Wow, I just got an email from the folks at Outstanding in the Field, and they are now hosting one of their amazing farm dinners with Chef Tim Kilcoyne of the Sidecar restaurant at McGrath Farm in Camarillo on June 20th. As their website explains,"Outstanding in the Field events feature a leisurely tour of the hosting farm followed by a five course, farm-style dinner at our long table set in a scenic spot. Dinner is accompanied by a wine paired with each course. Diners are joined at the table by the farmer, food producers, a winemaker and other local artisans associated with the meal." While the price is steep ($200), if you can swing it somehow, this is a must-do for anyone who considers themself a true foodie and supporter of local produce and local business. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 8th at 9am.
Also, looking ahead is the California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard May 16th-17th. If you want to participate in a strawberry pie eating contest, learn about growing your own strawberries, listen to live music, let your kids ride the rides and meet Strawberry Shortcake, then this is the event for you. If you're looking for more of a grown-ups only kind of outing, The Casa Pacifica Angels Wine and Food Festival is coming up on June 7th, from 1pm-5pm. This promises to be a wonderful gathering of great chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and entertainment. For you true foodies out there, the big draw will be the serious culinary showdown between a number of locally known chefs, including Fabio Viviani from Top Chef (Cafe Firenze, Moorpark). Judging the contest will be a number of the food and wine writers from the Ventura County Star, a chef, and strangely, Jerry Mathers from "Leave it to Beaver." Tickets are $75 each.