What can I expect at an Outstanding in the Field event?
As guests arrive, they check in and are shown to the reception area where folks mingle and enjoy a beverage and passed appetizers. About an hour into the reception, there is an introductory talk followed by a guided tour of the host farm or site. The tour is generally 30 minutes in length, ending at the table where guests enjoy a multi-course meal composed by the guest chef in our outdoor kitchen. Dinner is served family style, with wine paired to each course. (Unless it's a beer dinner.)
How long are Outstanding in the Field events?
Events are typically about 5 hours, start to finish.
Can you accommodate guests with dietary restrictions or food allergies?
OITF dinners are best suited for flexible, adventurous eaters. Dinners are served family-style and everyone dines at the same table. While accommodating certain dietary restrictions is possible, unfortunately we cannot accommodate strict restrictions such as vegan diets, medical diets, or severe food allergies. Some events are not suitable for certain restrictions, for example if an event is taking place on a cattle ranch, beef will likely be featured in multiple courses. Coastal dinners are not recommended for guests with seafood allergies. If you have specific questions about dietary restrictions, please email us at Reservations@OutstandingintheField.com and we can advise you. If you do have a dietary restriction, please be sure to make a note in the appropriate field when purchasing tickets.
Can you accommodate children at the events?
The Outstanding in the Field experience is intended for adults. Due to the length of the event, the family style service and out of respect for all of our guests, please do not bring children.
Is there alcohol at OITF events?
Yes, ticket prices include welcome beverages, and wine pairings with dinner. For the safety of our guests, we suggest that you either arrange for a designated driver within your party, or plan for a driving service to get you home safely.
What is the price per person and what is included in that price?
Tickets start at $215 per person (plus a ticketing service fee and sales tax), which includes a reception with wine, beverages and passed appetizers, a farm tour, four seated courses with wine pairings, and all gratuities.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept payment online only. You can use any major credit card (Visa, MasterCard or AMEX). Cash or check orders cannot be processed.
Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes, you can purchase gift certificates in $200 increments on our website. When you purchase a gift certificate, it will be sent to either yourself or your recipient, as you choose. If you would like to include a special message in your gift card, please note that with your order. Please note that gift certificate holders do not have priority access to tickets.
When can I make a reservation?
Complete schedule details for our Summer / Fall tour are posted on the website in early March. All tickets go on sale March 20th, the first day of Spring. On and after this date you can make your reservation through our Upcoming Events page. Some dinners will sell out in a matter of minutes; you will have the best chance for a seat at the table if you make a reservation right when the events go on sale.
Our summer tour season runs from May to November. We also do a smaller winter tour in January and February in warm weather locations such as Hawaii, Florida and Mexico. Tickets for our winter tour go on sale November 1st. All ticket sales end 24 hours prior to an event.
How do I make a reservation?
Go to the Upcoming Events page of our website. Once you select the event(s) you would like to attend, click the 'Join Us' button. You will be taken to a new page where you can input your order information. When making your reservation, please include all of your contact information (including email address and phone number) so we can communicate with you effectively. After you make your reservation, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you have any questions about the order process, please reach out to Reservations@OutstandingintheField.com.
Do you take reservations for larger parties?
Yes we do, however there is no assigned seating. If you have a large party and want to sit together, please let us know when you arrive at the event so that we are able to seat everyone in your party together.
How many people attend the events?
There is an average of 130-200 guests at each event.
When will I receive directions to the farm and other important information about the event?
We send out invitations to our confirmed guests about two weeks prior to the event. These will include directions to the farm, helpful hints on farm attire, information about our tradition of the plates, and all finalized dinner details. After making a reservation, please make sure to allow emails from Reservations@OutstandingintheField.com in your spam settings, so as not to miss further communication from us.
What if I have tickets but I can’t attend the event?
Due to the nature of our events, no refunds will be given for cancellations. However, if you cannot attend the dinner, you are welcome to transfer your tickets to someone else. Please contact us with the new guest’s information at least 24 hours prior to the event or tell the guests using your reservation to give your name at arrival. Our Facebook page is a good place to post tickets if you cannot attend an event; people often go there looking to buy or sell last minute seats. Transfer of funds for your tickets is your responsibility.
Is there a waitlist for sold out events?
Because tickets are non-refundable, once a dinner is sold out, it is very unlikely that tickets will become available on the Outstanding in the Field website. Contact Reservations@OutstandingintheField.com within one month of the event you are interested in attending, to see if any spots have opened up. You can also check our Facebook page; people often go there looking to buy or sell last minute seats.
Will I be able to see a copy of the menu before I arrive at the dinner?
We ask our guest chefs to design the menu in the weeks leading up to the event based on the freshest available ingredients. We want the dinner to be artistic, spontaneous and of the season. All guests will receive a menu at the table when they arrive from the farm tour.
What if it rains?
Events proceed rain or shine. In the event of rain, we will arrange for shelter for the table. Guests will still receive a tour of the farm, so we recommend keeping an eye on the weather and dressing appropriately. The only thing that's ever stopped an OITF event is a hurricane due to a mandatory evacuation.
What should I wear to an OITF event?
Our dinners take place on all sorts of natural terrains, in the fields of working farms and vineyards, alongside rivers and seas. Please dress accordingly and remember to wear appropriate shoes. It can get cold at night, even after a warm day, so please come prepared with a jacket or blankets to keep you comfortable. We anticipate many beautiful sunsets this coming season and recommend you bring a hat or sunglasses as needed. Guests do tend to dress up a little for our events, however jeans and casual attire are not out of place.
Do you allow well-behaved dogs at the events?
Due to health department regulations, dogs are not allowed at our events. Please leave your pets at home.
Does Outstanding in the Field host private events?
Yes, we host private events in all areas of the country for different occasions and it is the perfect way to celebrate! From 1,000 guests on a NYC pier to an intimate table for 20 in wine country, Outstanding in the Field has done it all. Please see our Private Events page on our website to start planning your customized Outstanding in the Field event.
I have a great idea for an event location. How can I let you know?
Please email Events@OutstandingintheField.com and thank you for reaching out!
Any other details I should know?
The Assumption of Risk of damage or injury is your responsibility at these events. We will encounter a variety of terrain and climatic conditions; a description of conditions, and any preparatory recommendations will be detailed in the reminder email you will receive prior to the event. Please contact us with any further questions.