He sent me the video and I was hooked.
Outstanding in the Field, which has its roots in California, now hosts events across the U.S and has expanded to include locations in Canada and Europe.
They are slated to launch their first event in F r a n c e this coming September, however at this time I do not see the date posted on their calendar. I sent an email to them this morning to inquire. As soon as I receive a response, I will post it here. In the meantime, if you live in an area where events are happening, and you are thinking of attending, be sure to make your reservation early as they often sell out within an hour of posting.
Here is a link to the calendar of events. You can find the closest event to your home or possibly venture off to a place you always wanted to visit. I plan to attend an event soon. From what I understand it's an extraordinary experience. Please go to the website and look around, I think you will be impressed.
Outstanding in the Field Mission Statement
Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table 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. 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 (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table.
CBS News 2008
June 18, 2011 Santa Cruz, CAOutstanding in the Field Beach Dinner from Outstanding in the Field on Vimeo.