Sustainable Table Benefit for Explore Ecology

Posted on Nov 1 by SEASONS Magazine

Grazing Table by Slate Catering, courtesy photo.

Grazing Table by Slate Catering, courtesy photo.

Santa Barbara residents now have the opportunity to partake in the First Annual Sustainable Table, a re-imagined farm-to-table dinner and benefit on Saturday, November 4 at 5 p.m. at the idyllic Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm (275 La Casa Grande Cir., Goleta). Sustainable Table has put together a seven course, zero waste menu created by Chef Clark Staub of Full of Life Flatbread and Alix Mascuzzio and Allie Chandler of the Slate Catering Company. The dinner will highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local organic farms. The evening’s festivities include a delicious hyper-local feast, farm-to-bar cocktails, fantastic grazing tables and live music to dance to under the greenhouse stars.

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Photographed by Anna DeLores. Courtesy of Explore Ecology.

Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm, Photographed by Anna Delores. Courtesy of Explore Ecology.

“Sustainable Table is a re-imagined Farm-To-Table event that strives to shine a light on sustainable farming in our community while approaching cuisine with a ‘waste not’ attitude,” says Susan Tompkins, Explore Ecology Board President. “Sustainable Table is the first in a series presented by and benefiting Explore Ecology, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire Santa Barbara’s children to engage with the natural world, think critically, and to experience the value of environmental stewardship.”

The evening begins with a welcoming reception on the seaside bluffs, with Third Window Brewery beer and cocktails created by Farm-to-Bar Mixologist Shaun Belway. A popular local duo O.n.E will play acoustic music for the crowd white guest have the opportunity to take in the scenic views of the Gaviota Coast and enjoy wood-fired flatbreads and farmer’s market inspired grazing tables.

Clark Staub, Full of Life Flatbread, courtesy photo.

Clark Staub, Full of Life Flatbread, courtesy photo.

As the sun goes down, guests will move from the bluffs to the lush grounds of the Dos Pueblos Orchid Farm’s main greenhouse. Here they will enjoy their seven-course, family style farm-to-table dinner, and learn about the land, farmers, winemakers and the chefs who have handcrafted the meal.

The meal will include edible centerpieces, a veggie tasting, grazing tables by Full of Life Flatbread and Slate Catering, Santa Barbara seafood, Watkin’s Ranch Beef and Uni Ice Cream. After this amazing dinner and dessert, the Bryan Titus Trio will perform. Known for their “Postmodern Barn Dance style music,” the band recently completed a tour of the West Coast after releasing their new EP.

“I grew up on my grandparents’ vegetable farm in New England,” says Titus. “I was lucky to be raised to know where crops came from and how much hard work is required to raise them. We love to do our part to spread the word about sustainability and are delighted to partner with organizations who share this mission and have a broader reach!”

Not only will participants have a fantastic sustainable meal they will also learn the importance of locally grown, ecologically farmed food at Sustainable Table.

For more information, visit exploreecology.org/sustainabletable or call 805/884-0459.

—Lauren Bennett

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