outstanding in the field

by Grace Bonney

ac and i have been relaxing in catskill, ny for the past two days and i wanted to share some photos from sunday night’s outstanding in the field dinner. the dinner was the reason we headed upstate and it was such a phenomenal event. we all arrived around 3pm and spent the next 6 hours drinking wine and eating delicious food at a HUGE long table by the creek.

we had amazing bread from sullivan street bakery (that’s jim from sullivan street’s dog, henry, in the photos below), local trout, local blueberry ice cream, and some seriously delicious fresh salads with lettuce and edible flowers from mountain berry farm. unfortunately the farmer who was hosting the event never showed up, but we all had a blast despite the absence. we didn’t end up in the creek like some guests, but we did end up heading home with new friends from our little “table family” and a tummy full of amazing food.

*a big thank you and “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!” to my mom, who got ac and i the tickets for sunday’s amazing dinner. love you, mom! xoxo

[images above: a delicious salad with local lettuce, edible flowers, and pickled radishes. directly below: henry (the dog) and ac met up before we started eating]

CLICK HERE for more photos from outstanding in the field after the jump!

[image above: duck pate and pickled radish apps were passed around pre-dinner]

[image above: my FAV drink of the evening: pureed strawberries, champagne and coriander]

[image above: local trout from roscoe, which calls itself “trout town usa”]

[image above: everyone brought their own plates to the dinner and placed them on this trolley to be wheeled over to the table]

[image above: jim from sullivan street bakery was our chef and baker for the evening. that grilled bread was later soaked in olive oil and salt and paper for an AMAZING tomato/panzanella salad]

[image above: grilled duck and radishes, served family style (as were all of our other courses)]

[image above: this woman was the first (but not last) guest to take a dip in the water. later on people were basically swimming due to the copious amounts of wine they gave us]

[image above: a pretty red farm house next to the field where we ate]

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  • Great shots – looks like a lot of fun! My husband and I will be attending an Outstanding in the Field dinner soon and we’re very excited. (please don’t wreck it, Hurricane Earl!) We’ve been looking forward to it for many months. I think I first learned of OitF through you, Grace, so thank you!

  • I got access to this from twitter and thought I would give it a click. A well set-up page indeed with great photos. I enjoyed the visit and even though I wasn’t hungry when I started, I am now, so I better go get me something to eat. Charles

  • Wow! The food and setting are beautiful! What a treat! May I ask, what camera did you use for the pictures? Do you lug along a big DSLR for such occassions or is there a handy little point and shoot that does the job? Because your shots looks great!

  • Wow- that looks delightful… and so delicious! Thanks for sharing the experience with us. I love what Outstanding In The Field is doing… hopefully I’ll be able to participate sometime soon!

    • andrea

      no idea! we never heard. because we didn’t know what he would do in the first place, we didn’t feel like we missed out on anything per se, except for starting dinner WAY later than we all hoped. after like an hour and a half of waiting everyone was sort of looking around like “what are we doing?” but the dinner was great when it started ;)


  • Wow, Grace, what a beautiful, beautiful event. It looks like the type of evening that wineries do here in Italy during the long summer days. What a joy. I adore Jim Lahey and his bread is my daily ritual at my B&B. He’s also a kind, generous individual. He had a benefit at Co for my dear friend and chef Gina DePalma’s fledgling charity for ovarian cancer. I think of that almost every day when I make (not knead) his bread. His dog is pretty cute. :)

  • this is the first i’ve heard of OitF, and it looks amazing! though, i do wonder, what was the bug situation out there? seems like they could definitely be bothersome on a hot summer evening near the water.

  • This looks absolutely gorgeous! I grew up in Catskill and these photos make me miss upstate ny even more. Can’t wait to go back! You should visit the Mountain View Brasserie in Greenville. The food is great and the decor is stunning.

  • those are our wooden plates! great pics – oh, that trout was beyond delicious. we were luck enough not to have to drive back to brooklyn – we have a place up in ulster county. preparing for an outdoor dinner with friends this weekend. this serves as some serious inspiration…

  • Oooh, thanks for posting these, Grace – ours from the event were some of our worst pics ever (I blame the wine). I also blame the wine for my hubby’s foray into the creek (he was the one in the hat). ;) Thanks again for introducing us D*S fans to it – even without the farmer it was such a special experience.

    And Maria – such lovely shots from your dinner! That one of Leah is breathtaking…

  • wow. we are considering a farm based wedding next year in a woodland area on my parents farm…. this has given me oodles of inspiration!!!
    Thank you so much.
    Heather xxx

  • It is my absolute dream to attend one of these dinners…thanks so much for sharing. (I can’t believe the host didn’t show up – !) kim

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