If you want to get to the roots of food, there is no better way than dining out, I mean outdoors, at one of the Outstanding in the Fields events on their 2011 Tour.
What is Outstanding in the Fields about:
"Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table.
Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table."
Their next dinner with seats available is on Friday August 5th:
HOST FARMERS: Fred & Chris Thaxton, Thaxton Organic Garlic
GUEST CHEF: Jonathon Sawyer, The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland
Price per person: $180, Starts at 4 PM, in Hudson (Ohio)
Their Longtable in the Fields came to my attention thanks to Araxi Restaurant (Whistler, British Columbia) longtable @ north arm farm series in Pemberton...
After 3 years working with Outstanding in the Field, Chef James Walt collaborates with North Arm Farm’s proprietor Jordan Sturdy outside the 2011 Tour of Outstanding in the Fields roster.
The view by itself makes it worth a visit...
Check Full List of Oustanding in the Fields Stops for their 2011 Tour.
September dates include a number of European events including at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, Cork, Ireland on September 5th with Darina Allen.
Also at Hans Lund's Farm, Island of Lilleo, Denmark with Chef Anders Selmer, Kodbyens Fiskebar, Copenhagen on September 11.
Add to the list Rioja on September 17 and Radda in Chianti, September 20.
Please note, a seat at any of these events runs from $150 to $250 per person.
Setting my table in the fields for Green Day #188
(* image of Araxi at North Arm Farm courtesy of Araxi restaurant)