Oct. 5, 2011
I had been so looking forward to this dinner for months and it was everything I imagined it to be. I bought our tickets back in June and had been reading up all summer long on the event in anticipation. Outstanding in the Field started in 1999 and was inspired by farmers in Santa Cruz to get people out to the farm . The first dinner in California featured a buried BBQ pig and the guest actually unearthed it with shovels and ate it. There were only about 10 guests at the first Outstanding in the Field venue. Now there are as many as 150 guests. In 2004 the show went on the road. Last year they served 87 dinners in 6 different countries.There is a Crew of 8 people that travels the globe serving dinners to gastronomes. Our Kentucky dinner was served at Woodland Farm in Goshen. It is quite possibly the most gorgeous place in Kentucky.It is owned by Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown (of Brown Forman tobacco) the pride they take in their farm is evident from every direction.These owners also own the famed 21C museum hotel in Louisville.Chef Michael Paley cooked for us ,using ingredients grown locally right there in Goshen. The owners eclectic taste can be seen upon first entering the farm . Check out the huge pink snails! This picturesque setting is over looking the Ohio River, unobstructed views in every directions. The day was perfect , the temperature was 74 and sunny! A fine night to dine.
Last summer bean salad with roasted and pickled beets, Pt.Reyes Blue cheese and mission figs
Grilled beef short ribs, sweet potato ravioli, sage, mushrooms and brown butter
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