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Community Table with Chef Brian Bornemann of Crudo e Nudo

May 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Brian Bornemann cooking at Community Table

Join us for an edible conversation between a farm, a chef, and the community.

We are delighted to welcome Community Table back for the 2023 Spring Series. This beloved event brings a renowned chef to our farm to design an ecological meal around our four seasonal rotations (market garden, milpa, fruit forest, cover crops). By bringing these culinary artists back to the source, we give them an opportunity to connect with new ingredients, find fresh inspiration in our bioregion’s historic foodways, and discover the rewards of relationship with the land.



Chef Brian Bornmann of Crudo e Nudo Portrait



Between his deep connection to the terroir and markets of his native Los Angeles and his travels and culinary training in southern Italy, it was only natural that Chef Brian Bornemann’s first U.S. cooking gig would happen at Denver’s farm-focused restaurant Potager, a position that affirmed his respect for local, seasonal ingredients and his relationships with the farmers and purveyors who provide them. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Chef Brian Bornemann went to work for Chef Casey Lane, first overseeing the menu at The Tasting Kitchen before moving on to New York to help revive Casa Apicii and open Viale dei Romani, where his leadership earned the restaurant a Forbes Four Star rating and lauds from Food & Wine as one of the biggest restaurant openings of 2018. Today, Brian leads the kitchen at Santa Monica’s sustainable seafood market and low-intervention wine shop, Crudo e Nudo, where his extensive background in Italian, Mediterranean, and California cuisine highlight the highest quality local seafood and market vegetables.



Community Table dinners are fixed course, family-style meals. As such, we cannot accommodate every dietary restriction. Please email us with any dietary needs.  We will try to accommodate for vegetarian/vegan needs, gluten intolerance, and seafood/shellfish allergies but let us know if there are any specific dietary restrictions for any of your guests.  We will do our best to accommodate anything beyond the 3 listed. If there are any life threatening allergies we recommend emailing before purchasing tickets.

Community Table Dinners begin at 6pm, when we’ll start with drinks and a farm tour. We appreciate timeliness as the dinner is coursed intentionally with just one seating. Dinners typically end around 10pm.

We can offer refunds up to one week before the dinner.  In the case that you need to cancel last minute, we would be happy to work with you to pass along your tickets to friends or family members.


May 26, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Ecology Center


The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA 92675 United States
(949) 443 4223


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