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    Willie Burgers and curly fries on menu in Arlee

    By ROB CHANEY of the Missoulian

    ARLEE - Liver and onions won’t be on the menu at Willie Morning Thunder Robe Caye’s open-air kitchen on the Arlee powwow grounds this week.
    They’ll be lining up for the Willie Burger, or barbecued ribs, or pancakes, or menudo or Indian fry bread or stir-fried veggies. They can get fed starting around 7:30 in the morning, until Willie closes up around 3 the following morning through the five days of the powwow. He sleeps about three hours a night, and occasionally dreams about liver and onions.

    “I was 9 years old when I went up to Pleasant Valley with my Auntie Elma because she needed someone to wash the dishes,” Caye said of his introduction to cooking. “My uncle was bucking bales up there and she cooked. Back then, boy, did I hate liver and onions. But she made them, and I loved them. And I told my auntie, �I’m going to be a cook.’”

    Caye learned his craft at the Kicking Horse Job Corps Center, and soon became its culinary arts instructor and food service manager. Things were cruising along until one powwow in 1984, he had a bad run gambling on traditional stick games. He went broke, and his kids went hungry. He decided to spend his powwow time in the kitchen.

    “It bothered me a lot that day,” he said. “So the next year, I said, �My kids will never go hungry again,’ and I bought a $500 concession stand.”

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    Hey Paul, I have to agree, the biggest business is always at a good food stand! The better they are the more customers come back year after year and the rep grows. It is because of people like that, that we can enjoy a good meal at a powwow and not wonder how it is cooked.
    Thanks for the great story on this.
    Listen to my heart, not just my mouth! The most powerfull thing we can do is,,,share,,, if we don't it dies with us.

    It is the year of the bear, I am sharpening my claws and will no longer tollerate harrassment.

    Born in Winnipeg raised in the Pikwakanagan, Deutschland was never home! Army brat that had no choice in a parents duties to home and country. I Too Serve our flag and work for the uniform.
    Stand behind our troops or stand IN FRONT of them.

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    • #3
      Getting Fat Feelings!

      Singing this weekend! Taco in a bag! Thats good Powwow grub!
      "She also has a very soft skin. The only trouble with snake women is they copulate with horses, which makes them strange to me. She say's she doesn't. That's why I call her "Doesn't Like Horses". But, of course, she's lying."

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      • #4
        Ramsay's fries and gravy mmmm

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        • #5
          Willie Burger is awesome. Last year they had a dollar menu. Things like $1 burgers, egg rolls, corn dogs. Nice and easy on the wallet. They also have their version of stir fry.
          It is so sad that a family can torn apart by something as simple as a wild pack of dogs.

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