An original dinner series that’s promoting local producers around the world
Well before farm dinners became a part of the foodie’s lexicon, there was Outstanding in the Field. Created by a former chef in 1999, the idea was simple yet profound. “I knew that visually, a table in the field where food comes from would be powerful,” says the man behind OITF, Jim Denevan, who is credited with having drawn attention to many excellent local producers over the years, and also getting over 80,000 diners to think about where their food’s coming from. Since his fateful first event in Northern California, Denevan has grown OITF into a travelling experiential dinner series whose itinerary this year alone includes nearly 90 farm feasts prepared by top chefs in 27 US states, four Canadian provinces and a vineyard in Burgundy, France.