Outstanding in the Field is a California based organization that brings together outstanding chefs and stellar farms to create open air feasts. Since 1999 they have held over six hundred dinners as a means of broadening the discussion of food, community, and place. This year the guest chef for the dinner being held in Maine, will be the James Beard nominated best new chef chef Chris Gould of Central Provisions. This August 23rd dinner will be held at North Star Sheep Farm and is sure to sell out. Tickets are on sale now for the dinner being held in Maine and dozens of other events being held across the country (Plus Ireland).
I really enjoy Robert’s Maine Grill, for me it represents the traditional Maine Seafood restaurant remade using only the best local ingredients. This is particularly impressive located as they are in Kittery, a southern Maine town previously known for its factory outlet shopping and tourist trap restaurants.
It’s almost impossible for me not to stop here whenever I travel down or back from Boston. There focus on the freshest seafood and local farm raised ingredients just makes their food just burst with flavor. Most importantly when they say jumbo lobster roll they mean it. Below are some photos from a recent lunch time visit. As an added bonus during peak summer traffic they offer free valet parking for guests.
Food and wine just gave another shoutout to Portland Maine. Among their favorites are the perennial Central Provisions, but also making the list were a few surprises like Salvage and David Levi’s Vinland. Congratulations to all. Seems like a good excuse to plan a fall trip.
For the full list please see Food and Wine magazine.