May 28, 2014

Big Night 4 to Raise Funds for FVCC Semester in Venice Student Scholarships

The Flathead Valley Community College Art Department will present Big Night 4, an event to raise funds for student scholarships for its seventh annual Semester in Venice program, June 12.

Last year’s event raised a record $20,000 and provided six students with La Serenissima Scholarships ranging from $3,500 to $6,000 to help fund their study abroad expenses in Venice this spring. The scholarships are given to students in need who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in the program.

The evening will include an Italian-inspired feast created by students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC and instructor Chef Howard Karp. The menu will feature introductions including caponata, spuma di mortadella, tonno e fagioli, sformati di parmigiano; a pasta station including spinach fettuccini with corn and basil, almond tortellini with white truffle sauce, smoked capon cannelloni and polpette alla bolognese; a meat carving/fish station including coscia di maiale, roasted pork leg with rosemary and black pepper, costolette d’agnello alla scottadito, grilled marinated lamb chops, couscous siciliana, roasted whole red snapper with artichoke and potatoes and homemade cotechinno stuffed with pickled vegetables; salads including insalata Giovanni and cucumber salad with preserved lemon and mint; and dessert including olive oil cake with rosemary ice cream and poached port pears.

In addition to coffee and tea service, a no host bar with specially selected Italian wines to complement dinner will be available. The event also will feature an Italian-themed live auction and a short program about FVCC’s Semester in Venice.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s Kalispell campus.

Tickets are $75 per person, $40 of which is tax deductible. Guests must be at least 21 years of age unless accompanied by an adult. Proceeds will benefit the La Serenissima Scholarship program.

For additional event information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 756-3632. For more information on the Semester in Venice program, contact FVCC Art Professor and Semester in Venice Coordinator John Rawlings at 756-3896 or at