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Chapman's introduces new kitchen

NEW KITCHEN: Executive chef Winterfeld cut the ribbon surrounded by regional manager Zach Bohner, manager Dax Belcher, chamber ambassadors Brittany Brown, Eric Bendes, Heather Durham, Haley Spafford, Terry Miller, Steve Godfroy and Kolby Rosemeyer, and City of Huntington mayor-elect Richard Strick.

by James Ehle - jehle@h-ponline.com

Chapman’s Brewing Company and several local officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday morning to unveil their new kitchen.

“We’re really excited for this change, this is the first time that Chapmans has ever operated our own kitchen,” said Chapman’s regional manager Zach Bohner. “We have five taprooms and we’ve always had food partnerships, and we’ve seen good things from that and we’ve also seen struggles.”

Bohner says he’s been in talks with the Chapman’s new executive chef, Jason Winterfeld, for years about teaming up. He says Winterfeld knows both the food and beer side of the industry, and several community members might recognize him from the local JB’s Cuisine Machine food truck.

“I’ve been eating his food for a very long time, and he’s an accomplished chef,” said Bohner. “We’re excited to be reopening with him running the kitchen.”

Dax Belcher, the manager of the Huntington location, was called an “invaluable” asset to the company by Bohner.

“We’re completely under new management here, and we’re excited to see what we can do here in the Huntington Community,” Bohner said. “Dax has already engrossed himself in what’s going on in the area.”

Steve Kimmel, president of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, encouraged the business to get plugged into the community.

“We think you can grow with this community,” said Kimmel.

Several visitors stopped in to test out the new menu which includes a variety of burgers, entrees, a kids menu, and of course, craft beer.

“I’m just ready to serve them lunch,” said Winterfeld.