Friday Foodstuffs 7.10.09: Dining Out…In The Fields

On becoming a food blogger (I guess I can call myself that now), I felt that I needed to be more up on what was going on in the culinary world, and not just in South Jersey. Well, I’m still working on that idea….BUT, one of the concepts that I have stumbled upon (and I don’t mean StumbleUpon) in my reading was Outstanding in the Field – a dining experience where a table is set up in the middle of a farm field and the dishes served are from local food sources (maybe even the very same farm) and prepared by local chefs. I love this concept because it really makes the point to connect the food that you see and taste on your plate with where the journey actually begins for that very same food. Outstanding in the Field has been roving the countrysides on this country since 1999 and will be making a stop in Princeton in September.

If you cannot be on the lucky few to make that dinner reservation, fear not! South Jersey chefs and farms and teaming up to bring you the very same concept close to your own backyard (and if you happen to live at one of the farms, it could very well be your backyard). South Jersey Hot Chefs are planning a series of these dining events, calling them Feast in the Fields, and the first of these will be taking place this Saturday at Duffield’s Farm in Sewell. The restaurants that will be participating are Anthony’s, Swedes Inn and Filomena’s of Berlin.

Here’s the rest of the Feast in the Fields events that will be taking place this summer:

August 2nd
1895 Organic Farm – 303 Landing Street, Lumberton. 609.267.5953.
Participating restaurants: Robin’s Nest, Ted’s on Main, Braddock’s.

August 23rd
Hunter’s Farm – 1101 Union Landing Road, Cinnaminson. 856.829.6834.
Participating restaurants: Bacio, High Street Grill, Dream Cuisine, Villari’s.

September 13th
Moorestown Farmers Market – Hartford and Centerton Roads, Moorestown.
Participating restaurants: Elements Cafe, Coriander, La Esperanza.

SJ Culinary Events is also offering a special dining event out, called Dinner Under the Stars, at Springdale Farms in Cherry Hill on the 28th. The restaurants participating will be: Mirabella Café, Andreotti’s Café, Blackbird, The Tortilla Press, and blueplate.

If you’re the type that likes air conditioning and not possibly stepping in a ‘present’ from a farm animal, you have two great events coming up that will also celebrate the goodness from the farms. The “Farm Fresh” Collingswood Restuarnt Week, offering four courses for $28, begins on Sunday and runs through the 16th. SJ Hot Chefs will then come back the following week for their annual Farm to Fork Week, running from the 19th to the 25th.

Whether you choose to venture into the fields or your favorite restaurants, the next several weeks will be offer you many chances to enjoy the bounty that our farms here in South Jersey can offer being prepared by many of our best local chefs. We are lucky to have such a tasty combination so close to home.

This weekend is loaded, and I do mean loaded, with Festivals of Food events! Starting, well, today is the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship in North Wildwood. Having gone last year, we can highly recommend it. The event runs through Sunday. Still wanting to get your blueberry fix? Well, check out the Blueberry Festival at Mood’s Farm Market in Mullica Hill on Saturday and a Blueberry Tasting at Whitesbog Village in Browns Mills on Sunday. Saturday will also be the day to enjoy the SummerFest Chili Cook Off in Millville and the Red, White & Blues Festival at the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton. 609.296.8868. And speaking of wine, wineries throughout South Jersey will be doing their Walk in the Vineyard Wine Trail Weekend this weekend. Looking ahead to next week, you have the Ocean County Fair and the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Hammonton starting on Tuesday the 14th.

I will get to the news later this weekend. We’re actually heading out to spend the weekend with our foodie friends up in North Jersey. We will have some things to blog about from our visit, I’m sure. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

– John


3 thoughts on “Friday Foodstuffs 7.10.09: Dining Out…In The Fields

  1. Thanks for all the research you do to help keep us all informed as to what is happening with the food scene in the area. I appreciate it.

  2. We actually were heading your way and I was hoping to catch a cup of coffee or glass of wine with you two!Thanks for this post, I am sending it over to my social planner, hubby right now!

  3. Chef Mark – I'm glad that you find our site useful. Hope we can make it out on 8/3.Chef E – Let us know whenever you're in the area – we'd love to get together!- John

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