Pony Up and have some fun!

February 21, 2008

Attention COWs! Two of Woodside’s best-known gems are going for star turns this and coming weeks. Filoli has reopened after its winter replanting and Mark Sullivan, the chef-owner of the Village Pub in Woodside will be putting his culinary reputation on the line in San Francisco in March.

Filoli, which closes every winter to allow gardeners to maintain and improve its famous gardens, is having a special event this weekend. “The Enchanting Winter Garden” is a three-day opening celebration that will also feature workshops and classes. The beauty of Filoli’s winter gardens, while not as famous as its spring tulips, will be on display with special tours available for fans.

There will be tours of the estate’s fabulous camellias, flower arranging, and camellia tea tastings. Additionally, children will be happy with events just for them, including flowerpot decorating, hikes, and the opportunity to get involved with planting on the grounds. All COWs who’ve been cooped up in the barn because of the rain should moo-sey on over and check it out!

On March 10th, an exciting event in San Francisco has a Woodside connection. The “Battle of the Chefs” is a series of competitions between Bay Area chefs held at the Union Square Macy’s in San Francisco. Mark Sullivan, the owner of the Village Pub in Woodside and Spruce in San Francisco, will battle Mark Denham, the chef of Laiola in S.F., in a culinary battle royale.

Like T.V.’s “Iron Chef”, the chefs will have to work a secret ingredient into their dish and have only 45 minutes to prepare their recipe. Hometown favorite Mark Sullivan, who also writes for the Food and Wine section of the San Jose Mercury, recently was named ‘Best Newcomer’ by 7×7 Magazine. Marisa Churchill from Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ provides commentary. Admission is $10 and includes food and wine samples. Tickets sell out quickly so snap them up as soon as you can – and cheer for Sullivan to BULL over the competition!

The Enchanting Winter Garden
Filoli Estate
Friday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 24th
86 Cañada Road, Woodside, California 94062

Battle of the Chefs featuring Sullivan and Denham
6 p.m., March 10th
Macy’s Union Square, 170 O’Farrell St., San Francisco

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