Monday, October 24, 2011

Outstanding in the Field

Imagine one long dinner table for 200 guests perched atop a hill on a farm, overlooking a lake.
Imagine eating a sunset dinner with new friends - with great local food and lovely wines.

You just imagined the dinner I had this weekend.

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I have been wanting to experience an Outstanding in the Field farm dinner for three years now, and this year Brian and I finally were able to snatch up tickets before they all sold out. They tour the country (and now the world, with the addition of Euro tours this year, and Australia and Africa next year) putting on farm dinners with local chefs and vintners. Outstanding in the Field aims to unite foodies to the land that their food comes from. And we sure did!

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Brian and I were first attracted to this idea because we love good food, and over the last few years have really become interested in the background of what we eat. Outstanding in the Field gave us the opportunity to have a wonderful five-course meal and meet all the farmers who grew/produced/raised each element of each course, and see the land that the animals were raised on. We were also excited about sitting at a table with 200 people we'd never met before with the same passion for food as us, making new friends with fellow foodies. How often do you get to eat a great meal with a table of friendly strangers? Funnily enough, a couple we know had the same idea, and we didn't even know they were going and just ran into them at the event. Great minds think alike!

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It was such a lovely evening. We met people who were 3-year veterans at these dinners, and then a couple who came all the way from Boston for the Outstanding in the Field Experience in Texas. We met a couple who had lived in Australia for a few years, so it was great talking with them about Australia and all the great food we missed from out there.

Then as the sun sank below the trees, we made our way back down the hill, armed with flashlights they'd supplied us with, and a bag of cookies. A lovely end to a lovely evening.

29 comments:

Anna of IHOD said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening! And I think I would have had major food coma after those eatables!
:) Anna

Lillian (Unstitched.) said...

That's so amazing that you went, Dionne!! I've been wanting to go to Outstanding in the Field for a long time now, but I have to save up a bit more (maybe next year!) Wow, your experience looks AMAZING. It's everything I imagined...so, so cool! :)

Samantha Chu Ramage. said...

that's awesome! i have never heard of anything like this! i would definitely come from boston to try it!

xo
sami

Dancing Branflake said...

I looked through these on Facebook and was just so stunned by the gorgeous event. Sounds like a dream and I love those photos of you and Brian. Such a beautiful couple!

Sandy a la Mode said...

wow!! this sounds like a wonderful evening!!

Chiara said...

It's seem wonderful! I like to meet new people!
Have a nice week!

amy b.s. said...

oh my gosh this looks amazing!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

omg Dionne! sounds amazing! I'd love it. have a great week, darling! xo

Sey said...

the long table is so gorgeous and I bet the food really taste great. Let's also add the new friends you met along the way. That was indeed such a lovely evening.

Sarah said...

Wow that's so awesome that you got to attend one of these dinners. Especially since you've been wanting to go to one for so long. What a great experience!

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Kelly J. R. said...

I've always wanted to go to a dinner on a farm too. We have a few smaller scale seatings like this in Wisconsin. Events like this are so important because so many people don't think about where their food comes from. The food industry doesn't help. They cleverly change the names of things that may come from a source we aren't comfortable eating. IE: cow is called beef, calf is veal. No one wants to picture themselves eating a cute little cow.

Jess said...

I am SO jealous! Looks like you had an amazing time! Hopefully hubby and I can get tickets next year :) Hope you had a great weekend!

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

wow i love this long table, a new veriosn to chatting and stay together!!!
what a brilliant dinner
jessica

Tereza said...

You have such a beautiful blog :)

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

so fun to run into you there!! it was such a neat experience. i'm still feeling full :)

the southern hostess said...

I've read about this, but have yet to do it. It sounds so perfect!

Sarah Mina said...

That looks amazing! I wish I had known about it when they were in Texas! Where exactly was it?

www.sarahandthecityblog.blogspot.com

Looking Glass said...

Sounds simply wonderful, Dionne. Will have to keep my eye out for the Aussie one next year.

~ Clare x

K said...

Oh goodness, that sounds spectacular. The food and menu look amazing!

Bathwater said...

That sounds like a great idea! I bet the food was outstanding.

Jennifer Young said...

wow wow wow i've been wanting to attend one of these for ages! i'm so inspired now. i better start saving!! :)
glad you enjoyed it dionne!
xo
j.

lyndsey @ the stationery place said...

cool! i've always wanted to go to one of those, such an awesome idea. glad you had fun!

L'Atelier said...

it looks and sounds so amazing!
I've seen a report about Outstanding in TV and been ever since hoping that they might come to Cape Town-- seeing they are coming to Africa next year...might that be on my end of africa?

Teresa said...

Oh, you did it!

Wonderful experience and thank you so much for sharing.

Teresa

Shortening Bread said...

This event is so cool! I love meeting new people and what better way to do that than by eating a delectable meal. Thanks for sharing Dionne!

Tender B. said...

That looks like such a wonderful way to enjoy a meal. I can't even imagine how awesome of an experience it was.

Robin said...

I first heard of these dinners a few years ago, attending one is on my list for sure!

Holly Knitlightly said...

That sounds absolutely amazing! The photos of the food you posted looks delicious. I'm so glad that the two of you got to experience that!

Dionne Fields said...

You both, look like you had the time of your life. The food alone, look like something out of a magazine.I would love to be there one day.