Mayor Steve Allender and the Rapid City Sustainability Committee presented a City of Rapid City Sustainability Award to Et-i-quette Catering Co. at Monday’s City Council meeting (January 6).
Et-i-quette Catering is a local business that is owned and operated by Kimberly and Brandon Brave Heart and is located at 521 Seventh Street, downtown Rapid City.
“Et-i-quette Catering serves wonderful food, beautifully presented, which highlights Indigenous cuisines from the region, while also doing fantastic things for the environment,” said Lysann Zeller, who chairs the City’s Sustainability Committee. “Their sustainable business practices focus on the areas of using local organic foods, recycling, and waste reduction.”
The company provides locally sourced and organic food to its customers, including wild foods, such as chokecherries. They work with local distributors to source fresh ingredients and keep prices down for their company and their clients. Food wastes, other than meats and cheeses, are fed to the pigs owned by a local farm that also provides pork to the business. This provides economic sustainability, along with waste reduction.
While catering usually depends on single-use plastics, Et-i-quette Catering avoids these by using bees wax wraps, pressed palm plates, cloth totes instead of plastic bags, and biodegradable flatware and "to go" boxes. They recycle "when we have to," but their waste reduction efforts avoid the need to recycle in most cases.
“The Rapid City Sustainability Committee is proud to honor this Rapid City business that incorporates so many sustainable practices into their operations and also supports other local businesses, helping to improve the overall sustainability of Rapid City and the region,” Zeller said.
About the Rapid City Sustainability Committee:
The purpose of the Rapid City Standing Committee on Sustainability is to encourage education, stewardship and policy leadership that will make our community a leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability. Meetings are open to the public and held at 5:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month in the Third Floor West Conference Room at the Rapid City/School Administration Center (CSAC). More information, including a Sustainability Award application form, is available at: https://www.rcgov.org/public-meetings/city-committees/standing-committee-on-sustainability-497.html