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As a guest ranch our main focus is lodging, which is our #1 source of revenue and keeps us going 12 months a year. In our first two years in business, we’ve tried adding things that will enhance the overall experience and give our guests a lasting memory. One way to do that, of course, is through food. We have several options for a dining experience at High Country:
• The Buffalo Moon Grille, which is open each evening during the Brulé concerts
• A daily Breakfast Bar in our main office, open all summer season
• Special events like our ‘Dinner & Barn Dance’ with local musicians
• Catered events that include weddings, banquets, parties & picnics

We knew we were onto something when local fire departments began calling—a demographic known for having great taste in food! We’ve been honored to host the Pennington Country Volunteer Fire Departments Annual Banquet, the Hill City Fire & Ambulance Christmas Party, and the Hill City Economic Development Committee Annual Meeting & Social Gala, to name a few. Each time folks walked away raving about the food, which was sweet music to our ears.

Dakota Hall Event

Word spread like wild fire—no kidding!—last summer about our wood-fire pizzas. We built a wood-fire oven at the Buffalo Moon Grille and our specialty pizzas quickly became a crowd favorite. There’s a fine art to baking in a wood-fired oven and Chef Jake has it down to a T. Many folks came early to the Brulé show specifically for the pizzas; others were locals from around the hills who had heard about the pizzas. Even ranch guests who couldn’t stay for Brulé ordered take-out, many times two nights in a row.

Wood-fire Pizza Oven

The other most popular entrée is our special recipe Babyback BBQ Ribs—the #1 request at summer picnics and winter parties alike! No knives are needed for these mouth-watering ribs, the meat falls off the bone with a fork. Chef John’s secret recipe takes days to prepare and makes all the difference.

Picnic Pavillion

We are fortunate to have people on staff who love to cook and perfect recipes. At one event we had a salsa contest, prepared by High Country staff:
#1 – Que Salsa Kay’s hot pepper variety
#2 – Chopper Salsa John’s mild salsa with shredded cheese
#3 – Pico de Salsa Jake’s sweeter mix of pico de gallo & salsa
It was an extremely tight contest, only one vote separated all three salsas!

Salsa Contest

We are still fine-tuning our 2015 menus, for both our catered events and at the Buffalo Moon Grille. Here’s a peek at some of our guest favorites. If you’ve been a guest at High Country, be sure to tell us your favorite dish!
• Italian pasta bar
• fire-baked calzones
• made-to-order fresh bruschetta
• Indian tacos
• Gourmet burgers
• Garlic mashed potatoes
• Lakota popcorn
• And for dessert…warm chocolate chip cookies & ice cold milk!

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