Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Here we go.

Spring will soon be summer as Outstanding in the Field prepares to roll. Our big red bus has a bright new coat of paint. The crew is gathering all resources. We are ready to go!

Thirty-seven sites, thirty-seven unique events; farm tables, chairs, plates, forks, water glasses, napkins, platters, spoons, paper lanterns, rotisseries, table cloths, wine glasses... With passion and inspiration from chefs, farmers and producers we set the table.

Interest in Outstanding in the Field and farm dinners is at an all-time high. Dinners are selling out very quickly and diners are asking for more events. We added several dinners and we will see the long table gracing even more beautiful farms.

We've recently updated our Dinner Site History Map to include our 2008 dates. This year's sites are shown in red.

The past few months have been busy for us. Besides putting together the 2008 tour, Jim has been working on his artwork. Our bus, Outstanding, and the Outstanding crew recently visited the remote Nevada desert. Jim completed a giant freehand drawing on a dry lake. The drawing spanned almost three miles. We will be sure to share more stories and pictures with you soon.

Don't go looking for this drawing. It washed away in a big rainstorm.

Jim is exhibiting work this summer at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY as part of the Sand: Memories, Meaning and Metaphor. The exhibit starts June 29th and runs through to September 14.

We participated in an episode of Alter Eco for the Discovery Green Network featuring Outstanding in the Field. Jim, Katy, Aubrey and Caleb rode the bus down to Earthtrine Farm in Ojai, CA. Our adventures can be seen in episode 6 on August 4th at 9:00 pm.

Jim and the Outstanding team have been organizing a spectacular adventure ArtDinner at an undisclosed site. The dinner is sponsored by Absolut Vodka for a new campaign called Absolut Visionaries. Look for notice of this special event. Dinner tickets will be available to all.

Our first event of the season is this weekend at Route 1 Farm, just north of our home base of Santa Cruz, CA. Jim will be preparing recipes from his new Farm to Table Cookbook [see our next post] featuring produce from Jeff Larkey's fields, fresh seafood from Hans and paired with wines from Ridge.

We're very excited about the 2008 season and invite you to join us on our many adventures... whether here on the blog or seated at the table.


crazyzebu said...

check out this youtube movie that shows amazing pictures of jims desert drawing, the largest freehand drawing made by humans!


Jim Denevan makes freehand drawings in sand. At low tide on wide beaches Jim searches the shore for a wave tossed stick. After finding a good stick and composing himself in the near and far environment Jim draws-- laboring up to 7 hours and walking as many as 30 miles. The resulting sand drawing is made entirely freehand w/ no measuring aids whatsoever. From the ground, these drawn environments are experienced as places. Places to explore and be, and to see relation and distance. For a time these tangible specific places exist in the indeterminate environment of ocean shore. From high above the marks are seen as isolated phenomena, much like clouds, rivers or buildings. Soon after Jim's motions and marks are completed water moves over and through, leaving nothing.

Outstanding said...

Jim's desert drawing has been named the "World's Largest Artwork"

Taglia46 said...

We don't like fast foods in Europe, i think Burger King should disappear.