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fxmail Mar 21, 2009 12:57 PM

We are considering a meal with Outstanding in the Field. Can anyone comment on an experience that they had with this outfit?

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  1. Glencora RE: fxmail Mar 21, 2009 04:47 PM

    If you do a search, you'll get lots of information. I had a pretty good time last year, but others did not. If you think of it as a one-time, quirky, people-watching "experience" and go with it, you'll probably have fun, but don't expect a perfect meal. Looking at the website, it seems that they've added a lot of dates this year. I suspect that they're taking on too much, and the quality could suffer.

    1. Shane Greenwood RE: fxmail Mar 22, 2009 07:59 AM

      Have been twice and it was hit and miss. The first experience at the Route One Farm in 2007 was one of the most amazing meals we've ever had and we treasure the memory. The second one, at a different farm last year, was a big disappointment that led to a partial refund. We left cold and hungry. The thing you have to know is that Jim D. views OITF as an art project and he welcomes the randomness offered by the setting, the weather, the people, and so on. It's a cool concept, but it can come at the expense of things like having enough food for people, comfort, and consistency. If you are looking for an amazing meal, you may or may not get it. If you are open to a unique experience, you'll get it. As Glencora noted, there are lots of details in the posts. Good luck.

      1. Shane Greenwood RE: fxmail Mar 22, 2009 08:06 AM

        A links to previous thread:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529512

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          ChewChew RE: fxmail Mar 22, 2009 10:51 PM

          For us it was a 'do once and only once' kind of experience. It's fun to literally sit in the middle of a dusty field on rickety chairs at a ridiculously long table and break bread with an eclectic group of foodies but that's what you're paying for. The food isn't the highlight. We enjoyed our evening but at $200/person it just doesn't seem worth another go.

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