Since 1999 chef Jim Denevan has been staging pop-up farm dinners — “restaurants without walls” — all across America. The extravagant foodie-gasms bring savvy diners — carrying their own plates and utensils — to a local farm, where they set an impossibly long table. Meanwhile, a local chef takes the very best and freshest items from the farm and creates a memorable dinner. Diners get to rub elbows with chef and farmer, tour the farm, and sit down for a four-course meal paired with wine.
(My grandmother went “back-to-the-land” — Vermont — in the seventies, and looking at the photos of previous dinners reminded me of meals at her house, in her garden, with all of our family and friends. Sigh.)
The Maui event is Tuesday, January 17, at 3pm. You’ll be visiting Kupa’a Coffee Farm in Kula, where your hosts will be Gerry Ross and Janet Simpson. Chef Justin Pardo of Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao will create the meal. The ticket price ($190) includes everything: farm tour, meal, wine, and all gratuities. This should be a special event.
Bring a light jacket – it’s winter on Maui.
Get your ticket on Outstanding in the Field’s website. (And if you’re on another island, you’re still in luck … you can attend events on those islands on January 14 (Kaua’i), January 21 (Oahu), and January 25 (Oahu). Check the website for details.)
Watch this beautiful video about Outstanding in the Field on EatTV to learn more.