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How Denver’s Powerhouse Restaurant Couple Spends the Day Off

Chefs Jennifer Jasinski and Max MacKissock make it work with two dogs and a new puppy

Rachel Greiman

On this arbitrary day of romance, Eater decided to drop in on couples in the Denver restaurant industry to see how they show their love, from inside their own restaurants, during their mornings off together, and on weeknights at home cooking with family. Not glamorized, but not hardened either, here are three examples of couples making it work in an exhausting business. This is the last of the three-part installment:

Denver would be hard-pressed to find two more influential chefs and restaurant owners than Jennifer Jasinski and Max MacKissock. Jasinski is behind Rioja, Euclid Hall, Bistro Vendome, Stoic & Genuine, and Ultreia. MacKissock helms Señor Bear, Bar Dough, the kitchens of the Tap & Burger concepts, and soon-to-open Morin. When they’re not working five nights a week behind the scenes in their respective restaurants, MacKissock and Jasinski are at home together in Sunnyside, where they have three dogs, one of them an 11-week-old puppy.

Eater photographer Rachel Greiman caught up with them on a Saturday morning, making eggs but mostly keeping Chester out of them. Warning: the following photos contain adorable images of dogs.

Jen Jasinski and 11-week-old Chester “read” a cookbook on the kitchen counter
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Max MacKissock at the stove with Chester waiting “patiently”
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Kisses from Max to Chester to Jen
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Eggs and apples on a Saturday morning at home with chefs Jen Jasinski and Max MacKissock
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Max and Jen in the kitchen together at home in Sunnyside
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All laughs in the kitchen
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The smell of food ...
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Eat, play, love
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A family portrait
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Chester’s portrait
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There’s one in every family ...
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Jen and Max look over recipes together
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1701 Wynkoop Street, , CO 80202 (303) 534-1970 Visit Website

Bar Dough

2227 West 32nd Avenue, , CO 80211 (720) 668-8506 Visit Website


1431 Larimer Street, , CO 80202 (303) 820-2282 Visit Website

Señor Bear

3301 Tejon Street, , CO 80211 (720) 572-5997 Visit Website

Stoic & Genuine

1701 Wynkoop Street, , CO 80202 (303) 640-3474 Visit Website

Bistro Vendome

2267 Kearney Street, , CO 80207 (303) 825-3232 Visit Website

Euclid Hall

1317 14th St, , CO 80202 (303) 595-4255 Visit Website
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