Friday, July 3, 2009

A Tour of California

Every season we hit the ground running (with tables and chairs) and 2009 is no exception. We have now completed our first 11 dinners!! Riding on a rare lucky streak our generally unreliable 1953 bus Outstanding has made it to 11 out of the first 12 sites! We've seen hot days, cold days and everything in between (no rain though...). Orchard dinners, ranch dinners, vineyard dinners, hill top dinners, valley bottom dinners, cliff top dinners dinners close to the freeway dinners in the middle of nowhere, even dinners where diners were hit by waves...we've seen a lot.

Here are some photo highlights of a memorable early season:

May 23 & 24 - Devil's Gulch Ranch, Nicasio, CA

Devils Gulch Ranch Bus Parking

Outstanding in the Field dinner host Katy Oursler
bundles up for a chilly day with warm mittens

Guest Chef Steffan Terje of Perbacco restaurant, San Francisco, California
a warm and wonderful personality on a chilly day

Our long table in farmer Mark Pasternak's Marin County Pinot Noir vineyard

June 6 - McEvoy Ranch, Petlauma, CA

One of our longest tables ever - McEvoy Ranch

Nion McEvoy starts off the farm tour

McEvoy Vista

June 13, 14 - Secret Sea Cove Dinner, California Coast

The legendary Sea Cove Dinner site

The table is ready for guests

Here comes the surf...

Fisherman Hans Haveman pitches in to protect the table from rising surf

Guest Chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Dinner is served

Chef Stuart Brioza enjoying the perfect weather, pitches in in the kitchen.
Stuart had cheffed a bracingly chilly Outstanding in the Field vineyard dinner
at Devils Gulch Ranch a few weeks previous

Another beautiful day at the beach. Our second Sea Cove dinner.
Chef Jamie Lauren and pastry chef Luis Villavelazquez
along with Jered Lawson from Pie Ranch tour the table
with Outstanding founder Jim Denevan

June 17 - The Abalone Farm, Cayucos, CA

Brad Buckley of The Abalone Farm shows off the product at the cliff side table site

Very fresh abalone

Cliff edge parking for table and bus

Chef Deborah Scarborough's grilled squash blossom pizza

July 18 - Windrose Farm, Paso Robles, CA

Windrose Farm setting

Chef Chris Kobayashi of Artisan Restaurant, Paso Robles

In the cool shade of a towering oak tree

Halter Ranch - established 1880


June 20 - McGrath Family Farm, Camarillo, CA

Ventura County table

View from the bus

Among the gladiolas

Ready for guests

Farm tour!

Chef Tim Kilcoyne of The Side Car Restaurant, Ventura, CA

Ribollita of McGrath beans, beet greens and carrot top pesto

Dining in the field

June 21 - Coleman Farm, Carptineria, CA

At the Coleman's

Chef Jim with Chef Rich

Uni shooters to start

A kitchen with a view

roast pork with Coleman Farm's greens

From the table

June 27 - Clark Summit Farm, Tomales, CA

in the Field


Ready for the tour

After 11 successful dinner journeys the bus finally breaks down
right where the table is supposed to go

Katy keeps good cheer

Chef Melissa Perello carving the Clark Summit beef

Hilltop table

Stretching out into the sky

Outstanding crew sits down for family meal after the event ends

June 28 - Star Route Farm, Bolinas, CA

Warren Weber's coastal farm

Little Miss Sunshine redux

California weather

Cindy of the OITF staff

July 2 - Green String Farm, Petaluma, CA

Beautiful Sonoma County

Chef Christopher Lee brought his artisan made prosciutto slicer

OITF Bread by baker Mike Zakowski

Chef Christopher Lee in the field

Sonoma View

Passed hors d'oeuvres at the entrance to the barn

On site baking

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