Alice Waters to Host The Ecology Center’s 8th Annual Green Feast Farm-to-Table Dinner in Orange County | June 18, 2016

Renowned Chef, Author and Founder of the Edible Schoolyard
Project celebrates The Ecology Center’s work and helps to bring edible
gardens to every school in Orange County

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AliceWaters–For the first time, Chef Alice Waters will be hosting The Ecology
Center’s farm-to-table fundraiser, Green Feast, on June
18th at The Ecology Center in San Juan
Capistrano (32701 Alipaz Street). Recognized as the “mother of the
farm-to-table movement,” Waters has been an avid leader of the
sustainable food effort. She pioneered the concept of eating locally and
seasonally, launched Chez Panisse, one of the most renowned restaurants
in the world, and created the national initiative, The Edible
Schoolyard Project.

“I am honored to be a part of The Ecology Center’s Green Feast this
year. Edible education is taking root in Orange County thanks to the
vision and dedication of Evan, his family, and the community they bring
to the table. We must come together to show our children how to care for
each other and value the land!” says Waters.

Waters has been the direct inspiration for numerous well-recognized
chefs, local champions, and organizations around the world. Waters’s
presence at Green Feast signals a new partnership between two
like-minded organizations and a hopeful shift in Orange County’s food

“From its inception, Green Feast was inspired by Alice Waters, one of
the most influential and important figures in food in the past 50
years,” commented Evan Marks, Founder & Executive Director of The
Ecology Center. “With Alice Waters’s blessing at this summer’s Green
Feast, we will generate national and international attention for The
Ecology Center’s work, which include expanding our Grow Your Own!
program to bring edible gardens to every school in Orange County and
highlighting our Community Table Accord.”


Grow Your Own! was created by The Ecology Center as a public education
program to instill knowledge and values needed to build a sustainable
future. Over the past four years, Grow Your Own! has engaged thousands
of local students at dozens of schools to utilize edible gardens at
their campuses. The program, which is grant-subsidized by the Chipotle
Cultivate Foundation, ensures fair and open access for all
participants. Green Feast with Alice Waters in June 2016 will serve to
ignite its expansion through partnering with The Edible Schoolyard


Green Feast is a farm-to-table fundraiser pioneered by The Ecology
Center. It is hailed as “one of America’s premiere farm-to-table events”
by the Huffington Post. This year, The Ecology Center will be hosting
two Green Feast dinners, one on June 18, 2016 with Alice
. The second will be held on September 10,
2016 with the best regional chefs
, from San Diego to Los

Tickets for Green Feast with Alice Waters will be available to The
Ecology Center members on May 18th for $500. Annual
membership starts at $50 for a full year of benefits. For more
information about tickets, membership and benefits, please visit
All proceeds from Green Feast will be directly invested into The Ecology
Center’s eco-educational programs and initiatives.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for Green Feast. Those
interested may contact Vicki Marks at 949.294.6641 or


Alice Waters is a chef, author, and food activist, and founder and
proprietor of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has
been a champion of local, sustainable agriculture for more than four
decades. In 1995, she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which
advocates for a free school lunch for all children and an edible
education curriculum in every public school. In 2015, she was awarded
the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, proving that
the gathering at the table is a powerful means to social justice and
positive change. Alice is the author of fifteen books, including New
York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II, The
Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea.


The Ecology Center is a non-profit educational center that engages
individuals, families, and students in workshops, events, field trips,
interactive exhibits, and training courses that teach practical,
environmental solutions at the household, workplace, and community
levels. Visit for
more information.

***Media Coverage: Members of the press are invited to attend the
Green Feast reception and Q&A with Alice Waters on June 18, 2016 at The
Ecology Center. Space will be limited and media will be accommodated
based on capacity. Please RSVP to***


Moxxe PR
Mona Shah-Anderson, +1 818-749-1931
Ecology Center
Sara Kramer, +1 949-443-4223