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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 olivewoodgardens.org 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.

April 8, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Featured Speaker: Sam Zien, Sam the Cooking Guy
Featured Chef: Jeffrey Hubbard
Featured Restaurant: Tender Greens

Sam the Cooking Guy quit a biotech job in July of 2001 to try his hand as the host of a travel show.  But a month before a trip to shoot in Tokyo and Hong Kong, September 11th happened  and that changed everything.

He decided to stick with TV, but switched from travel to cooking and eventually landed a twice-weekly 2-minute cooking segment on a local morning news program.  The segments caught on and grew into a 30-minute show appropriately named Sam the Cooking Guy - an irreverent mix of humor and easy-to-replicate recipes. Its reality cooking  in the sense that whatever really happens when he shoots, stays in the show.  Eventually, Discovery Health came along and  Just Cook This! with Sam the Cooking Guy was born.

Known for his big in taste and small in effort philosophy, Sam has 14 Emmy awards, 3 cookbooks and a dozen visits to the Today Show, And his casually uncensored web series, The Livecast, continues his simple style, with short 10 minute episodes.  

Sam lives in San Diego, CA, in the house where he shoots his showsa real guy, in his real kitchen, cooking food for real people.

Executive Chef Jeffrey Hubbard's menu will include garden-inspired dishes that showcase healthy whole grains, produce, and proteins. Chef Jeff graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in Communications and a double minor in Business Administration and Italian. He received a culinary degree from the California School of Culinary Arts (Le Cordon Blue program). Before Tender Greens he was Chef Partner at Roy's San Francisco, Chef De Cuisine at The Tavern Kitchen and Bar in St. Louis, and Chef de Cuisine Kitchen 1540 at L'auberge Del Mar.

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
2525 N Avenue
National City, CA 91950


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

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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