Last fall, the Gardener and I attended our third
to spend the evening on a beautiful farm,
eat a fabulous dinner at this amazing table --
in the middle of the field,
the food, the wine, the scenery, the table~
the whole experience is truly
a memorable feast for your
once you have attended one of these
incredible dinners -- you get it!
You totally understand why the tickets to these events
often sell out in a matter of minutes!!
I am an "Outstanding in the Field"
the dinner we attended last fall, was hosted by
in North Bend, Ohio
this beautiful farm was once the home
to our 9th President,
William Henry Harrison
before we take off across the field
to this beautiful table--
let's take a little tour of this lovely
I'm loving those ancient concrete columns
by the gate~
(and yes, I love that handsome guy too!)
the folks here opened up their farm to us
and we walked all around the beautiful property.
I took so many photos, it was hard to choose
just a few~
there's just something about an old gate
that makes you want to take
(actually a lot of pictures!)
Part of the excitement
of attending these dinners
is the opportunity
to be able to see their vintage
1953 Flxible tour bus.
(I climbed the hill behind the farm to get this photo)
(they even let us take a peek inside!)
How would you like to spend an entire year
living on this bus, traveling all over
the United States --
from one farm dinner to the next~
(the wonderful folks who sponsor these events
call this bus their home!)
fall was is in the air~
a beautiful setting for the table,
right next to the grape vines~
(nope -- we aren't going there yet --
going to walk around a bit more~)
that's my chair :)
If only this tree could talk --
I'm betting it has seen a lot of history~
are you thirsty?
they're serving drinks and refreshments
on the front lawn~
each farm dinner's focus is on
produce and meats that are produced
by local area farms and gardens.
Local chefs prepare the meals
(we will go visit them in a minute!)
across the road from the farm house
is the beautiful stable
I made a new friend outside the stable
loving this old barn house
~ and the stable house
bring your own plate
and drop it off
such a pretty mix of vintage colors
forgot to bring a plate??
you can borrow one from here!
Let's go see what's cooking for dinner!
(are you hungry yet?)
the aromas were incredible~
just looking at these
photos again is making me hungry!
there's the table --
let's go have a closer look~
there is no assigned seating-
all the food is served family style,
so you can sit wherever
it was the most perfect autumn day
for this outdoor farm dinner~
love, LOVE this beautiful table~
the sun is just starting to set-
so that means
it's almost dinner time!
(let's go find a seat at the table~)
the Gardener smiles after a wonderful dinner:)
that's OITF founder Jim Denevan (in the cowboy hat)
talking to guests
the whole crew pose for photos in front of the bus
these have to be some of the nicest,
most hard working people
with dinner now a memory~
we all walk around a bit more
trying to take in every last beautiful moment
of this amazing experience.
isn't this what "groupie's" do?
He's a super nice guy~
as the darkness overtakes us all-
it's time to go home~
(I really had intended to post these photos last fall
but somehow time just got away from me.
I'm pretty sure it had something to do
with all those beautiful pink scarves! )
South Haven, Michigan
(photo borrowed from OITF website)
in just a few weeks,
my friend Marsha and I
are taking a little "Girl Trip" to here.
We will travel almost 500 miles
to beautiful coastal Michigan
just to sit at this
You can look forward to photos from
our incredible trip and the farm dinner
later this fall~
(I think we might win the prize for most distance traveled! LOL!)
ps -- I've been working all summer on some incredible new designs -- one of those is coming up next!