About the Nell's Gourmet to Go Crew


Owner, Creative Director, Lead Cook

What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Camping — sleeping in a tent and cooking outside, reading books by the lake and telling stories around the campfire

Favorite music, band, genres?
I’ve had a fascination with the big band/swing era for a long time

Favorite food:
Fresh lemons, mushrooms, zucchini, a ripe tomato, basil — I love working with fresh ingredients. But my favorite food? Nice cheese

Favorite place you have traveled to:
Paris and Boston are my favorite cities; Glacier National Park and Grand Teton National Park are my favorite places I’ve camped

Why cooking?
Food is my love language and working with food is my creative outlet. I love knowing my cooking brings people joy. I love to create my own recipes. I also have a bit of an entrepreneurial spirit and like doing my own thing. Creating this unique kitchen has been a fun way to bring together my skills, creativity and energy



Cook & Baker, Bookkeeper
I have been married to my husband Chris for 21 years.  We have two daughters.  My husband recently retired after 24 years in the Air Force. We love the Black Hills and love that it is our home

Favorite outdoor activity:
Being out on the trails in the hills. We have an ATV and UTV.  We love to go out on the trails as a family, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills

Favorite music:
I really just love music, all music.  It can take you back to a memory of the past and just makes you feel good

Favorite food:
I love comfort foods -- they remind me of my grandmother's house. Also, strawberries and rhubarb. We would sneak out to eat them straight out of the garden

Favorite place you have traveled to:
The Azores in Portugal. My husband and I lived there for three years thanks to the Air Force. We quickly fell in love with the island.  We will return someday for a visit



Cook & Baker

What is your favorite outdoor activity?
I love outdoor activities. Lately, I have spent as much time as possible hiking, biking, sailing, canoeing, camping and hanging with friends and family around the fire pit. I like to take my shoes off and feel the sand between my toes. I hang laundry on the line so I have more excuses to go outside

Favorite music, band, genres?
I adore music. I especially enjoy upbeat music that makes me feel like dancing. Also, I totally recommend the South Dakota Public Broadcasting radio show "Jazz Nightly" that broadcasts every weekday evening. It is the perfect ending to the day

Favorite food:
Many of my favorite foods are fruits and I simply like them fresh and cut into pieces

One thing from your bucket list: 
Someday I hope to do lots of hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park at the southern tip of South America

Favorite place you have traveled to:
I traveled to Tikal National Park in a rainforest of northern Guatemala with my niece, my brother and his family. While we walked the paths beneath the thick canopy of treetops, coatimundis skipped along nearby, playing and foraging without a concern for us.  We climbed the Mayan temples, sat atop them and gazed over the sea of treetops far below. It is a wonderful and magical place


Social Media Manager, Prep Cook & Baker

Favorite music, band, genres?
Lately I've enjoyed listening to solo female indie/pop musicians including Maude Latour, Gracie Abrams, and Silver Sphere. My favorite genre of music is definitely classical, and I've played viola and piano since I was a kid

What do you love about your family and/or pets? 
I have four sisters, and we all ended up doing very different things with our lives. I look up to them so much and always have a strong support network of people to go to when I need advice. My family also raises chickens, allowing us to enjoy delicious farm fresh eggs

Favorite food or ingredients?
At the freshman dining hall at my college, every Sunday they would bake fresh sourdough bread to serve with dinner. I feel like it's impossible to go wrong with a sourdough baguette. My favorite ingredients would have to be garlic and ginger

Favorite place you have traveled to?
I visited Italy as a part of a scholarship program the summer of 2019. We spent a week in Rome and then traveled through the countryside. It was so beautiful and I loved all of the art, history, and food

What do you like about working with food?
My whole life cooking and baking have been one of my favorite pastimes. I love how much working with food gives me the opportunity to be creative and try new things. It is so rewarding to put a lot of time and energy into a dish and see it turn out the way I had envisioned it

Jenni D.

Prep Cook

 What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Hiking and hammocking.  We live in an incredibly beautiful area and it never ceases to amaze me how quick and easy it is to find a new trail or a new perspective on an old one in the Black Hills

What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Greece!  The scenery, people and food are amazing, and even though the language is daunting, I would go back in a heartbeat

Favorite music, band, genres? 
We are surrounded by music and I appreciate all styles because they are expressions of the artists who wrote them

Favorite food: 
I really enjoy all types of food.  I love when something not only tastes good, but it has multiple layers to the flavors and truly invigorates your palate

Why cooking?
Cooking and baking really comes natural to me and it is one of my creative outlets and a great stress reliever.  I developed my curiosity for cooking from enjoying my mother's creations and wondering how she made something so delicious so effortlessly.  My mother is the most incredible cook that I know and I aspire daily to reach her level.   She's taught me to not be afraid to fail and try again because that is truly the best way to learn and improve on anything you do  



Prep Cook

Favorite music, band, genres:
The Lumineers and Fleetwood Mac

One thing from your bucket list:
Travel to Africa

Favorite foods:
Gyros and Peanut Butter Bars

Favorite place you have traveled to:
Paris or Pismo Beach, CA

Favorite outdoor activity:
Camping at Center Lake


Facilities Manager

What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Ultimate Frisbee

Favorite place you have traveled to:
Pismo Beach, CA

Favorite movies?
All the Rocky movies and It's a Wonderful Life

Favorite food?
Spinach for breakfast; Beef Bourguignon any time of day

Why do you like working at Nell's Gourmet?
I love the cook