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




Sidney is certified in baking and pastry, which she learned at Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and practiced at Sugarplum Cake Shop in Paris.  Following her chef’s training she returned to Rapid City to pursue a career close to her family.

Sidney loves pets (has two dogs, two cats) and admits to spoiling them with homemade treats, which they earn geocaching with Sidney and her husband, Brian. Outside of the kitchen she stays busy with family and friends with camping, year-round volleyball once a week and traveling. 

If money was no object?  Sidney says she would return to Paris.  




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

Lisa manages our social media, often from remote locations. She grew up in Rapid City, married her high school sweetheart and loves spending time with her husband Chris and 3 children (two away in college and one at home), extended family and friends. 

Lisa loves to travel and adventure all over the Black Hills, Badlands and beyond. Traveling and trying new restaurants and foods are some of her favorite pursuits!  




Kitchen Assistant, Customer Service

Caysee works afternoons, packaging bakery items, prepping ingredient, doing curbside carryout and kitchen clean up.

I have a big blended family with seven siblings between my two households.
I enjoy going on walks with my pug Oliver and my Frenchie Charlie. We also have two other labs named Luna and Bronco.
Favorite music:
My favorite music to listen to is anything
that makes it feel like summer.
Favorite foods:
My favorite food is pasta, especially chicken alfredo and chicken parmesan.



Kitchen Assistant, Customer Service

Tristan works packaging bakery items, managing baskets and bandanas, doing curbside customer service and washing dishes.

When she is not at work or school, Tristan enjoys doing yoga for strength, flexibility and relaxation.  She also enjoys painting and baking for fun. 

She is the middle child of 5 siblings and loves indie music and Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland.” 

If money was no object, she would go live in a different country and soak up the culture … probably France! 




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