Montana State University

University dining facility wins gold

June 9, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN—Montana State University Food Services won a gold medal from the National Association of College and University Food Services for a Spirits of Montana dinner hosted at the Miller Dining Facility last fall.

MSU art professor Stephanie Newman’s graphic illustration class transformed Miller Dining Hall into a Montana ghost town celebrating the spirit and hospitality of Montana mining towns.

“With more than 65 entries in the special event category, we were able to showcase our creativity against some of the largest schools in the nation,” said Todd Jutila, director of University Food Services at MSU.

The menu included Silvergate Campfire Stew, Alder Gulch Winter Squash and Bannack Baked Beans. MSU entomologist and professor Florence Dunkel helped create some menu items with a slight twist and a few surprise ingredients – Robber’s Roost “Bug” Cornbread and Fruity Cricket Granola Bars.

“We even had a saloon serving up ghostly sarsaparillas,” Jutila said. “The students had a blast having their pictures taken with staff who dressed up as residents of the ghost town. It truly brought history to life.”

The Residential Dining-Special Event category of the Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards recognizes and celebrates exemplary menus, presentations, special event planning and new dining concepts.

“This award has given us a sense of pride and team spirit and we are very honored to be recognized as an award-winning dining program,” Jutila said.

Contact: Todd Jutila, (406) 994-2661,