2017 Schedule of Events

MSU Billings Foundation’s Wine & Food Festival 2017

May 15-20, 2017
Tickets will go on sale April 17, 2017 at 8:00 am.


Monday, May 15th

Guest Chef Dinner: “Five Times Five – An Anniversary Feast”

6:00 pm – TEN at the Northern Hotel  • 19 North Broadway • Billings, MT  59101

Guests enjoying the 2016 Guest Chef Dinner

Featuring Executive Chefs David Maplethorpe formerly of The Rex in Billings, Montana; Kevin Davis of Steelhead Diner, Blueacre Seafood and Orfeo in Seattle, Washington; Carl Kurokawa of Juliano’s Restaurant in Billings, Montana; Bernard Guillas of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, California; and Nick Steen of the Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana.

In celebration of our 25th anniversary festival, we are pleased to bring together outstanding former guest chefs for the kick-off event of Wine & Food Festival week. Collaborating on this spectacular dining event – five highly skilled and talented chefs, five courses, and perfectly paired wines… it promises to be a culinary explosion of flavors and feasting!

The week of 2017 Wine & Food Festival festivities will begin with this unique and sensational feast. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor every morsel.

$150.00 per person

Sponsors: Northern Hotel, Sysco Montana, Inc., Dr. Joseph Howell, Stacey Suydam


Tuesday, May 16th

Home Cooking School: “Spring Fling – Sharing the Love”

11:00 am – Carl and Linda Baltrusch residence • 740 Bluegrass Drive West  •  Billings, MT 59106

Featuring Executive Chef Bernard Guillas of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla, California.
One of the Wine & Food Festival’s most popular chefs is returning to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary û Chef Bernard Guillas. Chef Bernard began his formal training in France where he apprenticed with the legendary Georges Paineau. Jumping continents, he was sous chef under Pierre Chambrin, former White House executive chef. Chef Bernard became the executive chef of La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 1994.

Chef Bernard has two cookbooks to his credit – Award winning Flying Pans with chef de cuisine of the Marine Room, Ron Oliver, and Two Chefs One Catch. He has been a guest on many television and radio programs and has been a guest chef multiple times at the famed James Beard House in New York. He has been named Chef Magazine’s Chef of the Year and San Diego’s Best Chef numerous times.

$75.00 per person

Sponsors: Sysco Montana, Inc., Cricket Clothing Company, Bill Royer UBS Financial Services, David Maplethorpe


Home Cooking School: “Montana on My Mind”

6:00 pm – Randy and Lee Gibb residence • 4233 Aspenridge Drive  •  Billings, MT 59106

Featuring Executive Chef Amy Smith of The Grand Hotel in Big Timber, Montana.

Executive Chef Amy Smith returns to the Wine & Food Festival to help celebrate its 25th anniversary! Chef Amy is known for her fun-loving personality and incredible Montana cuisine.

Chef Amy, a native of Toledo, Ohio, has been at The Grand Hotel since 1989. Since her arrival, The Grand Hotel has become one of Montana’s premier dining destinations and has been a Wine Spectator award winner since 1993. Chef Amy’s culinary talents have been enjoyed by celebrities, politicians, winemakers and world travelers.

$75.00 per person

Sponsors: Sysco Montana, Inc., NorthWestern Energy, Cabinet Works, Drs. Randy & Lee Gibb


Brewmaster Symposium

7:00 pm – Billings Petroleum Club  •  27 North 27th Street, 22nd Floor  •  Billings, MT 59101

Deschutes’ Year Round Lineup

Presented by Colin McKenney of Deschutes Brewing Company, Bend, Oregon with pairing menu by Executive Chef Jeremy Engebretson of the Billings Petroleum Club.

Participants will enjoy an evening with Colin McKenney of Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. With the growing popularity of craft beers, this seminar will give beer lovers the opportunity to learn from Colin McKenney, sample their beers and learn the characteristics that make the beers unique. Beer and food pairing will be a part of this class.

Deschutes Brewing Company was founded in 1988 as a brew pub. Today, they ship to 28 states and the District of Columbia and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.

$75.00 per person

Sponsors: Billings Petroleum Club, ISU Streeter Brothers Insurance, Diamond Jubilee Casino


Wednesday, May 17th

Home Cooking School: “A Night in Barcelona”

6:00 pm – Patrick and Shelley Behm residence • 6222 Western Bluffs Boulevard •  Billings, MT 59106

Featuring Executive Chef Eric Gruber of Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana.

Executive Chef Eric Gruber joined Lone Mountain Ranch in July 2016. His philosophy of bringing local flavors and produce together in inventive yet approachable dishes, his deep knowledge of five-star hospitality, and his love for the culture of the great American West are the perfect elements for creating extraordinary, authentic guest experiences.

Chef Eric holds a degree in Culinary Arts from Scottsdale Culinary Institute and was executive chef at the W Hotel in San Diego, California, Shore Lodge and the Whitetail Club in McCall, Idaho before joining the team at Lone Mountain Ranch.

$75.00 per person

Sponsors: Sysco Montana, Inc., Judy Williams & Malcolm Goodrich, Goodrich & Reely, PLLC, Lonewolf Energy, Inc. – Trent & Konnie Sizemore


Cooking Demonstration: “Savory Sweet – Tater Love”

6:00 pm – MSU Billings Student Union Building,  Rimrock Cafe  •  1500 University Drive • Billings, MT 59101

Featuring Chef Raghavan Iyer and Chef James Dodge with wine tips from Certified Wine Professional Stella Fong.

Two exciting and accomplished chefs, Raghavan Iyer and James Dodge return to Billings to celebrate our 25th anniversary! Super popular at past festivals, these two experts will dazzle all participants as they demonstrate how to prepare a star-studded menu. Stella Fong will provide tips to pair the perfect wines with their creations.

Raghavan Iyer is a cookbook author, culinary educator, spokesperson, and consultant to numerous national and international clients. He is the author of several cookbooks, most recently Smashed, Mashed, Boiled and Baked – and Fried Too!

Jim Dodge has had a wide-ranging culinary career. After growing up in the hospitality industry, he trained as a chef, became a celebrated pastry chef, published several cookbooks, and then became a culinary educator and joined the food service industry. Since 2004, he has been Bon Appetit Management Company’s director of specialty culinary programs. Jim has published several cookbooks, including the award-winning American Baker and Baking with Jim Dodge.
Stella Fong, Certified Wine Professional, is also a wine and food educator and writer. Stella has been instrumental in the development and success of the Wine & Food Festival. Stella is the author of two books: Billings Food – The Flavorful Story of Montana’s Trailhead and Historic Restaurants of Billings.

$100.00 per person

Sponsors: Sysco Montana, Inc., Bill Brown & Amy Gibler Brown, Joe Dillard & Stella Fong, HGFA Architects, Bradford Roof Management


Thursday, May 18th

Home Cooking School: “Wild Ideas”

6:00 pm – Donna Yeargain residence • 5332 Green Teal Drive  •  Billings, MT 59106

Executive Chef Shawn Smith in action

Featuring Executive Chef Shawn Hamilton Smith of Bighorn River Lodge in Fort Smith, Montana.
Chef Shawn grew up in Easton, Connecticut where he started cooking at a young age. While attending the University of Utah, he realized that cooking was his passion. He then enrolled at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California.

Upon graduation, he returned to Utah as chef de cuisine at Wild Grape Bistro and was later recruited to assist in the opening of the Michelin Starred Spruce restaurant in Park City, Utah. Following a stint in Bend, Oregon, Shawn’s love of the outdoors and fly-fishing led him to the Bighorn River Lodge in Fort Smith, where he has been for three seasons.

$75.00 per person

Sponsors: Sysco Montana, Inc., Kisling Quality Builders, Mike & Cara Schaer, Peterson Quality Office, Rimrock Auto Group


Winemaster Symposium

7:00 pm – Northern Hotel  •  19 North Broadway • Billings, MT 59101

Presented by our 2017 winemasters Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in San Jose, California, and K. R. Rombauer of Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena, California, with food pairing menu by Executive Chef Nick Steen and Banquet Chef Christine Helmers of the Northern Hotel.

Taste exquisite wines with the guidance of experts who crafted them: our 2017 winemasters Steve Lohr and K. R. Rombauer. They have carefully chosen wines, some seldom seen outside the wineries, to illustrate the subtleties of the winemaster’s art. Expand your knowledge of wine while enjoying superb wine and food in a relaxed setting.

$100.00 per person

Sponsors: Northern Hotel, Archie Cochrane Motors, Bill Brown & Amy Gibler Brown


Friday, May 19th

Wine and Food Pairings under the “Grand” Tent

6:00 pm – In the tent on the campus of MSU Billings

Enjoy a relaxing evening of wine and food tasting, silent auction, wine store and private cellar.

$85.00 per person


Saturday, May 20th

The “Fine Finish”

 

The Tent for the 1993 Wine & Food Festival on the Cisel Hall lawn, which where the parking garage off of Poly Drive is now.
The Grand Tent covering the entire Normal Avenue parking lot. Look how far we have come, thanks to our incredible donors and volunteers!

5:30 pm – In the tent on the campus of MSU Billings

Relish the casual elegance of a champagne reception, gourmet dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jeremy Goldsmith, Sodexo, Gonzaga University, and live and silent auctions.

$125.00 per person