Ark Chefs

Some of Our Guest Chefs and Featured Food Items:

Ryan Adams – Chef-Owner of Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink in Laguna Beach, a local favorite gastropub-style restaurant. Ryan often contributes his culinary talent to local sustainable, eco-friendly culinary events such as the Slow Food Bommer Canyon BBQ, cooking classes at Anneliese School, Green Feast at the Ecology Center, and a Transition Laguna Beach holiday party. Ryan’s Ark of Taste dish will feature a sausage made from American Plains Bison, Vela Dry Jack Cheese, local greens and a lime aioli.

Debra Sims – Executive chef at Maro Wood Grill, a Laguna Beach restaurant known for its creative, thoughtful food and support local farming, ranching and fishing. She will be preparing Bay Scallop Ceviche.

Vincent Lesage – Executive chef at the Balboa Bay Club. He will be creating Octopus Ceviche, Avocado puree,  Mission Olive Aioli, Jicama Salad and Micro Cilantro.

Michael Millar – Slow Food member will prepare Olympic Native Oysters, the only oyster native to the West Coast.

Nate Overstreet – Owner of Wheat and Sons in the Anaheim Packing District, he will be making Pork Rillon, Fire Roasted Mesquite and Blue Cornmeal.

Taylor Wright – The acclaimed pastry chef, recently returned from Australia just in time to bake Strawberry Shortcakes made with Red Fife Wheat.

Paul Chamberlin – Chef-Owner of Boldo, a seriously local restaurant opening this Spring on the 4th Street Promenade in Santa Ana where ingredients will be sourced from within Orange County. Paul is also working to develop a Restaurant Supported Agriculture program and a Yard Farming Initiative. He will lead the children’s program.

Kerri Annick Cacciata – Chef-Owner of Local Tastes Better, offering sustainable dinners and catering. Kerry also conducts DIY workshops at The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano and the Center for Living Peace. She will be preparing House Cured Grape Leaves with Indian Spiced Anishaabeg Wild Rice, Halloumi Cheese and Chef’s Garden Herbs.

Amber Billiard – Craft bartender at SideDoor, will mix a unique Ark of Taste Cocktail “Riki Tiki Tacy” using American Rye Whiskey as well as a non-alcoholic drink “Life’s a Peach”.

Aquafarm will provide Olympic Native Oysters, the only oyster native to the West Coast. Carlsbad Aquafarm is Southern California’s only aquafarm growing eco-friendly mussels, oysters, clams, abalone, scallops and culinary seaweed since 1990 in Carlsbad, California. Seafood for the Future and Aquarium of the Pacific of Long Beach proudly support Carlsbad Aquafarms’ efforts to provide fresh, local and sustainable seafood products.

Laguna Beach Tour De Coop — Coops



This year we have nearly a dozen coops in the 2013 Laguna Beach Tour De Coop. Read the coop bios below to find out more about each coop.  Addresses for the coops will be provided at check-in locations on the day of the event. More coop bios will be added shortly…



Reem and Zia Spreading the word at the Laguna Beach Farmer’s Market!











Clara and Jake Candelaria’s Coop:


The idea of raising chickens occured when I planned to retire.  I was on a trip and picked up Chickens 101 and I was hooked. Jake built the coop after researching chicken coops on line.  He found what he needed and after 3 weeks we have a custom built coop to the amount of $550.00.  We purchased the materials at Home Depot.  We bought the chicks, feed, food and water containers at the Wagon Wheel in Tustin.  We bought the large feeder and water fountain for the coop at the Feed Barn in Capo Beach. You really get to know your hens the first 8 weeks because they have to be kept warm under a heat lamp [45watt bulb] in a large pet  porter.  We kept them on a table in our family room.  I took them out every night and cuddled them which they begged to do after a few days.  They would wait by the door.  I am now Mother Hen!! Our hens are Pippi [Americana], Marilyn Monroe [Sex Link], Dottie [Lace Winged Wyandot], and Lorpe [Australorpe]. They are fed fresh spinach and a slice of watermelon every day and are living comfortably in the coop.  [Fort Knox]  Predator proof.


Pamela Hagen’s Coop:

IMG_6377Great pets for my grandchildren..I also have a large Rhode Island Red for eggs. I came into chickens as a young girl, my mother got me a bunch and I have been a chicken mom often since then, they can be great fun!





Dominic+Lisa Pitz’s Coop:

photoNumber of Chickens:   9

Coop Construction Details: The coop itself is made of 2 x 4s and plywood. It has a place for the hens to roost at night and 3 egg boxes. The enclosure is electric netting on the bottom and nylon netting on top.

Right now I have 2 hens laying eggs — a Silver Laced Wyndotte and a Gold Laced Wyndotte. All my other chickens are Pullets which should start laying in a couple months. I have 3 Arracanas which will lay green eggs,2 Austrolorps,1 cochin and 1 silkie.


Tim and Sandy Jones Coop:

coopNumber of Chickens:   7

Coop Construction Details: I spent a lot of time looking at coop designs on the internet and incorporated all of the features I liked into our design.   My favorite is the access to the nesting boxes from the outside.

We left an existing camellia bush inside of the enclosure and my White Crested Black Polish sleeps in it every night!

Herbal Symposium Instructors


Shana Lipner Grover:

Shana Lipner Grover is a Certified Herbalist and Health Educator, who has been working with plant medicine and nutrition since for 15 years.  She has written and teaches numerous classes in San Diego and Orange county on herbal medicine and nutrition with Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  She has taught throughout the western US at herb festivals, medical clinics, spas and for Columbines School of Botanical Study in Eugene Oregon, of which she is a graduate. She completed four herbal apprenticeship study programs throughout the west, including Michael Moores’ Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Shana loves going for hikes and studying ecology as well as offering plant walks, teaching about local, native and medicinal plants.  She has a clinical practice in North County San Diego with a focus on empowering people and their health through nutrition, lifestyle adjustments, and herbal medicine.


Julie James: 

Julie James is an herbalist, and director of Green Wisdom Herbal Studies, providing herbal education opportunities for people all over Southern California. After almost 3 decades of formal study, apprenticeship, consulting and teaching, she now focuses on expanding understanding of traditional Western herbalism, deep plant love, medicine-making, wellness and holistic nutrition. She has taught for numerous organizations and events, and is the founder of the Roots of Healing Collective and Herb Fest in Southern California. Visit her and check out the calendar of upcoming classes and events at

James GreenJames Green:

James is an Herbalist Health Practitioner currently living and practicing in La Quinta and at In Harmony Herbs and Spices in Ocean Beach, California. He has studied and taught the art and science of Herbalism for the past forty+ years. During this time, he wrote and published two herbals, The Male Herbal – health care for men and boys and The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook – a home manual. James founded Simplers Botanical Co., was the owner and director of The California School of Herbal Studies for seventeen years, is a founding member and past executive council member of the American Herbalists Guild (AHG), and is a founding member of the United Plant Savers (UpS) -an association of professional herbalists dedicated to preserving the wild stands of America’s indigenous medicinal plants.

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