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Cultivating Conversation: A Dine and Learn Series
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
National City, CA
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Thank you for your interest in our event! Please check us out at or give us a call at 619-434-4281 for information about future events or programs. We have something for everyone from adult programs such as our Cultivating Conversations series (stay tuned for future dates) to our family and children's programs. See you at the Gardens!


Cultivating Conversation: A Dine and Learn Series
Visit Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center for an intimate outdoor dinner, guided tour, and thought-provoking discussion in our beautiful garden setting. Engage with local experts and enjoy authentic farm-to-table cuisine from a celebrated San Diego restaurant.

March 20, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Troy Johnson
Featured Restaurant Team: Regional Chef Pete Balistreri, Executive Chef Jeffrey Hubbard, Executive Chef Kara Snyder, and General Manager Leanne Ringquist
Featured Restaurant: Tender Greens

Troy Johnson is an award-winning food writer, TV host and humorist. Troy has written numerous stories on sustainable food systems in San Diego, as well as fraud in those systems.  His memoir Family Outing was published by famed publisher Richard Seaver and Arcade Publishing in 2008. Troy parlayed a poetry degree into a 10-year gig as a successful rock journalist (Billboard, Spin, etc.). He wrote and hosted an Emmy-winning, TV show about indie rock, including live performances from The Buzzcocks, TV on the Radio and Peaches (plus Maroon Fives TV debut). Then he saw Jesus in a short rib in 2007 and dedicated himself to writing about food. By 2010 his hilarious, irreverent food writing won the highest journalism awards in Southern California, and Food Network tapped him to write and host the travel series, Crave. Troy also wrote and hosted Food Networks one-hour special Best Thing on Sliced Bread, and has appeared on Iron Chef America and Best Thing I Ever Ate. Currently, he is the restaurant critic for San Diego Magazine and an anchor judge on Food Networks prime-time series, Guys Grocery Games with Guy Fieri.

The best of both worlds, the front of the house/back of the house Tender Greens team will prepare a delicious, garden-inspired, seasonal meal featuring produce from Olivewood Gardens.  Executive Chefs Jeff Hubbard and Kara Snyder, Regional Chef Pete Balistreri, and Regional Manager Leanne Ringquist will create a family-style, farm-to-table experience that you won't want to miss!

Tender Greens is a fine casual eatery that combines a fine dining point of view and hospitality with a casual, quick dining atmosphere. By working with small local farmers, ranchers, artisans, boutique wineries, breweries and coffee roasters, Tender Greens provides the best quality ingredients and products to their guests. Tender Greens believes there should be a conscious connection between the one who eats the food and the source of that sustenance.


Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center (View)
2525 N Ave
National City, CA 91950
United States


Education > Tours
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Charity
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Green
Other > Health & Wellness
Social > Adult

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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