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Chef and Owner Chuck Schommer Judges Culinary Competition

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 […]

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Comedian Lukas Seely to Perform in Dinner Show March 31, 2015

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.

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Chuck and Scott Represent Montana in Washington DC

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 […]

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Chef Andrew Zimmern to Emcee ProStart Fundraiser at Buck’s T-4

Chef Andrew Zimmern to Emcee ProStart Fundraiser at Buck’s T-4 Chef Andrew Zimmern is heading to Big Sky to Emcee the Belgrade High School’s culinary competition. The Belgrade team recently won the state ProStart contest and is raising money for their upcoming trip to the ProStart nationals in Minneapolis in May. The contest will take place April 16, 2014 at Big Sky’s Buck’s T-4 Lodge. Students will pair up with professional chefs from the region for a “black box” cooking competition. Teams will have one hour to prepare dishes using a surprise ingredient. Tickets are $50 and can by obtained from the Montana Restaurant Association at 800-388-0236 or any Belgrade ProStart student. Heavy Hors D’Oeuvres will be served at 6:00, the competition begins at 7:00. There will be a live and silent auction. For a very special, more personal experience, a VIP meet and greet reception with Chef Zimmern will be held from 5:00-6:00 with hosted cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets for this reception and the main event are available for $200 Chef Zimmern appears thanks to a generous donation from the Rapier Family Foundation With national and local support from industry members, educators, the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and state restaurant association partners, […]

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The Beach Boys Come To Big Sky

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Beach Boys were coming to Montana Then Big Sky wouldn’t have to wait so long From explorebigsky.com The boys of summer are in fact booked to play the Big Sky Town Center this summer, in a July 3 fundraiser for Morningstar Learning Center. “It’s going to be a great time,” said Morningstar board member Tracy Jacobson, adding she thinks the show will draw fans from around Southwest Montana. With a beach theme, the concert will be oriented around families, she added, with free admission for children under 12. The fundraiser is part of an effort by Morningstar to raise $100,000 to match a donation from the Rapier Family Foundation contingent on the learning center doing just that. The money would go toward paying off the rest of the principal balance on Morningstar’s mortgage. The idea to bring the Beach Boys was Kym Rapier’s, who is a longtime Beach Boys fan. There will be 3,000 tickets available – they go on sale May 1 on ticketriver.com. Vootie Productions, which does all of the Yellowstone Club’s shows, plus the Red Ants Pants Festival and the Targhee Bluegrass Festival, is producing the concert.

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Chef Cat Cora to Appear as Judge for Belgrade ProStart Fundraiser at Big Sky’s Buck’s T-4 Lodge

Accomplished Chef and Television Personality Joins Local Chefs for High School Culinary Competition. Sponsored by The Rapier Family Foundation. Chef Cat Cora is heading to Big Sky to judge the Belgrade High School’s culinary competition. The Belgrade team recently won the state ProStart contest and is raising money for their upcoming trip to the ProStart nationals in Baltimore in April. The contest will take place April 11, 2013 at Big Sky’s Buck’s T-4 Lodge. Students will pair up with professional chefs from the region for a “black box” cooking competition. Teams will have one hour to prepare dishes using a surprise ingredient. Tickets are $20 and can by obtained from Buck’s T-4 at 995-4111 or any Belgrade ProStart student. On and off-screen, Chef Cat Cora continues to make a lasting impression on the culinary community. Her food aspirations began at an early age, and by 15, she developed a business plan for her own restaurant. In 2005, she made television history on Food Network’s Iron Chef America as the first and only female Iron Chef, and in 2006, Bon Appetit named her Executive Chef and bestowed her with their Teacher of the Year award. From partnering with Macy’s for a new […]

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Winter Sports | First Big Snow of the Season

It’s official. Winter is here. Those of us wanting to put it off just a bit longer, enjoying the golden fall colors with the snow dusted peaks, well you better say sayanara. Snow is on the ground and it’s sticking. The forecast following yesterday’s snow day, three more days of predicted snow. For skiers and boarders this is the best November news yet. Yep, it’s true I was in the camp of let’s wait a little longer, Fall is pretty nice here. However, when I woke up this morning and it was blue skies, frosted trees it sure looked like paradise outside. I remembered the great things about winter, cross country skiing in the meadow, boarding on the peak, excuse to drink alcoholic hot chocolate, Christmas and that the slopes open in only 18 days. We need the snow. We want the snow. Maybe I should do a snow dance. Take a look of some of the first images of winter 2011-12. Enjoy and see you on the slopes in Big Sky soon.

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Fine Dining | A Perfect Entree

Every so often I dine at a restaurant and have what I consider to be the perfect entree. What are my qualifications? Firstly, let’s look at flavor. There needs to be depth, so that sweetness or saltiness doesn’t just fall flat on my palette. I’m looking for complexity but just the right amount so that all the tastes meld together, keeping it rounded. In my own cooking, I fail most often at achieving this when trying to make a vegetarian soup from scratch that lacks cream or milk. Secondly, everything on that plate needs to have a place and be equally perfect. So often a nice piece of fish or meat is served with an okay vegetable or a par side dish. Veg and sides have been tossed by the wayside, and Mr. Meat or Fish steals the whole show. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t need some fancy asparagus or crazy broccoli side, but let’s face it how often does the veg left to it’s own accord arrive overcooked or less than fresh? Recently, I was in Fresno, California visiting family and we dined at Max’s. This little Bistro has become a favorite amongst my family. It’s well […]

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Summer Activities | Big Sky Day Trips Part Two: Lewis and Clark Caverns

Where we last left off, we had just finished up exploring Missouri Headwaters State Park with vistas of the headwaters and four surrounding mountain ranges. Next stop on the itinerary Lewis and Clark Caverns. The drive to the caverns is beautiful. We traveled along in early Summer when everything was an exquisite green, the mountains were still snow capped and the wildflowers just began to bloom. I imagine that it would be just as pretty in September when all the fields take on a golden color. Now the first fact I will point out to you is that Lewis and Clark did not discover these caverns. They never even set foot in them, but they did pass awfully close on their expedition. I guess that’s reason enough to name them so. To explore the caverns you will take a two hour guided tour. You travel two miles through twisted, sometimes tight, dark dank corridors to see stalagmites, columns, stalactites and helicitites, Your guide will tell you in sing song voice at the beginning of the tour, “Let’s go spelunking.” Just what is spelunking? According to Wikipedia, it is the really cool term for describing exploration of wild caves.  And the […]

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