Ecology Center

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Farm to Fork Class By Chef Debra Sims At The Ecology Center

    The phrase "farm to fork" is an overused one these days. Kitchens can claim their devotion to gardens and farmers' markets, but whether I truly believe them is another story. Diners formulate an opinion of a dish long before it is consumed based on description, appearance and our previous experience ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    On the Line: David Pratt of Brick, Part Two

    Pratt arrived 20 minutes early to our interview. By the time I walked in, he was in the middle of formulating a dish for his menu. Being a chef means you're constantly thinking about business, whether you like it or not. Read our interview with David Pratt of Brick Pizzeria, part one. And now, on t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    On The Line: Debra Sims Of Maro Wood Grill, Part One

    Chef Sims was like a breath of fresh air, and not just because her restaurant resides along PCH in Laguna Beach. Her experience in the military makes her more professional, detail-oriented and outgoing in the kitchen. Her modest space burns though orders of empanadas, burgers and a lovely banana pud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    On the Line: Ryan O'Melveny Wilson of Five Crowns and SideDoor, Part Two

    Before this chef hopped on a plane to Chi-town for business (to work on a burger blend and attend a quarterly financial meeting), Ryan O'Melveny Wilson had enough time to answer those burning questions, such as what he thought of his Chiquita-banana costume. Maybe his answer belonged in part one, bu ... More >>

  • News

    September 23, 2010

    City Plays Favorites With Nonprofits

    The environmental group with a connection on the council pays very little rent, the 'controversial' Latino-outreach group pays much more

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2009

    Are Parents Ready to Pay Attention to Toxic Toys Shopping Guide?

    Over the years, yours truly has trudged out to the front of Orange County toy stores to listen to local representatives from a Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) extol the dangers of potential holiday gifts for kiddies.These included toys that could choke, poison and injure.Few were probably list ... More >>