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Community Table with Chef Willie Eick of Matsu

May 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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 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 William Eike



With over 15 years of experience cooking in restaurants, Chef and Owner William Eick has worked at every level, from casual eateries to fine dining. In 2016, Chef Eick was awarded Best Chef in San Diego from Thrillist Magazine and won Best New Restaurant with his previous concept, 608.

With Matsu, William aims to showcase the roots of his culinary career and passion for Japanese flavors and techniques, in a progressively modern setting. Little-known factoid: William speaks fluent Japanese which allows him to connect with the history and dishes on a deeper level.

A local of Oceanside, California, one of San Diego County’s most accomplished chefs, William Eick, has opened Matsu, a 48-seat fine dining restaurant focusing on the traditions and techniques of Japanese food, and marrying them with the Southern California landscape. Guests of the restaurant are treated to a 10 course tasting menu, showcasing the seasonal bounty from the area’s farms as well as exquisite products direct from Japan. Like Chef Eick, The Ecology Center prides itself on exploring the unique flavors within our bioregion and we cannot wait to see what we end up creating together on the farm.



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 12, 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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