If you follow farm-to-table dining at all, you've probably heard of Outstanding in the Field, the roving dinner series that teams up with small farms to create fabulous feasts in places where food is grown. Now in its 15th year, the organization recently announced its 2014 schedule, and there are still some tickets to dinners thrown by notable Bay Area chefs like Kim Alter (Plum), Mark Liberman (AQ and TBD), Josh Even (Tosca), Jennifer Puccio (The Cavalier), and Ravi Kapur (Liholiho Yacht Club and upcoming brick-and-mortar).
Tickets range from $215 to $240, so they're not exactly cheap, but though I've never attended one of these dinners myself, I've heard from folks who have that they're every bit as magical as they seem. If anything, it's a testament to the rise of local, sustainable, seasonal ingredients that the organization has brought out more than 65,000 people to its more than 600 events over the past decade and a half -- including the latest dinner on the Coachella grounds.
Outstanding in the Field's upcoming local events are scattered around Northern California. Here are the dinners that still have seats open (the full schedule is on the Outstanding in the Field website):
Host farmer: Barrett Boaen / Guest chef: Jim Denevan, OITF founder
Host farmers: Mark & Myriam Pasternak / Guest chef: Francis Hogan, Bluestem Brasserie, San Francisco
Host farmers: Mark & Myriam Pasternak / Guest chef: Kim Alter, Plum, Oakland
Host farmers: Glen Lajeski & Gerry Etcheverry / Guest chef: Mark Liberman, AQ and TBD, San Francisco
June 11: Popelouchum - Bonny Doon's new estate vineyard, San Juan Bautista
Host vintner: Randall Grahm / Guest chef: Josh Even, Tosca Cafe, San Francisco
Host farmers: Rich & Laura Everett / Guest chef: Ravi Kapur (Llholiho Yacht Club, currently working on a brick-and-mortar opening)
June 18 ~ County Line Harvest in Petaluma
Host farmer: David Retsky / Guest chef: Jennifer Puccio, The Cavalier, SF
Host fisherfolk: Hans & Heidi Haveman of H&H Fresh Fish / Guest chef: Staffan Terje, Perbacco, San Francisco