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.


Doug Settle is a San Diego based chef with 15 years of culinary experience. After nearly a decade in the industry he decided this career path was one he could use to change to make a difference in the world. Tracing his roots back to his hometown in the Appalachian Mountains where he grew up gardening, hunting and fishing with his family, proper sourcing and appreciation for those who grow/raise/forage the ingredients we use became his passion. Alongside this he pairs a drive for leadership and training taken from seeking out and working with some of the best Chefs in San Diego. When not in the kitchen, Doug spends his time rock climbing, hiking and searching for new culinary techniques to prevent waste and the best local ingredients the city has to offer.
Community Table Dinner with Outdoor Chef Doug Settle
​​​​ The Ecology Center
 32701 Alipaz St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
August 19, 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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