I had the amazing luck to attend an Outstanding in the Field farm dinner on Friday night. It was only the third event of the season, the start of the North American tour that will take them across the country and back by the end of the year.
The basic idea is to take a bunch of people who are interested in food out to a farm (or sometimes an orchard or vineyard) and have a dinner party, with the ingredients for the meal from local sources. The diners eat at one long table set out in the field. It is a pretty spectacular experience.
Before the dinner the farmer gives a tour of the farm, with stops along the way for demonstrations and tasting. Our guide was Dave of Crows Pass Farm. I had one of the best strawberries of my life, picked from the field and eaten immediately. The variety that he grows has a very thin skin and does not travel well, so you can’t sell it in a supermarket, he only supplies it to restaurants, and then only those within a few miles of the farm.
Food is served family style, and part of the fun is talking with your neighbors. At my table there was a photographer, a couple who made costumes for Venice Carnevale, actors, and assorted food lovers of all stripes.
And the food was remarkable. I haven’t stopped thinking about the scallops, or the tuna and arugula salad, or the olive oil cake…
If you have the chance to attend one of the dinners GO. It is expensive, but the food and experience are worth it. Honestly, when I think about how much goes into creating these events I am surprised they are even breaking even. This is truly something the team is passionate about.
Have an Outstanding Day,
Sarah from Design Flourishes
All photos from the Outstanding in the Field website