4 Fabulous Farm-to-Table Dinners
Chef/artist Jim Denevan's adventures in camaraderie, whimsy, abundance, and taste bring regional heirloom food producers, chefs, growers, and guests together for dinner in more than 90 select, small farms across the United States each spring and summer, since 1999. Four Sonoma County dinners are planned for May 2016.
Tastemakers and lovers of local farm food, craft beers and Sonoma County's finest wines clamor for a place at the table when Outstanding In The Field sets up its signature long table in a field nearby.
Here's what the folk at Outstanding In The Field have to say about the first in a series of four Sonoma County dinners: "McEvoy Ranch is a bit swanky. More glam than grit. If you’ve been thinking of wearing those platform heels to a farm dinner, this is the one. Olive oil comes from trees (there are thousands here) and also a giant frantoio (it’s been called the Maserati of olive crushers). We will enjoy a tour that ends at the table."
Guest chef Amaryll Schwertner is owner of Boulettes Larder restaurant in the Ferry Plaza Marketplace in San Francisco. Her cooking utilizes the larder — the small shops and farmers' produce sold at the Ferry Plaza Market.
McEvoy Ranch has a small store down the way from Boulettes Larder in the Ferry Building.
Tickets sell fast, despite the cost — so if this is your dream dinner, Click here to book when tickets are released on or soon after March 20th, 2016.
The Petaluma event is followed by three more al fresco dining destinations in the area that same week, two in Healdsburg and one in Sonoma:
Porter Creek Vineyards
Friday May 20, at 4 p.m., $235
Host Farmers: Alex & Ann Davis, Porter Creek Vineyards, Healdsburg, California (Sonoma)
Guest Chef: TBD
Porter Creek is a major tributary to the Russian River and this is one of the first certified organic vineyards with some of the oldest Pinot Noir vines in the area.
The winery is owned and operated by a father-son team. Son Alex makes the wine — only about 4,000 cases a year.
Front Porch Farm
Saturday May 21, at 4 p.m., $235
Outstanding In The Field returns to Front Porch Farm in Sonoma County Wine Country. The Russian River is bordered by mature trees here — cottonwoods, oaks, redwoods.
Farm manager Johnny Wilson grows vegetables of all kinds and raises goats and chickens. Pigs and wine grapes (and wine) from another Front Porch property will also be part of the feast.
Guest chef Rocky Maselli is an OITF veteran. His A16 restaurant is named for an Italian highway.
Sunday May 22, at 4 p.m., $235
Andrew and Adam welcome Outstanding In The Field for a fourth visit. Guests will gather for the reception on an oak shaded hill. After hearing the overview from the overview, the brothers are set to lead a tour of the vines and gardens and tell guests more about their “forever wild” approach to viticulture and winemaking. The table will be set near an old hacienda between tall palms. Chef Ryan cooked alongside Thomas McNaughton of Flour + Water and Central Kitchen at a few previous OITF events. At SCRIBE he is out in front. He is also out front with an appearance on the 2016 James Beard Awards long list.
If you're planning on staying the night in the southern end of the county, the Sheraton Sonoma County in Petaluma is conveniently located nine miles from McEvoy Ranch. Book a Petaluma Green Taxi for a ride back to your room. For bed and breakfast inns throughout Sonoma County, click here.
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