Victor Matthews is a busy guy.
He owns the Black Bear Restaurant and Bourbon Bar, 10375 Ute Pass Road, Green Mountain Falls, where he is the chef. He owns Paragon Culinary School, 4595 Hilton Parkway, Suite 200, where he is the dean. Most recently, he has become a stockholder, part owner, corporate food and beverage director and executive chef for Bourbon Brothers Southern Kitchen, an eatery coming soon to the new Copper Ridge at Northgate retail development.
During the past year, he added the bourbon bar to his Black Bear Restaurant.
"We have 86 bourbons in stock and do weekly classes," he said. "So we have two distinct crowds: the bourbon bar folks and the fine-dining-by-the-fire multicourse folks."
In his spare time, he offers a Bourbon Sommelier Certification program. Details: 684-9648, blackbearrestaurant.com.
Broadmoor holiday events
The staff at The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave., has your holiday festivities covered.
- If caviar is your thing, you won't want to miss the Penrose Room Winter Caviar Tasting Menu offered through January. For $250 per person you get seven courses of fish-egg focused dishes.
- Learn new culinary tips at The 12 Days of Christmas cooking demonstrations. Starting on Dec. 13, the resort culinary team will have daily cooking lessons in the Broadmoor South Tower 2 to 3 p.m., featuring themes from the popular holiday song. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are required.
- Take a chance to win up to $2,200 in resort prizes when you buy a Galette des Rois - King's Cake. One hundred cakes will be baked with a custom trinket baked inside. Five lucky people will cut into cakes with big-value prizes, such as a $100 dining credit, $250 in spa services and a round of golf for four ($1,000). The $75 cakes are available Dec. 24.
Details: 577-5808, broadmoor.com
The Lennox House Tea Room has recently opened in the 1890 Victorian Lennox House Bed and Breakfast, 1339 N. Nevada Ave. Afternoon tea is served to parties of six or more, 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Three teas are offered, from $12 to $21. Details: 471-9265, lennoxhousetearoom.com.
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An all-goat meat and milk dinner will take place at A Joyful Noise Farm, 9895 Walker Road, Black Forest, at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Cost is $35. Details: 357-9410, ajoyfulnoisefarm.com.
Raise a glass
There is a Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration at La Baguette French Bistro, 4440 N. Chestnut St. Seating starts at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Cost is $37.50 per person for a four-course meal with two glasses of Beaujolais Nouveau. Details: 599-0686, labaguettefrenchbistro.com.
"KVOR Table Talk"
"KVOR Table Talk" radio show on 740 AM, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, will air remotely from The Olive Tap, 906 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs. This week's guests include Rick Petrocelly, owner of The Olive Tap; Timothy Ralphs, executive chef at Cheyenne Mountain Resort; and Gwenn David, owner of Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast.
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This week's recipe features frozen Colorado peaches, which make a tasty out-of-season dessert. Visit gazette.com or scan this QR code with your smartphone or mobile device to watch a video of the preparation.