An edible conversation between a farm, a chef, and the community.
We are excited to finish out a year of incredible culinary experiences with a special series of Community Table dinners, led by our very own Chef Doug Settle and The Ecology Center fermentation, bakery, and beverage teams. These beloved dinners will continue to more deeply connect chefs, farmers, and the community around delicious ecological meals while inspiring a relationship of stewardship with the land. To ensure that these beautiful experiences won't be affected by the weather, we will be hosting these final dinners in the cozy shelter of our rustic greenhouse with a smaller guest list.


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
November 18, 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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