With just a few more days left until Outstanding in the Field rolls back into Jackson, there’s still time to grab tickets to this unique farm dinner.
The event begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday (cost is $220). Brad and Kate Mead of the Mead Ranch will be the host farmers while Joel Cox from Aspens Market is the guest chef.
“This is right up my alley,” said Cox, who before coming to Jackson worked on a farm in the Pacific Northwest. “I lived in Seattle for five years and did sustainable dinners on a farm.”
It wasn’t until just recently that Cox knew exactly what his menu would feature. He’s been waiting to see what area farmers would have available.
Cox has asked Jeremy Tofte of Thai Me Up to bring his beer bus to the ranch for a beer tasting. Alongside the microbrews, diners will sample cheeses from Teton Valley Creamery. Niner Wines also will be served.
Cox also will slice up a porchetta and have four to five passed appetizers.
Once guests sit down at the communal table, they’ll be served rillettes, pickled vegetables (from local veggies such as garlic scapes, carrots and onions from Cosmic Apple and Snowdrift Farms) and a market salad “with shaved zucchini and whatever I can get my hands on,” Cox said.
“Then we’ll rock into a sweet pea squash blossom risotto,” he said.
The Meads will bring Cox a whole side of beef, and he will break it down to serve a mixed grill for the main course.
Persephone Bakery will serve up dessert.
Find the full story on how Outstanding in the Field got its start here.
This is a don’t miss event. But if you can’t make it, there’s always next year.
“Jim Denevan does plan to return to Jackson next year,” said spokeswoman Lisa Supple in an email. “It’s one of his Top 10 fave stops on the tour!”