Summer Update and New Classes!

IMG_0921Greetings Friends!

We have been away from our blog for several months, so it’s time for a big update! First and foremost, we are happy to announce a variety of upcoming classes! These new classes have been scheduled at the Yorba Linda Public Library and at the Fullerton Arboretum for the remaining 2016 and early 2017 season. Thank you so much to each of our loyal guests who have come to learn, laugh, and eat with us through the past seasons… we look forward to seeing you again! Read on for a list of class dates, descriptions and information. And then keep reading for personal notes from the Jonathans!

Summer Small Plates – Yorba Linda Public Library –  Saturday August 6th 2016

Join the Jonathans as they discuss and demonstrate a variety of seasonal small plates; dishes that can be served as an appetizer or clustered together as the perfect summer meal. Petite samples will be served. This class is free, and held in the Community Room on the lower level of the Yorba Linda Library. No registration is required. Class is held from 2pm to 3:30pm. For more information visit the library’s website here.

End of Summer Barbeque Spectacular – Fullerton Arboretum – Thursday September 29 2016

Spend a warm evening with the Jonathans and close the summer season with this meat, smoke, and grill-filled menu (see below). You will learn how to best prepare foods over flame and al fresco and enjoy a full multi-course dinner, along with wine and cocktails, served to you while the class is conducted. Barbeque classes are always a favorite at the Fullerton Arboretum so be sure to get your tickets early – they will sell out! Class begins at 6pm and lasts until about 9pm. Held in the Arboretum’s Pavillon patio. Pre-registration is REQUIRED! Tickets available through the Fullerton Arboretum website here.

Summer Barbeque Menu

  • Late Summer Sangria
  • Corn and Avocado Soup with Cilantro Oil
  • Grilled Hearts of Romaine
  • Smoked BBQ Ribs with Peanut Scallion Relish
  • Grilled Chicken with Citrus Salsa
  • Melon Granita with Beurre Sable Cookies

Holiday Entertaining – Fullerton Arboretum – Thursday November 17 2016

Celebrate the holiday entertaining season with a menu that is sophisticated, yet simple enough to prepare for a crowd. The Jonathans will guide you through a meal that spans the classic entertaining categories, with emphasis on the big, show-stopping Thanksgiving table. And of course, a grand holiday dessert will complete the night! You will feast on the menu being taught, while enjoying the wisdom and demonstrations the Jonathans provide. Class is held indoors, and lasts from 6pm to 9:30pm (yes, a bit longer than our other classes to allow ample time for this spectacular menu). Pre-registration is REQUIRED! Tickets available through the Fullerton Arboretum’s website here.

Holiday Entertaining Menu

  • Prosecco and Pear Fizzes
  • A Cheese-Plate Primer
  • Cornbread Stuffing with Wild Mushrooms, Pearl Onions and Thyme
  • Green Beans with Gremolata
  • Cranberry Relish with Jalapeno and Pecans
  • Roast Turkey Breast with Sage Butter
  • Homemade Turkey Gravy – Start to finish!
  • Heirloom Squash Pie

Fresh Flavors of Spring – A Thursday in early March 2017 ( Final Date TBA)

The Jonathans will help you celebrate the arrival of spring with a menu of vibrant vegetables, ripe fruit, lighter proteins, and bright flavors. Put aside the comforting braises and roasts of winter and prepare for the fresh flavors of the season. Class will be held indoors, at the Fullerton Arboretum. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED. Class begins at 6pm and lasts until about 9pm. Get your tickets through the Fullerton Arboretum’s website here.

Flavors of Spring Menu

  • Rhubarb and Tequila Amante
  • Flatbreads with Green Olives and Fontina
  • Grapefruit, Avocado & Butter Lettuce Salad
  • Roasted Beets
  • Rolled Flank Steak with Fresh Garden Pesto
  • Strawberries Romanoff

In addition to the upcoming classes, we wanted to share with you what we’ve been doing to keep busy this spring and summer. First, from Jonathan Duffy Davis, a look into life on the farm…

The sunburns, long workdays, and tired-and-torn hands are worth every bit of suffering when you’re building a farm. Our farm, Tule Peak Farm, has made incredible strides recently. Our spring and summer focus has been on honeybees, shade trees, and our vegetable garden. We planted nearly 100 shade trees and berry shrubs/vines this spring. Some of the trees we brought home were nearly 10 feet tall, so we are on our way to a more shady living environment. Our honeybee colonies have performed extraordinarily well this season and are putting up California Sage Brush Honey furiously. Our pastured hens are living the good life, as always. We have been keeping them cool with Palm Springs-style misters in the tree canopy near their coop. This definitely increases the number of eggs that we get each day, but I’m just a bit jealous sometimes. Laying in the shade under the misters all day long with food and drink all around you definitely sounds like a vacation to me! And lastly, our vegetable beds are approaching full summer production. Heirloom winter squash, summer squash, watermelons, cantaloupe-as-nature-and-farmers-intended, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, green beans, and just a little sweet corn are all “coming on.”  So…. we’ve been busy out here on the hill in Aguanga.

Visit to learn more and to buy our fantastic food!

And from Jonathan Dye, a word about life back in Orange County…

The spring and summer have kept me very busy, learning all that I can about catering and the art of preparing quality food en masse from my new mentor (and boss) Alicia at Alicia’s Cookery in Brea. After my time at Whole Foods Market (where I learned so much about fine imported and domestic cheeses, wines and beers), it is nice to hone my education on preparing food for a crowd, as well as presentation and execution.  My days off have given me the chance to travel locally, which has taken me to places such as San Francisco, Portland, Edna Valley (near Pismo Beach), Santa Barbara, many trips to Los Angeles, and of course, time on Jonathan Davis’ farm, Tule Peak (I’m learning so much about agriculture).  Recently, Jonathan Davis and I teamed up to auction off a custom event to raise money for the Fullerton Arboretum. It was a great experience and Davis made a great auctioneer! We raised over $6,000 dollars for the Arboretum!  I am so happy that we have a few classes scheduled to stay in contact and to share new ideas and concepts I’ve come across as I cook and eat my way across town. There really is so much diversity of ideas, flavors and execution out there… I’ve been fortunate to gain this additional culinary exposure since returning to Orange County in November. I can’t wait to share these things with you in person, at a class or on this website… or even through a video (Jonathan and I are working on it!).  Thank you so much for your continued interest, and stay tuned for great things!  Salut!

Have a look at some of the Jonathans recent adventures in the below photo gallery. Thanks to everyone who reads our blog posts and keeps up with our classes and various projects. We hope to catch up with each of you soon.


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