Former Briarhurst Manor (404 Manitou Ave.) executive chef Rachel Brown joined the kitchen force at Plate World Cuisine (9420 Briar Village Point) earlier this month. To fill Brown's place, the Briarhurst has named Tyler Peoples, who worked under Brown for several years; he's expected to unveil a new menu soon.
Plate has been under the guidance of Todd Wells since mid-2008, when partner and chef Ryan Blanchard took a job at the Antlers Grille (4 S. Cascade Ave.). Brown, who'd been at the Briarhurst seven years, says she doesn't have a title at Plate, and she's only one of four former head chefs now cooking there. "We have the most experienced line in the city," she says.
Cheap and free
Everyone knows how to nab a cheaper haircut or massage: Find a school. Want a cheaper gourmet meal? Head to Paragon Culinary School (3125 Sinton Road) between 6 and 10 on Sunday nights to put down four courses for $29.95. Eat while a student learns; how wholesome is that? Call 351-3333 for reservations.
Also, Paragon czar Victor Matthews sends a bit of stampede-inducing news from his Black Bear Restaurant (10375 Ute Pass Road, Green Mountain Falls): Expect free food and drinks for the restaurant's 10th anniversary, from 4 p.m. to midnight, March 17. I'm telling you early so you can unpack camping gear from the garage and make out a will.
R&R Coffee Caf (11425 Black Forest Road, Black Forest) will host a coffee tasting at 2 p.m., Jan. 31. Roast master Ryan Wanner will serve 10 coffees and six blends and discuss each's origin and flavor. A $20 bill gains entry, light pastry snacking and a pound of your favorite coffee to go; call 494-8300 or visit rnrcoffeecafe.com for reservations.
Second Street Art Market and Wine Bar (366 Second St., Monument) will host the Inspiration Fundraiser for Emerson White wine tasting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 4. White, a local child, needs an organ transplant. Jon Phillips, of Sonoma, Calif.-based Inspiration Vineyards and Winery, will pour several of his varietals paired with food, for $40. Call 488-2506 for reservations.
Love and liquor
Support women-owned businesses at a "Show the Love" event at Flavors on Tejon (321 N. Tejon St.) from 4 to 8 p.m., Feb. 5. Ten bucks buys food samplings to be enjoyed while buying Valentine's gifts from the artisans.
Restaurant Fifteen Twentyone (123 N. Main St., Pueblo) will host a "regrand opening" at 3 p.m., Feb. 8, in celebration of obtaining a liquor license. Free apps and a cash bar will be available. Call 719/542-9999 for more.