Alice’s Restaurant Featured at The Ecology Center Community Dinner Saturday February 13 2016

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The San Juan Capistrano Ecology Center Community Table International Sustenance and Community building Dinner is Saturday February 13 2016.
Chef Jennifer Sherman and Mark Magiera of Chez Panisse and School Gardens is featured during Saturday’s February 13 2016 Community Table Dinner.

The Ecology Center Community Dinner is from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

The Community Table Dinner is a series of dinners that follow the cycle of seasons with two dinners per season.

Each dinner features a renowned chef, a sustainable farmer, and an amazing story.

The Ecology Center Presents a one-of-kind dining and educational experience to support a positive future!

Taste the true meaning of clean, simple, and local.
The visionaries behind Stedsans will be applying their expertise to locally sourced California produce to curate a truly unique meal and conversation.
For Stedsans and The Ecology Center, healthy ecosystems start with healthy food.
And healthy food is only possible with the support of a vibrant community.
This month’s conversation revolves around people and food — around the importance of bringing the earth back to the table.
We all have a common need for sustenance and together we can realize a future where nutritious food is

Community Table Menu*:

Hors d’oeuvres
Prosciutto or cured meat from Electric City Butcher
Brandade toast with olio nuovo
Eggplant cooked in the coals
Cured anchovies toasts
Fried cardoons and Meyer Lemons
Herby roasted almonds

On the Table
Crudites and bagna cauda
Spring onion tart with garden lettuces and nasturtiums

Smoked black cod chowder with parsnips, sorrel, steelhead roe, and crème fraiche

Braised duck leg and grilled breast with roasted potatoes, with chicories salad and Lucques olive relish, fennel, celery root, parsnips, and carrots.
With wilted winter greens and Lucques olive relish

Blood orange and tangerine meringata with candied kumquats and pistachio nougatine

Chino Ranch mara des bois and chocolates
Schoolyard Garden tisane

From the schoolyards
Mint, sorrel, oranges, lemon, nasturtiums, carrots, lettuces, kumquats, cress, thyme, celery

Paired wines courtesy of Beckmen Vineyards

*Menu is subject to change depending on seasonal availability.

About Chez Panisse:

Chez Panisse opened its doors in 1971, founded by Alice Waters and a group of idealistic friends.
A neighborhood bistro, it is named after Honoré Panisse, a character in Marcel Pagnol’s 1930s movie trilogy about waterfront life in Marseille, as an homage to the sentiment, comedy, and informality of these classic films.

From the beginning, Alice and her partners tried to do things the way they would like them done at a dinner party at home, with generosity and attention to detail.
Alice and Chez Panisse are convinced that the best-tasting food is organically and locally grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound by people who are taking care of the land for future generations.
The quest for such ingredients has always determined the restaurant’s cuisine.
Since 1971, Chez Panisse has invited diners to partake of the immediacy and excitement of vegetables just out of the garden, fruit right off the branch, and fish straight out of the sea.
In doing so, Chez Panisse has established a network of nearby suppliers who, like the restaurant, are striving for both environmental harmony and delicious flavor.

About The Ecology Center Sourcing Partners:
This special dinner in partnership with Chez Panisse highlights our growing school garden community.

The Ecology Center’s Grow Your Own! schools – Palmquist Elementary, Top of the World Elementary, and Las Palmas Elementary – have kindly contributed produce from their edible schoolyards for the dinner.
Representatives from the schools will also join the dinner to share their stories.

Protein for the dinner will be provided by Electric City Butcher, a small, artisanal style operation connecting sustainable ranchers to customers.

The Dory Fleet in Newport Beach and our friend and fishmonger, Paddy Glennon, will provide responsibly sourced seafood, most of which will be caught the day of the dinner.

Bread Artisan Bakery in Santa Ana will be the provider of rustic handmade breads.

The Ecology Center Community Table Dinner 2016 Schedule

March 20, 2016 Community Table: Chef Paddy Glennon + Santa Monica Seafood

April 24, 2016 Community Table: Chef Kerri Cacciata + Guerilla Beekeepers

May 22, 2016 Community Table: Chef Ryan Wilson

June 26, 2016 Community Table: Chef David Pratt

July 24, 2016 Community Table: Chef Greg Daniels

For more information please phone (949)443-4223

The Ecology Center is located at 32701 Alipaz Street in San Juan Capistrano.

The Ecology Center has ample onsite parking.

The Ecology Center Community Table Dinner Tickets

Community Table is a unique experience that’s part farm-to-table dinner and part education, where you will enjoy delicious local food and meet the rancher/farmer and chef who are responsible for the making of your meal.

Join the Ecology Center at the sustainable table for a one-of-kind dining and educational experience and support a positive future!

A portion of your ticket to Community Table supports the creation of a new sustainable cookbook that features recipes from the dinner and complete background and stories about the ingredients.

Community Table chefs and farmers will share tips to help us bring the philosophy of farm-to-table into our everyday.

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