Every Wednesday, we pay tribute to our favorite whiskey makers by opening one very special and/or rare whisk(e)y and offering one-ounce pours at lower than list prices.
October 5: Stranahan's colorado whiskey ($7)
Smooth with layered sweetness (honeyed caramel, English toffee, maple syrup), tangerine, roasted nuts, and peppered with spice (warming cinnamon, glazed ginger). Good grip of tobacco and polished leather on the finish balances the sweetness that comes earlier.
A tall and true tale…
This whiskey glowed amber from the start. When volunteer firefighter Jess Graber responded to a neighbor's barn fire down the road, he never imagined any good could come of it. But the barn he made effort to save belonged to George Stranahan, long-time liquor connoisseur. When the fire settled, the two discovered a shared passion for the Colorado outdoors and a good pour of fine whiskey.
And so Stranahan's Colorado whiskey was born. They developed a recipe for the smoothest, most flavorful whiskey in the world using the purity of their mountain surroundings to their advantage. Well, to your advantage. They say from each thing bad comes something good. For Jess, George, and fine whiskey drinkers alike, it's amazing just how good it can be.
Every summer, when local tomatoes are at their peak ripeness, The Village Pub’s tomato cart makes its way around the dining room during dinner service. Presented table-side, sliced heirloom tomatoes are topped with creamy fresh cow’s milk burrata cheese and finished with fine extra-virgin olive oil (your choice: Frantoio Olivestri Siloro (light) or Oleificio Basiricò’s Principe di Malumeri (heavy), Cavedoni Botte Piccola aged balsamic vinegar, SMIP Ranch basil, cracked black pepper, and fleur de sel. The price is $24 with burrata and $18 without.
Available at dinner, during tomato season.
CSA PRODUCE BOXES
PRIVATE FARM IN WOODSIDE, SMIP RANCH, OFFERS ITS PRISTINE PRODUCE TO THE PUBLIC THROUGH A WEEKLY CSA PROGRAM
SMIP Ranch’s annual CSA program kicks off on Friday, June 19. Weekly boxes can be pre-ordered for pick-up at our restaurant. The boxes come filled with hyper-seasonal organic produce that is harvested on the same day as the boxes are distributed. SMIP Ranch’s CSA season, which typically runs June through November, boasts a grand selection of delicious ingredients, including fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits, and edible flowers. In summer, members can expect to enjoy a variety of lettuces, heirloom squash, wild plums, chantenay carrots, rainbow chard, sugar snap peas, new potatoes, rosemary, and eggplant. And in fall, kale, heirloom frying peppers, spicy bush basil, sunchokes, pumpkins, melons, and breakfast radishes are just an example of what will be included.
How it works!
SMIP Ranch offers seasonal and one-week-at-a-time subscriptions. Every Friday, an email is sent to their CSA customers that includes a list of ingredients for the upcoming box, as well as ordering instructions, and sometimes, specialty add-ons. (Think: fresh honey from SMIP Ranch bees and a very limited amount of fresh chicken eggs!) Those interested in being part of this program can sign-up by emailing email@example.com. Orders must be placed by Thursday at 8 a.m. for pick-up between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the following day (Friday).
About SMIP Ranch
SMIP Ranch is a private five-acre farm located in the hills above Woodside. A partnership between landowner and Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, San Francisco; The Village Pub, Woodside; Mayfield Bakery & Cafe) results in the farm producing custom ingredients for use exclusively in Bacchus’ restaurants. In addition, weekly CSA boxes are available with pick-up spots at three of Bacchus’ restaurants. Additional produce is donated to the neighboring Djerassi Residents Artist Program.