Outstanding in the Field
July 9, Brandon Pettit at Skagit River Ranch, $180
July 10, Renee Erickson on Whidbey Island, $190
The traveling spectacle of a 160-foot-long table set with white linens in an idyllic farm setting is making two stops in Washington this year. On July 10, Kolstrand and Fremont Collective partner Chad Dale is opening up his farm on Whidbey Island so Renee Erickson can make dinner. Outstanding in the Field was founded on the idea of eliminating the distance between diner and ingredients, and Erickson is just about the perfect person to carry that torch. We're also pretty excited about Delancey chef Brandon Pettit's Outstanding dinner on July 9 at lovely Skagit River Ranch in Sedro-Woolley. Do I really need to say this? Tickets sell out like that. So get yours here. Dinner should look a little something like this.
July 21, Smoke Farm (Arlington, Washington)
It's an obvious comparison but an apt one: Tamara Murphy's Burning Beast is like Burning Man for carnivores. A terrific cadre of chefs take to the land—namely Smoke Farm an hour north of Seattle—and prepare cow, beef, salmon, lamb, goat, and internal organs thereof. No carpaccio here; the only cooking tool they're allowed is fire. And wandering around seeing everyone in action is almost as enjoyable as eating the food. This year's BB is scheduled for July 21; tickets have been $99 in the past and usually go on sale in May...and sell out in a matter of days. Or hours.
Wild About Game
September 8, Timberline Lodge, Oregon
I wasn't really sure what this was all about when I went last year. A meat distributor event? In Oregon? Was this really a thing? Wild About Game is kind of an industry event but they sell tickets to the public and I must say, it's a carnivorously happening shindig. Make your way up Mount Hood to Timberline Lodge and wander around and sample tons of vendors, most of them Portland up and comers like Chop Butchery and Charcuterie and Xocolatl de David. There's wine. There's beer. There are culinary demonstrations by the likes of Gabriel Rucker. But the main draw is a Seattle versus Portland chef showdown. This year Joey Sequina of Harvest Vine, Josh Theilen of Stumbling Goat, and Gordon Wishard of La Medusa are facing off agaisnt chefs from Clyde Common, St. Jack, and Little Bird. Oh and a two-on-two matchup pits Vitaly Paley acolytes Ben Bettinger of Imperial and Patrick McKee from Paley's Place against Scott Staples disciples James Sherill of Restaurant Zoe and Quinn's chef Jeremy Ravetz. Keep an eye on the website for tickets; last year they were $50.