Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Community Table with Chef Cathy McKnight

June 23, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Cathy McKnight Community Table dinner

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.




Portrait of Chef Cathy



“my life is an open cookbook, and I am inspired everyday by the abundance that Mother Earth supplies for us. Eat with love and respect for her and know that every dollar you spend on food can enrich our earth.”

Chef Cathy is committed to cultivating a regenerative food culture and encouraging people to cook with abundant love and respect for the earth. She connects chefs, butchers, ranchers, and farmers in the effort to reach the larger community of home cooks. Cathy was raised in northern California and her connection to the Slow Food Movement began as a small child. Later on in life, she was introduced to Alice Waters and found her life’s calling the moment she stepped into the Chez Panisse kitchen. Cathy graduated from U.C. Davis intended on pursuing a criminal law career but her passion for cooking led her to the kitchen thus “What A Dish” catering was born. Her boutique catering company and café never strayed from local sourcing which led to her relationship with The Ecology Center. She is honored to be a Community Accord Chef. Chef Cathy, along with other like minded chefs from Orange County, make a commitment to source local, whole foods within a 250-mile radius of the San Juan Capistrano organic farm. This departure from standard restaurant sourcing practices has led to a network of ranchers, farmers and other food artisans who are committed to regenerative agriculture and sustaining our Earth. She was the founding executive chef for Model Meals, a food delivery company embracing the “Whole 30” lifestyle. She was the consulting executive chef for Eilo’s Kitchen, working with founder Aileen Kruidenier to bring whole foods to guests with AutoImmune Issues. Her latest project includes Kitchen 415 guided by using “food and education to disrupt and rebuild current commercial and home food practices”.



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.


June 23, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Categories:


The Ecology Center


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


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Tickets are no longer available