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An edible conversation between a farm, a chef, and the community.

Join us for an unforgettable experience as our Community Table series returns this Summer. We’re bringing together a new lineup of world-class chefs to create an edible conversation between a farm, a chef, and the community. This series celebrates a seasonal palette of fruits, vegetables, herbs, berries, and flowers, all grown on our 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm.

By inviting these culinary artists to the heart of our farm, we open doors to new ingredients, inspire them with our bio region’s historic foodways, and deepen their connection with the land. This intimate, family-style feast features thoughtfully crafted courses, showcasing the freshest farm produce.

Limited to just 80 guests, this gathering offers an authentic taste of the farm in a cozy, communal setting.

Book Your Tickets Now for an intimate feast of farm-fresh flavors!

Community Table with Chef Aaron Zimmer of La Vaquera

The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, United States

Join us for an edible conversation with Executive Chef Aaron Zimmer of Vaquera, whose career spans from an apprenticeship at the Ritz Carlton, Buckhead to leading culinary roles at Rosewood Hotel Group and Google -- now bringing innovative cuisine rooted in San Juan Capistrano’s history to La Vaquera.

Get Tickets $160.00 – $175.00 1 ticket left

Community Table with Chef Adam Hiner

The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, United States

Chef Adam is a part of the founding team of Boochcraft, Southern California’s first high-alcohol kombucha brewery. Most recently, Chef Adam launched Pacha Bakery offering fermented, organic gluten-free bread. Join us for a special evening with Chef Adam Heiner.

Get Tickets $160.00 – $175.00

Community Table with Chef Charlie Knowles of bica

The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, United States

With a passion for California-fresh cuisine and a commitment to ethical sourcing, Chef Charlie brings a unique blend of flavors inspired by the city's tuna fishing community and the vibrant tempo of modern-day European cafes.

Get Tickets $160.00 – $175.00

Community Table with Chef Jorge Valines

The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, United States

Join us for an ecological meal crafted by renowned Chef Jorge Valines, whose coastal-influenced cuisine emphasizes fresh, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients, shaped by his extensive experience and dedication to future generations.

Get Tickets $160.00 – $175.00

Community Table with Chefs Nic Webber and Jacob Jordan of 24 Suns

The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, United States

Chef Nic and Jacob use an age-old method rooted in the Chinese agricultural solar calendar. They embrace this philosophy through locally sourced, micro-seasonal cuisine that draws from Chinese techniques and traditions, blending them with classical training and the abundance of Southern California's offerings.

Get Tickets $160.00 – $175.00

Community Table with Chef Ben Martinek of Pendry

The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, United States

From working in a Colorado dive bar at eleven to becoming Culinary Director at Pendry Newport Beach and The Elwood Club, Chef Ben's extraordinary journey and commitment to locally sourced, plant-based cuisine has earned him accolades and admiration in the culinary world.

Get Tickets $160.00 – $175.00 1 ticket left

Community Table with Chef Michael Campbell of Pacific Pearl Cafe

The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz Street, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA, United States

Chef Campbell uses The Ecology Center’s local seasonal produce to craft sublimely simple dishes that showcase unforgettable character and soul. Gather on the farm for a fireside dinner with Chef Michael Campbell.

Get Tickets $160.00 – $175.00

Dwell Festival: A Sukkot Experience

Join us for a vibrant Sukkot Harvest Festival!The Ecology Center x Jewish Community Foundation Orange County Weissman ArtsAn inclusive event open to people of all ages, backgrounds, and faiths.Immerse yourself […]

Get Tickets $5.00 – $8.00

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The Community Table

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Principles of a Regenerative Food System

Our Community Table dinner series began with the development of the Community Table Accord–a set of principles developed by chefs and leaders of the regenerative food movement to promote sustainability throughout all aspects of sourcing, preparing, and eating food. At The Ecology Center, we believe that everyday, simple solutions create big change in our communities. Together, we are building a healthy, vibrant future designed around the understanding that we are a part of nature.

The Community Table Accord is an effort to mainstream sustainability in the global farm-to-table community. Shaped, practiced, and shared by our found chefs, the Community Table Accord advances the conversation at the dinner table. By living and eating in accordance with these principles, each one of us contributes to a more abundant future.

eat fresh + seasonal

Choose local produce that’s in season

Buy local

Support a dynamic local economy

Choose Organic

Remove contaminants and toxins from our food supply

Respect Animals

Only eat animals raised with intention and respect

Grow your own

Participate in the act of growing food

Celebrate diversity

Cultivate and consume a diverse variety of foods

Promote Polycultures

Make farms regenerative ecosystems

Nourish All Children

Give children everywhere access to delicious, healthy food

Educate for Change

Empower positive change through personal and collective activism

Celebrate the harvest

Take time to celebrate, recognize, and inspire your community