2018 Montana Lamb Jam
by Kim Ashmore
The first “Montana Lamb Jam” was held in Helena, Montana at the Lewis & Clark County Fairground on August 25, 2018. The event was supported on with the help of grant funds from American Lamb Board and American Dorper Sheep Breeders Society along with the Montana Wool Growers Association, Montana Farm Bureau Foundation and sponsor Bank of the Rockies.
Three restaurants participate in the event: Electric City Coffee with Chef Ryan Dalke, from Great Falls, Montana, the 320 Guest Ranch with Chef Devin Kemp from Big Sky, Montana and the Celtic Cowboy with the Culinary Team, from Great Falls, Montana.
The Electric City Coffee featured Dorper lamb from the KJ’n Ranch. Chef Ryan prepared 3 great lamb dishes: “Lamb Benedict”, for the KJ’n Ranch signature Sausage line, “Maple-Ginger Sausage” topped with locally grown greens, soft boiled egg and Lime Hollandaise. The second dish was a “Lamb Slider”, using the ground Dorper Lamb topped with onion, pickle, zucchini and candied bacon. The third dish was “Orange Harissa Lamb Chop”, served with fresh herbs and baby carrots.
The 320 Guest Ranch served 3 more lamb dishes: featured lamb from Montana Highland Lamb. Chef Devin severed “Rosemary Braised Shank of Lamb” served with Yukon potatoes with celery root along with summer squash and zucchini. The second dish was “Ground Lamb Slider” topped with Harissa Cabbage Yogurt. The third dish was “Wild Mushrooms Lamb Chop” topped with cucumber, red onion and mint slaw.
The Celtic Cowboy and the Culinary Team served 3 lamb dishes: featured lamb from Montana Natural Lamb and the Patten Ranch. The team served: “Rack of Lamb” with Yukon potatoes, arugula, shallot and lamb jus. The second dish was “Lamb Roulade with Tarragon” topped with spinach, Portobello mushrooms and cream sauce. The third dish was a “Lamb Pita”, with Arugula spiced Demi.
Each table was served with bread for Park Avenue Bakery and Café along with salad that was prepared from Planet Gyros. Also on each table had “Ewe Squeaky Cheese”, 100% Sheep Cheese from Sheep Mountain Creamery in Helena, Montana.
Lemonade, water and coffee with 100% Sheep Milk was served as the creamer, (from Sheep Mountain Creamery).
The Lewis and Clerk County Sheep 4-H Kids did all the serving of the drinks and helping pick up dishes between the servings of the different dishes. Great Job Kids! Display booths were set up that featured: The American Lamb Board, the American Dorper Sheep Breeders Society, Montana Farm Bureau Foundation, Lewis and Clark County 4-H sheep projects, KJ’n Ranch and Sheep Mountain Creamery and Shepherd’s Gulch Yarn & Fiber also each restaurant displayed items.
There were knitted items along with sheep soap that were given away at each table. The event served over 198 patrons. The community of Helena and surrounding communities joined in with all their support in printing, rental equipment, table centerpieces and photography. Thanks to the restaurants, chefs and sponsors for helping make the event a great success.