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Submitted by on October 9, 2011 – 12:32 amNo Comment

Forget “farm to table”, Road Trips Foodies. On October 15, 2011, chef Lee Richardson is taking the table to the farm with the latest culinary experience produced by Outstanding in the Field.

Richardson, executive chef of Ashley’s restaurant at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Arkansas, will create a six-course alfresco menu showcasing his ‘New Americana Cuisine’ using ingredients grown mere feet from the table – which will be “planted” right in the middle of the crop fields.

Founded in 1999, Outstanding in the Field is a touring culinary phenomenon known for its traveling foodie celebrations that feature farm-fresh feasts in unique locations such as sea caves, island locales, antique barns, and mountain summits.

Every event features a multi-course gourmet dinner with hundreds of guests seated at one long communal table. All of the produce, dairy, meat and seafood is sourced locally and harvested for the occasion.

Beginning at 2 p.m., the outdoor dinner will be held at Scott Heritage Farm in Scott, Arkansas – about 20 minutes outside of Little Rock. Scott Heritage Farm’s Jody Hardin and Barbara Armstrong will serve as ‘host farmers’ to celebrate the first time Outstanding in the Field has been to the state.

To begin the evening, guests will be offered a classic Southern dish, creamy Pimento Cheese and Fresh Baked Soda Crackers, paired with a glass of wine handpicked for the occasion. Later in the evening, the six course menu will feature Sorghum Roasted Aylesbury Duck from Moss Mountain Farm with Richardson’s Arkansas Rice Grits, Black Apples and Muscadine Glaze, War Eagle Mill Oat Crusted Quail Legs with Pepper Jelly, and Old Spot Rillettes and Pork Rinds with fig Mustard and Dill Pickles, among other courses.

The meal will highlight the heritage breed of hog that Scott’s farm is known for, the Glouchester old spot lard hog. You can’t get any more local than that.

Included in the day is a tour of Scott Plantation Settlement and Scott Heritage Farm – an organic farm boasting a community supported agriculture program that has been a staple in the community for more than 100 years. Tickets are $180 per person.

(Photo by Jeremy Fenske)

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