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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Latitude 45 offers Farm to Table Dining Experience

 

Latitude 45 owner Karen Rose listens during a Three Forks Chamber After Hours event last week. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

At a special after-hours event last week, members of the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce were able to learn more about Latitude 45, a local business that features Farm to Table Dining experiences, summer movies in the barn, and hosts weddings and other events.

Latitude 45 is owned by Karen Rose and is located at 5353 Buffalo Jump Road in Three Forks.

Rose started the business in the summer of 2018 with the intent of hosting Farm to Table dinners in her backyard.

"The extensive views of the Tobacco Root mountains and the expansiveness of my yard along with my addiction to flowers and other plants, was a combination that friends encouraged me to share with others," she said.

In both the summers of 2018 and 2019, she hosted three dinners. According to Rose, she needed a structure to allow her to schedule dinners despite the ever-changing summer weather pattern.

Rose said she is holding off hosting a Farm to Table dinner this summer because the pavilion on the property is just now being completed, but she plans on having three dinners. Last summer, she hosted musician Aaron Howard for a private party, and the company "Hands On", located in Four Corners, had their annual company party in her yard.

The Farm to Table Dinner starts with appetizers and guests engage in conversation over drinks or can play bocce ball, croquet, badminton, volleyball, ladder ball, or basketball on her court.

The dinner is served family-style, usually with 12 guests, and consists of salad, bread, main dishes, a starch, and vegetables. Dessert is her homemade chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies and coffee, in addition to s'mores fixings around the fire.

The evening is finished with a movie in her barn.

Pictured are the seats in the movie theater at Latitude 45. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

In the fall, Rose will be hosting Montana PBS who has reserved her barn/theater complete with a 12-foot screen, six speaker surround sound, padded theater seats, popcorn machine, and vintage refrigerator to hold drinks. PBS plans on having a donor appreciation party and the first showing of a new documentary on historical barns around Montana.

"I love to share my yard and theater and welcome the public to come to watch a movie in my barn any time. I have about 50 movies to choose from or they can bring their own. There is no charge. I just ask for donations to help cover my costs," she said.

Rose has found it difficult to get the word out about her business but said she hopes the residents of Three Forks will take advantage of what she is offering and spread the word for her.

For those interested in a dinner or another event at Latitude 45, please visit http://www.latitude45montana.com or to call her at 406-580-9061.

 

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