Outstanding in the Field

     On Sunday, August 3rd I had the great opportunity to work Outstanding in the Field which was held at Blue Moon Community Farm with Chef Tory Miller of Graze, L'Etoile and the soon to open Sujeo as the guest chef. I got to cook with coworkers in a different setting, meet people from across the states and enjoy time outside on a farm from which I cook with the food it produces on a daily bases at work. 

   I took the next paragraph from their About page on their website, which is a message from Founder Jim Denevan. 

"In the summer of 1999, I came up with the idea of setting a long table on a farm and inviting the public to an open-air feast in celebration of the farmer and the gifts of the land. I decided to call this idea Outstanding in the Field. I thought a big table, carefully composed alongside the ingredients for the evening’s feast would inspire both a conversation at the table and a broader discussion about food, community and the meaning of place. A traveling feast with a central vision of farmers, chefs, cheese makers, ranchers, foragers and winemakers in delicious communion with the people they sustain. It would be a terrific challenge to bring this message to the field and to the world — it would also be a lot of fun and adventure. It’s been 15 years since we set the first table near Santa Cruz, California at Andy Griffin’s Mariquita Farm. Since then, we’ve organized more than 600 Outstanding in the Field events, made ten coast-to-coast tours of North America, visited 45 of the United States and set our table in a total of nine countries. 60,000+ people have come out to the farm — or ranch, or sea cove, or vineyard, or rooftop, or sea cave — to understand, learn from and celebrate the farmer."

    To get more information on Outstanding in the Field and see where they are touring please check out their website.

The Table

The Table

Setting up the table

Setting up the table

Setting up the kitchen

Setting up the kitchen

Cooking 

Cooking 

Sliced Crème de la Coulee Artisan Cheese St. Jennifer

Sliced Crème de la Coulee Artisan Cheese St. Jennifer

Prepping cantalope 

Prepping cantalope 

Date walnut bread, Creme de la Coulee St. Jennifer, ratarouille

Date walnut bread, Creme de la Coulee St. Jennifer, ratarouille

Elderberry Hill Farm melon, togarashi, Graze culatello

Elderberry Hill Farm melon, togarashi, Graze culatello

Jim talking to the crowd before the farm tour

Jim talking to the crowd before the farm tour

Still Cooking

Still Cooking

Blue Moon Community Farm tomato salad, Korean BBQ-style Carolina shrimp, crispy rice, Elderberry Hill Farm radish &turnips, opal basil, gochujang vinaigrette

Blue Moon Community Farm tomato salad, Korean BBQ-style Carolina shrimp, crispy rice, Elderberry Hill Farm radish &turnips, opal basil, gochujang vinaigrette

Blue Moon Community Farm roasted beets, Dreamfarm goat cheese, fregola sarda, roasted hickory nuts, Door County cherries

Blue Moon Community Farm roasted beets, Dreamfarm goat cheese, fregola sarda, roasted hickory nuts, Door County cherries

Blue Moon Community Farm hog jowls, Bee Charmer sweet corn, grilled torpedo onion, Elderberry Hill Farm squash blossoms

Blue Moon Community Farm hog jowls, Bee Charmer sweet corn, grilled torpedo onion, Elderberry Hill Farm squash blossoms

Vietnamese-style Blue Moon Community Farm turkey, spicy dragon tongue bean salad, wild rice, cilantro, crispy shallots

Vietnamese-style Blue Moon Community Farm turkey, spicy dragon tongue bean salad, wild rice, cilantro, crispy shallots

Blue Moon Community Farm ground cherry oatmeal cream pie

Blue Moon Community Farm ground cherry oatmeal cream pie

Comida with the workers after everyone is gone

Comida with the workers after everyone is gone

Having a Conversation with Founder Jim Denevan

Having a Conversation with Founder Jim Denevan