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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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Fall is Here…

Fall is here. Crisp mornings, golden colors, the first snowfall and probably one of the best times of year in Big Sky.

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Ski Packages for Big Sky and Moonlight Basin Now Available

The best discounted stay & ski packages in Big Sky are at Buck’s T-4. Whatever your travel plans, there’s a package for you. Our Biggest Skiing in America packages include a free bonus night and free all-mountain lift ticket. We also feature daily ski packages at each resort to give you the flexibility you need to explore Montana’s perfect powder. You can mix and match packages to create the perfect custom vacation. All packages include our Hungry Skiers’ Breakfast; a bountiful full hot breakfast buffet.

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Montana | The Last Best Place

If you’ve been to Montana, then chances are you’ve heard someone refer to our state as the “Last Best Place”—and if you’ve been here you know why. I anticipated that this post would be about convincing you the validity of this description, maybe with some visual proof. But with a little research, I found there was an even better story that would do all the convincing for me. So where did this little adage come from? Well, in 1988 writer and professor at the University of Montana, William Kittredge, joined with Annick Smith to publish an anthology of Montana based writings called, The Last Best Place. Once the title hit the public, it was as if Kittredge had finally summed up in just four words what everyone in Montana had already been thinking and feeling. The slogan began to appear everywhere, even in the state tourism office. However, what had become unanimous coinage for the great state of Montana was challenged by corporate privatization when a Nevada businessman, David E. Lipson, wanted to trademark the phrase “the last best place” for his businesses in 2002. While a trademark does not prevent public use it creates limitations and the possibility of […]

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02 March 2015

Best of Montana in Winter Food & Drink. Read the Article