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Macdonald Farm


Where Farming Meets the Culinary Arts


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At 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

LGBTQ+ Owned and Operated

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True Farm-to-Table Cuisine

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Environmentally Cautious

“A chef is only as good as the quality of the ingredients they use”

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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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Main Course.


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Sourdough Bread Rolls

Bread made with 225+ year old sourdough starter and served with Lavender Butter

Roasted Garlic Ceasar Dinosaur Kale Salad

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

Farm-Grown Seasonal Veggies

Tossed in fresh garden herbs

Roasted Garden Potatoes

Herb Seared Chicken Breast

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

*Menu Substitutions and Additions

Sub Your Chicken Entree or Add Additional Entrees

Red Wine Braised Beef

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

Citrus Seared Salmon

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

MacDonald Farm Cornish Hen

*Based on availability and party size

Cornish Hens grown right on our farm! Marinated and roasted in garden herbs and spices.

MacDonald Farm Quail

*Based on availability and party size

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

Lobster Lasagna

Layered lasagna with lobster, fresh ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, fresh garlic, and a lobster béchamel sauce.

Sub Chicken Entree or Add Additional Veggie Vegan Entrees

Garden Veggie Pasta

Choice of pasta with freshly harvested vegetables, cooked in an herb and garlic-infused olive oil.

Roasted Heirloom Marinara Pasta

Choice of pasta tossed in a freshly harvested roasted tomato sauce.

Nasturtium Pesto Pasta

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

Mushroom Mascarpone Lasagna

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

*Gluten Free Pasta Available

Sub Kale Salad or Add Additional Salad

Strawberry Feta Kale Salad

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

Romaine Garden Salad

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

Quinoa and Arugula Salad

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

Sub Roasted Potatoes

Garlic Confit Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan Truffle Mash

Sweet Potato Mash

Sub Sourdough Bread Rolls

Cheesy Garlic Sourdough Bread

Gluten-Free Bread

*Upgrade fees may apply


Appetizer Menu

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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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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

Seasonal Veggie Flatbread, Farm-made Mascarpone, Herb Infused Olive Oil

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

Heirloom Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

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This can be combined with the appetizers listed above.

Comes with:

Grilled Sourdough Crostinis or Crackers, Grapes, Carrots, Cucumbers, Dried Fruits, Marcona Almonds, and Garnished with Edible Flowers from our gardens.

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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Fresh from the Farm Bakery

*Fresh eggs from our coop, milk from our own cow, and fresh garden ingredients are used including an array of edible flowers.

10 in. Round Cake


Feeds approximately 35 people.

Dozen Mini Cakes


3 in round mini cakes.

Dozen Cake Truffles


Dozen Chocolate Covered Garden-Grown Strawberries


Garden Fruit Grazing Table

Add Chocolate Fondue



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Cake Flavors



Strawberry Lemon Chiffon Chocolate Vanilla Traditional White
Vanilla Chocolate Lemon

Cake Upgrades and Customizations


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

Fresh Sliced Strawberries

Fresh Blueberries

Fresh Blackberries

Fresh Peaches

Caramelized Apples

Caramelized Peaches

Wine-soaked Strawberries

Wine-soaked Raspberries


Fruit Compote

Whole fruits are cooked in water with sugar and spices.





Farm Butters

A fruit butter is a sweet spread made of fruit

cooked to a paste, then lightly sweetened.

Fruit Curds

Fruit curds are a deliciously fruity spread made

from fruit juice, zest, eggs, and sugar.

Lemon Curd

Meyer Lemon

Blood Orange

Strawberry Curd

Raspberry Curd

Mixed Berry Curd

Cabernet Blackberry Curd

Champagne Strawberry Curd








Farm-Made Cookie Butter

Extra Sweet

Caramel Praline

Chocolate Hazelnut Praline

Homemade Salted Caramel

Farm-made Butterscotch

Pecan Toffee

Walnut Toffee

Farm-made Nutella

Pastry Cream

Pastry Cream is a combination of milk, eggs, and starch that are cooked together to create a rich and thick custard








Ganache is a glaze, icing, sauce, or filling for pastries, made from chocolate and cream.




Whipped Chocolate

Whipped Chocolate Baileys

White Chocolate

Dark chocolate


Blueberry White Chocolate

Blackberry White Chocolate

Late Night Bites

We offer pre-packaged bites that your guests can enjoy even after we leave!


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Personal Popcorn Bags


Traditional Butter




Trail Mixes:

Sweet Love: maple glazed nuts, tart dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips.

Sweet and Spicy Mix: blend of nuts and seeds coated with a sweet and spicy seasoning.

Tropical Getaway: banana chips, chocolate chunks, coconut, and nuts

Muddy Buddy: Chocolate and Peanut butter

Nut Free: Shelled pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, golden raisins, dried apricots, chocolate chips

Mini Chicken Apple Salad Sandwiches

Marinated chicken tossed with apples, cranberries, and almonds on fresh baked sourdough bread then Individually packaged. Comes with a choice of Pretzels, Chips, or Carrots.


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Smore’s Box

Farm-made marshmallows, milk chocolate, graham crackers

Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Choose: White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate. Dark Chocolate

Heart Shaped Rice Crispy Treats

Farm-made Rice Crispy Treats dipped in your choice of chocolate then individually wrapped.

Personalized-Themed Charcuterie Boards

Comes with Sourdough Crostinis, Garnished with Edible Flowers

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Veggie Matrimony: Herb Cream Cheese, Cucumber, Carrot, Cherry Tomatoes

After Party Picnic: Smoked Salami, Smoked Gouda, Grapes, Olives.

Date Night Delight: Brie, Proscuitto, Strawberries, Dark Chocolate

Vegan Vibes: Marinated Tofu, Carrot Sticks, Cherry Tomatoes, Hummus

Mediterranean Escape: Feta Cheese, Salami, Olives, Cherry Tomatoes

Cheesy Love: Brie, Gouda, Cheddar, Grapes

The Bachelor: Variety of cured meats, homemade pickles, Cheddar, Whole Grain Musttard

Spicy Romance: Pimento Cheese, Spicy Salami, Celery, Candied Jalapeños, Carrots

The Mother-in-Law: Gorgonzola, Prosciutto, Fig Jam

Spring Fling: Mozzarella Salami, Cherry Tomatoes, Basil, Olives,

I DO” Chocolate: Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Covered Almonds, Prosciutto, Brie

Gourmet Experience: Truffle Cheese, Marcona Almonds, Prosciutto, Fig Jam

Next Day Breakfast: Mini Farm-Made Sourdough Bagel, Cream Cheese, Strawberries, Fruit Jam

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There is no one out there like Daniel and Mike. The story of how they started MacDonald Farm is as heartwarming as the meals they serve; meals that warm the soul and are made with love, using healthy, locally-sourced ingredients from their family farm in Monterey, CA. Both Daniel and Mike were an absolute joy to work with from day one and completely blew away all of our expectations with the most delicious and breathtaking reception dinner for our wedding at the Wind & Sea Estate in Big Sur...

-Jamie M.

Daniel and Mike did a great job for our intimate wedding in Big Sur, they were very helpful with planning the menu and getting everything set in our very short timeline! Everyone loved the food and we had the best time working with them. I love their backstory and visiting them on the farm for a tasting was so fun, it’s amazing how they grow their own ingredients and the skill they have making every dish taste amazing! We’re had several dietary restrictions but luckily that wasn’t an issue. Most of our dishes were dairy and gluten free and no one could tell which was so impressive! If you want a caterer who is sustainable, flexible and makes delicious food MacDonald Farm is for you!!

-Kadi c.

Do you want to work with a low-stress caterer who will customize the menu to any of your vegan/vegetarian needs? And do you want all of your guests to remark how good the food is at your wedding? If yes, Daniel and MacDonald Farm are the perfect caterer for you! I hired Daniel to cater my little wedding with less than 15 people in Big Sur and he was awesome to partner with!The wedding was scheduled to be outside and when a storm was predicted, we moved it up a day and to a new venue at the last minute. Daniel was so flexible and responsive through all of the changes and he was able to deliver delicious food despite it all. Within minutes of my guests starting to eat lunch they were all saying how great the food was. And we saved all of the extra and the guests ate the rest for lunch the next few days :) I highly recommend Daniel and his team for your wedding or event!

-Justine f.

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Text/Call: 909-450-4544

We encourage you to follow us on Instagram at: Macfarm_chef

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The Wind and Sea

Big Sur, CA


Daniel Macdonald

Your Personal Chef

Chef Daniel is a highly skilled and classically trained French chef with over 15 years of experience in the culinary industry. He graduated from one of the top culinary schools in the country and has since worked as a private chef for numerous celebrities, including Judge Judy, and corporations such as Google, Pottery Barn, Kia Motors, and more. Chef Daniel has collaborated with the Anaheim Ducks, several movie and TV show productions, as well as actors, movie producers, and teen rehabilitation centers.

In addition, Chef Daniel has lent his expertise in consulting the opening of 4 thriving restaurants and developing vegan menus for major health specialty stores, such as Whole Foods. He also has a wealth of experience working with local wineries to create memorable farm-to-table food and wine pairings.

In addition to his culinary expertise, Chef Daniel is an accomplished baker. He has eight years of baking experience, from crafting wedding cakes to small farm-to-table desserts, Chef Daniel has a talent for providing the perfect finish to any extraordinary meal.

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