SMIP Ranch Farm Dinner with Chef Mark Sullivan of Spruce on October 6th


The supper table at SMIP Ranch’s 2011 farm dinner. Photo from Facebook.


The SMIP Ranch CSA box. Photo: ©

In the mood for some serious farm dinner action? The SMIP Ranch is a beautiful farm in Woodside, operated in collaboration with the Bacchus Management Group, which runs Spruce, Café des Amis, and Woodside’s The Village Pub.

On Saturday October 6th, they’ll be celebrating this collaboration in the tastiest way possible: with a farm dinner! Chef Mark Sullivan of Spruce will be in charge of the kitchen, which will be staffed by other chefs from the group’s restaurants. The whole thing begins at The Village Pub at 2:45pm, with snacks. Then it’s up to the ranch! Diners will be transported via bus and will have a chance to sip on some wine and nosh on appetizers while learning about the ranch’s operation.

Dinner will be served family style at a long table in the middle of the fields, with an emphasis on items produced on-site. Oh, and there will be wine too. Brian and Mary Shipman, the farmers themselves, will be in attendance to answer any questions and talk to curious guests about the farm. Tickets are $195 per person, and include the multicourse dinner, wine, tip, and tax. For reservations, email The event begins at 2:45pm at The Village Pub, and should go until about 10pm. Transportation to and from the ranch from the Village Pub is provided. The Village Pub is located at 2967 Woodside Road at Whiskey Hill, Woodside, 650-851-9888.

If you can’t make it to the dinner or just want to use SMIP Ranch’s produce at home, you can sign up for their incredible CSA box. The boxes are $28 and can be picked up at four locations: in San Francisco at Spruce and Café des Amis on Tuesdays from 11:30am to 6pm, and on the Peninsula at Mayfield Bakery & Cafe or The Village Pub on Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm. The just-picked produce will include lettuces, squash, herbs, beans, and fruit, to name just a few possibilities. Mark Sullivan will also provide recipes and advice, so no need to worry about getting something unfamiliar to you. They’ll teach you! To sign up for the CSA, email and they’ll get you all set up.

Event Info

Saturday Oct 6, 2012
The Village Pub and SMIP Ranch
2967 Woodside Road at Whiskey Hill, Woodside