Every day, the passionate bakers of The Sugar Shack Bakery create a legion of decadent treats that range from simple sugar cookies to eye-catching wedding cakes. Their delicious two-layer cakes pair flavors such as carrot, red velvet, and german chocolate with sweet fillings and frostings including bavarian cream, chocolate fudge, and lemon curd. Cake pops and cake truffles battle with traditional and cheesecake-style cupcakes in the competition for sweetest hand-held treats, a game that’s also contested by the bakery’s bars—in flavors such as grasshopper brownie and chocolate caramel oat—cookies, and cookie bouquets.
Backed by five generations of popcorn-making pedigree, sisters Beth Boettcher and BJ McClellan trained where it counts—their mother’s kitchen. Armed with family methods and recipes, they craft housemade gourmet treats that feature real Jolly Time popcorn. After prepopping the corn, they coat it with yummy ingredients to create flavors that range from classic caramel and cheddar cheese to cinnamon roll, raspberry cheesecake, and chocolate-drizzled caramel. They fashion gift packages for all occasions, from birthdays and holidays to movie nights, office parties, and casual snacking.
An unwavering devotion to freshness permeates Tomacelli's kitchen, where pizza chefs adorn their daily made dough with house-made sauce, all-natural cheese, and more than 50 market-fresh toppings. Millions of possible build-your-own combinations complement 23 staff-brainstormed creations, from a ham-and-pineapple-studded hawaiian pie to the seafood supreme's maritime medley of fresh ingredients. Not content to recline on the edible laurels of their circular masterworks, the Tomacelli's kitchen team rounds out the menu with piping-hot pastas and four handheld hoagies ideal for bringing estranged barbershop quartets back together for a reunion tour.
Cherry Street Grille specializes in omelets, with 101 different varieties flipping from frying pans seven days a week and 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays. Each omelet contains four eggs with flavor combinations that range from the classic denver to a chili, cheese, and onion concoction. Sweeter options include an omelet with bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter. Gravy-slathered biscuits constitute an alternative breakfast, as do massive pancakes the size of a typical medium pizza, dubbed “Mancakes” based on their macho size rather than their ability to sprout five o’clock shadows. Burgers and fried chicken sandwiches complement breakfast fare, as do succulent 10- and 14-ounce slabs of prime rib.
The towering street-side sign at The Roadhouse shines like a beacon onto a full bar and restaurant with a menu that plays off comfort-fare conventions and spice-steeped Cajun traditions. Drinks leave cool circles on tables as patrons circulate during special events such as ladies' night, and LCD televisions broadcast big games.
Hosted on the lush estate of South Dakota’s first winery, Valiant Vineyards, The Great Dakota Wine Festival immerses attendees in the region’s sundry flavors. A two-day schedule of feasting and festivities takes place beside the tranquil waters of the Vermillion River, with crowds enjoying live music, cuisine, and demonstrations on how to navigate a waterfall in a barrel. Upon entry, visitors receive a punch card worth 10 samplings, allowing them to savor the mellow fruits of merlot, the oak-tinged sweetness of chardonnay, and the horrified stares of fellow attendees upon the creation of a merlot-donnay. Guests can also remove their foot coverings and sink into a barrel of squishiness at the grape-stomping booth. Cooking demonstrations impart nuggets of culinary know-how, and the amateur winemaking contest shines light on the beverage artisans of tomorrow. Each guest also receives a souvenir wineglass for at-home imbibing.