“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year…”
—Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
Social Hour 5:30 p.m
Dinner Program 6:00 p.m.
The Clubhouse is perhaps no more splendid than it is during the holidays. And, there is no better way to celebrate the season than to gather family and friends and join us for “Dinner with Dickens” with the acclaimed Michael “Mokey” McNeilly performing his adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” The merriment begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will commence at 6:00 p.m. Executive Chef Mike McWilliams’ menu of Butternut Squash Soup, Beet Cured Salmon, Roast Beef with Root Vegetables and Yorkshire Pudding concluding with the Promenade of the Plum Bread Puddings will provide a more than fitting feast!
$65 includes gratuity, reservations are required and seating is limited.
You'll have enough to worry about on Thanksgiving, let the Montana Club handle dinner the night before. Eat in at the Clubhouse or reserve a take out order.
Our Thanksgiving Eve menu will include shrimp pasta, sausage soup, and enchiladas.
Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Tuesday, November 13th
Social Hour 5:30 p.m.
Dinner and Program at 6:00 p.m.
The November Current Affairs Dinner Program will feature Dr. Robert Swartout, Jr., Professor Emeritus of History at Carroll College discussing the recent political history of the peninsula's two competing political regimes, the evolution of North-South talks since the 1990s, and the possibilities of a denuclearized North Korea.
The dinner menu, inspired by Korean cuisine and created by Executive Chef Mike McWilliams, will include kimchi pancakes, sweet crispy chicken, jasmine rice, and candied sweet potato with sesame.
Reservations are required. To make your reservation, please call the Montana Club at 442-5980 or email email@example.com.
About the speaker: Dr. Robert Swartout is Professor Emeritus of History at Carroll College and the namesake of the Dr. Robert Swartout Endowed Scholarship. Dr. Swartout taught history at Carroll College for 36 years. He is a Fulbright scholar, served as the chair of the history department from 1988-2012, taught National Endowment for the Humanities seminars, was appointed by the Korean government as the honorary consul for the Republic of Korea in Montana, and has contributed to numerous committees, causes and boards. Dr. Swartout served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea and is the author of numerous publications and books. His most recent book is Montana: A Cultural Medley.
Wednesday, October 24th
Dinner Seating at 5:30 p.m.
Don't miss this Italian-themed dinner curated by Executive Chef Mike McWilliams & Music by Akustica.
The menu includes antipasto, focaccia, fennel salad, lasagna with fresh pasta, penne salad, polenta, tiramisu and fresh berry panna cotta.
$30 per person
paired wine included
$15 per child (12 and under)
Reservations are strongly encouraged
Easily Montana's most beguiling & documented city, Butte has been celebrated & commemorated in novels & film throughout the twentieth century. Please join Butte native & Helena resident Aaron Parrett, PhD as he reads from his illuminating "Literary Butte: A History in Novels & Film" published last month. The evening begins with a social hour at 5.30 p.m., dinner will be served at 6.15 p.m. & the program will begin at approximately 7.30 p.m. The book signing will follow the program & books will be available for purchase. $35 for Members, & $50 for Members' guests. Reservations are required, please call 442.5980 or email Terra@mtclub.org.
"May your glass be ever full," is the Club's motto for this St. Patrick's Day & to assist you in attaining that status our Members' Lounge will open at 4 p.m.! Chef Marc O'Jorgensen's buffet menu will inspire gustatory descriptors : Irish Soda Bread, Garlic Mussels with steamed Penn Cove mussels, Kennebec fries and cowboy cocktail sauce; Guinness Lamb Stew of slow braised boneless leg of lamb, Guinness Stout and root vegetables; Reuben Sandwiches with shaved corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Russian dressing; Bangers and Mash of Handmade sausages, caramelized onions and smashed red potatoes; & Irish Whiskey Triffle with Seasonal berries, lady fingers and Irish whiskey cream. Reservations are required, please call 442.5980 or email Terra@mtclub.org . Members $30 & Members' Guests $40, house service fee & gratuity not included.
Self-confidence, comfort in a variety of social situations & consideration for others are the hallmarks of a person familiar with good manners. The Club is offering a one-hour etiquette orientation for fifth to twelfth-graders in the Members' Dining Room. Club Member Sisi Carroll will instruct attendees on how to greet & converse with people & how to properly eat soup, bread, & small appetizers.
The Club's Dress Code will be in effect. Young ladies may wear dresses, skirts, clean & unripped denim jeans & close-toed footwear, athletic shoes are not permitted. Young gentlemen may wear pointed collar shirts, sweaters or suit jackets with slacks or clean & unripped denim jeans & close-toed footwear, athletic shoes are not permitted. Reservations are required, please call 442.5980 or email Terra@mtclub.org by Friday, March 6th with information on the participants' ages; seating is limited. The orientation is free to Members' children, grandchildren, nieces & nephews, or wards. Parents, grandparents & accompanying Members are welcome to relax with a beverage in the Members' Lounge.
One of Montana's most long-lived chroniclers was photographer L.A. Huffman who arrived at Fort Keogh, Montana Territory from Iowa in 1878 & spent the next 50 years documenting life in Eastern Montana. As the Buffalo Bill Center of the West notes: "Huffman started a small cattle ranch, served as a hunting guide, and hunted animals himself, always taking along his 50-pound homemade camera and often developing his photos on the spot. His experiments with exposure and lens openings allowed him to capture action shots of early roundups and cowboy activities that are unique for his time. His subject matter was also novel, particularly in his photographing of American Indians performing traditional activities. Consequently, his images of Plains Indians and early cowboy ranching scenes are considered some of the best of this era."
After retiring from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Montana Club member Gene Allen, with wife Bev, began collecting Huffman photographs. Their recent book, The Collotypes of L.A. Huffman: Montana Frontier Photographer, will be available for sale at the dinner & program. Please call 442.5980 or email Terra@mtclub.org to make reservations.
If our gray & snowless weather has you in a slump, make a reservation to spend 90 minutes with Club Member Sandra Dal Poggetto savoring the warmth of Tuscany via a tasting of Quercia al Poggio's Chianti Classico. Ms. Dal Poggetto, a painter, studied wine at the Culinary Institute of America in the Napa Valley earning their Certified Wine Professional credential. She believes that wine made with exceptional care engages us aesthetically, intellectually and philosophically, increasing the pleasure derived from this ancient and convivial beverage. Italian cheeses and crackers will accompany the tasting. Reservations are required for this 90 minute appreciation, $25.
St. Valentine's Day is also known as the Feast of St. Valentine's & this will certainly be true for Members & their Guests on the evening of Saturday, February 14th. While Members & their Guests may order from the Dinner Menu, Executive Chef Marc has also prepared a Special Sweethearts' Menu ($70 per couple) featuring Fresh Penn Cove Mussels with vinadaloo coconut cream and garlic crostini; Veal Parmesan with veal round cutlet, pomodoro, moz-zarella and fresh basil; and Doughnuts of chocolate cake, ganache and dipped strawberries. Pianist David Casey will provide an amorous soundtrack to the evening! Reservations are required for the Members' Dining Room, a limited number of two-person tables are available. The Members' Lounge will also be open.
The history of the Club & Charlie Russell's life & work are inextricably linked & Club members & their guests will have the unique opportunity to hear the entertaining & poignant stories Jennifer Bottomly O'looney & Kirby Lambert, co-authors of Montana's Charlie Russell: Art in the Collection of the Montana Historical Society, uncovered in their research. The evening begins with a social hour at 5.30 p.m. & books may be purchased at the dinner. Reservations are required for this special History Dinner program & book-signing. Please email Terra@mtclub.org or call 442.5980.
For some, Thursdays are TBT, but at the Montana Club each Thursday is TT, i.e. Tasting Thursday, when our Executive Chef & Bar Manager demonstrate the diverse capabilities of our culinary & bar staffs for our Members & their guests! Tonight's TT small plates & pairings will bring a ray of Southwest sunshine to even the gloomiest Helena day beginning at 5.30 p.m.: Ceviche with bay shrimp, grapefruit, jalapeno & cilantro paired with Adami Prosecco; Beef Tenderloin with mole & Spanish rice paired with Aguijon de Abeja Malbec; & Tostada with chicken, green chilies & corn tortilla paired with Carlton Cellars Sauvignon Blanc! ¡Buen provecho!
Our "foodie" Members just can't wait for Tasting Thursdays here at the Club to see what inspired small plate menu & pairings our Excecutive Chef Marc & Bar Manager Anthony will unveil! The theme for tonight is Mexican as an antidote to the cold fog that has greeted Helena each morning this week! These will warm you up: Ceviche with bay shrimp, grapefruit, jalapeno & cilantro; Beef Tenderloin with mole & Spanish rice; & Tostada with chicken, green chilies & corn tortilla! Mmmmm.....I'm feeling warmer already!