Looking for something different that you haven’t experienced in your culinary life as of yet?
Outstanding in the Field is a roving adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. They set the long tables 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. Ingredients for the meal are almost all local and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. This really is a great way to experience the farm to table trend.
I personally have not had the pleasure of sharing a meal at one of their tables. They’re not always in your area and dip deep into your pockets. However, it is on my list of things to do…eventually. I’d also like to mention I have no financial gain by sharing this information with you. It’s just something I found to be interesting that I wanted to share with my readers. MARK YOUR CALENDAR, MARCH 20th TICKETS GO ON SALE! Look at their schedule now and plan ahead. Tickets sell out in minutes.
DIYD: (do it yourself dinner)
- If you know the day you can burn a few hundred bucks is not in your near future, but you’re inspired by the idea, why not try to recreate your own “farm to table” dinner.
What to do:
- Location! Location! Location! Find a special space whether indoors or out that is a little more adventurous then the dining room. Think-the beach, along the river, in a cactus forest, on a ranch, at a local park, in a privately owned library, under a big tree, in the middle of the street at the end of a cul de sac, on a basketball/tennis court. Think outside the box and have fun!
- After your location is established, decide on how many guests you will be serving. A romantic dinner for 2? A family reunion for 20? You decide! Once the number of people is established be sure you have enough long banquet tables and folding chairs to recreate an outdoor dining room.
- Customize the dining décor to your own individual liking. For me, I would use as many candles as would fit! Others may use hay stacks for the benches with crisp white linens draping the tables. Have fun and remember there are no rules! (Martha won’t be attending)
- Next, decide on your menu. Choose seasonal items that you can get at your local farmers markets. If you really prepare in advance, you can even grow some of your own ingredients yourself. Try to select items that can be prepared fully in your kitchen and brought to the sight in coolers or warming bags.
- Remember the details such as weather conditions, bugs, restroom availability, parking, dietary restrictions/allergies , wine pairings, music, throw blankets, etc…
- If you like the idea but don’t want all of the work, cater the event and have it delivered to your site. Try to find a store or restaurant that makes farm to table meals. The concept and ambiance will still be enjoyed by all.