Based in San Juan Capistrano, California, The Ecology Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire simple solutions involving the stewardship of Southern California’s environment and food system. To fulfill this mission, we design and share ecological spaces, provide hands-on education and activities, and host inspiring experiences centered around; GROW, EAT and MAKE initiatives.
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James Beard–Award Winning Author and Host of Netflix’s Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Teams up with The Ecology Center to Raise Funds to Connect Kids with Food and Agriculture
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., The Ecology Center, an educational non-profit organization and thriving ecological destination, today announced that it will host an afternoon with Samin Nosrat, the James Beard–award winning cookbook author and host of the Netflix series of the same name “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.” The two-part event benefiting The Ecology Center’s upcoming Feast Verde summer education program for underserved, low-income youth will take place on Sunday, June 30, at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano.
“The Ecology Center is about building community through interactive experiences,” said Evan Marks, founder and director of The Ecology Center. “And I can think of no better partner with whom to celebrate that mission than Samin. We’re thrilled to have two world class chefs lead our community through an amazing day that will not only be educational and fun, but also serve as inspiration for attendees to work to create an abundant future.”
The first part of the event will feature an immersive master cooking class with Samin and Jennifer Sherman, co-chef and general manager at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, the legendary restaurant helmed by The Ecology Center key advisor Alice Waters. Guests will embark on a day of creative exploration and education, learn the secrets of salt, fat, acid, heat, and forage for fresh ingredients from The Ecology Center’s 28-acre organic community farm. The event will conclude with a farm-to-table meal prepared by Samin and Jennifer with active participation from attendees. The second part of the day consists of a book signing and meet-and-greet cocktail reception with Samin. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres based on recipes from Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and Samin will talk about her book, The Ecology Center, and then take questions from attendees.
“I love connecting with people and building community through food–and The Ecology Center speaks to the same values,” said Samin Nosrat. “I look forward to cooking, laughing, and making new friends, all set against the backdrop of such a beautiful, ecological oasis and creative space for learning.”
The master class experience will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will be followed by a book signing and reception from 3-5 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available for both events. Tickets for the book signing are $50 and include an autographed copy of Samin’s New York Times Bestseller, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Tickets for the master class experience include admission to both events and are $1,000. To register and purchase tickets for either event, visit LINK.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for others to learn from Samin, a truly special teacher and rising star in our community,” said Jennifer Sherman, chef and general manager at Chez Panisse, and a board member at The Ecology Center. “We’ve put together an exciting afternoon on the farm and in the kitchen with Samin, harvesting from the fields, cooking recipes from her book, and sitting down together for an amazing lunch.”
Proceeds from the events will benefit Feast Verde, a multi-week culinary educational experience that aims to educate, inspire and empower underserved children through food and agriculture. The program will launch this summer at The Ecology Center and will engage 48, fourth through eighth-grade students from the community through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of San Juan Capistrano.
“Meaningful learning experiences outside of school aren’t always accessible for children of low-income families, and our goal is to bridge that gap,” said Evan Marks. “We envision a better planet for our children to thrive and to be nourished. Feast Verde’s hands-on creative workshops on the farm and in the kitchen will encourage real-world problem solving, exploration and discovery.”
During the 3-week summer sessions children will be exposed to the full lifecycle of food, from planting seeds to caring for and harvesting produce on the farm. The program will culminate with students designing a menu and creating a meal to share with friends and family. The Ecology Center plans to expand Feast Verde to serve thousands of children and families and has begun to build infrastructure to support its future vision.
About The Ecology Center
The Ecology Center is a non-profit eco-education center focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. Located in a historic farmhouse in San Juan Capistrano, The Ecology Center serves as a model, integrating ecological design principles to educate, inspire, and empower communities. By providing the tools necessary to make simple, practical daily changes, The Ecology Center is helping to transform schools, homes, workplaces, and communities into vibrant spaces. The Ecology Center hosts regular skills-building workshops and classes, farm-to-table dinners, festivals, and youth-centered programs. It supports local school and community garden programs, and engages local students as eco-ambassadors through targeted campaigns and initiatives. Learn more at theecologycenter.org.