Dave & Miss Shipek

How did two California natives from San Diego and the San Fernando Valley end up in Bondurant, Wyoming?  Simply, a love of the mountains.  

Dave arrived in the Jackson Hole area in 1998 after spending time in Arizona and Hawaii.  He acquired a degree in anthropology from North Arizona University and worked in the Forest Service and as a Department of Defense Firefighter before attending the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and launching his career in the culinary arts.  

Dave's experience include Madison in Scottsdale, AZ; Wilderness Trail Ranch, CM Ranch, Los Cabolaros, Cavalo Creek Grill, Teton Mountain Lodge and Teton Pines.  He then began serving as a personal chef and launched Solace Cabin Catering.

Dave and Miss met at the CM Ranch in Dubois where Miss was wrangling and was a dog musher.  Miss received her degree in K-8 education from the University of Tennessee and taught English for 25 years before making a career change and moving to the mountains of Wyoming.

Married in 2002, Dave and Miss purchased property in Bondurant and began building their home and expanding their catering business in the Jackson Hole area.  In 2014 they took on their next adventure, renovating and reopening the Branding Iron restaurant in Bondurant, a long-time area favorite establishment that had been shuttered.   They opened their doors on April 30th and look forward to providing the Bondurant community, area residents and traveling guests with high-quality, western cooking with a flair.

 Gourmet Meat Rubs

Chef Dave has created his own gourmet meat rubs available for sale at the restaurant. They are guaranteed to take you back to the Ol' West.Tin Rubs Steak Rub  is a robust blend of brown sugar, coffee, smoked paprika, chipotle, and more. Rib Rub is a mix of brown sugar, cumin, smoked paprika, sage, chipotle and more flavors. Finally, the Fish Rub is a delightful splash of brown sugar, salt, thyme, pepper, and smoked paprika. To inquire and order please contact us.

​Read a review fromCrunchtimefood.com.

Wedding Services

Located amidst the whispering lodge pole pines and aspens sits a remote, private refuge of thirty acres - Solace Cabin, a place that can offer smaller, intimate destination wedding.  Cushioned deep within the rustle of the tall trees and winding paths and roads lies a cabin overlooking the surrounding mountain ranges 
enlivened by the sounds of nature and its wildlife.  The rustic outdoor setting has a little niche of heaven laid aside for that special occasion where bride and groom can exchange vows in the solitude of the mountains.  Learn more.

We also have vacation rentals available for our guests.