Saturday Apr. 19, 2014
Entertainment & Lifestyle in the Flathead Valley, MT
 
The Bigfork Art and History Museum is unveiling its new timber exhibit with a reception March 14 from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display March 14-April 18. Photos courtesy of Bigfork Art and History Museum

Right about now, 100 years ago, the river pigs were preparing for the ride of their lives. Logging crews had spent the snowy winter months chopping down trees in the forests surrounding Bigfork and sliding them to loading chutes near the Swan River. From there it was up to the brave men, known valiantly as river pigs, to assemble a cluster of logs and raft through the raging rapids, including the savage stretch of water known today as the “Wild Mile,” before eventually arriving at Flathead Lake.
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This is a wonderful dish I often serve when a vegetarian option is requested at the FVCC Chef’s Table. It’s hearty, luxurious and filling. A secret to intensifying the flavor is to use a mushroom vinaigrette and garlic chips; however, at home, a simple drizzle of balsamic vinegar is a great alternative.

MUSHROOM STOCK
• 1 pound white mushrooms, sliced thin
• Salt and pepper
• 4 cups water
In a medium pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for one hour. Pass through a fine-strainer.
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Sevique
Sevique products. Courtesy photo.

When Susan Nickell launched her Flathead-based business of skin-care products last December, the company had high hopes for its Sevique and Relevance lines. But no one could have guessed that just two months after the launch, the products would be part of Hollywood’s biggest night.

Nickell and the company’s general manager Kim Briggs went to California for the 2014 Academy Awards, where their products would be part of the TMG International Pre-Oscar Luxury Suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Nicolas Hudek films a scene for the documentary "Where God Likes To Be" on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Courtesy Photo.

A few weeks ago, Nicolas and Anna Hudak’s film, “Where God Likes To Be,” premiered before an enthusiastic crowd at Missoula’s Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. It was a long way from a snowy February night on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in 2002 when the project began.

Nicolas and Anna were students in New Zealand at the time and in Kalispell for 10 days visiting Nicolas’ hometown. Anna had flown in and out of Calgary because it was cheaper and the two were driving back north when they got stuck in a snowstorm in Browning.
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Pad Thai | Courtesy photo

This week’s dish is one of my all-time favorites.

I crave it.

It’s all encompassing with sweet, sour, spicy, hearty, light, healthy and satisfying all in one big bowl.

One of the key ingredients in Pad Thai is tamarind.
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Nathan Connell plays the timpani during percussion class at Glacier High School. - Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

It’s midday on a Friday at Glacier High School, and the students in the school’s arts wing are hard at work. Some are learning to cut into copper sheets in the metalsmithing class; others are creating designs in the digital arts class, while still others are working their way through a musical percussion piece on stage in the main theater.

Nearby, a classroom of students working on acting skills is also underway.

The students are diligent and concentrated; any vestiges of teenage aloofness or mischief melt off their faces as they perform their tasks. The classes are either full or nearly so, showing a level of appreciation for the arts among the student population.
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The fifth annual Bigfork Brewfest kicks off Friday afternoon with an art walk through downtown up to Whistling Andy’s distillery.

John Dunnigan will be playing at the Garden Bar and there will be a beard contest at 7 p.m. The best facial hair wins! The Raven will have a re-opening party Friday evening following its renovation. On Saturday, March 1, restaurants and food vendors will feature pork or bacon themed specials all day for “Pork in the Fork.” Then the 19th annual Spam-O-Rama is at The Garden Bar at 2 p.m. It’s a family friendly event of spam carving.

The brewfest is from 3-7 p.m. outside in the Brookies Cookies parking lot with live music from the Fetveit Brothers & Tommy Edwards. This event is outdoors, so dress warm or stand by the fire. There are 10 breweries from all over the state, and a couple from Washington and Oregon. Tickets are $25 and will include a mug & tasting tickets. Free buses will be running from Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Kalispell.

All are welcome but patrons must be 21 and over for the beer tasting. Free pop or coffee for designated drivers. Proceeds from this year’s brewfest will benefit The ACES afterschool program, The North Shore Nordic Club and the CFBB community scholarship program.

Visit the brewfest website for more information.
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This recipe defies the traditional Chinese eggroll with its unique, creamy filling and lumpia wrappers.

Lumpia skins can be purchased at Mabuhay Oriental Market on U.S. Highway 2 East in Kalispell.

If lumpia is not available, filo sheets would be a suitable substitute.
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