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Plates & Palattes

Anh-Minh Le | October 2, 2017 | Lifestyle Story Culture


On Sunday, Oct. 8, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program will host 150 guests for Artful Harvest, its annual benefit, now in its ninth year (tickets $350 to $750 per person). The festivities take place inside the Artists’ Barn at Djerassi Ranch. The Woodside locale offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, with the surrounding acreage studded with outdoor sculptures primarily by artists in residence.

Chefs Mark Sullivan and John Madriaga, both of Bacchus Management Group’s family of restaurants (which includes The Village Pub and Spruce), are responsible for the four-course menu, with dishes incorporating organic produce from SMIP Ranch, located next to the Djerassi property. Attendees can mingle before and after supper among artwork that is part of the silent auction—among them, pieces by Djerassi alums and notable artists such as Ann Weber, Lauren DiCioccio, Mitchell Johnson, Robert Buelteman and Natalya Bird.

The evening will include a performance by Aleta Hayes and her movement band, The Chocolate Heads, as well.

Djerassi Executive Director Margot H. Knight describes the event as “magical,” adding that, “The art, the food, the sunset and vistas make for a one-of-a-kind experience.”

Originally published in the September/October issue of Silicon Valley

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