based on your personal palate's preferences. Shipped directly to your door, every month, for less than $40. Welcome to the club -- that is, Club W. See also - Four ways to give the gift of wine (and buy local) this holiday season - ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Tonight: Euclid Hall hosts benefit for Rioja bartender

    Nico Eymar -- or Nico the Frenchie, as his regulars know him -- has been a bartender/server at Rioja for over seven years. Last Friday, he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that will require at least three months to recover from. So his colleagues and friends are hosting a benefit tonig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2012

    Harvest Week launches a Platte River Luau tonight

    Harvest Week is under way at the GrowHaus, the incredible cool interactive urban farm/marketplace in north Denver. The series, which is organized by Eat Denver, a group of independent restaurateurs, started with a "Praise the Lard" gospel brunch on Sunday; last night, it was "The Hedonist's Guide t ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Five sexy Spanish wines to try now

    Right or wrong, French wines seem to conjure up images of wood-paneled studies where "serious" oenophiles sip Burgundy and debate Bordeaux futures. Italian wine perceptions run the gamut -- you've got Barolo fanatics who kneel before the throne of King Nebbiolo along with fans of simpler stuff like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    Restaurants selling drinks to support National Lemonade Day and childhood cancer research

    Today is National Lemonade Day, and it's not just for kids. For the past few days, local restaurants have been taking a stand on this holiday, raising funds to combat childhood cancer. In 2000, four-year-old cancer patient Alexandra Scott decided to set up a lemonade stand in front of her house to ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Big names on the menu for tonight's Hot Rocks Griller Challenge at Elway's

    The fourth annual Hot Rocks Griller Challenge heats up this evening at Elway's Cherry Creek, 2500 East First Avenue. The party, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., pits fifteen of Denver's top chefs against each other in a friendly competition benefiting the Denver Health Foundation.

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    May 8, 2012

    Reader: No touristy craphole for Washington cherries!

    Washington State wants to donate forty pounds of cherries to an "iconic" restaurant in every state in the nation, in hopes of inspiring recipes that push their product. A Washington PR company asked Cafe Society's help in coming up with the right restaurant in Colorado for a fruit-filled delivery -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    Oak at Fourteenth will host a quarterly pig roast

    Since they first opened -- and re-opened -- then reopened Oak at Fourteenth, owners Bryan Dayton and chef Steve Redzikowski have tried to create a true neighborhood restaurant, pulling in crowds of regulars with their creative take on North American cuisine and an equally inventive beverage program. ... More >>

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    March 20, 2012

    Reader: Street 16 is down to eight...but are the Highland Mommies playing fair?

    The first round of our Street 16 menu matchup has taken a sharp chef's knife to the original sixteen neighborhood contestants, whittling them down to eight. And the contest between Larimer Square and Tennyson, backed by the powerful Berkeley neighborhood, has some people calling for the ref.

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    February 21, 2012

    Alex Seidel, Jennifer Jasinski, Frank Bonanno, Mark Fischer, Yasmin Lozada-Hissom, Frasca Food and Wine and Peak Spirits all James Beard semi-finalists

    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 >>

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    January 30, 2012

    National food critics dish out tweets on their Denver meals

    ​Some of the biggest and boldest national names in food criticism descended on Denver over the weekend to check our city's culinary scene. Why, you ask? Let's just say that they were doing research for the James Beard Foundation Awards. Several of those critics tweeted about their experiences ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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    December 8, 2011
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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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    April 28, 2011
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    March 16, 2011

    Reader: Fresh noodles put me pasta point of no return

    ​ After Laura Shunk received an e-mail from a national food pub working on a list of the best pastas around the country, she posted a piece spilling some of her own favorites, and asked readers for their own. And out poured some saucy suggestions -- Luca D'Italia, Rioja, Mizuna (fair warning: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Spring fever: Five sparkling cocktails for a warm Friday afternoon

    ​With nothing but 60-plus degree weather in our immediate forecast, we're pretty psyched that spring is really starting to unfurl in the Mile High City, beckoning us out of our dark caves and into the warm, sun-kissed streets. In fact, it's enough to make us want to start out this nice weekend ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Denver Restaurant Week tables available at ChoLon, Fuel Cafe, Rioja and Street Kitchen Asian Bistro

    ​Denver Restaurant Week kicked off on February 26, and while rezzies are filling up fast, especially now that we're in the final stretch, it's still not too late to snag a seat at one of the 300 food temples offering multi-course feasts between now and tomorrow. Tonight is no exception. As of ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011
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    February 2, 2011

    Tonight: Jennifer Jasinski unleashes a seven-course feast from her new cookbook, The Perfect Bite

    Lori Midson​ Last month Jennifer Jasinski, chef/owner of Rioja, Bistro Vendome and Euclid Hall, released her first cookbook, A Perfect Bite, a 186-page compendium of recipes from Rioja's' kitchen, accompanied by stunning photography and tips for the home cook. And tonight, at the Larimer Squ ... More >>

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    January 14, 2011

    New Year's resolutions from Max MacKissock, Matt Selby, Mark DeNittis, Michael Long and twenty-one more Denver/Boulder chefs

    Lori MidsonBrad Rowell, chef at Colt & Gray, resolves to eat twenty percent less pork fat per day and replace that with twenty percent more Schlitz​ Haven't made your New Year's resolutions yet? That makes two of us. But instead of focusing on ourselves, we prodded more than two dozen Denver/ ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    The perfect post-holiday gift: Jennifer Jasinski's The Perfect Bite

    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 >>

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    December 7, 2010

    EatDenver rolls out its 2011 deck of damn good dining deals

    Lori Midson​If you're searching for ideas to stuff a foodnik's stocking this Christmas, we know of at least one gift that's definitely worth giving: EatDenver, a culinary cavalry of locally owned independent restaurants, has just released its 2011 Dining Decks, a collection of 52 cards, each ... 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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    October 28, 2010
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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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    May 4, 2009

    Women Cook!, you eat

    Tonight is the fifth annual Women Cook!, Dining for a Difference, a benefit for Work Options for Women, the nonprofit that prepares women coming off welfare for a career in the food industry -- and just opened Cafe Optionslast month. The event includes a silent auction and walk-around dinner featur ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    Soup's back on for hospice benefit, and other class acts

    From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, Cook Street School of Fine Cooking will offer "Sous Vide 101," taught by mathematician Douglas Baldwin; from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on April 1, Ian Kleinman of O's Steak and Seafood will be at the school to teach "Molecular Gastronomy 101." Each class is $175; ... More >>

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    March 26, 2009

    Some LoDo restaurants shovel out

    Downtown is a relative ghost town tonight, with even such mainstays as Dixons closed on account of snow. But there are still restaurants serving tonight, chief among them P.F. Chang's at 1415 15th Street (the only one of the metro locations open, and seating a fair amount of tables as well as doing ... 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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    October 15, 2008

    The blog shortcut, October 15 edition

    A sign of the times. It's a new concept to help you find all of our fresh content quickly and easily: blog bullets! Today in Cafe Society: • A Wynkoop Brewing Co. essay contest, timed to commemorate the joint's twentieth anniversary. • Oskar Blues' Obama-centric poster for Dale' ... 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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