Malibu’s One Gun Ranch has long intrigued us. Everything from the beachy, boho products at their Ranch at the Pier shop, to their fresh, biodynamic produce at our go-to Malibu spots Cafe Habana, Malibu Farm, and the Surfrider Malibu, has had us wondering about what exactly is going on up there.
It is no wonder that when we caught wind of the fact that owners Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring were opening up their secluded ranch for a Blue Moon Dinner under the stars, we jumped at the chance to go.
Everything Bamford and Eysenring touch is effortlessly chic, and once we set eyes on the ranch (after a long twisty drive up a steep canyon road) we knew this experience would be no exception. The ranch was named by former owner, Guns N’ Roses drummer, Matt Sorum. Since it’s apparently bad luck to change a ranch’s name, as GNR fans, who were we to question superstition?
Set high in the Santa Monica mountains, with a magical view of the Pacific, the ranch stretches down the hillside on several levels. We left the car roadside and climbed into the cab of a yellow One Gun Ranch pick up complete with blanket-covered hay bales.
When we arrived at the first level we got a quick schooling on biodynamic farming, which is based on, among other things, the cycles of the moon. We helped ourselves to a sampling of lettuces and herbs that grew beneath a canopy of ripening passion fruit. A herd of goats moseyed on by as the sun cast a warm glow, setting the tone for the evening.
Word on the ranch was that rosé and crudités awaited below … no need to tell us twice! 😏 We caught the next pickup and cruised, in non-goat-like fashion, down into the canyon to partake in the festivities. Once there, we met the menagerie of rescues: fifteen or so dogs, four alpacas, a bevy of former racehorses, a couple of very entertaining pigs, a donkey, and eventually, our old pals, the goats. Strings of lights, white canvas teepees, an Airstream trailer and vintage red Land Rover and a toasty stone campfire completed the picture-perfect scene.
As soon as the sun set, we dined on a literal farm-to-table three-course meal by chef Sara Marquard. Two backhoes, at either end of the long dinner table, held up a string of lights and it, along with the twinkling stars and the blue super moon illuminated our dinner.
We may have had to wait patiently for our opportunity to see the ranch, but you don’t have to. If you want in on the action, here’s your chance. Under the Blue Moon: A Spring Equinox Farm to Table Dinner will take place on March 31st and you can get your tickets here. Mind you, this little slice of heaven doesn’t come cheap, but we think you’re worth it. 😉
Dinner under the moon and stars (second to last photo, above) by Emily Kovner Moss.