While "farm to table" has become a familiar concept in the world of dining, Outstanding in the Field continues to bank on "table to farm." The organization hosts massive pop-up dinners on across the globe and helps diners connect with the land that their food comes from. Outstanding in the Field returns with their extra-long table to New Orleans for a 7th year on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
Founded in 1999 by Jim Denevan, OITF has staged over 1,000 "table to farm" events and currently produces over 100 events per year. The family-style dinners have popped up on beaches, piers, forests, city streets, and a variety of farms.
February's 170-person dinner features Justin Koslowsky of Seaworthy as the guest chef and will take place on Bartlett Farm located across Lake Pontchartrain in Folsom, Louisiana. The farm is helmed by John Bartlett and his mother Nancy, and continues to serve as the venue when OITF comes to town. The al fresco dinner party, set amidst the flower and vegetable fields, will include both locals and "fieldheads," an endearing term for individuals who travel around to OITF dinners in different locations.
The main season runs May through November and a smaller winter tour takes place in January and February to visit warm-weather spots, like New Orleans. This year's winter tour also includes first-time visits to Australia and Nicaragua, as well as two dinners on Oahu. Florida, Southern California, Mexico City, and Phoenix are among the dinner destinations.
Tickets for the wall-less restaurant are $265 and can be purchased here.