Chef Jennifer Jasinski, mentored by Wolfgang Puck and a semi-finalist for a James Beard award, partners with Beth Gruitch at their celebrated restaurant, Rioja. The small patio invites those walking through the LoDo neighborhood to stop for a Rioja “picnic” of artisan meats, cheeses, nuts and olives. Guests lucky enough to be seated inside for a full meal enjoy hand-blown light fixtures, an open kitchen and a copper bar—the perfect background for the fare that concentrates on local, seasonal ingredients that have a distinctly Mediterranean taste. Don’t miss the handmade artichoke tortelloni.
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From Food & Wine , NOV 2005
After 16 years of cooking, including 11 with mentor Wolfgang Puck, Jennifer Jasinski now has her own place, a lively downtown Mediterranean-inspired...MORE
From Food & Wine , JAN 2006
Jennifer Jasinski at Rioja, her new restaurant in Denver, deep-fries preserved lemon...MORE
From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
At this contemporary taverna in the scruffy Exarcheia district, chef Eulis Panos comes up with twists on Greek classics using a wide-ranging roster of seasonal ingredients. The summery dining room is full of white and sea-green surfaces, and the walls are adorned with brightly colored glass bottles.
We loved: Phyllo-wrapped feta with rose geranium and honey.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.