Chris and Kerri Bohler, former owners of The Villa, have hung up their aprons.
"We wanted to spend more time with our grandchildren and do some missionary (work)," Kerri said.
The Palmer Lake eatery's new owner and executive chef is Timothy Berns, who got his culinary training at Johnson and Wales University. Seafood, steaks and poultry are on his menu at The Villa, 75 S. Colorado 105. Being from San Antonio, he has a way with smoking meat, including a fine smoked half chicken ($14) with two sides.
I went with the excellent cowboy chili beans and pub potatoes. I also enjoyed the grilled Caesar salad ($12), which was a huge hunk of romaine topped with lemon Caesar dressing, shaved red onion and blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes. A three-deck pizza oven has been installed, so pizza will be on the menu too. The bar and wine cellar are handled by Adam Guller, formerly a bar manager at The Broadmoor. Call 481-2222.
Rene "Joey" LeBlanc, executive chef at The Antlers - a Wyndham Hotel, 4 S. Cascade Ave., oversees the new Piccadilly lobby bar and is preparing a menu for the new Duca Neapolitan Pizza restaurant in the former Judge Baldwin's space. His next project will be designing a menu for the London Grill, to open at The Antlers later. Details: 955-5600, antlers.com.
Looking for a popcorn or candy fix? Head to Cole's Gourmet Popcorn & Treats, 7852 N. Academy Blvd., where you'll find dozens of flavors of popcorn. Think cinnamon toast, barbecue bacon, coconut cornfetti, sea salt carmel or toffee almond popcorn. You also can find old-fashioned sodas, homemade fudge, paletas (Mexican popsicles) and hundreds of old-fashioned candies. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Details: 434-1461, colespopcorn.com.
Impress your guests at your next wine tasting when you serve the Best of Show cheese winners from the American Cheese Society judging and competition in Denver on July 28. This is saying something, to be singled out of 2,024 cheeses entered by 281 companies in 128 categories.
First place: Tarentaise Reserve, from Spring Brook Farm, Vt., by cheesemaker Jeremy Stephenson.
Second place: St. Malachi, from The Farm at Doe Run, Pa., by cheesemaker Matt Hettlinger.
Dine with a view
OpenTable has presented awards to the four Colorado restaurants in the 100 Best Scenic View Restaurants in America for 2017. The Pepper Tree Restaurant, 888 W. Moreno Ave., is known not only for the stunning vista of city lights, but also for its old-school tableside flambé dishes, especially the legendary pepper steak. Other eateries on the list worth checking out: Alpenglow Stube (Keystone), Flagstaff House (Boulder) and The Fort (Morrison). Details for The Pepper Tree Restaurant, 471-4888, peppertreecs.com.
'KVOR Table Talk'
Guests on the "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday:
- Janine Glennon, with her husband, Michael, own Vista Vino Modern Grill, 611 N. Wilcox Ave., Castle Rock. They'll talk about the eatery's summer menu and wine selection. Details: 1-303-660-2005, vistavinomoderngrill.com.
- John Liese, a committee member for Pickin' on the Divide, talks about the event in Limbach Park, 151 Front St., in downtown Monument, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 19. A chili cook-off runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost for a two-person team is $50, and each team is to provide 2 gallons of chili. Preregistration required. The event also features a beer garden and food vendors. Admission costs $15.50 per adult, purchased online. Colorado bluegrass bands start at 1 p.m. Visit pickinonthedivide.com.
- Steve Kanatzer, owner of The Airplane Restaurant, 1665 N. Newport Road, and Dave Weber, owner of Colorado Kernels Gourmet Popcorn, 2748 S. Janitell Road, talk about the Taste of Douglas County at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock, 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Food samples are offered by the Old Stone Church, John Holly's Asian Bistro, Pegasus Restaurant, Chick-fil-A, India's Castle, Fowl Line Sports Grill, Viewhouse Restaurant, Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, Crave Real Burgers and The Airplane Restaurant. Chefs will compete, with Adam Friesem from Castle Rock Adventist Hospital returning to defend his 2016 title. A chef will put on a cooking demonstration and offer samples, and the Castle Rock Brewing Co. will put on a craft beer seminar and tasting. Tickets are $10 per person. Order by mail: Taste of Douglas County, 353 W. Prestwick Way, Castle Rock, 80104. Or pay $20 at the door.
- Brian Mark, general manager of Oskar Blues Brewery, 118 N. Tejon St., is joined by brewery owner Jason Rogers and executive chef Eric Bowen to talk about the new pub and eatery. Visit oskarblues.com.
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