Outstanding in the Field, an organization that holds dinners on farms and other currently hip locations, was brought to my attention the other day. I thought I’d bring it to your attention because this group holds feasts all across the country.


Dinners on the farm have become popular in the last several years as the locavore movement has grown. A dinner of local foods cooked by local chefs and eaten as close to the source as possible is an enjoyable way to spend an evening. Outstanding in the Field seems to have been ahead of the curve on this trend. They’ve been holding these dinners since 1999.

The goal of Outstanding in the Field is “connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.” Their main venue is a field on a farm, but they also hold events on mountaintops, sea caves, old barns and other settings in keeping with their vision.

Their 2011 Tour began May 1 and runs through Dec. 4. Tickets to these dinners on the farm aren’t inexpensive. I clicked on several of the locations, and ticket prices ranged from $180 to $300 per person. The price includes a reception with wine and passed appetizers, four seated courses with wine pairings, all gratuities, producer discussions, and a tour of the farm. The events are intended for adults, and they don’t recommend that children attend.

Several of the roughly 100 events are already sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a ticket if you’re really interested. Head over to Outstanding in the Field’s Facebook page. It looks as if people use it as a forum to sell tickets they can’t use or to ask if anyone has tickets they won’t be using.  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.