‘Montana Journal’ Explores Ethnic Flavors

January 29, 2014

MISSOULA – Montana’s population is not as diverse as most other states, but its food choices certainly are. “Montana Journal: Ethnic Flavors” explores this topic at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, on MontanaPBS.

Seniors in the University of Montana Department of Radio-Television produced the program, which shares the stories of five ethnic restaurants across the state and the people who bring their menus to life. Each restaurant faces challenges in a highly competitive business while assimilating in a different culture.

In Bozeman, a husband and wife blend their talents to bring authentic Iraqi food to the Gallatin Valley. They use family recipes to add a bit of the Middle East to Montana. An immigrant from India helped fill a void on the Billings menu by offering Indian cuisine and culture.

A hard-working woman from Thailand took a huge risk in starting her own restaurant, but loyal customers in Missoula are glad she did. She has become a shining example of a successful family-run business. The show also makes a stop in Dillon to sample original Mexican food served in a unique location, and it visits St. Ignatius for a bit of Native American food.


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Contact: John Twiggs, MontanaPBS producer, 406-243-4640, john.twiggs@mso.umt.edu.