UM Culinary Institute, School of Art Collaborate for Tasting Event

March 26, 2019

MISSOULA – Tickets are now on sale for “The Tasting of Big Sky Country,” a special event featuring University of Montana School of Arts ceramicist Ryan Caldwell and the Big Sky Culinary Institute’s Capstone Class on Friday, April 19.

This collaborative project includes Montana-inspired cuisine and pottery. Tickets cost $12, and the event takes place at Missoula College’s Blackfoot Café. The tasting starts at 5 p.m. with Culinary Capstone student creations plated on Caldwell’s interpretive pottery.

Caldwell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on ceramics and sculpture from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and he was awarded the Charles A. and Margaret Pollak Art Purchase Award in 2015. He has been a short-term artist in residence at the Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana and Medalta in Alberta, Canada. His work resides in the art collections of the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn and the Montana Museum of Art & Culture, and he is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at UM. View his work online at

The Big Sky Culinary Institute’s graduating class worked to created dishes to reflect the history, landscape and agriculture of Big Sky Country. Each culinary student presented Caldwell with a menu item, and he created a vessel for plating and presentation. These thoughtful creations will be available to see and taste during the event.

Tickets include appetizers and a glass of champagne, with a no-host bar available. Buy tickets at the Missoula College Cashier’s Office or at the Blackfoot Café, River Level of Missoula College, Wednesday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or call 406-243-7815.


Contact: Jennifer Heggen, marketing/development director, Missoula College UM Big Sky Culinary Institute, 406-243-7909,; Ryan Caldwell, UM ceramics graduate student,