I'm not sure where I first learned about Outstanding in the Field. For months, its website was in my task-list of sites to check out and I thank goodness one day this summer I finally did. I don't even know where I first learned about it and how it got into my task-list. I guess it's one of those things where you manifest experiences when you set your mind to it.
A crucial component to my vision of food writing is taking advantage of opportunities for one-of-a-kind food experiences and Outstanding in the Field provides exactly that.
Sadly, I didn't think to bring a camera, but luckily the couple across from me did. I'll post some photos relevant to the dishes, but you can see more of their photos (including one of me) at:
More great pics available at this site:
Although, I will include some of their pics below so you can see what some of these dishes looked like.
whistling train pig in its own jelly with pickled red onions, gooseberries
billy astot tomatoes & cow's milk yogurt cheese with chicories & zucchini
grande aioli with local roots farm cudites, cold clams & mussels from taylor shellfish, chilled washington sockeye & halibut
stuffed, rolled & tied leg of lamb with artichokes from jason & siri's neighbors & bluebird grain farm's farro
washington apricots, estrella cheeses, amaretti
The cost of the dinner was far beyond my normal budget, but the experience was truly priceless.