COLUMBUS, Wisconsin (WXOW) - "Outstanding in the Field" is a slow food movement that stared in 1999 to show appreciation for farmers who produce the food that we eat and to reconnect diners to the origins of their food.
In this segment of Wisconsin Dairy News one Wisconsin chef and one creamery are showcased.
It takes a lot of dedication and a lot of planning…
"I'm probably going to move the onions… I'm going to do the steaks then…ok"
Not to mention a lot of patience to create a meal for 170 guests.
Only they're not camping, they're cooking! In the middle of a hay field at Sassy Cow Creamery these chefs are preparing for an Outstanding in the Field event.
For Sassy Cow Creamery it was a chance to showcase some of the quality dairy products they produce on their farmstead dairy.
James Baerwolf, Owner of Sassy Cow Creamery in Columbus says, "It's nice that what we're making right here is going to be on the menu tonight."
Outstanding in the Field founder Jim Denevan knew what he was doing back in the late 90's when he started the popular dining events. "It was kind of the missing piece of food culture in that the farmer was left out. The chef was getting a lot of attention."
Chef Tory Miller of Graze and L'Etoile restaurants in Madison has cooked for the local event for that past four years, and while it's a challenge. "Last year it rained, but this year not a cloud in the sky, so we're looking good!" Its one of the events he really enjoys because it brings people together with the source of their food.
"You know, talking to your neighbor, sharing a table, and really that's what I love personally, like I really enjoy the communal aspect of a fine dining table," says Tory.
So the crowd amasses at a long table to enjoy the bounty that Wisconsin has to offer.
And that's Wisconsin Dairy News.
This event was the largest held in the Midwest and attendees were treated to fresh local products including Sassy Cow Ice Cream for dessert! For more information about upcoming events, log on to www.outstandinginthefield.com and click on the events tab.
"I think having everyone out here tonight gives people a real appreciation for where it all starts."
"Excellent man, cooking in a field…just like camping… Just like camping without marshmallows!"
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