If there’s one table you want a seat at this year it’s the epic open-air dinner series Outstanding in the Field, a traveling restaurant with pop-up luxury meals all across the state. Starting May 1, the seemingly endless, white-clothed tables will return to the most epic locations across California. Tickets have already sold out for some dates, so don’t wait.
The CA summer tour will go from May 1 – July 10, and the CA fall tour is October 1 – November 11. From July – October, the extravagant meals will pop up across the Pacific Northwest, Canada, the Rockies, the Midwest, the Northeast, and even select locations in Europe and Africa.
If you’ve never been to one of these stunning affairs, you’ve almost definitely come across one of these luscious feasts in your daily Instagram scrolls. One of the most notable events happens at a secret location in Big Sur, where you can add glamping to your experience. Another popular option is in Napa, where you can dine in style in the middle of a vineyard.
While the farm-to-table concept has steadily become part of the mainstream lexicon, Outstanding in the Field brings the table to stunning farms—or orchards, or beautiful beaches, or jaw-dropping cliffside road, renowned vineyards—which makes for one incredible culinary adventure. While you’d normally have to be invited to a Tuscan wedding to see a spread like this, here, you can simply go solo, sip on a glass of wine selected by a sommelier and get lost in conversation with fellow food lovers.
The idea started 20 years ago with the aim of “reconnecting diners with the land and celebrating the hardworking hands that feed us.” Now, you’ll find the vintage red bus riding into far-flung lands creating experiences that bring chefs, farmers and hungry guests together to tell a story. You could be dining on a fresh fish dish with your feet in the water or taking in spoonfuls of a pavlova crowned with fresh berries and flowers from the surrounding fields.
California’s first event takes place on May 1 at Mt. Tamalpais and the last event will be November 11 at Markegard Family Grass-Fed in Jenner. Other nearby locations include Secret Sea Cove in Pescadero and Belden Barns in Santa Rosa.
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