On August 18th, I had the good fortune to experience Outstanding in the Field, a dream come true for any foodie. A ticket to this unique event will buy you a beautiful evening at a local farm, or in this case, a vineyard; a full belly courtesy of a local chef; a challenged liver, courtesy of said host vineyard and a local brewer; and delicious memories that you'll want to savor again and again.
The setting: Westport River Vineyard, Westport, Massachusetts
The drink: Westport River Vineyard wines and Pretty Things beer
The chefs: Beau Vestal of New Rivers, Providence, RI and team.
My experience, in pictures, after the jump.
One happy blogger, enjoying a Pretty Things beer at the opening reception.
My "always game" companion for the evening, Courtney.
The Outstanding in the Field tradition is that guests bring their own plates. Here, a few colorful selections.
On a tour of the vineyard, wine maker Rob Russell explains the grape growing process. At Westport River, a family winery since 1986, they grow chardonnay, pinot noir and reisling grapes.
And his brother Bill Russell explains the wine making process... with the glee of someone who loves what he does.
Courtney, the lovely.
Heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, onions & Narragansett Creamery yogurt tzatziki
David Dadekian, local food writer and photographer finds himself on the other side of the camera. Sorry David!
'Round the Bend Farm Tamworth pork loin, grilled squash & torpedo onion, tomatillo and charred corn chow chow
Tarragon and lavender shortcakes with lemon curd and Barden Orchard peaches
The chefs, at last.