Macdonald Farm


Where Farming Meets the Culinary Arts

Serving in Big Sur, Monterey, and Santa Cruz

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The Story of MacDonald Farm:

From Tragedy to a Thriving Business

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The Inspring Story of Michael MacDonald

Michael's life took a drastic turn when he was involved in a life altering accident while on ​vacation in Hawaii. He suffered a spinal cord injury that left him with paraplegia of his legs, ​among other serious injuries. During his recovery, he turned to his family land and discovered a ​newfound passion for gardening and raising livestock. His love for this helped him persevere ​through one of the most challenging periods of his life.

Despite the initial shock and despair of his injuries, Michael found solace in the quiet and ​peaceful surroundings of his family farm. As he spent more time tending to his garden and caring ​for his animals, he began to feel a renewed sense of purpose and direction. The daily routines of ​planting, watering, and harvesting provided him with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction ​that he had not experienced before.

Looking back on his journey, Michael realized that his injuries had been a blessing in ​disguise. Without them, he might never have discovered his love for farming and the joy that it ​brought him. He is excited to continue to share his passion with others for many years to come.

His life-partner, Daniel, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and his culinary expertise is truly unparalleled. With a passion for using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and a commitment to creating dishes that are both delicious and visually stunning, he has quickly become one of the most sought-after chefs in the industry. So if you're looking for a truly unforgettable culinary experience, look no further than the MacDonald Farm – it’s the farm that everyone is talking about!

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Our Food Philosophy

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t MacDonald Farm, "farm-to-table" means more than just a trend. We pride ourselves on utilizing only the finest ingredients, harvested fresh from our farm and sourced sustainably. This approach allows our acclaimed chef to feature the finest ingredients that are in their natural state, without any chemical alteration or long-distance transportation. By using fresh, locally sourced produce, the flavor and quality are preserved, resulting in an exceptional culinary experience.

Why Choose MacDonald Farm?

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Limited Availability to provide each client a VIP experience

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Customized Menus

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Direct Access to your Personal Chef and Gardener

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Complimentary Garden Tasting

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Ability to change details up to 1 Month prior to event date

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LGBTQ+ Owned and Operated

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Environmentally Cautious

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True Farm-to-Table Cuisine

A chef is only as good as the quality of the ingredients they use
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Sub Chicken Entree or Add Additional Veggie Vegan Entrees
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Nasturtium Pesto Pasta

Choice of Pasta tossed in Farm-Made Walnut, Nasturtium and Herb Pesto

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Risotto

Garnished with fresh parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

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Thick slices of smoky grilled eggplant layered with rich tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese

Vegetable Tagine

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A hearty and aromatic stew of chickpeas, zucchini, and bell peppers, golden raisins in a fragrant spice broth, served over a bed of fluffy couscous.

Seasonal Veggie Flatbread

Fresh vegetables are spread across a lightly seasoned sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, all on top of our signature crispy sourdough flatbread crust.

Vegetable Wellington

A vibrant medley of sautéed vegetables and baked until golden in a flaky crust, served with a side of tangy tarragon aioli.

Main Course.

Lentil and Mushroom Bourguignon

A classic French dish reimagined, featuring tender lentils and meaty mushrooms in a rich, full-bodied red wine broth, served over a bed of creamy polenta.

Sourdough Bread Rolls

Mushroom Mascarpone Lasagna

Served with Lavender Butter

Farm-made Lasagna layered in fresh made tomato sauce, sauteed garlic and herb mushrooms, cheeses, and a farm béchamel sauce.

Roasted Garlic Ceasar Dinosaur Kale Salad

Sub Kale Salad or Add Additional Salad

Served with Garden-grown Kale, Farm-made Croutons and Parmesan Cheese

Strawberry Feta Kale Salad

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Farm-grown Dinosaur Kale, fresh strawberries, feta, sunflowers, thinly sliced hibiscus pickled onions, strawberry-walnut vinaigrette.

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Farm-Grown Seasonal Veggies

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Tossed in fresh garden herbs

Lemon Parm Kale Salad

Roasted Garden Potatoes

Farm-grown Dinosaur Kale, fresh parmesan cheese, sourdough crouton crumble, and a farm-to-table lemon vinaigrette.

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Herb Seared Chicken Breast

Romaine Garden Salad

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Marinated in Garden herbs, Farm-grown Garlic, and Lemon Zest

Freshly harvested cherry tomatoes, heirloom cucumbers, red onions, and rainbow shaved carrots with sweet farm-made balsamic vinaigrette

Quinoa and Arugula Salad

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Menu Substitutions and Additions

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Freshly harvested cherry tomatoes, heirloom cucumbers, hibiscus pickled red onions, charred lemon vinaigrette

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Sub Roasted Potatoes

Red Wine Braised Beef

Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes

Locally-sourced beef braised for 8+ hours in red wine and herbs.

Parmesan Truffle Mash

Citrus Seared Salmon

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Sweet Potato Mash

Locally-sourced salmon seared in an citrus-herb marinade.

Citrus Smoked Turkey

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Sub Sourdough Bread Rolls

Topped with a garden herb compound butter

Gluten-Free Bread

MacDonald Farm Cornish Hen

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All bread products are freshly baked

with our 225+ year old Sourdough Starter

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Cheesy Garlic Sourdough Bread

Cornish Hens grown right on our farm! Marinated and roasted

in garden herbs and spices.

*Based on availability and party size

MacDonald Farm Quail

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Quail grown right on our farm! Served with a herb port sauce.

*Based on availability and party size

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Appetizer Menu

Clients can choose 2 appetizers from our Small Bites menu at $5/guest

$2/pp for every additional appetizer. Can be served Stationary and/or Passed.

Small Bites

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Heirloom Cherry Tomato Bruschetta,Grilled Baguette, Purple Basil, Red Wine Balsamic Reduction

Honeyed Ricotta and Strawberry Bruschetta, Farm-made Ricotta, Fresh Picked Strawberries, Sweet Reduction

Goat Cheese Truffles, Fresh Goat Cheese, Meyer Lemon Essence, Soaked Cranberries,Toasted Almonds, Lemon Balm

Blistered Shishito Peppers, Truffle Salt

Brie, Prosciutto and Arugula Crostini

Apple and Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini, Candied Walnut

Hand-Gathered Deviled Eggs, Parmesan Crisp, Borage Flowers

Proscuitto e Melon, Red Wine Reduction

Corn Fritters, Chard Green Onion Aioli

Fresh Sourdough Garlic Bread Bites, Garden-grown Roasted Garlic, Homemade Sourdough Bread

Strawberry Bisque, Strawberry Mint

Mushroom Bisque, Truffle Cream

Butternut Squash Bisque, Candied Pecan Crumble

Broccamole, Guac made with Broccoli and Avocado and served with Lime Zested Corn Chips

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Premium Bites

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Premium appetizers offered for an additional charge

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Deviled Quail Eggs, Herb Parmesan Chamomile Crisp, Borage Flowers

Butternut Squash and Herb Arancinis, Chili Aioli

Candied Bacon Pops, Wine soaked bacon that is candied onto skewers

Chicken Meatballs, Orange Port Glaze

Mini Chicken Almond Apple Sandwiches, Dried cranberries, fresh sourdough bread

Red Wine Braised Beef, Truffle Mash Puree

Braised Quail Tostadas, Chimichurri

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Farm Grazing Table Display

This can be combined with the appetizers listed above.

Comes with:

Grilled Sourdough Crostinis or Crackers, Fresh Fruit and Veggies from our garden and local farmers market, and garnished with edible flowers. .

Choose 2 Dips:

Whipped Herb Chèvre, Meyer Lemon Hummus, Herb Hummus, Broccamole, Carmelized Onion Bacon Jam, Strawberry Salsa, Tatziki Sauce, Olive Tapenade, Jalapeño Pepper Jam, Strawberry Jalapeño Jam, Creamy Feta Dip, Fig Jam, Fresh-Made Ranch.

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The sky is the limit when it comes to cake flavors with MacDonald Farm since every cake is custom made From classic picks to wild combos there s a flavor adventure waiting for you Need help deciding Chef Daniel can help create a custom flavor creation just for you Dive into Flavor Inspirations for some creative ideas
We do not provide cake tastings at this time due to the personalized nature of each cake we create Thank you for your understanding

Fresh from the Farm Bakery

*Fresh eggs from our coop and fresh garden ​ingredients are used including an array of ​edible flowers.

12 in. Round Cake

Feeds approximately 50 people.

10 in. Round Cake

Feeds approximately 35 people.

6 in. Round Cake

Feeds approximately 35 people.

3 in. Personal Cakes (1 dozen)

3 in round mini cakes.

Dozen Cake Truffles

Cake Flavors



Strawberry Lemon Chiffon Chocolate Vanilla Traditional White
Vanilla Chocolate Lemon
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Additional charges will apply for custom ​flavor combinations.

Flavor Inspirations

Cake Flavors:


Olive Oil And Rosemary

Apple Spice


Carrot And Brown Butter

Chocolate Carrot

Orange Chiffon


Lemon Blueberry

Meyer Lemon

Lemon Plum

Lemon Drop (contains alcohol)

Blueberry Buttermilk

Strawberry Thyme

Chocolate Strawberry

Chocolate Raspberry

Chocolate Pumpkin

Chocolate Vanilla Swirl

Espresso Chocolate Chip

German Chocolate

Black Forest

Vegan Chocolate

Chocolate Stout

Almond Amaretto

Strawberry Champagne

Lavender Champagne

Raspberry Champagne

Red Velvet

Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake

Amaretto Spiked Red Velvet

Tres Farm Leches

Honey Lavender

Mocha Lavender

Maple Walnut

Praline Turtle


White Chocolate

Hazelnut Praline

Caramelized Banana

Brown Butter

Classic Hummingbird

Maple Pumpkin



Cinnamon Roll

Cake Fillings:

Fresh Fruit

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