Outstanding in the Field is the Rolling Thunder Revue of underground suppers. Those who like table-to-farm eating as much as the farm-to-table sort will be stoked to learn that the organization has revealed its 2012 calendar and will begin selling tickets on Tuesday, March 20.
Beginning May 12 and continuing through the fall, Outstanding in the Field will wind its way to 29 California farms, including a handful in Southern California. For the uninitiated, Outstanding in the Field is a group of activists, artists and chefs steering an ancient bus to farms around the country where local chefs use each farm's products to cook lovely dinners. Diners capable of shelling out a few cool Benjamins get to kick back with the chefs and farmers.
Turn the page for the Southern California dates.
May 16 in Santa Barbara: Fairview Gardens, with chef Rachel Main
May 18 in Temecula: Crows Pass Farm, with chef TBA
May 19 in Los Angeles: Wattles Farm, with chef TBA
May 20 somewhere in Southern California: farm TBA, with chef Rich Mead
Nov. 6 in Long Beach: The Growing Experience, with chefs Jonathon Sawyer and Neil Fraser
Nov. 7 in Los Angeles: Ocean View Farms, with chef Andrew Kirschner
Tickets are $200-$240, which covers food, wine, farm tours, tasty conversation, views and the chance to break bread with great chefs and farmers. Tickets tend to sell out fast, so be quick. Tickets for events happening prior to Aug. 1 go on sale at 9 a.m. The later events go on sale at 11 p.m.