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


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.



Employee of the Month: Andrew B.

Nova Employee of the Month Andrew B.

Nova Employee of the Month Andrew B.Nova Employee of the Month Andrew B.


Andrew B., aka Kandy, grew up in Livingston. Hs spirit animal is a panda, because they’re chill. When he’s not working he loves to be outside. He’s a member of #teamsavory and his favorite Nova meal is the Breakfast Burrito. Wise beyond his years, he is a critical thinker, innovative problem solver and work horse. He is self-motivated, positive, intelligent, thorough, funny, fun and a fountain of random and interesting facts.

His education and passion for sustainability and bio-energy shine through in his work. Andrew is our Lead Prep Cook and lays a sturdy foundation for helping to serve up the best breakfast in Bozeman.

Thank you Andrew for all of your hard work, you’re simply wonderful and as sweet as KANDY!!!


2016 Best Breakfast in Bozeman Winner!

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You voted us Best Breakfast in Bozeman for the 10th year in a row! We are humbled and honored to  be able to continue to serve up delicious food to our amazing community. You can see all the results from the Bozone’s 2016 Best of Bozeman Survey here. Thank you Bozeman, for your support.

Employee of the Month: Charlie




Charlie is from Madison, WI and he moved here to be near Yellowstone and family. His spirit animal is a wolf, and he thrives in a pack. He’s obsessed with any and all sports, and he loves hiking, biking and watching sports when he’s not working. He’s a member of #teamsavory and his favorite Nova meal is Huevos Rancheros.

He’s been at Nova for over 2 years, and his favorite part of working here is the great staff. He is always ready to help out when necessary, coming in on his days off and keeping track of all the teeny details.

Thank you for all your hard work Charlie!

Amanda’s 4 Year Nova-versary!



Today is Amanda’s 4 year Nova-versary!  She began working at Nova through a program with Reach, and her favorite thing about the job is her co-workers and the teamwork. She’s part of ‪#‎teamsavory‬ when it comes to breakfast, and her favorite meal is Biscuits and Gravy for Players. Her favorite activities are hanging out with friends, competing in Special Olympics, and jumping into ponds.

We’re so happy to have you as part of our team Amanda!

Employee of the Month: Trevor




Trevor, aka “Mustard Salad” aka “Hot Plate” drove here from Otter Lake, NY and never left. His spirit animal is an Orca whale, and he’s a skateboarder and djembe player. He’s a member of #teamsavory but occasionally swings to the sweet side, and his favorite Nova meal is Shrimp and Grits.

Trevor is a shining example of versatility, evolution, growth and dedication. No matter the task thrown at him he completes it with a smile. His attitude and great work ethic are contagious and much appreciated. He is an excellent team player and is always the first to help others at closing time.

Thank you for all your hard work Trevor!

New Menu!

 We are delighted to introduce you to our new menu!
Starting today, we’ll be offering a bevy of new menu items, including an expanded lunch menu with new salads, burgers, pasta and fries. You can view the entire menu on our here or better yet, come in and taste test it yourself. Below are a few of our favorites.

Kim-chi Burger

 Korean BBQ Burger with Yellowstone Grass Fed Beef and Geyser Farms kimchi and gochujong

       forbidden rice salad

Forbidden Rice Salad with ginger and lemongrass infused black rice

lobster mac and cheese

Lobster Mac and Cheese with buttery langostinos and a white cheddar sauce

       goat cheese salad

Toasted Goat Cheese Salad with local Amaltheia Goat Cheese croquettes and a raspberry-poppyseed vinaigrette