Exclusive: Jensen Cummings is leaving Row 14 to focus on meatballs and Revelry | Pangaean Eats, another new restaurant project
"I've been wanting to do a restaurant with a marked beer and food focus for a long time," admits Cumming, who's a certified Cicerone -- a master of beer. "Beer -- not wine -- will come first," he says, adding that he'll also focus on a building a cocktail program that utilizes ingredients from his kitchen. "I want to bring the world together through food and drink."
And, Cummings divulges, when he's not busy opening -- and planning -- new restaurants, he'll spend some time consulting on other projects outside of the Slotted Spoon and Revelry. "I'm working with City Harvest to help them build a farm-dinner series, and I'm working with Haystack Mountain Dairy to give them a bigger presence in Denver," he says. In essence, he adds, "I want to help Colorado companies have a broader influence in our city."
But while Cummings admits that he's looking forward to all that lies ahead, he maintains that leaving Row 14 behind him is difficult. "It's been an unbelievable experience working with David [Schneider], the owner of Row 14, and I love that I was able be a part of taking a restaurant from its infancy to a mature restaurant. David is an amazing guy, and I hope I did my part in setting that kitchen up for continued success."
As for the new chef of Row 14, Cummings discloses that he and Schneider are likely to hire from within. "I plan to spend the next few months training someone from my staff," says Cummings. "I want to finish strong and leave Row 14 in a place where it can only get better. I feel like we grew up together."