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The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art applied for Gannett’s A Community Thrives grant to help refurbish its attic.
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The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art’s signature event returns this year with a new name: An Evening with Chefs, Champagne and Art.

The event used to be called “Chefs and Champagne,” but another organization copyrighted that name this year, forcing the folks at the Square to make a change.

This “Montana dressy” affair fills the Square with a variety of culinary masterpieces starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3.

The event pits five local chefs against one another for the title of Chef Champ of Great Falls. Each one will create multiple hors d’oeuvres for tasting, one of which must use champagne as one of the ingredients. Judging is based on best use of champagne, presentation and taste.

“One of the things I like best about this event is it’s an opportunity to show that food is art,” said Square Executive Director Tracy Houck. “It’s an art form that tantalizes all our senses.”

The participating chefs come from Enbar, Highgate Senior Living, Meadow Lark Country Club, Saibeen’s Kitchen, Ranches at Belt Creek and Cupcakes by Carr.

“We like to feature our local businesses who do have excellent reputations for food,” said Houck. “None of the chefs or the establishments are chain restaurants, and oftentimes they bring items that are not on their menus.”

There’s also a chance to pick your favorites with the People’s Choice award, and Chef Champ judges include Bert Ernie’s chef and owner Janet Neil, Shannon Newth of KRTV and food photographer and writer Rhonda Adkins.

The all-inclusive evening features wine, beer and (naturally) champagne, as well as live music by Melissa Dascoulias and a silent auction with items such as weekend vacations, artwork from local artists, restaurant gift certificates and kitchen accessories.

Tickets are $75 per person, and only 150 tickets are available. The public can visit the Square or call 727-8255 to purchase tickets.

Proceeds from the event support operations at the Square, which ensures that the museum continues to operate, bring in exhibits and hold community events throughout the year.

“The number one thing that we need to fund is a person that works the front desk because we need a person at the front desk if we are to stay open,” said Houck. “Maintaining this building and the programming that happens inside is often a challenge, but it’s one that we like to partner up with fundraisers to raise the money but to also give the patrons an experience.”

Ticketholders can also get a look at three new exhibits whose openings are being held during Western Art Week, including Catherine Black Horse, Terrence Gardipee and Dwayne Wilcox.

“It’s a fun evening nestled into the heart of our winter where you get to get dressed up and have a good time, eat wonderful food made by our culinary artists and support a great cause,” said Houck.

Reach Tribune Staff Writer Traci Rosenbaum at 791-1490. Follow her on Twitter @GFTrib_TRosenba.

THE ESSENTIALS

What: An Evening with Chefs, Champagne and Art

When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3

Where: Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art

Cost: $75

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