Feb 9, 2016

FVCC Foundation Kicks off 2016 Festival of Flavors with “New York, New York!”

New York EventThe Foundation at Flathead Valley Community College will kick off the 2016 Festival of Flavors on April 7 with the cuisine of New York City’s streets and finest dining rooms. “New York, New York!” is the first of three Festival of Flavors events planned for the year. Proceeds from all festival events benefit scholarships and educational programs for FVCC students.

Students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at FVCC will prepare an elegant five-course meal inspired by some of New York’s most distinguished chefs, including Daniel Boulud (Daniel), Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin), Alain Ducasse (Benoit) and Jacques Torres (Jacque Torres Chocolate). Dinner will be paired with select French wines from the Bordeaux, Burgundy and Loire Valley regions. Grammy-nominee and renowned saxophonist Erica von Kleist will perform live with Gringos del Soul, a jazz trio featuring von Kleist on piano and sax, Matt Seymour on bass and Don Caverly on drums. Broadway singer and actor Eric Michael Krop will join them as a guest vocalist.

The meal will begin with champagne and hors d’oeuvres inspired by iconic New York City street vendor selections, including pork belly sliders, Asian slaw, reuben egg rolls, mini wagyu hot dogs with spicy mustard and caprese pipette. The first course is a warm, spring asparagus salad with poached egg dressing. Guests will choose one of two main courses: roasted prime black-angus tenderloin with sauce Bordelaise, beignets Dauphine, braised Belgium endive and fiddleheads or European turbot filets with fennel-truffle sauce, white truffle polenta and braised Belgium endive infused with balsamic vinegar. A cheese course follows, featuring baked triple-cream brie encroute and frisee. Dessert is the Waldorf-Astoria Maître D’ Oscar Flaming Crepes Suzette, tangerine creamsicle ice cream, coffee macaroons, chocolate truffles, candied fruits and coffee and tea.

“New York, New York!” begins at 6 p.m. inside FVCC’s Arts and Technology Building. The lobby and dining room will be transformed into the streets and images of the Big Apple.

Festival of Flavors continues with a shore-side “Savory Summerfest” on July 13 at Flathead Lake Lodge and the ninth annual “Fall Festival Wine & Dine for Scholarships” September 16 through 24.

Last year’s Festival of Flavors events raised more than $220,000 for student scholarships and grants. Funds raised from last year’s fall festival event alone allowed the Foundation to provide over 100 additional scholarships to FVCC students and to award 14 grants for innovative educational projects and student travel to present research at regional and national conferences.

“Funds raised during these events help make it possible for our local students to achieve their educational goals,” said FVCC President Jane Karas. “We are grateful to the businesses, organizations and individuals that sponsor and support these events each year.”

Students who receive scholarships complete their education at a higher rate and in fewer years than those who don’t receive scholarships, Karas added. Student scholarship recipients will attend many of the festival events, providing community members the opportunity to learn more about the impact scholarships have on student success.

For more information about Festival of Flavors or to purchase tickets and view the full menu and wine list for the “New York, New York!” event, visit or call Heidi Hickethier at 756-3632.