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Water exhibit opens at Wise Wonders

Kids participate in a water activity at Wise Wonders Children’s Museum.

The Billings Signature Chef event on March 19 will benefit the Wise Wonders Children’s Museum.

The event, presented in partnership with the Chefs and Cooks Association, will be held at the Historic Billings Depot starting at 6 p.m. Children's Museum executive director Kelli Toohill hopes to make it an annual event.

“We connected at a time when the Children’s Museum was poised to plan its first major fundraising event and the association wanted to bring back the Signature Chef Event," Toohill said. 

The event will feature signature dishes from some of the area's most renowned chefs such as Jeremy Engebretson at Lilac, Richard Boggs and Christine Helmer from Caramel Cookie Waffle, Carl Kurokawa and Seth Carlson from Juliano’s, Josh Cannon from Seva Kitchen, Nick Steen from Walker's Neighborhood Provisions, Jim Carlson from Morning Star, Milford Burke from Kreative Kapers, David Young from The Springs at Grand Park, Mark Hastings from Uberbrew, Megan Jessee from the Montana Restaurant Association Education Foundation/ProStart, and Sarah Wilson.

Attendees will enjoy gourmet food and drinks during the event and may bid on private dining experiences provided by the participating chefs during the live auction. All proceeds will benefit Wise Wonders Children’s Museum.

“Part of the mission of Chefs and Cooks of Montana is to help local nonprofits get their feet off the ground and become self-sustaining. Our chefs take serious pride in being a part of the Signature Chef Auction,” said Carrie Sullivan, Chefs and Cooks board member.

Tickets for a table for eight are $1,000 or individual seats may be purchased for $125. Call 406-697-0447 or visit https://www.wisewonders.org/chefsandcooks to purchase tickets.

Wise Wonders has served more than 40,000 visitors since opening in downtown Billings in June 2015. The Wise Wonders Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. 

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Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.