Billings Petroleum Club hires Lilac’s Engebretson


Executive Chef in Residence Jeremy Engebretson, left, with chef-in-training Clayton Kukes in the Petroleum Club’s kitchen Wednesday.

Jeremy Engebretson is well on his way to becoming the busiest person in Billings.

He opened Lilac, a popular Montana Avenue restaurant, five years ago, and just about a year ago he announced that he was partnering with Joanie Swords, owner of Harper & Madison, a bakery and cafe, so they could share their talents to make improvements at both establishments.

Today, the Billings Petroleum Club announced that Engebretson has become its “executive chef in residence.” The Billings Gazette carried a story 10 days ago saying that the Petroleum Club had just finished a six-month, $513,000 renovation of its lounge and dining room on the 22nd floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, formerly the Crowne Plaza hotel at North 27th Street and First Avenue North.

A press release from the Petroleum Club pointed out that Engebretson was recently named one of the top 100 executive chefs in the United States. It also said he plans to continue his executive management of Lilac.

The release continued: “Jeremy will deliver to members and the community at large a distinct menu selection: fine dining specials, seasonal menu changes and an exciting banquet selection. His team, including chef-in-training Clayton Kukes, will deliver the best menu for business meetings, fine dining and special occasions.”


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