Prime Rib: The Other Cow at the Stock Show

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While people's reasons for visiting the stock show can vary from seeing the rodeo to spending most their time walking the vendors' booths, almost everybody will visit at least one food boot

While people's reasons for visiting the stock show can vary from seeing the rodeo to spending most their time walking the vendors' booths, almost everybody will visit at least one food booth, and whether they stop for a funnel cake or a juicy prime rib, they've got Sean McNicholas, SVP/CSO/Owner of K-M Concessions, Inc., to thank for it.

Fortunately, on Saturday the 11th I got the chance to speak with Sean and his head chef, Travis Kight, and learned a little about what happens behind the scenes.

While most people are familiar with the thousands of lbs of cow on display few people know about the 10,000 lbs of beef (not including hamburger or hotdogs) that go through the stock show kitchens. Including hamburgers and hotdogs, 25,000 – 30,000 lbs of meat are purchased for the stock show.

With food allergies so common these days I asked Sean and Travis if they had to alter their menu. They do have gluten free options such as their salad.

Travis, who does not follow any recipes, says their biggest challenge is keeping food hot and fresh for the thousands of people who buy food at the stock show daily.

As any loyal Broncos fan would do, I asked Sean if the Broncos game would affect sales. He said it would and estimated his sales would drop about 30% on the days they play. But don't worry, Broncos fans, Sean is true Bronco and even though he can recognize the silver lining if they lose, he'd rather have them win.