About Us

Fork & Spoon is Montana’s first and only pay-what-you-can restaurant. We focus on creating homegrown, scratch cooking using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Everyone is invited to join us for a delicious evening meal at a price you can afford.

Because we operate on a unique pay-what-you-can model, each person who walks in our door receives a full plate and a welcoming experience, regardless of how much they pay. We seek to build a better community by providing a delicious affordable dinner at a price that meets your budget, offering a seat at the table for everyone. When diners walk in our door, they are greeted by a host who takes their order and asks if they would like to make a contribution for their meal. Diners who would like to contribute are presented with the suggested meal cost and may pay the suggested cost, pay more, or pay less. Fork & Spoon is perfect for families with children who seek a healthy, kid-friendly menu. It’s ideal for friends to gather. Take-out orders are perfect for picking up on your way home from work. 


how we fill our plate

Fork & Spoon sustains its socially-driven, pay-what-you-can dinner service through a variety of revenue streams. We are lucky to live in such a generous community!


Fork & Spoon runs on donations from generous supporters like you


we are a Social Enterprise 

Fork & Spoon is Montana’s first and only social enterprise restaurant. A social enterprise is a business or organization whose profit supports the common good. Traditional business strategies are applied to generate sustainable income and profit, which in turn are reinvested into the organization to advance a chosen social mission. Examples of successful social enterprises around the country include LA KitchenHomeboy Industries, and Chrysalis.

Fork & Spoon operates as a social enterprise in several ways. First, our pay-what-you-can model generates a nightly income from patrons who are able to pay, which in turn offsets the cost of diners who are unable to contribute towards their meal. Second, we run a Catering & Space Rental for-profit initiative, from which all income is directly reinvested back into Fork & Spoon to support the pay what you can dinner service.

Lastly, Fork & Spoon operates a workforce development component by employing individuals facing barriers to employment, such as homelessness, recovery from addiction, or incarceration. By providing employment to these individuals, we hope to provide them with a restaurant focused skill set and the opportunity to reintegrate into the local workforce.


Meet our Staff

Our talented and experienced staff looks forward to serving you and your friends and family homegrown, scratch cooking in our fresh, friendly dining room.


Leah Smutko
Head Chef
P: 406-587-4225


Rick Hilles
General Manager
P: 406-587-4225


Jacqui Colt
Catering Chef & Events Coordinator
P: 406-587-4225


Kate Wiggins
Fundraising & Marketing Coordinator
P: 406-587-4225


Volunteering at Fork & Spoon is a great way to give back to the community while having fun with friends or building connections with your coworkers. Click below to learn more about volunteering with us.