One Chance Left for 2011 Outstanding In The Field
Now that the heart of summer is upon us, be on the lookout for the Outstanding In The Field bus, which is making its way to the Midwest as we speak. OITF describes itself as a “roving culinary adventure,” and since 1999, they aim to reconnect diners with their food by setting up tables smack-dab in the middle of a farm, which hosts a meal prepared by a well-known local(ish) chef, using local produce and meat. Dinners are held around the world, some of the most popular occur in California wine country, but some are also being hosted in places as far away as Radda in Chianti, in Tuscany, Italy.
The first Midwest dinner will be held in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin on July 28. A bucket-list dinner, it pairs legendary-to-those-in-the-know cheesemaker Willi Lehner of Bleu Mont Dairy with the ultimate locavore Madison fine-dining restaurant, L’Etoile. (Some say L’Etoile features more local producers and farmers than any other restaurant in the country.) Unfortunately, it is sold out. So is the Dietzler Farms/Longman & Eagle dinner (July 30, Elkhorn, WI), the Heritage Prairie Farm/The Bristol dinner (July 31/La Fox, IL), and the Bare Knuckle Farm/Vie dinner (August 3/Northport, MI), featuring Chicagoland über-locavore, Paul Virant.
However, your last and only chance to go to a 2011 OITF dinner is one that features the awesome Asian fusion king of Chicago, Bill Kim (Urban Belly, Belly Shack) and local farmer’s market stalwart, Green Acres Farm, in North Judson, Indiana, on August 1st. North Judson is located only approximately 2 hours from Chicago. If you’re still on the fence, check out my pictures from a Dietzler Farm dinner (albeit, not an OITF dinner) with Onesixtyblue. If that doesn’t entice you, I give up. For details on purchasing tickets to the Bill Kim/Green Acres dinner, go here.