The Peoples' Warehouse
"Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice."
I find that Yoda's highly quip-able quote, taken out of the context of the Star Wars universe, applies rather fittingly to the culinary universe — the chef and sous chef relationship specifically.
And so goes this brief story of kitchen transition as it currently relates to 2South Food + Wine Bar (2 S. 25th St., 2southwinebar.com) and the Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery (25 W. Cimarron St., thewarehouserestaurant.com): current 2South chef Tyler Peoples will, by month's end, officially replace Aaron Johnson as chef de cuisine at the Warehouse, where proprietor Lawrence "Chip" Johnson (Aaron's father) still retains the executive chef title.
The full-circle aspect: Peoples came up under Chip from 2005 to 2007, when Johnson was the chef of the Briarhurst Manor Estate, where Peoples later reigned for many years, prior to taking the wine bar gig this past fall. So the one-time apprentice rejoins the respective master, leaving his own apprentice, Eric Bowen, in charge at 2South.
Peoples says he's currently working both jobs — helping transition in and out — calling Bowen "energetic and ready," while saying he doesn't anticipate shaking up the Warehouse's menu too much at the outset. He says to expect a new seasonal menu by May, built largely upon the current foundation, and says to look for a return of regular wine dinners (the first slated for March 21), some perhaps inhabiting parts of the Warehouse's space (such as the old downstairs brewery) that are currently under-utilized.
Meanwhile, Aaron Johnson, who's taking a new job outside the kitchen, wishes to thank the community for its "support and overall kindness" in the last four years.
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• Pikes Peak Brewing Co. (1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, pikespeakbrewing.com) will host an inaugural Chili Cook-off from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 in conjunction with the release of its new Smoked Amber Ale. While beer will cost the standard $4.50 a pint, admission is free as are entries into the contest and guest samples; chili registration requested with firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The third annual Winter Beer Fest will be held from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Woodland Park Cultural Center (210 E. Midland Ave., winterbeerfest-breweryinsider.eventbrite.com). Nearly a dozen area breweries will pour samples alongside music and food vending. Tickets are $15 ($30 day-of).
• A comment posted on NJ Pizza Cafe's (12 S. Tejon St., njpizzacafe.com) Facebook page last month reads: "Unfortunately with the passing of one of our owners George Will, we have decided to sell the business. I am very sorry & thank you for your business. There is going to be a new pizza place in our place." More on that when we make contact.