FOOD BUZZ: Outstanding in the Field Heads to Europe’s Green Pastures

The 2011 season is underway and the big red and white bus is cutting a sway across California with tables and chairs in tow, but the Europeans should watch out because the Yanks are coming to fill their bellies too.

After last year’s season, when most California events sold out in just a few hours, a lot of guests were shut out and put out, so this year Outstanding in the Field have added 700+ seats in California and are crossing international borders in an effort to connect organic-loving diners with local producers in a communal, educational and fun atmosphere. The team will visit two Central Coast sites – one in Lompoc (about halfway between San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara) on June 4th and one in Santa Margarita (between San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles) on June 5th before returning to the Tres Sabores Winery (St. Helena) on June 14th in the Napa Valley and Barinaga Ranch (Marshall/West Marin) on June 16th in Sonoma County. On June 26th the team revisit East Bay countryside to reprise one of their most popular dinners last year at Baia Nicchia in Sunol, this time with Chef Jonah Rhodehamel of Oakland’s Oliveto restaurant.

The whole foods safari continues across the country in a roving celebration of farms and farmers through CA, OR, WA, BC, WY, UT, CO, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, ON, QC, NY and PA from now until August, before heading across the pond to Europe in early September to host artisanal dinners in Ireland, Great Britain, Denmark, Spain, and Italy. Events include dinners at the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, an artisanal charcuterie farm in Wales, as well as at a vineyard/farm in the region of La Rioja. On September 24th, the OITF team returns to the US and kick off their last leg of the culinary journey in Pennsylvania before finishing the season on December 4th at Pie Ranch in Pescadero, CA via VA, NC, TN, KY, GA, AL, AR, TX, and AZ.

Prices are around $200 p/person. To bag your seat at a farm table dinner near you, book here now.

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