An edible conversation between a farm, a chef, and the community.
We are delighted to welcome Community Table back for 2022. This beloved event brings a renowned chef to our farm to design an ecological meal around our four seasonal rotations (market garden, milpa, berries, 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 Brian Bornemann grew up an Angeleno, knowing the terrior and the markets initmately his whole life. While studying economics at UCLA, an after-school kitchen job inspired Brian to visit Tuscany, which then led to a year-long stint of cooking at an osteria in Siena. Upon graduating, Bornemann returned to Italy, this time just outside of Milan, to further hone his skills in the technique of handmade pasta. After moving back to the United States, Bornemann assumed his post at Potager in Denver under Teri Ripeto – who instilled in him the importance of honoring all ingredients, as well as the utmost respect for the relationships with farmers and purveyors – before ultimately returning to Los Angeles.

Bornemann then further developed his craft under Chef Casey Lane for a collective five years, from overseeing the menu at The Tasting Kitchen and reviving Casa Apicii in New York’s Greenwich Village, to opening the critically acclaimed Viale dei Romani in the La Peer Hotel – a fine-dining, seafood-driven, Italian restaurant, which earned a Forbes Four Star and was deemed “One of The Biggest Restaurant Openings of 2018” nationally by Food & Wine Magazine. Venturing out on his own, Brian began consulting at Employees Only Los Angeles and, most recently, joined the team at Michael’s Santa Monica to helm the kitchen at the 40-year old institution.
Community Table Dinner with Chef Brian Bornemann of Crudo e Nudo
​​​​ The Ecology Center
 32701 Alipaz St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
August 05, 2022
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Please email us with any dietary needs.  We always 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, but it is a family style meal so 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. 
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. 

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