For a few years now I have been pining over going to Outstanding in the Field. It started in 1999, an outdoor culinary dining adventure set in the middle of a farm. Founder Jim Denevan invites a chef from a nearby restaurant to cook outside ingredients that grow right there at the farm you are on, and sometimes a neighboring farm as well.
So, I finally said this year is the year. I am going to Outstanding in the Field. So, right when tickets went on sale I snagged my pair to one outside San Jose in a town called Sunol. And a few weeks ago I enjoyed some of the best food I have ever had.
Chef Sean Baker was there to cook all the food right there next to the table. He works at Gather restaurant in Berkley and was named 2010 Chef of the Year by Esquire mag.
I think everyone there (about 150 people) was taking pictures of the plates as they came out. They were as beautiful as they were tasty. Here’s just a few.