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Encinitas: Community Table with Joe Magnanelli {sold out} Saturday, June 23, 5:00 pm

Local chefs bringing stories of an ecological food future to the table

Encinitas: Community Table with Joe Magnanelli {sold out}
Michelle Montgomery Photography
Event Type

Community Table


5 hours


21 +




Farm Lab
441 Quail Gardens Dr
Encinitas, CA
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Feel free to park in The Farm Lab parking lot. If that is full, please turn left out of the lot and make another left to park on Paseo de las Verdes.

Dinner will be held out in the field. We recommend wearing closed toed shoes with low or no heels, farm casual dress, and bringing multiple layers to bundle up as the sun goes down.

Cancellation Policy:  We understand your plans may change. You will be eligible for a refund if you cancel at least 48 hours in advance. To account for our preparation and head count for food, we cannot give refunds if canceled with less than 48-hours notice or in the event of a no-show.

We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

Come celebrate San Diego’s abundant food scene, passionate local farmers, and creative chefs.

The Ecology Center is excited to announce our Community Table Dinner series at Encinitas Farm Lab.  This special dinner series will showcase some of San Diego’s favorite chefs and local farmers preparing a beautiful meal in the kitchen on board Road Trip, our mobile ecological experience. Enjoy an evening surrounded by friends and neighbors while dining in the field at our new property, Farm Lab.

Our Community Table Dinner series, supported by chefs from our Community Table Accord, provides a look into an ecological food future, one that values a shared ecosystem, celebrates food, farmers, and community. Please join us at our very first Community Table Dinner held at Encinitas Farm Lab, and help us cheers to a bright, abundant future.

Featured Menu

Crostini with goat milk ricotta + Honeybee Hub honey
Deviled Gonestraw duck egg with peppers

First Course
Dassi Family Farms grilled persian cucumbers with fennel pollen + Espelette + Stehly Farms Organics eureka lemon + hemp

Second Course
Dassi Family Farms tomatoes, Stehly Farms Organics beets, watermelon radishes, red gems, Borkum terrace herbs and, yogurt

Third Course
Rio del Rey Tepary beans, Be Wise cabbage, Stehly Farms Organics, and ham

Doughnuts withStehly Farms Organics blackberries with homemade crème fraiche

Vegan and vegetarian sides will be available, other dietary preferences can be accommodated, please note when purchasing your ticket.
Beer & Wine will be served.

Featured Farms

Dassi Family Farms, Encinitas
Stehly Farms Organics, Valley Center
Rio del Rey, Valley Center

Featured Chef: Joe Magnanelli of Cucina Enoteca

Joe Magnanelli, the executive chef at Urban Kitchen Group, began his career at the age of 16 and quickly made a mark for himself as a force of natural talent. After gaining experience at various small, family-owned restaurants in his hometown in Maryland, Magnanelli set his sights on our nation’s capital. He worked in some of D.C.’s finest restaurants, beginning with a study of the art of French technique with Chef Sandro Gamba, an Alaine Ducasse disciple, at Lespinasse. Moving on to the acclaimed Bistrot Lepic in upper Georgetown, he learned the rich, rustic fare of southern France under Stephane Lezla. After making a stop in the nation’s capital at the exclusive Ritz Carlton on M Street, Magnanelli decided to head west to San Diego. He landed at El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, where he worked as sous chef under the direction of executive chef Gavin Kaysen.

In mid-2006, Magnanelli joined Urban Kitchen and became the chef de cuisine at Chive. His creative flare was celebrated in the California-inspired small plates menu, and in 2008 Joe took over the reigns at Laurel restaurant + bar.

In 2009, returning to his roots and family heritage, Magnanelli welcomed the idea of transforming Laurel into a high-energy, California-inspired Italian kitchen and wine shop. At CUCINA urbana, Joe has painted his greatest culinary canvas yet, creating a beautiful and simple farm fresh menu that offers exquisite fare at a value-driven price point. In late 2011, he worked with restaurateur Tracy Borkum to open a second CUCINA in Orange County – CUCINA enoteca, and in 2013 opened CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar. Most recently, he helped open the latest location of CUCINA enoteca at Fashion Island in Newport Beach in August 2014.

Magnanelli regularly contributes his time on behalf of community and charity events throughout the county in support of various local and national organizations, including Chef Showdown benefitting the Center for Community Solutions, Chef Celebration which raises funds for an annual local culinary scholarship fund, Kawasaki Disease Foundation, CRA, the San Diego internship program with SDCI, and Rock the Cure to help fight women’s cancers. He is also an avid supporter of sustainable farming practices and strives to work with as many local supplier partners as possible.

Your ticket includes:
  • 4-5 course locally sourced meal prepared by Chef Joe Magnanelli
  • An interactive appetizer hour aboard Road Trip
  • A walk-thru of Encinitas Farm Lab future buildout
  • Beer, wine, music and more

*Food allergies and preferences can be accommodated, please note on the ticket when purchasing.