SD Chefs to Compete in Rapid City Pork Taste of Elegence

Posted: 9/18/2012


September 14, 2012


For more information:
Stacey Sorlien, Program & Communications Director
Phone: 605-332-1600  
Mobile: 605-201-4631

 SIOUX FALLS, SD - The South Dakota Pork Producers Council announces their 1st Annual Taste of Elegance competition to be held on September 23, 2012 at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.  The Taste of Elegance is a culinary competition that encourages chefs to create innovative and exciting recipes using pork. A panel of two esteemed chefs, Celebrated Chef Tim McCarty, Mayo Foundation House; Rochester, MN, and Chef Ryan Hembree, Sioux Falls, SD will judge the entrées of 6 chefs based on originality, appearance and taste. 

The first place winner receives an engraved plate, $1,000, and will attend the Pork Summit that will be held in St. Helena, California in the Napa Valley at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in the spring of 2013.

The chefs prepare samples of their entrées for an evening event. A 5:00 PM Social Hour includes beer tasting from Crow Peak Brewing Company and wine tasting from and Schade Vineyard and Winery; Volga, SD. Along with the wine and beer tasting guests may taste several different types of cheeses from Dimock Cheese.  At 6:00 PM, entrées can be sampled and guests can vote for the People’s Choice Award.  The awards and winners will be announced later that evening. There is also a silent auction going on during the event and the proceeds from the auction  will go to The Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City.

There will be tickets available to purchase at the door the night of the event. There are still plenty of advanced tickets available and if you are interested to contact Stacey Sorlien at 605.332.1600 or

Chefs from some of the state’s finest kitchens will be competing, including Chef Ben Pruett from Enigma Restaurant, Rapid City, Chef Angel Adams from Angel’s Catering, Rapid City, Chef Jeremy Bomb from Texas Roadhouse, Rapid City, Chef Benjamin Klinkel from Tally’s Silver Spoon, Rapid City, Chef Ben Venables from Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn, Rapid City, and Chef Carlos Osorio from The Corn Exchange, Rapid City.

Sponsoring this year’s event are John Morrell & Co.; Pfizer; Crow Peak Brewing Company; Schade Vineyard; Preferred Printing; Dimock Cheese; South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council; South Dakota Corn Utilization Council, National Pork Board; and South Dakota Pork Producers Council.

500 N. Western Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
Fax: 605-332-1600


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