S.D. bison tenderloins star of inaugural luncheon

Farm Forum

RAPID CITY (AP) – While most people are talking about President Barack Obama’s inaugural address and his wife’s glamorous fashion choices, South Dakota residents are buzzing about another inaugural feature: the bison tenderloins served to the first couple on Jan. 21.

That’s because the meat showcased in the inaugural luncheon came from Rapid City.

“Rapid City is in the middle of the buffalo world. We have more buffalo within 250 miles of us than any other place in the world,” Bruce Anderson, owner of Western Buffalo Co., told the Rapid City Journal. His processing plant provided the meat that was the star of the luncheon’s second course.

The inaugural menu is designed to feature foods that the first Americans enjoyed, according to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, the luncheon host and part of the Joint Congressional Committee on the Inaugural Ceremonies.

“Agriculture has always played a starring role in American culture and has been at the heart of our cuisine since the birth of our nation,” Schumer said in a news release.

The tenderloins were accompanied by red potato horseradish cake, strawberry preserve with red cabbage and butternut squash puree.