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Community Table with Chef David Sim of Kingfisher

May 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

$160.00 – $175.00

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.




A first generation Cambodian-American, Chef David Sim was born in Tacoma, Washington before relocating to San Diego at a young age to be closer with extended relatives. With an innate work ethic garnered from the difficult path his parents and brothers took to make it to the US, David began his professional restaurant journey at California icon, In-N-Out Burger. To this day he credits his nearly ten years there with providing him with the foundation of understanding systems and maintaining a clean, organized kitchen. Eventually, Sim had the opportunity to work at the once highly-respected, but now-closed, Prepkitchen restaurant in Little Italy. Aspiring to work under Chef Brad Wise, David moved on to become part of the opening team at the acclaimed Fort Oak in Mission Hills. After frequenting Crab Hut and having the restaurant serve as celebratory gathering space for family, David was intrigued when he learned the team was opening a new restaurant, Kingfisher, to showcase Vietnamese food through a modern lens. After inquiring about a position there, David became the restaurant’s first official employee and has now worked his way up to the role of Executive Chef David leads with a passion for the culinary arts with the ultimate goal of nourishing people through food, stemming from the joy he gained from his childhood cooking for family. 

IG: @kingfisher.sd


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.


May 10
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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