Outstanding in the Field is a traveling celebration of people and place and the origins of good food. A single long table is set in an extraordinary site and guests come from all over to enjoy in this experience.
"An open-air feast in celebration of local farms and the gifts of the land; to understand, learn from and celebrate the farmer."
On July 12 the Outstanding in the Field team came to Lilliwaup where they were hosted by the folks at Hama Hama Oyster. The evening began with a waterfront reception at the farm with "bites" and drinks served in the shade of tents. It was a record hot day for Hood Canal but the breeze off the water refreshed the guests.
The high tide in the "kitchen" did not daunt Chef Jason Stoneburner and the team from Bastille, as they sloshed around in the cooling albeit sopping Canal.
The ambiance and location were unmatched, with perfect weather and in the most striking of locations.
Three courses were served in total. The golden beets were cooked to perfection; the salmon was accented with sour plums; and the pork was served with a salty tang of sea asparagus – all unique and fresh local ingredients, a hallmark of locally sourced Outstanding in the Field menus.
Each course was paired with a different wine.
The color of the marinated apricots reflected the sunset over he Olympics as the evening came to a close.
Some choose to celebrate the beautiful evening with a dive from the bridge....
While others simply enjoyed the amazing view and great company.
If you get the opportunity to attend an "Outstanding in the Field" event – take it! One of the couples at the event had traveled from Atlanta just to experience the dinner at Hamma Hamma. Others were from New York, Oregon, California, and, of course, all over Washington. It seems a long way to go for dinner, but when you match the experience and the fantastic setting... it totally seems justified. OITF events happen as far away as France and Bermuda and, as close as Lilliwaup, it truly is an evening you will not soon forget.