Outstanding in the Field Hosts Dinners on Local Farms

Heroes,In Season,Local Heroes,Summer
June 1, 2010

Blueberry Granita, fresh Sea Scallops with Sugar Snap Peas and more farm fresh recipes are served to groups of roving foodies to connect them to the folks who grow and cook our food.


Jim Denevan was working as a chef in 1996 when he invited a farmer to the restaurant to talk about the food he grew. Three years later, Denevan took his diners to the farm where they had dinner in the field—literally. Today, his group, called Outstanding in the Field, hosts more than sixty farm dinners across the country each year. Denevan and his staff of six roam around in an old RV to all the locations, where they team up with local chefs and farmers.


If Outstanding in the Field comes to a town near you, by all means go. I attended a dinner hosted by Matthew and Allison Mills Neal of Arugula’s Star Farm in Columbia, Tenn. After a tour of the farm (and a little prosecco), we all grabbed a plate (some brought their own) and made our way to the table set up alongside a babbling brook. I don’t know which was loveliest—the setting, the meal or the conversation. It was an outstanding evening.

By Jill Melton, Relish editor-in-chief

Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers with Oregano, Feta and Pine Nuts

Crisp, crunchy and light, this cool cucumber salad recipe is a welcome side at meals following warm spring days spent in the backyard.


Sea Scallops with Sugar Snap Peas and Chervil

Snap peas are barely cooked for a crisp texture and sweetest flavor.

Blueberry Granita

Blueberry Granita

Fresh blueberries sing through bright and clear in this frozen dessert.

blueberry farro salad

Blueberry Farro Salad

Blueberries brighten this classic farro (wheat berry) salad.


Warm Beet Salad with Red Onion, Mint and Pistachios

Crunchy pistachios and aromatic mint add flavor to this warm beet salad. Serve as a side or have a full meal by adding feta, shrimp or chicken.


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