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Interview with Executive Chef Scott Mechura

The following interview was made possible by the NW Tastemaker, a culinary travel publication forthcoming from Northwest Travel Magazine. To read more interviews with the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest, visit Northwest Travel Magazine and TableTalkNorthwest.com. With a history dating back to 1946, Bucks T-4 Lodge is one of the most famous dining options is Montana, and the historic restaurant is known for preparing local game, such as antelope and bison, using traditional European cooking techniques. Think Cast Iron Seared Red Deer Loin with maple gratin, foraged mushroom conserva and apple jam, and Southwest Montana Raised Rainbow Trout with oyster mushrooms, creamed kale, red quinoa and lemon-sage olive oil. In addition to these game-centric dishes, Bucks T-4 Lodge also serves a host of burgers, quesadillas, and, even, bahn mi. With a history dating back to 1946, Bucks T-4 Lodge is one of the most famous dining options is Montana, and the historic restaurant is known for preparing local game, such as antelope and bison, using traditional European cooking techniques. Think Cast Iron Seared Red Deer Loin with maple gratin, foraged mushroom conserva and apple jam, and Southwest Montana Raised Rainbow Trout with oyster mushrooms, creamed kale, red quinoa and lemon-sage olive oil. […]

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Buck’s T-4 Director of Sales Recognized

Valerie Edwards, our Director of Sales, was recently recognized for her commitment to excellence and service to her guests by the Montana Lodging & Hospitality Association. The MTLHA awarded Val the 2015 “Montana Hospitality Sales Professional of the Year” at their statewide annual convention in Kalispell. The recipient is selected each year as one who demonstrates not only excellence in their profession, but also for service to the community, civic achievements and other quality traits. The award is voted on by peers in the industry. A recent graduate of the prestigious Leadership Bozeman” program, Valerie embodies the leadership qualities that make us so proud of our management team.  

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Amuse Bouche: A Brief History of Beer from Executive Chef Scott Mechura

Enter beer, also a fermented beverage using yeast to ferment sugars – in this case malted barley – and water. Once harvested, barley isn’t ready to go the way grapes are. It needs to be malted. Malting begins with soaking the barley in water to germinate the endosperm, then heating and drying it to stop the germination. The final malting step involves the desired roasting time and temperature. Different temperatures and schedules for each variety of barley, the country of origin, and the time of year make for additional variances.

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Amuse Bouche: Our Culinary Roots from Executive Chef Scott Mechura

In America, we tend to have a myopic view of food and its origins, but as a nation comprised mostly of non-indigenous people, it stands to reason we have adopted ingredients and cuisines from all over the globe.

But every place tells a similar story about food origins. Here are a few misconceptions:

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Crabapple Picking in the Gallatin Valley Autumn

Just about 5 years ago to the date, I attended a jam and jelly making class, put on by Blue Chair Fruit‘s Rachel Saunders.  This class changed my life forever (Kris describes it as “possessed”).  That fall, I purchased a freezer full of local fruit while in season. I made jams, jellies, marmalades, butters, sauces–you name it. Every waking moment I was thinking about what I could put in a jar next. Every day off all winter long our house smelled just like grandma’s on a Sunday. So fast forward. I finally realized I missed one important part of Rachel Saunders’ class.  Rachel preached “pick what is in season and process it when it is in its prime and ripe”.  So now I try to pick and process as much as possible while fresh.  Ok, I still have fruit that I freeze, but let’s face it, “in-season” tends to happen all at once in Montana. Here is a recent foraging excursion Kris and I went on two weeks ago, and the fruits of our labor.   The trees were loaded this year, and in no time at all we had 25 lbs of tart little crab apples. Now starts the discussion about what to make? I am […]

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Amuse-Bouche: Is Gluten Free A Trend? from Executive Chef Scott Mechura

I see food trends come and go, and in chefs’ circles we often try to predict how long a particular trend will last. We usually all agree: not very long. And we’re usually right.

The gluten-free diet seems to be front and center as the current haute food trend. As a chef, I initially believed it to be just that, a trend. But maybe now it’s time to eat crow.

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Amuse-Bouche: The Latest Bite from Executive Chef Scott Mechura

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…

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Big Sky Food Festival July 21

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.

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Buck’s Staff Visits Local Farms

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 […]

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Recognition From Hotels.com

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One of the best restaurants in the Rockies

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