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Chinook Eagles Club now offers community daily lunch service


June 27, 2018

The cooks in the kitchen making the Eagles new lunch service happen are Dave Azure, left and 'Head Chef' Clayton Parsons, right.

Many folks would say not much ever changes in a small town but sometimes change can be subtle and that was the case last week when the Chinook Eagles Club began offering a full lunch service. Monday, June 18th marked the first day of the Eagles new venture and certainly appeared to be a hit with the local lunch crowd.

Small towns can always use a boost and providing a new choice is exciting and brightens the community outlook. The first day was a huge success with nearly every seat taken. Tables remained full over the coming days with satisfied and happy customers.

The Eagles recently named Laine Jorgensen as their new General Manager; she will work alongside long time employees Emma Azure and Dave Azure. There are also a few new friendly faces that have been added to the team.

Laine's first idea in her new position was to put to use an amazing kitchen facility that is often used for Eagles functions and numerous other community events. She knew for this to be successful the Eagles would need to employ the manpower to make it run smoothly as well as to ensure that their costs weren't outweighing their profits. This new idea would become a benefit not only to the community but also the Eagles.

Laine came up with the overall concept and menu to present to the board and with their okay began to implement her plan. With things moving in the right direction the Eagles brought on new members to the team. Clayton Parsons was named as "Head Chef" with Dave Azure on hand to assist as the orders pile up.

Laine creates the weekly side salad that accompany several menu item choices and most days you can catch her running tickets and plates to customers. Marcia Thompson is the glue that holds the fort together during the new schedule they have implemented during the day. "Stop in to see me for cold drinks, fresh food, and a smile!" Marcia added.

Menu item choices range from Rocky Mountain hot dogs, burgers, as well as several choices of taco based items. The menu consists of fresh product, which is one of the main reasons for wanting to keep it simple and short. A small menu also means fresh and locally sourced.

The Turner Colony supplies all of the buns for the burgers and they are delivered fresh weekly. All the beef in the burgers and taco choices come from locally sourced suppliers as well to maintain the local feel to the lunch menu. All menu choices are reasonable priced with an extra fee for carry out. All menu items come with a bag of chips and a drink. Burgers and hot dogs also come with a scratch made daily side choice which comes as a surprise to the customer.

While dining in or carrying out Laine is encouraging feedback and new ideas for menu items or weekly specials, "If we aren't aware of the problem then we are not able to fix it." Laine also adds that in the near future they are looking to add weekly specials alongside their already delicious menu. "These chosen items will run all week from 11a.m. to 2 p.m until the fresh product runs out." Some of the ideas that are being thrown around are Patty Melts, Malibu Chicken Sandwiches, Pizza Burgers and much more. The crew is open to any and all suggestions of items you may want to see or try.

Laine definitely saw the potential for a lunch crowd service as she settled into her new position. "I felt the need to put this amazing facility to daily use, what can be better than a clean, open atmosphere where the drinks are always cold, food is hot and the AC is always on!"

The first change was to set the new bar hours. The Eagles is now open at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch is available to the public from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu currently is limited to six items but it is just enough to satisfy appetites of all kinds. Keeping it quick and simple allows for consistency and a quick stop for a half hour lunch. If you aren't looking to dine in you can always call ahead and, depending on the crowd, it can be anywhere from a 15-30 minute wait on your order. If you are looking to come in with a large group of eight or more it is recommended that you call in advance so they can be well suited for your arrival.

"Hopefully the lunch really takes off and there is a chance for a possible dinner service in the future" added Jorgensen. The menu for that would also be a simple quick bite but a much-welcomed event to the area. The daily lunch service in no way will be taking anything away from the usual Friday or Saturday night dinners. Those dinners will still be happening, as the calendar allows so be sure to watch for upcoming events. Pizzas are also still available to order even during the lunch service, adding yet another choice to cure that lunch time craving. In asking Laine what she had hoped for in the long term her answer was simple, "a fryer." What would go better with a cheeseburger than french fries! Not only is the food new but also so are the weekly drink specials that Laine has implemented. Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to close provides a different drink special and they run all day long on the weekends from 1 p.m. opening to close. "There is truly something for everyone in this bar!"

Laine also wanted to reiterate that the Eagles is a great organization and is open to everyone young and old. If you are interested in signing up to become an Eagles Member you can contact the Eagles. If you aren't interested in becoming a member well that's okay too, you can still partake in any event they are hosting. The Eagles is also great for the community as far as the facility and the willingness to donate back to the events and organizations that utilize their facility. The new lunch service is a great asset to the community and proving to be profitably beneficial to the Eagles as well.

There are some new and really exciting things coming up in the next couple months for this rather textbook town. Be sure to stop by their booth at the 2018 Blaine County Fair and 20th Annual Bear Paw Roundup to indulge in their "everything taco" feast!

New dayshift bartender Marcia Thompson will greet you with a smile when you come in the door.

One truly exciting event coming up is the Bar Olympics, which will take place at the end of July. Co-Ed 4 man teams will compete in darts, pool, bowling and corn hole to win top cash prizes. Each 4-person team's entry fee will cover all costs of events and include food that will be provided by the Eagles.

A special Friday night dinner was held on June 15th to help cover the costs of bringing in a bowling clinic supervisor, Rick Foran. Rick will be coming in August to put on a youth bowling clinic with availability for adults also. For more information on these events you can contact Laine at the Eagles and be sure to watch right here in the Blaine County Journal for upcoming events and information. It will be great to watch the local business flourish and blossom in a new trendy way. We are excited to see local expansion and the crew at the Journal wants to congratulate Laine on her new position as the General Manager and wish her luck!


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