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Community Table Dinner with Rich Mead & Weiser Family Farms
At The Ecology Center


Description:

In this fall Community Table dinner, Chef Rich Mead and Weiser Family Farms present "Full Circle," a multicourse meal that follows the growing cycle at Alex Weiser's biodiverse farm. Through culinary storytelling, the dinner will explore the role of heritage grains in the past, present, and future of agriculture, especially its ability to grow in drought conditions and to replenish nutrients in soil. What happens if we grew grains for flavor instead of shelf life and convenience?

Joining us are our friends at Bread Artisan Bakery and El Segundo Brewery, who will provide artisanal bread and craft beer to further illustrate the importance of California-grown, heirloom grains to a healthy local economy. This intimate farm-to-table experience is a unique opportunity to be one of the first to taste a specialized, heirloom variety of grains that Alex has cultivated for flavor and terroir.

This is the first in a dinner series 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 complete cycle of all four seasons will be documented in an inspirational book that features ingredients from the meal and complete background and stories about how those ingredients were grown, raised, and harvested. All 8 talented chefs will share their recipes - from appetizers to main courses - to help us bring the philosophy of farm-to-table into our everyday. The book will be available for purchase next fall and is exclusively available for pre-order to Community Table guests.

JOIN US at the sustainable table for a one-of-kind dining & educational experience and support a positive future!

FEATURED CHEF:

Rich began his career in the restaurant business at Stanley’s and three years later, Rich opened Santa Monica’s 17th Street Cafe in 1989. A regular watering hole and hangout for celebrities, the restaurant garnered its own amount of fame thanks to innovative dishes and fresh ingredients. A decade later, Rich was ready for a larger challenge and opened the highly acclaimed Sage. Rave reviews followed - from the local OC Weekly's proclamation of “impeccable fine-dining” to the Zagat Guide’s declaration of “culinary paradise.” Rich's culinary adventure doesn't stop there. He is currently working on the opening of Roger's Gardens' new restaurant, Farmhouse, scheduled for debut in spring 2016.

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