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Community Table with Chef David Serus of Montage Laguna Beach

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

$160.00 – $175.00
Evan Marks speaking to guests 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 2024 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.


For more than 25 years, Chef David Serus has worked with renowned luxury hotels and Michelin star restaurants across the United States and Europe. Since 2019, he has served as the Executive Chef of Montage Laguna Beach, overseeing the flagship resort’s culinary efforts of The Loft, Mosaic Bar and Grille, Lobby Lounge, in-room dining, banquets, weddings and special events. Born and raised in La Mans, France, Serus was inspired to become a chef after spending time in his grandmother’s kitchen and working at his uncle’s bakery during school vacations. It was his upbringing in France, consuming the best local produce and products that informed his culinary philosophy today. “At a very young age, I was exposed to locally sourced ingredients in my parent’s backyard garden, watching how my family used them to create simple but unforgettable dishes. At Montage Laguna Beach and throughout my career, my approach to food is simple and clean with well-executed techniques. Respecting the ingredients without modifying their original flavor is key,” says Serus. With access to California’s bounty of seasonal produce and fresh seafood in the Pacific waters directly in front of  Montage Laguna Beach, guests can expect light and ingredient-driven dishes that celebrate Southern  California’s locale.  

After graduating culinary school with a bevet de technicien supérieur in hotel and restaurant management and a brevet de technicien hôtelier, both in Quimper, France, he served a year in the French Navy before beginning his culinary career serving at two Michelin Star restaurants – one in London and the other in the  South of France. His journey from there led him to luxury hotels, where he worked his way up the kitchen ladder serving for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts for 17 years across the United States, Portugal, and Spain, in addition to the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for seven years. Before Montage Laguna Beach,  he held Executive Chef positions at award-wining The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, Arizona; The Ritz Carlton, Orlando Grand Lakes, Florida; and The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Before growing into that role, he served as the Executive Sous Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Half- Moon Bay, California.  

In 2013, Serus was awarded the prestigious title of Maître Cuisiniers de France (Master Chef of France) from the French culinary community, of which there are only 86 currently in the US. Working in luxury hospitality for over two decades, Serus truly understands the continuous adaptation of today’s diner, listening and providing memorable experiences while never sacrificing flavor. When he is not in the kitchen, you can find  Serus visiting family in France, traveling the world or riding his motorcycle. 


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.

If you are an active member of The Ecology Center, thank you so much for your support! As a token of our appreciation, we are pleased to offer you exclusive ticket pricing. If you are not yet a member but wish to take advantage of the discount, please visit our SUPPORT page to become a member today. If you’re unsure of your membership status, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected], and we’ll be happy to assist.


April 12
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
$160.00 – $175.00
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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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