In America, we tend to have a myopic view of food and its origins, but as a nation that is comprised of many non-indigenous people, it stands to reason we have adopted ingredients and cuisines from all over the globe. Even right here at home, Native American diets, like most peoples, varied regionally, but three ingredients (affectionately know as the “three sisters”, remained staples throughout the entire future United States: Squashes, beans, and corn (corn and it’s history is worthy of a whole entire conversation on its own). But every continent tells a similar story…
18h Annual Big Sky Food Festival Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 In celebration of summer, Big Sky area restaurants work together for an evening of culinary delight. Over fifteen chefs participate, showcasing the best their individual menus have to offer. This is a great opportunity to experience a cross-section of the many talented individuals in the Big Sky area. Local breweries and California wineries are also invited to attend and showcase their products. The annual event is held outside at Big Sky’s historic Buck’s T-4 Lodge in the Gallatin Canyon. Each restaurant offers 2-4 items in “tasting portions”. Prices vary for each item, with an average of $3. Admission is $5 per person. The hours are from 5:00-9:00 PM. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.
In May Buck’s staff toured local farms that help provide food for our tables….. Traveling to warmer climates, hiking for the last secret skiing stashes, hitting the spring white water, fly fishing, and dusting off the golf clubs. These are all activities most Big Sky locals eagerly participate in as our busy seasons come to a close. But if you are a part of the Buck’s team you also take field trips. Field trips to some of the many farmers and ranchers that supply Buck’s with much of its quality products. Today the Buck’s team took a field trip day in which they made several stops: First, a trip to pick up our latest batch of fresh local honey with honeycomb. Next we paid a visit to a local gardener who will be supplying them with produce specifically grown for Buck’s. Then it was off to the Lazy SR Ranch in Wilsall to see where some of our beef, pork, and chickens come from. Lastly the team drove down to Chico Hot Springs to see their expansive garden in hopes Buck’s could take some pointers when they build one of their own in the near future. It is the camaraderie […]
For our final week of the winter season, we are offering another installment in our popular Personal Wine Dinner series. Chef Mechura has designed a seasonal menu featuring local items paired with a wine for each course for only $44. Call for reservations at 995-4111, let us know you’re interested in the Personal Wine Dinner. 1st Course Durham Ranch quail, cheddar stone ground grits, maple bacon demi glace. Clairette de Die Sparkling Wine, Carod Freres, Rhone NV 2nd Course Wagyu beef flat iron, fondant potato, grilled asparagus, rich chanterelle mushroom jus. “Firehouse Red” Red Wine, Tamarack Cellars, Columbia Valley 2012 3rd Course Huckleberry cake, huckleberry syrup, chocolate ice cream. Late Harvest Malbec, Susanna Balbo, Argentina 2011 Carod Freres Clairette de Die Clairette brings delicacy and lightness to the wine whereas Muscat gives its typical sweet flavor. The wine displays intense aromas, a refreshing balance of fruit and acidity with peach, orange and white flowers flavors. Clairette de Die is produced with the ancestral dioise method. The grapes are rapidly pressed after the harvest and then placed in vats at low temperatures (replicating the process used by the Voconces in ancient times who kept the jars in the icy waters of […]
It’s a culinary competition that brings together industry and the classroom, as high school students from across Montana put their skills to the test. A total of 37 students from seven high schools across the state put their culinary skills to the test in the annual ProStart Invitational. “ProStart program is juniors and seniors interested in going into the culinary arts kitchen or management side,” explained Sarah Boyer. One competition asks students to prepare a three-course meal. In one hour. Using only two burners. They’re judged on taste, teamwork, safety and sanitation, among other skills. “I have to make sure everyone is doing what they’re supposed to,” said Raschel Helcher, a senior from Drummond High School. Chef and owner of Buck’s T-4 in Big Sky, Chuck Schommer, was one of the judges. “Many have to try out for the team just like in athletics and make the cut,” said Schommer. “Then hours and hours of practice to develop recipes and menu.” Emily Johnson “My part in the competition is to make and decorate the cake,” explained Emily Johnson, a student at Red Lodge High School. “And this is the one I made right here. It’s a white chocolate cake with […]
As seen on TNT & Showtime, Billings native Lukas Seely will appear at Big Sky’s Buck’s T-4 Lodge for an evening of comedy and cuisine. Comedian Lukas Seely will perform a comedy show and conduct a cooking demonstration at Big Sky’s Buck’s T-4 Lodge on March 31, 2015. Seely, from Los Angeles and a Billings native pairs his unique combination of comedy and compelling life stories with the culinary stylings of Chef/Owner Chuck Schommer and Executive Chef Scott Mechura. Lukas will also conduct a limited availability cooking demonstration featuring “Rodeo Ninja Noodles”; the dish he competed with in TNT and one of the evening’s courses.
Chef/owner Chuck Schommer and Executive Chef Scott Mechura of Bucks T-4 Lodge in Big Sky recently returned from the Taste of the Nation event at the Democratic Governors Association event in Washington DC. Chef Schommer was one of 10 chefs selected from around the country to present a dish and to represent Montana. The dish of choice was a Duck Bacon BLT appetizer. We called it a Montana BLT, duck fat fried Wheat Montana crouton, house cured duck bacon, spiced roasted tomato honey jam, petite greens. No Kid Hungry chef champions from around the country participated in the Democratic Governor’s Association Taste of America Gala, preparing gourmet culinary creations while helping to raise awareness about the No Kid Hungry campaign. The tasting-style event will provide Share Our Strength an opportunity to highlight our national No Kid Hungry campaign and dedicated community of No Kid Hungry chefs before the nation’s Democratic Governors and 700 top business leaders from across the country. Along-side the chefs are outstanding No Kid Hungry mixologists presenting signature cocktails. When speaking about the event Chuck said, “Share Our Strength and The No Kid Hungry campaign is a great cause and something I am passionate about. To be selected to work side […]