It was a night to remember as guests gathered in the middle of a field for the intimate Outstanding in the Field dinner at Tangletown Gardens Farm. Nestled between the apple and pear trees, the evening kicked off with a cocktail hour and everyone was invited to explore the verdant surroundings. Host farmers Scott Endres and Dean Engelmann were there to greet guests and introduce their beloved farm before seating diners at the long table.
Tangletown Gardens Farm is rooted in regenerative agricultural techniques to lower carbon dioxide emissions, promote soil quality and improve overall biodiversity. Known for its sustainable approach that’s free of toxic chemicals, the 140-acre operation supplies Wise Acre Eatery with the freshest ingredients. It’s also a source for the lush offerings at Tangletown Gardens Garden Center, which has become an inspiration for gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
Now in its seventh year at Tangletown Gardens Farm, the Outstanding in the Field team is on tour across the country through November. Founded by Jim Denevan, the organization celebrates farmers and reinvents the dining experience, inviting strangers to sit side-by-side and share family-style meals.
Surrounded by endless skies and green fields, it was a true farm-to-table experience led by James Beard Award Best Chef: Midwest semifinalist Jamie Malone of Paris Dining Club. The four-course meal was served with small-batch wines made by Martha Stoumen using fruit from vineyards with the utmost ethical alignment. And as the dinner came to an end, we were reminded that we would never dine with these exact individuals in this exact spot again, which underlined the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime event.