A Rapid City buffalo meat processing company is supplying the main dish for President Obama's inaugural luncheon Monday.
Western Buffalo Company is supplying buffalo tenderloins for the lunch, but the owner said the company did not have a hand in the dinner.
Owner Bruce Anderson said a New York Times food editor saw the boxes stamped Western Buffalo Co. and informed him of the honor. Anderson said Western Buffalo Co. has a series of distributors nationwide, and he does not know how the product found its way to the White House.
Anderson isn't taking all the recognition. He passes the plate to the buffalo ranchers who supplied the meal.
"I think it's a bigger deal for my producers to have this than it is for me," Anderson said. "They believe in the product hoping it's going to be a success like this someday."
Anderson said South Dakota is the biggest buffalo producing state in the nation. He said North Dakota and Nebraska are tied for second, but Anderson said those states produce only half as much as South Dakota.
"This is a testament to the product. This is a great pat on the back for our local suppliers. South Dakota is by far the biggest buffalo producing state in the nation. We raise twice as many buffalo as any other state," Anderson said.
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