Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls, using 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.
Though the list of vocabulary surrounding food grows by the year, Mike Solomonov's dinner on the farm provided an important lesson in linguistics. When it comes to eating, even if you don't know what za'atar is, all you really need to parse is the "mmmmm" it elicits when eaten in a hummus.
This was no ordinary Italian BBQ! It was the culinary culmination of some of the city's best Italian chefs, as envisioned and curated by Justin Severino of Cure. I once praised Justin for creating more than a meal, but rather, for creating an entire dining experience, and this was the epitome of a dining experience.