I just discovered an amazing series of farm dinners that travel the world. Outstanding in The Field host magical dinners in the most unlikely of places including fields, farms, orchards, vineyards, and parks. The dinner table is incorporated into the atmosphere as an art form and local chefs come and prepare locally grown seasonal dishes. Everyone who attends bring their own plate. Its a brilliant idea. The founder of this traveling farm dinner is named Jim Denevan and is a chef and artist. He uses outdoor environments as his canvas and makes his "mark" on vast landscapes. My very talented friend, Katie is traveling with Outstanding this summer as their sommelier. I hope to get the opportunity to cover their dinner at Grant Park or City Farm this August. Fingers crossed. In the meantime, here are few images from their site.
A couple of weeks ago I got the opportunity to photograph the Slagel Family Farm in southern Illinois for Time Out Chicago magazine. The owner and operator of the farm is named Louis John; a very knowledgeable 24 year old farmer. He supplies pork, beef, veal and chicken to many trendy restaurants in Chicago including some of my favs: Lula, Nightwood, Avec, Publican, Bristol and Longman and Eagle. I felt very fortunate to have been able to visit a free- range livestock family farm. To learn more about Louis John Slagel, feel free to read all about it in Julia Kramer's article about humanitarian veal in Time Out Chicago. http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/restaurants-bars/84813/how-humane-is-humane-veal