Outstanding In The Field Sets DC Dates

Outstanding in the Field's dinner last fall on the banks of the Potomac
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You've probably heard of Outstanding in the Field by now. It's like a traveling culinary carnival, led by cowboy-hatted epicurean evangelist Jim Denevan, that rolls from farm field to field in a sleek 1953 bus.

With the help of a local chef and farmer, the group hosts elaborate outdoor dinners in scenic spots across the country. The mission: connect diners to the land and the source of their food.

I attended their first DC-area dinner last fall (read my account of the dinner in this Washington Post story), and it was a pretty magical evening. Set in a grassy cedar grove on the banks of the Potomac, the multi-course dinner featured seafood from host Dragon Creek Aqua Farm, prepared by Anthony Chittum and a team from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

The bus rolls back this fall with three farm dinners, all set on Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Va.:
Sept. 5 with Ayrshire farm chefs Rob Townsend and Justin Severino
Sept. 6 with chef Anthony Chittum of Vermilion
Sept. 7 with chef Bryan Moscatello of Zola and Potenza

The ticket price, $180, includes a farm tour, a multi-course meal and wine pairings.

Vermilion and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group are also hosting their own farm dinner June 20. Check the web site for details.