State Capitol to host Pride of Dakota Day, Lunch

BISMARCK – The annual Pride of Dakota Day at the State Capitol will transform North Dakota's statehouse into a shopping mall for locally-made products, Thursday, Sept. 13.

“This is a showcase for North Dakota small businesses and the Pride of Dakota program, giving Capitol visitors and state employees an opportunity to see the range of products made right here in our state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The owners and employees of more than 50 Pride of Dakota businesses will be on hand, selling, sampling and talking about their products.”

Vendor booths will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol's Memorial Hall, Legislative Hall and West End ground floor.

Goehring said Pride of Dakota companies manufacture a wide range of products, including home décor, foods and condiments, apparel, personal care items, recordings, paper goods and more.

“We are also asking Capitol visitors and employees to take in the special Pride of Dakota breakfast and lunch being served by the Capitol Café,” Goehring said. “The kitchen staff has done an outstanding job of using Pride of Dakota products to create delicious entrees, side dishes and desserts.”

The breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. includes a Denver omelet and toast. The lunch menu, served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., includes such entrees as barbecued ribs, whole wheat spaghetti with meatballs, a steak sandwich and a chicken caesar focaccia sandwich.

Companies providing the food include Baker Boy, Dakota Growers Pasta, Firehouse Ribs, Land O Lakes/Dean Foods, Cloverdale, Pan O Gold Baking, Lake House Reflections and M & W Beef Packers.

The Pride of Dakota program, administered by NDDA's Marketing and Information Division, provides member companies with cooperative marketing and promotional events, such as in-store demonstrations, Pride of Dakota Day and the Holiday Showcases. The program also provides educational opportunities and representation at regional, national and international marketing expositions. More than 500 North Dakota companies are Pride of Dakota members.