Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Outstanding in the Field

Seattle is once again a featured city on the Outstanding in the Field dining series!

If you haven't heard about Outstanding in the Field, it is must for those who enjoy the 'farm t0 table' experience. Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure traveling from state-to-state. The experience begins with a tour of the location - typically a local farm - then guests join farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and share the seasonally fresh meal set at long table. The table is typically located outdoors at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the it 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 and from the featured farm. Meals are generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region.

Outstanding in the Field has come a long way since 1999 when founder Jim Denevan first started convincing people it was valuable and interesting to dine 'out in a field' with the farmers. Even in the midst of economic difficulty, or perhaps even more so because of it, people want to get out there, take a look around, celebrate farmers and farming and sit together to share a meal.

Information about the 2009 Outstanding in the Field tour schedule is now available on their events page. On Friday, March 20th at 9 am PST/12 pm EST you can purchase tickets on the events page of the Web site. Last year events sold out very quickly.