Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Chapman’s to reopen with new chef and menu

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2019

Executive chef Jason Winterfeld, of local food truck JB’s Cuisine Machine, is revamping the kitchen at Chapman’s Brewing Company’s Huntington taproom, with a brand-new menu and kitchen.

Winterfeld, who says he is excited to see, “good beer, and good food, offered hand-in-hand in downtown Huntington,” accepted the position of executive chef at the taproom earlier this month. He has been working tirelessly since, he says, to bring an entirely new dining experience to Huntington residents.

“With me and my crew at the helm of the Chapman’s kitchen, customers will hopefully be excited to find menu items that highlight clean eating. My menu is hyper-local, and from-scratch. We have many unique items on the menu, as well as many gluten-free and vegetarian options,” he says.

Winterfeld says his innovative menu will offer items reminiscent of his food truck menu, such as the sesame seared tuna and snow pea salad. Other items he says he is particularly excited about include a pan-seared duck breast salad, a charcuterie-style appetizer called the “Hunter’s Board,” goat cheese truffles and a rustic, autumn risotto.

The menu will also offer from-scratch soups, specialty salads, and customizable sandwiches. “A notable highlight,” Winterfeld says, “are foods utilizing Chapman’s, excellent beer, in the recipes, such as hand-battered fish and chips, a John’s Meat Market Cherry Bratwurst, a beer-cheese soup and fresh Wisconsin-cheddar cheese curds.”

For patrons hoping to bring the entire family for dinner, the taproom is kid-friendly, and the chef says he has also created a new children’s menu offering made-to-order, fresh, and healthy food options for the kids.

The new menu will be served for the first time at the taproom, located in downtown Huntington, on Tuesday, November 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., during an invite-only soft opening. The grand opening of the restyled kitchen is scheduled for Friday, November 8, immediately following a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.

Winterfeld brings 17 years of culinary experience to the revamped kitchen. He started his career in Huntington, where he was trained by chef Michael Wells at The North Star Civic Center. He continued his work in many area eateries, including The Twenty at The Charley Creek Inn in Wabash, where he became executive chef before opening his own food truck, JB’s Cuisine Machine, in 2016.

He is classically trained in French cuisine, but throughout his career Winterfeld says he has expanded his repertoire to include regional American, Asian, Italian and everything in between, while focusing on exploring other cultures through food.

Chapman’s Huntington taproom is located at 435 Cherry Street. The kitchen will be open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.