DTSF Restaurant Week kicks off Friday

Chef Lance's on Phillips featuring Pork Wellington for DTSF Restaurant Week.
Chef Lance's on Phillips featuring Pork Wellington for DTSF Restaurant Week.(Scott Engen)
Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 10:43 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Downtown Sioux Falls is giving people the opportunity to have a unique culinary experience.

After going on hiatus in 2020 because of the pandemic, Restaurant Week has returned. It starts Friday, April 2, and goes through Saturday, April 10.

“Last year, we were ready, like hey we can’t for restaurant week, and then, of course, we all know it got canceled,” Riccardo Tarabelsi, Owner of R Wine Bar & Kitchen, said.

South Dakota Farm Families is one of the event’s primary sponsors. Their Outreach Director, Heidi Zwinger, says they are proud to be part of Restaurant Week because it helps boost business for restaurants that oftentimes use locally produced items in their dishes.

“It’s exciting to be able to help these restaurants kind of get back on their feet after the year that we’ve had,” Zwinger said.

Chef Lance, Owner of Chef Lance’s on Phillips, is bringing back a fan favorite he entered into a cooking competition more than a decade ago: Pork Wellington - 8 oz. Boneless Pork Loin and Boursin Cheese, wrapped and baked in puff pastry with a Bulleit Bourbon cream sauce.

“This is really a celebration of the culinary talent and the culinary scene, not only in downtown but really all of Sioux Falls and our community,” DTSF Community Outreach Coordinator Sadie Swier said.

R Wine Bar and Kitchen is featuring an Italian meal you can pair with one of their hand-selected wines.

Taccozzette con Stracotto: Braised pork ragu served with papprdelle and topped with pecorino romano.

“We have a lot of regulars that come in quite frequently, and of course they know our menu inside and out, and I know they’re all making reservations for next week to come in and try this brand new menu that we came out with, especially since it’s three courses,” Tarabelsi said.

Tarabelsi says the event is an opportunity for these restaurants to put extra time into something special.

“I’m so excited that this event is on, to really allow us to showcase what we can do,” Tarabelsi said. “It really allows our Executive Chef and his team to get creative and show how much more we can do than just our regular menu,” Tarabelsi said.

To see a menu from the other participating restaurants, click here.

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