Cafe Society

Chef and Tell with Jennifer Jasinski from Rioja and Bistro Vendome

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 Kitchen, an American tavern that she describes as a "lively place where people can come and drink a few beers and nosh, maybe eat some bone marrow, some great bread, definitely crudo and a really great cheese plate, and, hell, maybe even some fried pigs' ears."

Oh, and another thing? "It'll be open late," she promises. It might even become a chef hangout -- Denver's own Blue Ribbon -- which should appease every cooker in this city who's bitched about Denver's dearth of after-dark joints conducive to good grubbing, guzzling and huddling. "I want it to be fun, playful and interactive," says Jasinski, pausing just long enough to make one more declaration: "I'd love for this to be the most successful tavern in the world."

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Lori Midson
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