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.


A Los Angeles native, Oscar Torres began his culinary career early—joining the family business, Mexican restaurant Mariscos El Chino, as a child. His formal culinary education began in his high school’s culinary program and ended with a position under Chef Christophe Eme at Los Angeles’ Michelin-star restaurant Ortolan. Amid a stint as Executive Sous Chef at Patina in the Walt Disney Concert hall, Chef Oscar spent a month staging at Daniel in New York City. His deep dive into classic French cooking informed his diverse palate, resulting in a signature style featuring local and seasonal ingredients in globally influenced cuisine. He currently serves as executive chef at Animalon by the Sea, a seasonal, fine-dining restaurant nestled under a 200-year-old oak tree in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe wine country.

Community Table Dinner with Chef Oscar Torres of Animalón
​​​​ The Ecology Center
 32701 Alipaz St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
July 22, 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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