The last time I was in Denver, I had the good fortune to dine at Bistro Vendome in Larimer Square of chef/co-owner Jennifer Jasinski. I liked Bistro Vendome so much I decided to visit another of Jennifer Jasinski restaurants, Roija with my parents. She is also involved in Euclid Hall and Stoic & Genuine which I plan to visit in the future. Roija shows “meticulously thought-out” Mediterranean-inspired dishes which her “courteous” staff “presents like artwork” alongside an “extraordinary wine list” at this “cosmopolitan Larimer Square gem”. Passion, creativity and attention to detail are the engines that drive any restaurant. Executive Chef/Owner Jennifer Jasinski and General Manager/Owner Beth Gruitch lead the team at Rioja along with Chef de Cuisine, Tim Kuklinski. Since opening in late 2004, the Larimer Square room has drawn a steady stream of accolades and landed on numerous “best of” lists. Jennifer Jasinski, who was a rising star in the Wolfgang Puck empire before earning raves heading Panzano in Denver, solidified her status when she and business partner Beth Gruitch launched Rioja. Jennifer Jasinski was the Winner of The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southwest 2013, a very big culinary honor.
Place Vendôme, considered a favorite among Parisians, is a renowned historic square located in the heart of Paris. This is purposefully a bistro, not a café nor a brasserie. The selection of the name “Bistro Vendôme” reflects the desired image in the community of Larimer Square: a local favorite in a downtown rich with history that offers an exceptional dining experience in a charming, neighborhood setting. Tucked away behind the bustle of Larimer Street, Bistro Vendome has the feel of well-kept secret. It’s seasonally-changing menu crafted by executive chef Jennifer Jasinski offers a diverse array of bistro classics, including Noix de Saint Jacques Grilléz (grilled scallops), steak tartare, Latin (rabbit) and Confit de Canard (duck confit).