Monday, August 8, 2011

A Treasured Moment... Outstanding in the Field Dinner

Outstanding in the Field
A culinary masterpiece,
bringing farm to the table
by a traveling restaurant without walls

 Early this summer I shared with you an incredible concept, Outstanding in the FieldI was captivated with the idea of a gourmet, fresh, wholesome, dinner set in the middle of a beautiful field.  I was recently able to attend one of their events, which made me the happiest girl in this whole little-big world!

It all started with this sign that led us down a twirly dirt road to a remote Colorado ranch.



These events are hosted all over the world on pristine ranches, farms, vineyards, and orchards.  The vintage Outstanding in the Field Bus drives scenic roads to each destination.  I was giddy when I spotted the bus!  It made me realize that I really was here at this moment, participating in this!


Their company is based out of California, the soul of creativity, expression, fun, freedom,  and beauty.



This particular event was hosted at Copper Bar Ranch, in breathtaking Edwards, Colorado.


Copper Bar Ranch's soil is old and rich.  It showcases the beauty of dirt and recognizes it for the treasure that it is for our nutrition.  They raise highland cattle.  It is an gorgeous ranch, in full operation.  We were able to tour the ranch before our dinner.  We listened to various farmers and ranchers teach us the value of pure produce and clean food.

As Chris and I toured the ranch we found a couple of classic, rustic farmhouse spots!


Farmin' peace

The ranch was a beautiful representation of our great state of Colorado!

cattle...

horses...
 


chickens... 

This is the founder, Jim Denevan .  He is absolutely fascinating and so kind!  It was a highlight and true pleasure to meet him. 


We also toured the gardens on the ranch.  The herb garden was simply enchanting,  made with an old red door for the entrance! 



   All the herbs were delightfully marked with old soda can aluminum signs. 

  
 

 

 

Outstanding in the Field is focused on savoring natural beauty and on appreciating and respecting the abundance that our earth provides us.  It celebrates local cuisine.  Our meal was prepared using local herbs from this garden and local ingredients from surrounding areas.



Entering the night with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres



Even our drinks were mixed using local fruits.




Cheers to beauty and to loving every detail in each moment we live! 



The line of chefs preparing our hors d'oeuvres.




 
 

Chris and I both agreed that our favorite taste of the evening were these edible flower topped appetizers! They were divine. 


A charming detail of Outstanding in the Field dinners is that each guest brings their own plate.  It is an artful way to celebrate diversity and create unique table setting beauty at the same time.   

 

For our plates, we brought plates from my first set of dishes Chris bought me after we married.


 The rustic Colorado atmosphere was heightened by worn leather cowboy boots, flirty dresses, and straw hats.



I mentioned previously that a breathtaking feature of these dinners are the long-stretched tables that line the serene fields. This is literally a restaurant without walls.

 Our tables were purposefully arranged in a meadow, where the fields meet the forest. 


 Pitchers of water, ready to poured into each and every glass, by a romantic, braided-hair beauty...

 Servers out in the fields...how awesome is that?!

(this photo is from Vail Daily News and is not mine)
Our chefs also prepared our dinner outdoors.


Dinner is served as the guests make their way over to the long table.


 Our meal was served family style, which added layers of warmth to our meal, and created the ideal setting to meet one another. Chris and I were in awe of the incredible people we met.  We soaked up the stories of life, the adventures, and lessons we learned while talking to these people! 


 



I'm SO excited to be here!



"Tonight's gonna be a good night..."


 Dinner is done...



Chris and I stayed at one of our TOP fav hotels that evening!


We snuggled up to one of the giagantic fireplaces on the balcony.


And we absorbed the comforts of living in a mountain home away from home.







The night was truly a moment of art, a piece of time that is forever tucked into my spirit.  I am looking forward to attending another event.  Moments like these are simple whispers from God, letting us know what a beautiful world this is. 





Thank you Outstanding in the Field for providing these experiences and for teaching us the value of local food and the appreciation of natural beauty.

Disclaimer: The government makes me say that I was compensated for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 
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38 comments:

portatoredichrist said...

This was truly a beautiful moment. I can not imagine a single thing that would have made those days better. Where shall we go to attend our next Outstanding in the Field, Lissy?

Kirsty said...

What an amazing experience-I love how you cherish the wonderful blessings you have! Thanks for sharing.

{better than candy} said...

Happy you got to go... I cant wait to go now!! I think your pictures were amazing! Looks like such a special unique time!

{better than candy} said...

Chris, you guys should attend your next one in California!!!!! ;)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Lisa, this was an absolute treat! How wonderful that you got to do this. I loved every word, every picture. I am ready to move to Colorado after seeing this! What a pretty place!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

How amazing ... I love that you got to go! You're a lucky girl!

Kristin said...

WOW! How romantic and special this must have been! What a blessing! Wish we had some of these here in California somewhere!

Kristin

Sibylle said...

I would have loved to go! Beautiful pictures!

Meghan said...

How absolutely wonderful! I wish they did this in Jersey!!!

Holly Lefevre said...

I a not sure where to even begin. What an AMAZING experience. Makes me want to try even harder to get to my "local" dinner. Sounds like you savored every minute and truly appreciated the purpose and food.

Shana said...

So amazing!!!

Jane said...

Lisa (and Chris),
What an extraordinary experience...one I know you will treasure the rest of your lives. Your photos and descriptions helped all of us enjoy your experience. Maybe, one day, we'll be able to take part in one of these dinners.
Hugs,
Jane

Hana Colmar said...

Insanely amazing!! I would love to participate in something like this... maybe they'll come to NZ one day??

Belle said...

I am head over heals in love with this post and the concept behind the post. It is so simple and classic yet romantic.

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Lisa,
Ok, I am SO jealous!!! What an amazing night, right up our ally...gorgeous photos. I have been absent from blogland for a while I must get caught up on your blog! Hope you are having a great summer!!!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Liz said...

Happy Tuesday, Lisa!

Wow, what a treasured experience. Your writing and the way you share a story is truly magical. I loved all your photos, AMAZING!! You are so pretty, too! Love your hair! Thanks for sharing! XO ~Liz

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com said...

This post didn't disappoint! It looked like a memorable event from start to finish ~ you lucky, lucky gal :)

Judy@cutest-little-things.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

1. Those boots are outta this world awesome. 2. That property is AMAZING!

Jo's This and That said...

Wish I was at that dinner! Really neat.

It's Just Dottie said...

So dreamy and perfect. Something oh so lovely to think on!!!
Smiles.Dottie

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

I cannot get over the beauty of this post. Everything from the scenery to the food. I would love to join you guys for this "Restaurant Without Walls" someday.

Theresa said...

You had my dream dinner! From the first time that I heard about Outstanding in the Field, I have wanted to be able to go to one. The giant table all set for complete stangers to dine together and get to know one another while eating fresh farm food is briliant. I loved this post, I could feel your excitement about the whole experience. lucky you! Thanks for sharing, t. xoxoxo

Marlis said...

so many pretty things to absorb.. Colorado as a backdrop, beautiful food wow.. what a pretty event. thanks for sharing. xo marlis

The Tablescaper said...

How wonderful for you and your husband to experience this: great food, amazing scenery and all so masterfully brought together. Thanks for sharing your experience.

I'd love to have you link this to Seasonal Sundays this Sunday.

- The Tablescaper

Kelly said...

I am so unbelievably jealous of this experience! Love love love!

sarahgrace said...

This looks like one of the coolest things! I would LOVE to go to something like that! So neat you guys got to go. :-)

JudyBug said...

I would just be over the moon to have this adventure. I am drooling with envy which isn't my best look. This is fantastic!!!

Ruth H. said...

I've heard of this! It looks like you had so, so much fun. I really hope that they come to someplace near me so I can go. Thanks for sharing!

Liberty said...

What a lovely post - I am so thankful for your beautiful doumentation of this:: I live on/work on/do my best to market my family farm -
and this idea is Stupendous!!
Blessings!
http://bit.ly/qfAJbg

Alycia Nichols said...

What a neat experience! I am familiar with Outstanding in the Field, and I think it is one of the coolest things ever! Thanks for sharing your good time with us all!!!

Mindie Hilton said...

Oh what fun and great pics, I felt like I was there.

I have a fun any linky goes party that I would love for you to join too! This week linkers could even win a pair of silver earrings just by linking. Hope you will come.

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/08/party-mindie-style-any-linky-goes-10.html

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Loved it.

Thank you for sharing

Love,
Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm said...

Now that's my kinda dinner! I just love everything about it.You are so lucky to have participated at Paradise. Thanks so much for sharing.
I now am a follower. 8^)

Snap said...

I've read several articles about Outstanding in the Field. How lucky you are to be able to participate in one so near your home! We should all be more "aware" about where our food comes from and thank the farmers and ranchers and their families for all their hard work and delicious produce. Well done!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Looks Blissful!

The Tablescaper said...

So glad you brought this post to Seasonal Sundays!

- The Tablescaper

lulumusing said...

Omigosh, I just went to one of these events Sunday evening. I must say yours looks a bit more delectable than the one we attended, but it was/is an experience. What a great job you did capturing it with your camera.

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh! What an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing - that looks just dreamy!