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Let's All Be Outstanding in the Field

Let's All Be Outstanding in the Field

The other day, CasaSugar tipped me off to a really cool organization called Outstanding in the Field. Their whole purpose is to dine at the source, right on the fields that deliver the harvest. Back in 1999, chef Jim Denevan — who also happens to be a well-respected artist — began staging dinners at organic farms around Santa Cruz, Calif. He said:

Senses are heightened in the fresh air. And it's not every day you get to sit next to the person who planted the beans, raised the lamb, and shaped the cheese on your plate.

Once word started to spread about these dinners, everyone in the food community — including many well-respected Bay Area chefs — wanted in. Soon, there were outdoor dinners at many of the areas local farms. However, that wasn't enough. Now the folks at Outstanding in the Field take their mission on tour. They're currently working on their 2008 farm dinner schedule, but they've got the cities in place already. Dinners will be held from California to New York and at many places in between. Tickets range between $150-$200, but it includes a five course meal with wine pairings, as well as a tour of the host farm. I don't know about you, but I know I want to go to one of these!


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ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i thin kthat's kind of cool. i saw a program on the food network a while back that was similar in concept - the guy who was hosting lived in a vinyard and he always prepared and served his meals out in the vinyard somewhere - so that you get the sense of being right in it all. assuming the weather is nice and you don't have bugs etc bothering you - then it's great!
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
This sounds great. I hope they consider one for children, it would really teach them the benefits of healty eating.
kia kia 9 years
Through my local Slow Food Convivum and Community Supported Agriculture project I have been lucky enough to eat at local farms for educational farm days as well as more sophisticated brunches and events. Google Slow Food for more info and go through localharvest to find farms that serve as food sources as well as restaurants.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
this is nice, would be something interesting to do with mom. :P
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 9 years
I think I'd rather have a $10 dinner at a hops farm.
haute77 haute77 9 years
aww, this is something i would be interested in , but it's all sold out.
puddinpie puddinpie 9 years
I know of a book author who attended this event and her and her husband paid $150 apiece to dine there. She said the crowd was stuffy and knew nothing of food--more like pretentious types who had the money to shell out for this exclusive event but didn't really know or care what was served. In the end, she said her and her tablemates left hungry because the portions were tiny, and they served one wine throughout the meal (no pairings). She said she felt the dinner was worth about $35. I have also seen pictures of this event from years past, and some of them look quite elaborate and interesting (whole pigs being roasted on spits, etc.) I guess it just depends on your luck.
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