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Community Table with Chef Drew Bent of Papalo

May 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

plates of farm fresh fire roasted vegetables

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 Drew Bent



As a graduate of the Art institute of California, Chef Drew Bent has worked locally in the kitchens at Searsucker, Carnitas’ Snack Shack, Puesto, Tender Greens, and even apprenticed in the kitchen for frequent “Best Restaurant in the World” winner Noma’s month-long Tulum, Mexico pop-up. Bent also worked at Enrique Olvero’s highly-reviewed Criollo restaurant in Oaxaca for a short period. Ched Drew also came out victorious on an episode of Food Network’s beat Bobby Flay in Spring 2021.

Bringing his vast experience working in the culinary world, Chef Drew Bent founded San Diego’s Michelin-recognized LOLA 55 modern taqueria in 2018. During Chef Drew’s tenure at LOLA 55, the restaurant earned the highly coveted Bib Gourmand distinction from California’s Michelin Guide. Fast forward to 2021, Chef Drew opened Papalito within the new Little Thief Wine Bar in San Diego’s North Park, offering Sonoran barbecue flavors in a sandwich and bistro menu. In response to much fanfare, another restaurant, Papalo, will be opening in East Village this March.

Inspired by Chef Bent’s deep history in the realm of barbeque, his special Community Table dinner will fuse delicious Sonoran Mexican barbecue with Southern California inspired cuisine.



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 19, 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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