Would you like to go on a Very Ethicurean culinary adventure? Try eating food from the farm, at the farm -- it can't get much more local than that!
Outstanding in the Field North American farm tour is coming to Boggy Creek Farm in Austin, TX, on Sunday, September 24. Farmers Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayles will be hosting a truly unique meal with food from Boggy Creek as well as other local farms and artisans. Chef Terry Conlan from Lake Austin Spa Resort will be preparing the meal.
The brainchild of Jim Denevan, former executive chef of Gabriella Cafe in Santa Cruz, Outstanding in the Field began as a series of dinners prepared at the restaurant with locally sourced food -- with the farmers as guests. Denevan soon found himself thinking, "Why not bring people to the farm?"
Austin is the 7th stop this summer for the North American Farm tour. The menu, which is included in this post, is saliva-inducing -- however, it is a tentative menu, as the chef will cook strictly what is available that afternoon from the farm.
According to the site, Ethicurean rock star Alice Waters called Outstanding in the Field "the restaurant I always imagined!"
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Outstanding in the Field Farm Dinner - Austin, Texas
September 24, 2006
Hosted by Larry Butler & Carol Ann Sayle, Boggy Creek Farm
Guest chef: Terry Conlan, Lake Austin Spa Resort
Beet & Chevre Napoleon -- Pure Luck Farm chevre layered between thin sliced beets, topped with Texas strawberry gastrique, toasted Texas pecan
Watermelon Gazpacho -- Texas watermelon, Boggy Creek Farm cucumber, Tecolote Farm peppers, Bella Vista Ranch extra virgin olive oil
Shrimp Totopo with Mango/Habanero Aioli -- Grilled Texas Gulf shrimp on locally made blue corn tostado, with Boggy Creek Farm tomato and pepper pico, Alexander Farm egg-based aioli.
Bibb Lettuce with Fried Okra, Bacon/ Buttermilk/ Blue Cheese Dressing -- Amador Farm hydroponic lettuce, Tecolote Farm okra, Peterson Farm bacon, Boggy Creek Farm tomato, Pure Luck Farm blue cheese, Bella Vista Ranch olive oil
Texas Two Step -- An All-Natural, Grass-Fed Mixed Grill -- Twin Oaks Ranch lamb ribs, Thunder Heart Bison tenderloin, and Broken Arrow Ranch venison sausage, with Texas blackberry bbq sauce
Summer Squash & Mushroom Gratin -- Boggy Creek Farm squash, Gonzalez' Kitchen Pride mushrooms, Full Quiver Farm cheddar
Field Pea, Shallot, & Roasted Pepper Saute -- Lightsey Farm peas, Tecolote Farm shallots and peppers
Pear & Pecan Crisp -- Texas pears and cranberries with a Texas oat and pecan topping, served with Amy's Mexican vanilla ice cream
By the way, if anyone who is interested in going would be interested in doing a guest post here, please email me at omni...@ethicurean.com. I'm going to be at salsa lessons with my hubby, E. I. Ho, and will not be able to attend. When I was shopping at Boggy Creek farm today, Carol Ann said maybe we could come right after the lesson and be the entertainment. Only if they want slapstick comedy.
Photo by Wyatt Dexter