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Weekend Inspiration: Outstanding in the Field

October 2, 2011

I realize this post is less about weight, and more about healthy, delicious food but…fabulous! Cause to celebrate!

Outstanding in the Field...literally!

Outstanding in the Field is an incredible organization that focuses on many of the most important issues facing food in our society today: sustainability, eating local, organic, healthy, fresh…what more could you ask for!

Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.

Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table.

Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table.

This is like a dream come true. It is one of my life goals to make it to one of these fantastic events. The U.S. food system–an excess of fast, processed, commercialized food and a lack of knowledge and understanding about what healthy nutrition consists of–contributes largely to our obesity epidemic and it is absolutely horrifying how our food is treated and what we are putting into our bodies every single day. It is so important to be connected to the land, to where our food comes from and how it is produced and made, if we are to have healthy, functioning bodies and this organization is promoting just that. Learn more about the group by visiting their website and/or by reading some of the amazing press they’ve gotten.

(Image courtesy of the incredible photography on Outstanding in the Field‘s website)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    October 3, 2011 1:54 am

    brilliant post. this is definitely something that should be more publicized and lauded. thanks for bringing it to our attention!

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