Outstanding in the Field
For our first wedding anniversary, I wanted to get Chris something fun and memorable. We like getting each other experiences over material things so when I saw Outstanding in the Field was coming to Big Sur, I had to get tickets. OITF is a traveling feast that brings a farm to table gourmet meal in an open-air setting, often in a field or on the beach. Each event is in a different location with a guest chef who cooks a meal using all local ingredients. Our dinner in Big Sur was in a secret location on a cliff side overlooking the ocean so while we ate, we watched the sunset on the horizon. It was one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. The guest chef was Clark Staub from Full of Life Flatbread in Santa Barbara. He brought his own outdoor pizza oven and of course, his flatbread was to die for. We also had amazing dishes like pork belly and mussels cooked in sea urchin, sea grass salad, abalone soup, sea bass and a live acorn cake for dessert. Each dish came with a wine pairing from a local winery. Aside from the food, the best part of OITF is the long table setting. One of the traditions is to bring your own plate so it makes a unique and colorful table setting, you sit anywhere you want so you end up having a delicious dinner and making some new friends. We sat next to a couple who has been going to OITF twice a year for years. We are definitely going to try to make this a tradition from now on, it was a wonderful experience that we'll never forget and was the perfect way to celebrate our first married year together.