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From The Co-Chairs

Julie Linderman and Randy Holbrook

Welcome from the Festival Co-Chairs

Julie Linderman and Randy Holbrook

The MSU Billings Wine & Food Festival was developed 22 festivals ago to raise funds to benefit the students of MSU Billings. The Festival has expanded from two nights to a week-long series of events, and multiple pre-events throughout the year. This has raised over $4.3 million (net) to date in support of an often underserved population in our community.

Thanks to the generosity of our partners, sponsors, volunteers and guests, hundreds of students have benefitted due to your support. Once again, our corporate partner, Briggs Distributing, has sagely invited two outstanding winemasters. Please welcome Randy Ullom of Kendall- Jackson Winery in Fulton, California, and Erik Miller of Kokomo Winery in Healdsburg, California. We are thrilled to have these winemakers join Executive Chef Eric Stenburg at the stunning Northern Hotel for the Winemaster Symposium celebration.

The week kicks off with what’s sure to be another spectacular Guest Chef Dinner starring Chef Eric Donnelly, Executive Chef of Rock Creek Seafoods & Spirits in Seattle, Washington, joined by Executive Chef David Maplethorpe of The Rex. This elegant event is one of the premier events of the entire festival and delivers increasingly spectacular food and wine pairings. Once again, we thank Gene Burgad and his exceptional staff at The Rex for welcoming our chefs and guests.

Our cooking schools continue to bring inspirational cuisine to this corner of Montana, and as always showcased in stunning Billings homes. Cooking school chefs include Executive Chef Jeff Hobart of the Lodge at Whitefish Lake; Executive Chef Nick Steen of Lone Mountain Ranch in Big Sky, Montana; Executive Chef Mason Zeglan of 14 North in Bozeman, Montana; Executive Chef/Owner Mark Reggiannini of La Marmotte in Telluride, Colorado; and Regional Corporate Chef Andrew Kalotay of Sysco Montana Inc. in Billings, Montana.

The hidden gems of the week’s events in store for guests this year include the Ultimate Dinner Party featuring PBS Chef Christy Rost and Certified Wine Professional Stella Fong, and a Guided Cheese Tasting presented by Peggy Smith, co-founder of Cowgirl Creamery in Point Reyes Station, California.

The MSU Billings Wine & Food Festival would not be possible without our generous and eager volunteers. We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks in recognition of our wonderful festival volunteers. More than 400 dedicated community members provide the festival with countless hours of expertise, commitment and energy to make these events an outstanding success. Thank you so much for all that you do.

Cheers!

Julie Linderman

 

 

Julie Linderman
Wine & Food Festival Co-Chair

Randy Holbrook

 

 

 

Randy Holbrook
Wine & Food Festival Co-Chair