EAGLE COUNTY — Outstanding in the Field will drive its signature 1962 GM bus up to Copper Bar Ranch this summer as the event returns for its forth visit. This wandering restaurant does not always return to the same places — the wandering commitment of Outstanding in the Field often means they change chefs, farms, and towns from year-to-year.
The foodies of the valley have again lucked out that Outstanding in the Field organizers decided to fit Copper Bar Ranch into the annual cross-country summer excursion.
Outstanding in the Field is a culinary adventure that travels around the country setting up their long table in fields, vineyards or beaches. The mission is to promote local food and get people out to the farm to see where the food is coming from and meet the producers.
This year, Mark Fischer will use produce from Copper Bar Ranch and other local producers to fill guest’s plates. Chef Fischer recently opened Town in Carbondale. He also owns The Pullman in Glenwood Springs, Phat Thai in Carbondale and Harman’s Eat & Drink in Denver.
“It’s always fun,” Fischer said. “We’ll see what’s growing well the week before and design the menu from there.”
Diners bring their own plate and, after wandering through the gardens and casually touring the ranch, make their way out to the 144-foot table set simply with a white table cloth, candles, and perhaps a wildflower or two.
In the previous years, Jim Denevan, founder of Outstanding in the Field, has picked a different location for the table each time it has been set. Last year it set-up in the barn, before that they mowed a big swath out of the field and placed the table by the small creek that provides the ranch with its water. The first year the dessert course was paired with a visit from a herd of horses.
Kerry Donovan, who manages her family’s ranch, planted this year 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 said. “It is 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 for this culinary event can be purchased at Outstandinginthefield.com. The event has sold out the previous three years. For further information about the ranch please visit CopperBarRanch.com or visit towncarbondale.com, thepullmangws.com, phatthai.com or harmanscherrycreek.com to learn more about Mark Fischer and the other participating chefs.