Arts & Culture

Stella Fong

For the fourth straight summer, pop up restaurant Piccola Cucina of Ox Pasture will cook up a taste of Sicily in Red Lodge. Here, owner and Chef Phillip Guardione shares the food from his family. With Chef Benedetto Bisacquino or more lovingly known as, Chef Benny, the cuisine from the largest island in the Mediterranean will be offered up under the Beartooths until late fall.

Arcadia Publishing

Lynn Donaldson-Vermillion makes food pretty. As a travel photographer food takes center-stage in the visuals she records. In capturing  images of adventure and exploration, she freezes a moment in time, “Interiors, exteriors, action, and always food and so it was one piece of a bigger story I was shooting, but I always loved shooting food through travel and that’s how I got into food photography.”

Asano Otsu

During the rising of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many rediscovered their inner knead. The making of bread provided comfort and a sense of security, evident by the disappearance of flour and yeast from the grocery store shelves.  Social media then showcased the photos of the risen results.

Stella Fong

The word “sassy” exhales confidence and liveliness with irreverence sifted in. The Sassy Biscuit Co. in downtown Billings bakes up such sassiness that it has become one of the more popular places in town for brunch. Founder and owner Jilan Johnson opened the bruncherie serving breakfast  everyday and into the evenings from Wednesdays to Saturday in 2018.

Stella Fong

When stepping from Montana Avenue into Veronika’s Pastry Shop, an embrace of buttery and caramel goodness welcomes you. Once inside the bakery you cannot help but feel owner and baker Veronika Baukema’s love and attention she’s mixed into creating her French, Eastern European and Russian pastries. The space is bright and cozy, and Baukema’s enthusiastic welcome only invites you to collect a treat.

Lynn Donaldson, Stella Fong, Louis Habeck

Cooking in a landlocked state, away from the coastal tides of trends, three James Beard Foundation semifinalists for Best Chef of the Northwest: Dave Wells of Chico Hot Springs Resort, Jeremy Engebretson of Lilac on Montana Avenue in Billings, and James Honaker of Bistro Enzo located in Billings’ West End stand solidly under the Big Sky.

Lynn Donaldson

In 2019 Flavors Under the Big Sky: Celebrating the Bounty of the Region had many flavorful moments. I am grateful to those who shared stories of their passions in making our foodscape more delicious, but in this show I wanted to honor those women who I believed left the biggest impression.

Playlist #1435 Saturday Dec. 14, 2019

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1 (various artists), Delmark Records

“Cool Yule”, Louis Armstrong And The Commodores, Hipster’s Holiday (various artists), Rhino Records

“Hep Cat’s Holiday”, The Cats And The Fiddle, Blues, Blues Christmas vol. 1 (various artists), Document Records

“Cool Yule”, Tony Redelle Larson, Christmas Party With Eddie G (various artists), Sony/ Legacy Music

Playlist #2036 Friday Dec. 13, 2019

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1 (various artists), Delmark Records

“Cool Yule”, Chris Daniels And The Kings, Stealin’ The Covers, Moon Voyage Records

“Santa Claus, Santa Claus”, Dr. Duke Tumatoe, It’s Christmas (Let’s Have Sex), Tumatoe Tuff Tunes

“What Will Santa Claus Say”, Maria Muldaur, Christmas At The Oasis, Global Recording Artists

“Santa Loves To Boogie”, Professor Louie And The Crowmatix, Holiday Time, Woodstock Records

Playlist #1434 Saturday Dec. 7, 2019

“Blue Light Boogie”, Cozy Eggleston, Honkers And Barwalkers vol. 1 (various artists), Delmark Records

“Baby It’s Cold Outside”, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, Blues, Blues Christmas vol. 3 (various artists), Document Records

“Winter Weather”, Maria Muldaur, A Woman Alone With The Blues, Telarc Records

“I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm”, The Mighty Blue Kings, The Christmas Album, R-Jay Records