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The Ranch at Rock Creek
The Ranch at Rock Creek
The Ranch at Rock Creek


philipsburg, mt


April 2019


2,380 SF Kitchen


Cushing Terrell

Bozeman, MT

The Ranch at Rock Creek's culinary program, often hailed as its flagship experience, is a testament to the exquisite journey of flavors it offers. As Executive Chef Josh Drage aptly puts it, 'Our culinary program sets the tone here.' However, the original kitchen construction didn't prioritize this objective, falling short in both aesthetic appeal for guests and functionality for the dedicated kitchen staff.

To bring this vision to life, Ricca Design Studios collaborated with Cushing Terrel on a transformative project. Their mission was to renovate and expand the Main Lodge kitchen, ensuring that it becomes a culinary masterpiece. At the heart of the renovation was the installation of a custom Jade cooking suite, creating an efficient and aesthetically pleasing a la carte cooking area. In addition, a dedicated expo area was introduced to further enhance the functionality of the kitchen.

But the transformation didn't stop there. The Ranch at Rock Creek is known for offering unique experiences, and the culinary aspect is no exception. As part of the expansion, unique features were seamlessly integrated into the ranch, such as a butchery where Montana's renowned red meats are expertly prepared and a bakery that crafts delectable treats from scratch. This expansion not only allowed for enhanced in-kitchen cooking experiences but also made it possible to host 10-course tasting dinners and cater to special events.

Today, the state-of-the-art kitchen serves as a centerpiece, delighting both our cherished guests and the dedicated kitchen staff. The menus, ever-evolving, tell Montana's story through its food. They feature locally sourced, high-quality ingredients such as grass-fed beef, freshly foraged wildflowers, ripe Flathead cherries, and warm Dutch oven cobblers. This culinary journey, beautifully curated by The Ranch at Rock Creek, complements the overall guest experience, offering a perfect blend of the Wild West's rustic charm with a touch of luxury and modernity.

It's not just a kitchen; it's where stories of Montana's culinary heritage are born, where the harmony of taste and artistry come together. The Ranch at Rock Creek's culinary project transcends the ordinary, inviting guests to savor an unforgettable adventure through the flavors of the Wild West.


FER, Kitchen Makeover Transforms The Ranch at Rock Creek, January 2020.

Luxury Travel Magazine, Kevin Costner's 'Yellowstone' Stokes Demand for Dude Ranch Vacations, August 26, 2019

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