Crop Ups: Roving farm dinner troupe Oustanding in the Field plants at Paradise Farms w/ Adrianne Calvo

 

North American farm dinner tour heads to Homestead

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by Lesley Abravanel l Lank@aol.com

Since 1999, long before the term "pop-up" became almost as ubiquitous as pork belly, Outstanding in the Field has been, er, cropping up at farms, gardens, mountain tops, sea caves, islands and ranches. Billing itself as "a restaurant without walls," the roving-farm dinner troupe heads down to the Sunshine State "to create feasts that celebrate the hardworking farmers (and fisherfolk who farm the seas) and the region's culinary bounty." Cropping up at Paradise Farms on Wednesday, January 15, OITF teams with Chef Adrianne Calvo of Kendall's Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar. Tickets are $200 per person. Events start at 2 p.m. with a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres followed by a farm tour and four course family style meal paird with wines. Here's the full Florida schedule:

Sunday, January 12 ~ 13 Mile Seafood, Apalachicola ~ Guest Chef Joe Truex, Watershed on Peachtree, Atlanta
Clean air, fresh water and tasty seafood. We'll set our table at the harbor and listen to the Ward family's fish tales. The Wards have been fishing the Gulf of Mexico for four generations. We'll hear about storms and waves and sun and sea and about the fish that got away. Get ready for whoppers. ($180 pp)

Wednesday, January 15 ~ Paradise Farms, Homestead (near Miami) ~ Guest Chef Adrianne Calvo, Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar, Miami
Tropical places have a special quality, an intangible something in the air. After a heady walk around Paradise Farms, host farmer Gabriele Marewski will guide us to the table where the fruits of her labors will be presented in all their "maximum flavor" splendor by Chef Adrianne. ($200 pp)

Saturday, January 18 ~ Lake Meadow Naturals, Ocoee (near Orlando) ~ Guest Chef Melissa Kelly, Primo, Orlando
When chef loves farmer and farmer loves chef, wonderful things happen. Chef Melissa Kelly and Farmer Dale Volkert share a great connection. We'll see it presented at our table alongside the lake, where all these ingredients will make for a memorable day. ($190 pp)

Sunday, January 19 ~ Worden Farms, Punta Gorda (near Ft. Myers) ~ Guest Chef Steve Iadevaia, River City Grill, Punta Gorda
Worden Farms is an ideal farm dinner site. We'll set our long table in lush fields full of vegetables and fruit ripe and ready for harvest. Host farmers Eva and Chris Worden are warm, articulate and very enthusiastic. They'll give us a tour of their place before we sit down to savor returning Chef Steve Iadevaia's feast. ($180 pp)

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