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Outstanding In the Field

 

 

For many years, we had admired from afar a culinary caravan, snaking its way across the country in collaboration with local farmers, noteworthy chefs, and much like ourselves, foodie fanatics in pursuit of a homegrown meal that would long be talked about as one for the ages. A dining fantasy, high atop our proverbial bucket list, sadly untouchable due to sold out tickets that rivaled sell out times of rockstars and legends. Setting the table since 1999, Outstanding in the Field has made countless tours coast-to-coast, served more than 60,000 individuals, and rallied in pursuit of their humble theme, ‘To honor the good people whose good work brings nourishment to the table’.

2013, the year we would conquer the virtual ticket line, granting us a place in the field and a seat at the table. The Hickories, a female run organic farm in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Sans fancy place settings and stuffy waitstaff, we dined in the company of furry friends and unknown neighbors, joined together over a common bond of locally sourced food within our community. 2014, we expanded our radius and let our tastebuds dictate the way to our dining destiny. Winter Point Oysters, a picturesque setting in coastal Maine, complete with nature’s eventide in the heart of America’s Vacationland. Periwinkle salad + lobster (lobstah for those of us blessed with a natural flair for the New England tongue) steam buns. Friendly chatter over a bonafide seafood feast, by night’s end the stars were twinkling and our bellies full.

Delightful dining aside, our biggest takeaway from these simple, yet spectacular meals, is the humble stage upon which these hardworking farmers present their craft. Their days are long and yet their hearts are large. As they speak, often shyly, about the work they partake in day after day, their passion radiates as bright as the sun setting behind their backs. Jim Denevan, founding father of OITF (not to mention, an artistic force in his own right), has created a devoted trail of followers in the wake of his caravan’s path, each with minds (and palates) open to these fine purveyors of local fare.

Join us on March 20th, as we cast our vote for this year’s table of choice when tickets go live for the 2015 Tour. Given our new home-away-from-home in the Ocean State, we’ve got our eye on newbie-on-tour, Little Compton. A stone’s throw from Newport, and our neighbor across the bay, we’re sure to be in for another meal for the memory bank. If you happen to be in the Rhode Island area, we hope to see you at the communal table where we’ll share stories over wine and food as fresh as the day’s offering. Should your location be further west, or somewhere in-between, OITF has plenty of stops in the queue, check the tour, as there’s most likely one coming to a local farm near you.

Images courtesy of The Gilded Lobster.

PORTLAND |EAST|

October 16, 2014

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For the past several weeks, we traded ‘logging in’ for ‘checking out’ under the coastal skies of our recently adopted City-by-the-Sea. However, not uncommon to release our tether and head to other ports of call, we wrapped up summer with a gilded roadtrip to our nation’s Vacationland. Having spent our youth on the shores of New Hampshire, the great state of Maine was a stone’s throw from our beloved Seacoast, and a place still held near and dear. So when a seafood feast popped up on the cross-country tour of America’s beloved culinary bandwagon, it was the perfect excuse to pack up our Boat ‘N Totes, hug the coastline and head due North.

Prior to our golden getaway, we hadn’t spent much time in the city of Portland. In truth, our relationship was merely one of a passing glance as we rolled up I-95 en route to Bean’s L.L. Bean, a petite city tucked along the rocky shore, but never quite worth a signaled departure off the interstate. In recent years, editorial shout-outs for Portland ‘East’ have been fast and furious – a northern New England haven for hipsters, layered with savvy entrepreneurs, skilled artisans and a booming food scene worthy of ‘Top-Ten’ status on the charts of many a seasoned palate.

A native New Englander through and through, (slightly biased, yes, we know), this city tugged at our heartstrings and won over our appetites. The highlights, much like the accolades for this coastal city, were tasty and plentiful. Cocktails at Portland Hunt + Alpine Club, (recently lauded by Bon Appetit as one of America’s best new bars,) served by the reputable mixologist and owner himself. A friends + family opening of the impossibly adorable Tandem Coffee + Bakery, perfectly placed in a refurbished service station, trading pumps for picnic tables and serving up a mean cup ‘o joe. And last, but most definitely not least, an order-to-go, duck fat fries paired with the thickest of shakes. Because, well, it was after all a long drive home.

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