Located on level one of the Sie Welcome Center, The Ponti will be an immersive dining environment with an expansive outdoor terrace and indoor public and private dining spaces spanning a total of 3,715 square feet.
Combining art and dining, The Ponti will present a locally-sourced and inspired menu, with distinctive offerings that emphasize vegetables and utilize ancient grains and heirloom legumes, complemented by handmade pastas, fish, and meat. The concept was born through a collaboration with James Beard Award winner and celebrated Denver chef Jennifer Jasinski. Serving as the restaurant’s consulting chef, Jasinski will develop menu concepts, as well as help select and train the restaurant’s culinary staff. The seasonal menus offered will align with the high standards of sourcing and sustainability for which Jasinski is known.
The Ponti will be open to museum visitors and the public for lunch service seven days a week. For private dining and event booking inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-913-0148.
About the Chef
Jennifer Jasinski is the consulting chef for the Denver Art Museum’s new restaurant, The Ponti, opening October 24, 2021. Jasinski completed her formal education at the Culinary Institute of America and trained under Wolfgang Puck for ten years. In 2000, Jasinski moved to Denver as the Executive Chef at Panzano. She was named Colorado Chef of the Year in 2004 and Western Regional Chef of the Year in 2005 by the American Culinary Federation. In 2004, Jasinski opened her first restaurant, Rioja, in Denver’s Historic Larimer Square. She and business partner Beth Gruitch acquired Bistro Vendôme in 2006, followed by the opening of Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen in 2010. She also owns Stoic & Genuine and Ultreia in Denver’s Union Station. Jasinski was named James Beard Foundation award-winner for Best Chef Southwest in 2013. In 2016, she was named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef national award.
In addition to The Ponti, the museum also will offer quick-service casual dining at Café Gio. The café will be located across the main hall from The Ponti on level one of the welcome center. Patrons of the café will be able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor seating, with a 1,273-square-foot interior, and a 1,088-square-foot terrace.
Café Gio will be open seven days a week during regular museum hours.