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Community Table with Chef Michael Campbell

March 31, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Chef Doug roasting vegetables over a grill fire

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 Michael Campbell holding out two plates



“I love that people at The Ecology Center are willing to be daring. We’re doing it for the right reasons, and that’s exciting”

The culinary creative behind some of Orange County’s most renowned cuisine, including that of his own Pacific Pearl Catering Co., Chef Michael Campbell is a leader in regenerative fine dining. With a background that ranges from working as executive sous chef for Michael Mina group to exploring classic Spanish and French techniques to the pristine farm-to-table model at Dan Barber’s Blue Hill, Chef Campbell uses The Ecology Center’s local seasonal produce to craft sublimely simple dishes that showcase unforgettable character and soul. Chef Campbell has made a culinary reputation as a true land steward in the fine dining world as a cocreator of the Sustainable Seafood Summit held in Portland Oregon in 2019 — to name one passion project. Inspired by past dishes like curry- and coconut-crusted carrots and wood-fired birria beans with charred chiles, Chef Michael’s pairing of rustic and refined techniques will bring out the best of our bioregion’s signature flavors.



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.



March 31, 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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