May 25, 2016

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

Big Night imageThe Flathead Valley Community College Art Department will present Big Night on June 10, an annual culinary event to raise funds for student scholarships for FVCC’s Semester in Venice, Italy program.

Guests are invited to enjoy an Italian-inspired feast created by students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC, under the instruction of chefs Howard Karp and Manda Hudak. The buffet-style dinner will include grilled fresh oysters, halibut with broccoli rabe sauce, mixed grilled meats with salsa verde, pappardelle with Bluefin tuna, Italian onion soup with gruyere cheese ravioli, pizzas featuring prosciutto, fresh goat cheese, leeks, scallions, bacon and other toppings, artisan breads and assorted side dishes, including artichoke stew with buffalo mozzarella, polenta with marsala mushrooms and more. Dessert will be chocolate cake with chocolate mousse and homemade espresso ice cream.

A no-host bar with specially selected Italian wines will be available. The event also will feature an Italian-themed auction and a short presentation by students about their experience with the Semester in Venice program.

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.

“I feel truly honored to have been able to be a part of such a wonderful program,” said 2016 scholarship recipient Roseanna Stanfield, who participated in the Semester in Venice program this spring. “I can’t wait until I am in a place in my life when I can give back to students who are in need and have a desire to travel and learn.”

Big Night will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Arts and Technology Building on campus.

Tickets are $75 per person. Proceeds will benefit the La Serenissima Scholarship program. Opportunities to support additional FVCC study-abroad programs will also be available at the event.

For additional event information or to purchase tickets, call 756-3632. For more information on the Semester in Venice program, contact FVCC Art Professor Susan Guthrie at 756-3896 or