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Outstanding in the Field – Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm

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Awesome night last night.  I have a million pictures to share so I might as well just get started.  🙂

First, here is OSF’s mission:

Our mission is to re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it. Outstanding in the Field is a roving culinary adventure – literally a restaurant without walls. Since 1999 we have set the long table at farms or gardens, on mountain tops or in sea caves, on islands or at ranches. Occasionally the table is set indoors: a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Wherever the location, the consistent theme of each dinner is to honor the people whose good work brings nourishment to the table. Ingredients for the meal are almost all local (sometimes sourced within inches of your seat at the table!) and generally prepared by a celebrated chef of the region. After a tour of the site, we all settle in: farmers, producers, culinary artisans, and diners sharing the long table.

Jim & Katy – the founders

Ben – the farmer (he quit his job at e*trade to become an urban farmer)

We went on a tour of the farm with Anastasia (who grew up in the West Village and just learned how to farm three years ago when she was hired).  This is her in front of the chicken coup.

The “kitchen”.  Dan Kluger from ABC Kitchen was the head chef, but he was stuck in Barbados due to the storm.  Food was still amazing.  I can’t even imagine what it would taste like if he was there.

One of the three tables set for forty people.

Our table – its a tradition for everyone to bring their own plates so the setting is unique.  The food was served family style.

The view from my seat

well, and . . .

the better halfs

more of the farm

Now onto the most important part – the food (and wine)!  All of the wine was supplied by the Shinn Estate Vineyards in New York. 

The first course was passed appetizers when we first got to the farm.  The appetizers included: roasted eggplant toast with peppers and lemon, spinach and goat cheese pizza and roasted squash with parmesan and lemon.  They were served with a 2007 Brut Sparkling wine.

The second course, which was at the table, was an heirloom tomato salad with chilies and basil.  The bread was freshly baked and delivered from Sullivan Street Bakery in the city.

Some of the tomatoes came from the Brooklyn Grange while others came from Maxwell’s farm in Jersey.  This is Bill Maxwell giving a little speech about his farm and answering questions.

Second course was a strawberry and goat cheese salad with mint, lime and arugula.  Lynn Fleming from the Lynnhaven Farm in New York (who provided the goat cheese) also gave a little speech and answered questions.  I didn’t get a picture of her . . . I was so busy stuffing my face with this amazing salad.

The third course was grilled housemade chicken and pork sausage with warm field greens, crispy prosciutto and sherry vinaigrette.  This was served with the Shinn Estate 2010 Rose.

Fourth course (getting full yet?) was steamed halibut with goldbar zucchini and nasturtium vinaigrette AND grilled broccoli rab with ginger and scallions. This was served with a 2010 chardonnay.

The fifth course (yes, i just said fifth course) was cold fried chicken with potatoes and whole grain mustard salad.  Which was served with sautéed corn (fresh from the cob), manchego cheese, jalapeno and lime.  This was served with the Shinn Estate 2008 “Wild Boar Doe” (cute play on the name).

And if you could handle it (I could!!) desert was homemade glazed doughnuts AND and a peach and blackberry crostada (with homemade creme fresh).  This was served with the Shinn Estate 2010 Wickham Pear Cider.

Awesome food.

Awesome friends.

Awesome night.

I. Love. NY.

Written by bevanddara

August 31, 2011 at 10:59 am

Posted in Food

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