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A steak strips next to a glass of red wine
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In this Flavor Moments we find the answer to Where’s the Beef? Cuts can be found On Montana Avenue at the new Buffalo Block at The Rex. The restaurant opened in 1909 by H. Alfred Heimer and his friend Buffalo Bill Cody is going through another chapter. Rick and Nicki Larson purchased the Rex last spring. After more than a year of remodeling, Buffalo Block at the Rex is due to open October 1.

Cierra Coppock

When going through the Flavors Under the Big Sky archives, I discovered that this blog was never posted for the show that aired in the summer of 2016. The Yellowstone Valley Farmers Market is about to end for this season, but I wanted to reshare this story about the great resource we have here in Billings. Mostly, I wanted to encourage parents to bring their children to the market and grocery stores, and let them see, taste, touch, smell and experience the bounty from Mother Nature.

Stella Fong

Flavors Under the Big Sky: Celebrating the Bounty of the Region replayed a show that aired in the spring of 2018 to pay tribute to Gene Burgad. The world lost Gene on August 14, 2018, a man who gave us food, drink, community and humor. As the co-owner of The Rex Bar and Grill for 34 years, he was ever present to welcome guests who walked into his establishment. He was influential in reforming and refashioning Montana Avenue.

Stella Fong

Under the flight approach at Bozeman Yellowstone Airport in Belgrade, there’s another winged specimen found at Cowboy Cricket Farms. Here high octane protein products are being produced from Acheta domesticus or the common house cricket by James and Kathy Rolin, the founders and owners of a business that they advertise “brings bugs to the world in fun and exciting ways.”

Stella Fong

The house of perpetual spring is found year-round between Billings and Laurel, Montana, not far from the Yellowstone River. In a 30,000 square-foot aquaponic greenhouse, Swanky Roots grows lettuce, herbs, edible flowers and microgreens.  The owners, mother and daughter team Ronna Klamert and Veronnaka Evenson, started their venture in 2016. 

Stella Fong

The corner of 3rd Avenue North and North 19th Street in Billings warms with spice and flavor. On the outskirts of downtown, Mirch Masala, an Indian restaurant opened by the Patels in the fall, serves up homestyle vegetarian food. With mother and chef Vandana, patriarch Navnit, son Nick and his wife Delisha with grandson, Neel, and daughter Dhara and husband Vatsal, they illustrate what can be cooked up with the power and energy of family.

Stella Fong

Just before the calendar page flips into the New Year, some of us have traditions or rituals we put into practice to honor the start of another year. In the few years Flavors Under the Big Sky: Celebrating the Bounty of the Region has been on the air, I have gone near and far in Montana to talk to chefs, cooks, producers, restauranteurs, farmers, ranchers, wine makers, brewers, designers and many others who nourish us. I know I have countless more people to talk to who make our Big Sky foodscape more delicious. I look forward to meeting and talking to you.

Lynn Donaldson

At the end of a paved road in Pray just outside Livingston is the iconic Chico Hot Springs Resort and Spa. On this day as fall was edging into winter, my husband and I drove a hundred miles as in the Montana way to dine in the recently opened Tasting Room. As we stepped out of our car under the watch of Emigrant Peak, we thought of times past at Chico with each other, friends and family. The clapboard Victorian lodge with green framed windows welcomed us as it did twenty years ago when we first visited.

Stella Fong

In November Bistro Enzo in Billings celebrates twenty years in business. Executive Chef and owner James Honaker claimed the actual date was November 11, 2018 or sometime thereabouts. He seemed almost nonchalant about the birthday. For long time staff - servers Daisy Castro and Dave Caserio, day Chef Paul Reitz and volunteer Lezlie Solari, the time marked event held significance.

Stella Fong

September 30, 2018

In my perfect kitchen I would have all wood utensils. There is something organic and sensual using tools that come from Mother Nature. When shaped by a human artisan to mold into the hand and provide for more optimal cooking, the experience of preparing food becomes pleasurable.

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