Outstanding in the Field, meet Martha Stewart.
Instead of going out for dinner, party planner Jordan Ferney sets up fancy dinner parties for her friends in the middle on nowhere, like under the Golden Gate Bridge, piers and rooftops (complete with bubble blower to brighten up the concrete space).
We also love this pop-up winter solstice dinner in the woods by Nikki Croft.
The logistics can be tricky (just how do you get a six-foot dining table down to an isolated beach? Keep the food warm? Stop the candles from blowing out?), but it’s a dinner you and your friends aren’t likely to forget. Inspired to DIY your own pop-up dinner? Jordan has a guide on how to do it right here.
Check Facebook for updates. Check Twitter. Hit refresh. We wait with baited breath for the announcement of the Outstanding in the Field line-up. Last year’s memory of the lunch at Queens Farm, with guest chef Marcus Samuelsson still lingers, and we want more.
And then, there it is, the 2012 tour, their eighth year on the road. The bus pulls up in Gotham on September 18 for two events: the first at Queens Farm, the second at that glorious rooftop at Brooklyn Grange. I get on the phone to mastermind Jim Denevan to find out more.