You’re invited to a cooking class that benefits Work Options for Women
January Cooking Class

Chef Ian Kleinman has been described as a “Mad (Food) Scientist” and “A Modern Day Willy Wonka” in news stories and food blogs across the country. With his affinity for liquid nitrogen and belief that amazing food should also be entertaining, it’s no wonder why this chef’s catering business, The Inventing Room, is so popular.

Would you like an opportunity to see some of Chef Ian Kleinman’s molecular magic and possibly learn some of his best-kept secrets? Make sure to get your tickets to his cooking class this January at Café Options.

100% of the proceeds will go toward Work Options for Women mission to help impoverished women gain the skills and confidence they need to work their way out of poverty and become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry.




Chef Ian Kleinman
Chef/Owner of The Inventing Room
Monday, January 19, 2015
at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cafe Options 1650 Curtis Street



Bravo Press Release

jennifer-jasinski-fullWork Options for Women has been fortunate over the years to have many great chefs in the Denver area support our mission (WomenCook!) and we have some really exciting news to share. Jennifer Jasinski, one of Denver’s most awarded chefs and owners to some of Denver’s most popular restaurants, Rioja, Bistro Vendôme and Euclid Hall will appear as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters series premiering on July 24th and will compete for WOW, her charity of choice! There will be cash prizes awarded each week as well as a $100,000 grand prize. So if Jennifer wins, WOW wins!

In addition to this exciting news, the show has introduced an interesting twist with an online series for the sous chefs of the competing contestants. Chef Jorel Pierce of Euclid Hall will also be participating in an online competition, which has already begun!

We wish Jennifer not only the best in the competition but for continued success in the culinary world. We are honored to be her charity of choice.

“Sweet & Savory” Cooking Class with Chef David Goergen

Chef David Goergen of Crú A Wine Bar led a “Sweet and Savory” cooking class last night where he taught participants how to prepare Beef Wellington (the savory) and Pumpkin White Chocolate Cheesecake (the sweet).

The class began at the end: with the dessert. Chef David explained the different styles of cheesecake- New York Cheesecake, Philadelphia Cheesecake, and French Cheesecake- and promptly ignored all three in favor of his unique style David_G3of cheesecake, which we lovingly termed “the David”. The difference is in how the eggs are added. Most of the participants were unaware that this one simple ingredient has such a dramatic effect on the cheesecake as a whole! Beat the eggs too long and you will end up with a lighter, merengue-type cheesecake (French Cheesecake). Beat them too little and the result will be a more dense cheesecake a la New York Cheesecake.

Chef David has been helping in the kitchen since he was 4 and made his first cheesecake, his specialty, at only 6 years old! Twenty-four years and over 10,000 cheesecakes later, I’d say Chef David has perfected this delicious dessert. He still likes to experiment though and claims to have made every variation and flavor of cheesecake imaginable, including a habanero maple cheesecake (he says it was one of the best he’s ever made). For this class, David taught a Pumpkin White Chocolate Gluten-Free Cheesecake. Instead of using a traditional cheesecake crust of graham crackers or biscotti, Chef David opted for a simple crust made of melted butter and crushed mixed nuts- a healthier, gluten free alternative.

After popping the cheesecake in the oven, Chef David helped us prepare Beef Wellington: beef tenderloin seared, IMG_1750wrapped in a puff pastry, and baked. Chef David made this look so simple, nonchalantly seasoning, searing, and wrapping the meat before baking it in the oven. While the beef was in the oven, Chef David prepared a mouthwatering Madeira sauce complete with trumpet mushrooms, lobster mushrooms, morel mushrooms, and shitake mushrooms. The combination of mushrooms, shitake, garlic, and Madeira provided an earthy taste which was a pleasant accompaniment to the beef.

When the dishes were prepared, the participants had the opportunityDavid_G1 to sit down and dine with Chef David, asking him questions about his food philosophy and sharing cooking tips while enjoying a glass of wine that he so generously provided for our enjoyment.

We had a great time with Chef David and are so thankful that he took the time out of his busy schedule to spend an evening with us.

To see pictures of last night’s class, click here.

Announcing the 8th Annual WomenCook!

Click HERE to purchase your ticket to WomenCook!


Join us for our 8th annual WomenCook! event benefiting Work Options for Women.  This popular walk-around dinner features some of Denver’s most well-respected and creative women chefs.



Monday, May 7th, 2012

6:00 – 8:30PM


Temple Emanuel

51 Grape Street

Denver, CO 80220


$125 for individual tickets


Kathleen Kenny of Gateaux

Elise Wiggins of Panzano

Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja

Dana Rodriguez of Bistro Vendome

Aniedra Nichols of Elway’s Cherry Creek

Sheila Lucero of Jax Fish House

Lisa Bailey of DBar Desserts

Rachel Kelsey of Watercourse

Sandra Adams of the Hyatt

Stayed tuned to Work Options for Women for updates!

WomenCook! – Great Food for a Great Cause

Reserve your tickets now!

Mark your calendars, the popular WomenCook! event is scheduled for May 2, 2011.

For the past six years WomenCook! has grown into a signature event, drawing first time attendees and returning guests who indicate it is their favorite charitable event of the year. Money raised goes directly toward training WOW students, helping the women and their children find housing, and placing graduates into jobs.

We are proud to announce that we will host our 7th Annual WomenCook! Dining for a Difference event on May 2 at Temple Emanuel. Join female chefs from some of Denver’s most notable restaurants for an evening of food, wine and music. During the walk-around dinner each chef will serve signature dishes while guests meet and speak directly with them—possibly learning secret culinary techniques or obtaining coveted recipes. Foodies beware, this is the event you don’t want to miss.

Money raised goes directly toward training WOW students, helping the women and their children find housing, and placing graduates into jobs.

Get your tickets now!