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Butte’s best pasty: Chefs at Sosten Fest compete for title

BUTTE, Mont. – Everyone wants to know who makes Butte’s best pasty. Now, we might have an answer.

Saturday afternoon, the Summer Sosten Fest at the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) hosted the first annual Great Pasty Throwdown.

A panel of local judges sampled pasties from both commercial and amateur cooks.

The Broadway Cafe took first place in the commercial category, and Mary Martin won in the traditional pasty category.

She says her pasty is an old family recipe.

“It was my mom’s and before her, it was my grandmother’s, so it’s been around a long time,” Mary said. “And my mom used to make them in a restaurant a long time ago when she cooked at a restaurant in Butte, at the Plaza Family Restaurant, she used to make pasties for that.”

Cheryl Madison of Butte also took first place in the creative pasty category.

The Sosten Fest was co-sponsored by NCAT, along with the Butte Chamber of Commerce, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, and Eco Montana.

All categories and winners from the Great Pasty Throwdown are listed below:

Individual Traditional Pasties
  • First Place: Mary Martin
  • Second Place: Patty Smigaj
  • Third Place: Toni Elliott-Steinke
Individual Creative/Non-Traditional Pasties
  • First Place: Cheryl Madison
  • Second Place: Sara Edinburg
  • Third Place: Jeanne Anderson
Commercial Pasties
  • First Place: Broadway Café (serving pasties on Wednesdays)
  • Second Place: Gamer’s Cafe (serving pasties daily)
  • Third Place: Mrs. Wright’s Pastys (Great Falls business serving Butte pasties)
John Emeigh

John Emeigh

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