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Employee of the month: Peter

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Peter’s astrological sign is coniferous and his spirit animal is a sea turtle. His special skill is hammocking in high places. His greatest accomplishment is replicating his grandma’s pie, but he’s #teamsavory all the way and his favorite Nova dish is the Forbidden Hash.

Peter

Peter “Sandstorm” Sandstrom was hired and trained in our busiest season of the year and quickly thrown into the fire of prep cookery. He keeps a great attitude, is highly productive and manages his time well to prioritize duties and multi-tasking prep responsibilities. Put a 72 item prep list in front of him and watch as the “Sandstorm” quickly erodes items to be prepped as he meticulously creates beautiful food.

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It’s employees like Peter who help us to keep the honored titled of Best Breakfast in Bozeman. Peter is dependable, hard working and very intelligent. We at the Nova appreciate and value all of the hard work he has put into our busy summer. Thank you Peter you’re a ROCKSTAR!!

 

Featured Non-Profit(s)

Community involvement is important to us. We believe in paying it forward by building relationships with and donating to local non-profits. Over the past few years we have worked with hundreds of wonderful non-profits in this community. One of the ways we do this is our featured special. Every three months we feature a different non-profit, and donate a percentage of the sales from one special to that organization.

special bozeman non-profit

This quarter we tried something new – we asked our customers to vote for their favorite non-profit. It was incredibly inspiring to see how much our community cares about the non-profits in the Gallatin valley. Hundreds of people cast their votes, often with heartfelt descriptions of their favorite organization. We counted and recounted all of the votes – and it was a tie! Thrive and Gallatin Valley Farm to School tied for first, so we decided to split the donation between the two of them.

NOVA_7718_Scramble Sponsorship Sign Community Cafe

You can help them even more by ordering the starred special on the specials board from now until the end of September. We’ll donate 10% of the proceeds from the sales of one special from July through September to be split evenly between Thrive and Gallatin Valley Farm to School, two great non-profits that we are delighted to support!

 

Featured Artist: James Weikert

Lower Madison River Montana
Lower Madison

Local Bozeman artist James Weikert is an architect by day, and by nights and weekends he paints bold, graphic landscapes that feel like paint by numbers modernized. With strong lines, bright colors and abstracted but identifiable landmarks, he represents his favorite outdoor places.

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Bear Trap Canyon

His unframed prints are available for sale at the Nova Cafe, just ask any server. All the art we display is curated by tart, and you can view and purchase his work on tart’s website as well.

Down the Yellowstone River Montana
Down the Yellowstone

We love serving up local art and local food to all of our favorite locals here in Bozeman!

Employee of the Month: Andrew F.

Andrew

Andrew loves baseball, billiards, music and more baseball. His spirit animal is the Ikea monkey, because he’s lost yet assured… His favorite thing about working at the Nova is the camraderie and the food. His favorite Nova dishes are the Huevos Rancheros and the Breakfast Sandwich w/Avocado. #teamsavory all the way!

Andrew

Andrew leads with his conscience. He is diligent and honest. He holds himself to high expectations, and inspires co-workers to do the same. He is always willing to try something new, and is always looking to do what’s best for our Cafe and our team. His dedication to the Nova is unwavering.

Andrew

Thank you, Andrew, for the example you set with your stellar work ethic
and good humor!

 

Help us pick a featured non-profit

Community involvement is important to us. We believe in paying it forward by building relationships with and donating to local non-profits in Bozeman. Over the past few years we have worked with hundreds of wonderful non-profits in this community. One of the ways we do this is our featured special. Every three months we feature a different non-profit, and donate a percentage of the sales from one special to that organization. So simply by buying that special at Nova, you are helping Bozeman non-profits thrive. It’s a win-win.

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Now we’re asking you to help us choose the next one! Who do you think we should feature next? Who is doing great work in our community? Cast your vote simply by emailing social (at) thenovacafe.com and telling us your pick.

 

Featured Supplier: Shaggy Bear Farm

Shaggy Bear Farm is hard to describe. Not even pictures can fully do it justice. It’s a local farm using a pioneering new technique called Vertical Farming. Housed in two 40 foot long shipping containers under a roof covered with solar panels, the whole operation is the size of a small barn yet it contains a whopping 8000 plants.

Shaggy Bear Farm outside Bozeman MT

Open the door to a shipping container and you discover a scene that feels more reminiscent of a space ship than a humble farm. In sharp contrast to the 90 degree heat outside, cool breezes blow across 4 long rows of hanging hydroponic rails that look a bit like rain gutters turned on end. Each rail supports a lush row of greenery, growing horizontally in complete defiance of gravity.

Shaggy Bear Farm Organic Lettuce

Bright strips of high efficiency LED lights provide full spectrum light, and water wicks slowly from top to bottom of each rail, using as little as 10 gallons of water per day, per container. Although not yet certified organic, no pesticides or herbicides are needed as the plants are grown in a sterile environment.

Shaggy Bear Farm Seedlings

The result is amazingly tender and delicious produce, as the plants have not had to tough it out in Montana’s intense and variable climate. Without the danger of hail storms, frosts or pests, the farm can produce year round on a 4 week cycle from planting to harvest.

Shaggy Bear Farm Kim organic locally grown lettuce

This means that owner Kim Curren can supply restaurants like ourselves with fresh, locally grown greens and herbs every month of the year, instead of the feast and famine of Montana’s regrettably short growing season and long winters. The nutritional content is comparable to plants grown outside, and the farm uses up to 90% less water than traditional agriculture.

Shaggy Bear Farm Kim with organic lettuce

Shaggy Bear Farm owner Kim Curren brought the first of these container gardens to the state, from Massachusetts based company Freight Farms, who pioneered this method of farming. The farm is fully automated, so Kim can control lights, water, and more from her phone, no matter where she is – a far cry from the grueling life of a traditional farmer. She is passionate and committed to this new way of growing and we look forward to seeing what she creates in the next few years at Shaggy Bear Farm, named for her sweet (and shaggy) dog Keema.

Shaggy Bear Local Farm

This Friday, July 29th, we’ll be featuring a special frittata topped with Shaggy Bear Farm‘s tender kale, Strike Farms‘ swiss chard, and roasted red peppers with pork belly, eggs from Ryegate Colony and Bausch potatoes rounding out the Montana grown farm feast. We have limited supplies as Kim is still getting farm production up and running, so get it while you can!

Shaggy Bear Farm locally grown kale frittata

Hungry for more information about this method of farming? Check out this great video from the Wall Street Journal that describes the company Freight Farms and the vertical farming technique.

 

Featured Artist: Claire Kleese

Lone Peak by Montana artist Claire Kleese

Bozeman artist Claire Kleese’s lovely detailed drawings are hanging in the main room of the cafe. They are best viewed close up, so get friendly with the people seated along the wall where her art hangs and take a look for yourself next time you’re in. On display are reproductions of Claire’s original pen and ink drawings with pops of color, depicting mountain ranges around our region. The Bridger Range, Emigrant Peak, Lone Peak and others are drawn in an almost topographical style with delicate lines tracing out the changes in terrain.

Emigrant Peak by Montana Artist Claire Kleese

When she’s not drawing, Claire plays in a band, and works as a graphic designer. Montana born and raised, Claire also enjoys playing music, skiing, trail running, & fly fishing, and her art reflects those loves. Her unframed prints are available for sale at the Nova Cafe, just ask any server. All the art we display is curated by tart, and you can view and purchase Claire’s work on tart’s website as well.

Bridger Mountain Range by Claire Kleese

 

Employee of the Month: Kristin

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Kristin - Nova Cafe Employee of the Month

Nova Cafe Employee of the Month Kristin

This Montana native’s spirit animal is half house cat/half alley cat. Her fave Nova meals are The Standard and Cornmeal Pancakes. She’s been with Nova off and on since 2007.

Head chef Mike says this about her: “Dedication, culinary fortitude, enthusiasm, creativity and grill phenom… just a few words to describe the fantastic person, cook, friend, actor, singer, drummer and Novite who is Kristin. She is the longest employed, still standing and somewhat sane cook here at Nova. She sets the bar high for the model Nova cook. Thorough and efficient, she has created standards and protocols which have increased efficiency and performance in the kitchen. Kris is a “Keystone Cook” held up and holding up our whole crew.

Thank you Kristin for your early morning enthusiasm and bright mood – you are a gastronomical blessing.”

Featured Local Supplier: Strike Farms

Strike Farms local organic farm

This time of year our specials board is chock full of produce, grown right here in the Gallatin Valley.  Many of the veggies we’re serving up right now come from Strike Farms, a 6 acre diversified organic farm just outside of Bozeman city limits.

Dylan Strike

The farm was started a few years ago by Dylan Strike, a Wyoming native who came to Bozeman to attend MSU. He studied Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems and graduated with a degree in Agroecology. That education is put to good use on the farm, which produces a wide variety of items, including greens, squash, tomatoes, flowers, and honey.

locally grown kale

We’ve been loving the farm’s kale and swiss chard, and have put it in a variety of dishes on the specials menu, including scrambles and frittatas. As summer progresses (and the weather stays warm), we’ll be offering more and more of Strike Farm’s delicious organic produce.

Learn more about Strike Farms on their website. All photos courtesy of Strike Farms.