Oustanding in the Field: Alfresco Dining in the Rockies

Amiee White Beazley | July 11, 2013 | Peak Eats Latest The Latest

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Outstanding in the Field takes place on July 24 at Copper Bar Ranch

Summer nights are warm but the season is short; best take advantage and dine alfresco at “Outstanding in the Field,” one of the finest events in the Rockies. Held at the Copper Bar Ranch in Edwards on Wednesday, July 24, the evening features star chefs from Town, The Pullman, Phat Thai, and Harman’s Eat & Drink in Denver, while wine and spirits are served courtesy of Jack Rabbit Hill, Woody Creek Distillers, and Bonfire Brewing.

Outstanding in the Field is a national culinary adventure that travels around the country. Long tables are set up in fields, vineyards, or beaches, and the company’s mission is to gather people on farms, spotlighting food sources and producers. Diners are asked to bring their own plates, and after touring the gardens and ranch, make their way to a 144-foot table set with a simple white tablecloth, candles, and wildflowers.

A Roaring Fork Valley local and acclaimed farm-to-table talent, Chef Mark Fischer will source produce from Copper Bar Ranch and other local farms. Fischer and Chef John Little (former Chef de Cuisine of The Pullman), recently opened Harman's in Denver.

“It's always great to cook with chefs in a setting such as this,” says Fischer. “We’ll see what’s growing well the week before and design the menu from there.”

This year, guests will enjoy five courses paired with wines from Jack Rabbit Hill, spirits from Woody Creek Distillers, and brews from Bonfire Brewing.

In previous years, Jim Denevan, founder of Outstanding in the Field, had picked various locations for the table during its Edwards stop. Last year it was staged in the barn; the year prior by a small creek that provides the ranch with water. The first year the dessert course was celebrated with a visit by a herd of horses.

Kerry Donovan, who manages Copper Bar Ranch and is known for her longhaired Scottish Highland cows, planted the farm with the July event in mind.

“I try to stagger the planting of various leaf lettuces and herbs in order to have a crop ready at its peak,” Donovan says. “It’s really neat to watch these crops that you have nursed to maturity get transformed by talented chefs into amazing dishes. I am so happy that Outstanding in the Field is coming back.”

Tickets start at $180 per person (plus local sales tax and a $5 per ticket fee), and include a reception with wine and passed appetizers, four-seated courses with wine pairings, producer discussions, and a tour of the farm.

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