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Events at James Ranch

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The Ott Brothers of the James Ranch are announcing the first James Ranch Christmas Tree Corral Shop for your tree during the week while the Market is open: Wednesday-Sunday from 10-6pm

Colorado Blue Spruce Christmas trees grown in James Ranch Tree Farm

OR

Have your family join us for two special afternoons:
Dec 4th and Dec 11th (Sundays) from 2-5pm at the James Ranch Market/Grill/Terraces

Enjoy complimentary local, hot apple cider and sway to seasonal music as you walk among the cut trees. The Ott brothers will be available for loading and strapping down the tree your family selects.
These vigorous, hardy native trees are more than adequate for all holiday decorations and just might outlast your seasonal spirit.
There will be multiple sizes available starting at 6'. Private installation of trees over 12' is possible on a case by case basis.

Please contact Abe Ott of James Ranch Trees if you have any questions or requests: (970) 317-0449.
Gather Tuesdays, 5:30pm-7:30pm

The Gather Dinner events have started! They take place every Tuesday evening 5:30pm-7:30pm Mid-October to the end of March. You are wowed with a four course, prefixed meal using as many local/regional ingredients as possible. During this culinary experience, you will be joined by two invited guests that have produced one or more of the ingredients on your plate that are going to share their journey in producing the ingredients we are privileged to serve that evening. This is a time to connect and honor our farmers, ranchers, producers, bakers and purveyors that go beyond what most of us can conceive in order to accomplish what they do. This memorable evening is $95 including tax and gratuity (alcohol not included). Prepaid Reservations only. Limited Seating.

James Ranch Christmas Tree Corral
• Sunday, December 04, 2022 James Ranch Christmas Tree Corral 2-5pm

Have your family join us for a special afternoon at the James Ranch Market/Grill/Terraces.

Enjoy complimentary local, hot apple cider and sway to seasonal music as you walk among the cut trees. The Ott brothers will be available for loading and strapping down the tree your family selects.

These vigorous, hardy native trees are more than adequate for all holiday decorations and just might outlast your seasonal spirit. 

There will be multiple sizes available starting at 6'. Private installation of trees over 12' is possible on a case by case basis.

Please contact Abe Ott of James Ranch Trees if you have any questions or requests: (970) 317-0449.

Gather Dinner Event: Adam & Genevieve Wilson with AG Homestead
• Tuesday, December 06, 2022 Gather Dinner Event: Adam & Genevieve Wilson with AG Homestead 5:30pm-7:30pm
$95 (including tax and gratuity - alcohol not included) Prepaid Reservations Only

Guest Producers Adam and Genevieve Wilson with AG Homestead
 

Appetizer - Yak sausage and grilled pineapple wontons with a sweet soy sauce, green onions and sesame seeds 

Salad - Kale and purple cabbage, wonton crisps, pickled carrots, sesame ginger dressing with cured broccoli and sesame seeds

or 

Soup - Carrot and lemongrass bisque with coconut cream, Thai chili-sesame oil

Entree - Leg of lamb roulade, grilled bok choy, cured cucumbers, and tamarind pickled carrots, kombu jus, puffed rice and pea tendrils

Dessert

Gingerbread beignet, coconut powdered sugar with lime curd

RESERVATIONS

James Ranch Christmas Tree Corral
• Sunday, December 11, 2022 James Ranch Christmas Tree Corral 2-5pm

Have your family join us for a special afternoon at the James Ranch Market/Grill/Terraces.

Enjoy complimentary local, hot apple cider and sway to seasonal music as you walk among the cut trees. The Ott brothers will be available for loading and strapping down the tree your family selects.

These vigorous, hardy native trees are more than adequate for all holiday decorations and just might outlast your seasonal spirit. 

There will be multiple sizes available starting at 6'. Private installation of trees over 12' is possible on a case by case basis.

Please contact Abe Ott of James Ranch Trees if you have any questions or requests: (970) 317-0449.

Gather: Gunther & Lily with James Ranch Homestead School
• Tuesday, December 13, 2022 Gather: Gunther & Lily with James Ranch Homestead School 5:30pm-7:30pm
$95 (including tax and gratuity - alcohol not included) Prepaid Reservations Only

Guest Producers to share their story: Gunther and Lily with James Ranch Homestead School

Come hear from Gunther Ott of the James Ranch and his teaching assistant, Lilli Babcock, tell the story of starting the new James Ranch Homestead school and the vision for the future. The James Ranch Homestead School’s mission is to teach agriculture, cooking, and other primary skills that are neglected in modern education. They provide a healthy environment for kids to grow and express themselves in the outdoors. They work hard, play hard, and see the tangible fruits of their labors while acquiring lifelong skills.  The first season of the school was a big success with lots of positive feedback from the children and their parents.  Gunther and Lilli are eager to share their adventures!

The menu will be featuring the wild mushrooms Gunther (who is certified for wild harvesting) and Lilli found in the San Juan mountains this summer.

MENU

Appetizer - James Ranch beef pastrami, cured Persian cucumbers, pickled mustard seeds, rye croutons

Soup or Salad (guest choice)

Grapefruit, fennel and avocado salad on Four Seasons Greenhouse salad mix and kale with pistachios

or

Wild mushroom bisque 

Entrée - Bass encroute,  Mushroom duxel,  puffed pastry,  Sautéed Spinach,  buerre blanc, Mushroom crisps

Dessert - smoked apple pie with bay leaf whipped cream and cinnamon powdered sugar

RESERVATIONS

Gather: Dan & Becca James of James Ranch Artisan Cheese
• Tuesday, December 20, 2022 Gather: Dan & Becca James of James Ranch Artisan Cheese 5:30pm-7:30pm
$95 (including tax and gratuity - alcohol not included) Prepaid Reservations Only

Guest Producers to share their story: Dan and Becca James of James Ranch Artisan Cheese


Appetizer - Red wine poached pears, blue cheese mousse, lemon-thyme crumble, balsamic reduction, golden beet chips, fried sage

Soup or Salad (guest choice)

Kale salad, brown butter golden beets, pomegranate seeds, sage-orange vinaigrette, pickled apples 

or

Beet soup using Tierra Vida Farms beets

Entrée - Duck confit, tamarind jus, herbed lentil couscous, crème fraiche, plump cherries, orange segments, pea tendrils

Dessert - Cherry Chambord and chocolate Bavarian cream tart

RESERVATIONS

Gather Dinner: Elizabeth and Jared with Eso Terra Ciderworks
• Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Gather Dinner: Elizabeth and Jared with Eso Terra Ciderworks 5:30pm-7:30pm
$95.00 including tax and gratuity

Jared and Elizabeth landed in the Southwestern region surrounding Durango, Colorado, while pursuing their respective careers as forest fire mitigator (Jared) and architect (Elizabeth). Home to over 500 unique apple varieties, it was almost impossible to ignore the heaping branches of fruit visible each summer, and the subsequent “great rot” as the fruit fell and was left largely unharvested and unused. 

Jared became involved in one, then another small-batch cider making endeavor in his free time, learning the bitter sweet nuances of apples + yeast & time. Jared and Elizabeth became inundated in research about the region, and with the help of local small agriculture groups such as Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project, learned the historical significance of apples for the wild Southwest.

They wanted to bring back the vibrant appreciation for the heritage apples and orchards that was known just decades before and launched EsoTerra Ciderworks in earnest in 2019, with a vision to not only create premium artisanal ciders, but also to revive a nearly abandoned apple industry that has historical roots dating back to the early mining communities of the region.

Appetizer - Duck rillette, orange marmalade, duck cracklings, toast points

Soup or Salad (guest choice)
Chestnut and parsnip bisque with brie and rosemary cream
or
Kale and arugula with fennel-apple farro, slivered almonds and cranberries with a champagne vinaigrette

Entrée - Beef wellington with truffle duxel, Bourbon butter sauce, pearl onion chutney, potato square, green beans

Dessert - Bay leaf pannacotta, pomegranate foam and champagne pearls 

Reservations