Eat / For Chefs

Eco App-Off Saturday, June 24, 4:00 pm

From across southern California, 12 renowned chefs will set out to create the most delicious, sustainable, and crowd pleasing appetizers. Don’t miss this unique celebration of the local farmers, purveyors, fishermen, ranchers, and artisans committed to creating an ecological food future.

Eco App-Off
Photo by Ryan Haack

3 hours




$110 for members


The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz St
San Juan Capistrano, California 92675
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Tickets are non-refundable. The Ecology Center shall not be liable for full or partial non-utilization of tickets or loss of recreational or dining opportunities due to site constraints, capacity, weather or any circumstances beyond our control.

The event is outdoors in our courtyard, farm, and gardens, so we recommend casual clothing. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a sunhat and a light jacket or shawl.

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.

From all over Southern California, 12 renowned chefs will arrive at The Ecology Center for an evening of friendly culinary competition to create the most delicious, sustainable, and crowd pleasing appetizer.

Chefs are challenged to source all ingredients for their appetizer from within 250 miles of The Ecology Center. With each bite and every sip, you’ll taste, smell, and see the power and joy of locally and sustainably sourced food.

The Eco App-Off is a celebration of farmers, purveyors, fishermen, ranchers, and artisans committed to creating an ecological food future. It brings together a growing community of people who care about their local food system and who believe the food they eat matters.

The Eco App-Off will take place at The Ecology Center, a historic property in San Juan Capistrano surrounded by rolling hills and the county’s only commercial certified organic farm. Chefs will serve their appetizers throughout our gardens. Local wine from One Hope and beer from Laguna Beach Beer Company will flow as live music by Devil’s Box plays.

By the end of the evening, you’ll have eaten and drank to your heart’s content, and after the votes are counted, everyone will come together to celebrate the best of the best.

Taste the difference. Join us for Eco App-Off 2017 at The Ecology Center.

Competing chefs

Dozens of leading chefs from throughout Southern California were nominated by the community and voted on by founding members of the Community Table Accord.We will continue to add to this list in the coming days, and will also share information on our featured Eco App-Off chefs. These are the chefs confirmed to date:

Allan Aguanaga – Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens, Newport Beach
Holton Brit – The Cellar, San Clemente
Paul Buchanan – Primal Alchemy, Long Beach
Greg Daniels – Haven Gastropub, Orange
Paddy Glennon – Superior Seafood, Los Angeles
Luiseen Gonzales and Katy Smith – Puesto, Irvine
Joel Harrington – Lido Bottle Works, Newport Beach
Daniel Hyatt – Juliette, Newport Beach
Charles Imbelli – Harvest at The Ranch, Laguna Beach
Blake Mellgren – Craft House, Dana Point
Pascal Olhats – Pascal, San Juan Capistrano