May 19, 2015

Big Night 5 to Raise Scholarship Funds for FVCC Semester in Venice Program

Big-Night-HotlinkThe Flathead Valley Community College Art Department will present Big Night 5, an event to raise funds for student scholarships for its eighth annual Semester in Venice program, June 5.


The evening will include an Italian-inspired feast created by students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC, under the instruction of chefs Howard Karp, Manda Hudak and Tracy Darue. The menu will feature antipasti, including Caprese Salad with fried capers and basil, chicken liver mousse and pickled vegetables; a pasta station featuring lobster Bolognese, crispy porcini mushroom ravioli, meatballs with braised onions and ancient grain polenta; a vegetable and salad station featuring  boccoli rabe strascinati, roasted carrots Sicilliana, and little gem lettuce with summer squash, walnuts and pecorino; a carving station featuring slow-roasted Lower Valley pork slices with tuna sauce, homemade lamb sausage with roasted red peppers and grilled swordfish “alla barcaiola;” and orange-scented olive oil cake gelato with Creamsicle gelato for dessert.


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 La Serenissima Scholarship was created by the FVCC Art Department in 2011 to support students in need who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in the Semester in Venice program. To date, the event has raised over $66,000, benefitting 18 Semester in Venice students.


Big Night 5 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