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Bringing the Table to the Farm – Deckman’s en el Mogor

by Sarah M. Shoffler, SFUSD Board Member

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Drew Deckman at work.

In the heart of the Valle de Guadalupe wine country, up a hillside you’ll find the sensate joy of Deckman’s en el Mogor. Set on Mogor Ranch, this restaurant aims to “bring the table to the farm.” It delivers a Slow Food feast.

The extensive Mogor Ranch and winery grows or produces all the wine, vegetables, herbs, lamb and eggs that the talented Drew Deckman uses in his outdoor-served cuisine. Not only is the food fresh, you get to experience the terroir in which it was grown while you eat it. Sipping Mogor’s wine in the place its grapes were grown and the wine vinted, nibbling produce grown not feet away from where you sit opens the senses to a place. Drew sources all his seafood and other ingredients, from salt to cheese to beef, as locally and as responsibly as possible. He knows his food producers.

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Deckman, son, and oysters. Photo credit: S. Shoffler

This all means that the menu is seasonal, ever changing and made to order. I’m no food writer, but I can tell you his food is delicious, cooked with care and creativity. Deckman is also passionate about oysters. So if you love these bivalves, you’ll find a friend at Deckman’s.

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Deliciousness at Deckman’s en el Mogor.

Deckman’s is an outdoor restaurant, sometimes equipped with haybale walls and a makeshift roof, but outdoors nonetheless. It overlooks the Valle. You see wineries for miles from your table. You smell the warmth from the Ranch rising as the sun sets. Deckman, who refers to himself as an ingredient facilitator not a chef despite his Michelin star, cooks on an outdoor grill. He chats with guests as they come and go. It’s altogether convivial. The Ranch dog, Pyrenea, might make a pass through the restaurant for a few scritches if she’s off duty from guarding the flock. All to say, it’s a magical experience rooted in the place.

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Refined rustic dining at Deckman’s en al Mogor.

Slow Food Urban San Diego is pleased to welcome Deckman’s en el Mogor as one of our newest Member Benefit Partners. SFUSD members get 10% off their entire Deckman’s en el Mogor bill. We encourage you to make time to visit the winery, as well.

Magic night at Mogor Ranch. Photo credit: S. Shoffler

Magic night at Mogor Ranch. Photo credit: S. Shoffler

Deckman’s en el Mogor
Km. 85.5 Highway 3 Tecate-Ensenada
San Antonio De Las Minas, Baja California, Mexico
Contact them at mogor@deckmans.com / telephone: 646-188-3960

Board Members Sought

Are you organized, passionate and willing to help with the nitty gritty of accomplishing Good, Clean & Fair? Then we want you! Seeking detail-oriented energetic folks to round out our board. All positions are voluntary. Send a resume or bio and letter of interest to volunteer@slowfoodurbansandiego.org with subject header “Board Application.”

Members of the Board serve up to two two-year terms in any one position. To be eligible, you must have or obtain a Slow Food membership. Open positions described below.

The Great American Slow Food Revolution

Good Food Community Fair Chair 
Slow Food Urban San Diego is seeking an organized event planner that is passionate about building community around good, clean & fair food for all. The Chair will run committee meetings and organize/manage logistics, fundraising opportunities and special programming for the 4th annual Good Food Community Fair. The Good Food Community fair is a gathering of good, clean & fair organizations and a celebration of local food and craft drinks with cooking demos, art, discussion panels and more. For more information visit: http://goodfoodfair.com/. Also seeking Co-Chair to train up into the position.

 

Become a Member Benefit Partner!

Our members are always on the lookout for Slow Food-friendly restaurants and businesses. These are establishments that provide delicious food created with locally-sourced ingredients and good, clean, and fair practices. We strive to recommend businesses our members should support to satisfy their Slow Food cravings.

Our goal is to encourage members to stimulate the local economy and support local restaurants and the long food chain that supports them from farmer to chef. We hope that, by providing our members with special discounts at select Slow Food-friendly restaurants, they will be encouraged to experience and support the culinary gems of urban San Diego.

How It Works

All Slow Food Urban San Diego members receive a Member Benefits Card that they can present to receive a small (10% suggested) discount on their food bill (including or excluding alcohol) or a special offer at Slow Food-friendly businesses. With your participation, we hope to encourage our engaged and passionate community of members to shop and support Slow Food-minded businesses such as yours.

Join SFUSD

Participating restaurants and businesses will be highlighted on the Slow Food Urban San Diego website, newsletter and Facebook page. To view current program participants please visit our Member Benefits webpage.

We at Slow Food Urban San Diego are very excited about the support that our Membership Benefit program will provide to the local San Diego food economy. If you think that you might be interested in becoming a part of this program, please complete the attached application. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have – thank you for your consideration!

If you would like your business to participate in our Member Benefits program, please complete and the application below send your it to us at the following address:

Email: membership@slowfoodurbansandiego.org

OR

Post:    SFUSD Membership
301 Washington St. Box 216
San Diego CA 92103

Membership Benefits Program Application

If you have any questions about the Member Benefit Program or partnering with SFUSD, please contact us at: membership@slowfoodurbansandiego.org.