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September 21, 2018


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20th Birthday Party Celebration!

 You Are Invited!

For the past twenty years, Wild Idea Buffalo Company has been conserving and regenerating our prairie grasslands, by bringing back the buffalo. In working with other like-minded ranchers, along with tribal herds, and conservation groups we have positively affected over two hundred thousand acres of grasslands!

This growing sustainable ranching movement has also supplied the healthiest and best-tasting meat on the planet for consumers like you that care. Although the work continues for all of us in our roles as, ranchers, educators, and consumers - we are gathering to celebrate what we have accomplished, which couldn’t have happened without you.

We hope you will consider joining us for our 20th Birthday Celebration, November 3rd on National Bison Day!

For those attending from out of the area and needing lodging, we have set up a great rate of $69.00 for you at the Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn.

Contact Info:
RPHI link  
Block code: WIB
$69 - Two Queen or Standard King
Friday, November 2nd and Saturday, November 3rd


Here's a sneak-peek of what we have lined up for you!

Appetizers & Long Root Ale
By, Patagonia Provisions  

Wambli Ska (White Eagle) Native Drum & Dance Group

“Bison Ranching and their Relationship to the Land, People & Our Food Supply” Discussion & Q&A with Our Sourcing Partner’s

 Film, “Unbroken Ground”
Introduction by Birgit Cameron, Patagonia Provisions

 Break - Buffalo Art Show / Tour Harvest Trailer

  “Our Environmental State. Can We Make Change & How?”
A Discussion & Q&A:with Patagonia Founder, Yvon Chouinard &
Wild Idea Buffalo Founder, Dan O’Brien

 World Champion Hoop Dancer
Jasmine Pickner-Bell

 Closing Comments: Dan & Jill O’Brien

 Buffalo Feast with Wine Pairing
Prepared by Jill O'Brien

 Musical Entertainment:
James Van Nuyes& Bobby Fahey


And, here is our menu that you will be treated to:

Patagonia Provisions Appetizers & Ale:
Beer: Long Root Ale
Wine: Firehouse Sauvignon Blanc

 Smoked Salmon Tartare on Cucumber

Smoked Mussels with Smashed Avocado on Crostini

Black Bean Soup Shooters with Crème Fraîche

Chili & Corn Bread Croustades

Savory Seeds, Fruit Bar & Buffalo Jerky Snack Mix


Program: 1:20 to 5:00

Wild Idea Buffalo Feast:

 Butler Served Hors d’oeuvres:

Braised Buffalo Tongue Canapés

Buffalo Liver & Sausage Pate on Baguette

Wine Pairing: Firehouse Prairie Flower

 Buffet Stations:

Buffalo Prime Rib with Green Garlic Butter & Root Vegetable Puree
Wine Pairing: Firehouse Cabernet Sauvignon

 Braised Chuck Roast with Cabernet Sauvignon Sage Sauce & Mirepoix
Wine Pairing: Firehouse Pinot Noir 

BBQ Short Ribs with Firecracker Coleslaw
Wine Pairing: Firehouse Prairie Flower / Beer Pairing: PP Long Root Ale

 Indigenous Tacos (Based on Sioux Chef, Sean Sherman’s Recipe)
Corn Cakes with Seasoned Buffalo Meat and Onions Drizzled with Wojape
Wine Pairing: Firehouse Pinot Noir

 Jill Burger Sliders with Tomato Onion Jam with Salad Cups
Wine Pairing: Firehouse Badlands Merlot

 Salted Carmel Chocolate Oblivion Mud Cake (GF)
Wine of Choice





Pat & Carmel Maloney

September 22, 2018

Just got back from PowWow at St. Joseph’s in Chamberlain last week.
Sorry can’t join you for your celebration, at least our hearts are tied in..

Lisa Nelson

September 22, 2018

Sounds like a wonderful event. I would totally go if it wasn’t such a long trip from WA. Until then, I’ll just keep reading your interesting posts, learning from your recipes and thanking the buffalo for the gift of their lives!

Mark Priest

September 22, 2018

Oh man how fun but 1 year early for us. My wife retires at the end of this school year and she can’t get enough time off to make it a trip we could afford. We have never been to South Dakota and would love to make a trip out of it sometime. We will be with you in spirit.

Chris and Kim

September 22, 2018

Greetings Wild Idea Family! Many thanks for the invitation. We must respectfully decline, as we will not be able to make it from South Carolina at this time. You can be sure we will be celebrating your 20th anniversary here though with our favorite Wild Idea Buffalo Steaks!! And the dogs will have their share of the heart jerky!!

Susan Jean Peterson

September 22, 2018

We hope to be there and to help you celebrate!

Lynn Willis

September 22, 2018

We will not be able to attend because of my husbands health!!!!! But keep up the good work. Thanks for the invite.

Michael George

September 22, 2018

Jill and Dan, Thank you for what you’ve done, what you do and for inviting me. I will, unfortunately, be elsewhere physically at that time. My heart and spirit will, though, be with you.

Julia McSherry

September 22, 2018

I am thinking seriously of coming, this looks great, thank you! I have been wanting to visit your place for awhile. So believe in what you are doing. Would like to work it into my cookbook/memoir in production about growing and cooking food and supporting sustainability and the practices of slow food/real food. You guys do it! I will be in touch. Thanks so much.

Kittie Lou and Bruce English

September 23, 2018

Heart surgery is keeping us from the party right now, but our hearts are longing to be at the party and especially the buffalo territory. Thanks from our hearts to the majestic buffalo and all of you wonderful people!

Win Jenkins

September 23, 2018

Sounds great! I would like to attend. Can you recommend any lodging near your headquarters or wherever this event will be held. Thanks, Win

Jane Murphy

September 24, 2018

Thanks for the invitation – this looks like another fantastic Wild Idea event! I can’t yet speak for Dale but I will be there! Jill, I just ordered a beautiful new Patagonia jacket for the party! So exciting!


September 24, 2018

Oh how I wish I could make this event. Congratulations!

Ed Reger

September 24, 2018

I’d love to make the trip to SD for this event. It sounds awesome. Sadly, I will be recovering from surgery and will not be able to travel. Congratulations on your 20th Birthday.


September 24, 2018

Totally love what you guys are doing. Buy from you regularly. Will be traveling that day in NM, so will miss the celebration. I celebrate you always!! In gratitude……… Pamela

Steven Glenn

September 24, 2018

Sorry I can’t join you but count my spirit; my interest and my appetite will be there. Your guys are just terrific – thank yoiu for the invitation…


September 24, 2018

So want to be there. An out of town wedding is keeping me from attending this fabulous event!

Ashley Heaven

September 24, 2018

Just bought my ticket, booked my flight, hotel, and car!! I’ll see you guys in a few weeks!! So excited!

Jim & June Stuhr

September 28, 2018

We live in Minneapolis. Just bought two tickets to the party, and reserved a room at the Holiday Inn. See you November 3rd! :-)

Julia McSherry

November 05, 2018

thank you Jill, Dan, Jillian, Colton, Cori, Melissa, and all the staff for such an amazing event. We believe in what you are doing and were so happy to be there for your 20th anniversary
celebration. Andy, thanks for the tour of the harvest trailer. You guys are the best. The educational videos, entertainment, ranch tour, and food were all fabulous. Julia from Colorado

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