Los Angeles

Orange County Event: A Green Feast in San Juan Capistrano

Our colleagues with Slow Food Orange County are supporting a Green Feast in San Juan Capistrano and invite Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends to participate. Details below:

Green Feast September 12, 2009 4:00pm until 9:00pm
San Juan Capistrano, CA

This unique farm-to-table fundraiser is designed to inspire and involve our guests in the stewardship of the Southern California environment. The dinner will be served at The Ecology Center gardens adjacent to South Coast Farm, the only certified organic farm in Orange County. The evening will include a delightful meal prepared by guest chef Richard Mead, of Orange County’s renowned Sage Restaurants. Chef Mead has held the helm at several Outstanding in the Field dinners, including one in Santa Barbara and has now graciously volunteered to be head chef of Green Feast.

In the tradition of Slow Food philosophy, the dinner will feature fresh caught seafood, seasonal organic produce, free range meats, organic/biodynamic wines and artisan cheeses. Almost all of the items served are from a 100-mile radius of The Ecology Center. The dinner will be served family-style in an alfresco setting, so each guest will have the opportunity to get to know their fellow diners. For each course, the local producers, who are also our dinner guests, will share a story of how the food they produced journeyed to our table and how sustainable, organic methods enrich both our palates, our health and the environment. While at the center, guests will also be invited to tour of South Coast Farms, a working organic farm, allowing the exploration of concepts in ecological agriculture and local food production.
Local producers providing food and speaking at our dinner include:
Alma Rosa Winery and Vineyards
Bonterra Winery
Carlsbad Aquafarm
J & J Grassfed Beef
Laguna Culinary Arts Cheese and Wine Shop
MM Livestock
Moore’s Seafood
Portola Handcrafted Coffee Roasters
Santa Monica Seafood
South Coast Farms
Stone Brewing Company
Tenerelli Orchards
Ventura Limoncello
Our own Ecology Center Farm
Cost: $150 per guest. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.theecologycenter.org/greenfeast or by phone 949.443.4223. If you have additional questions you can email info@theecologycenter.org or call 949.443.4223.
The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and involve people in the stewardship of Southern California’s  environment,  providing education in sustainable agriculture, ecological design and the heritage of San Juan Capistrano.