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Outstanding in the cold, cold field.

Oct 10, 2011

What is the magic of Leicester, NC? When I look out over the fields, hike through the mountains, or just sit on a porch swing and read, a quiet peace descends, blanketing the normal daily stresses and rejuvenating this frazzled mom. Last year, Peter and I visited Leicester for our first Outstanding in the Field dinner at East Fork Farm. This summer, we escaped our house construction craziness at Randall Glen, a fabulous farm hideaway in the mountains of Leicester. And once again, Peter and I journeyed back up the mountains to enjoy our second Outstanding in the Field dinner, this time at Gaining Ground Farm.


There's something about the virgin visit to an Outstanding in the Field dinner. A slight anticipation, an eagerness to learn about the farm and local producers, the experience of dining with strangers under the stars. Last year, as Peter and I drank wine while the moon rose over the meadow, sheep bleating behind our backs, we agreed that we should never go back. Any attempts to replicate that magical evening would fall short. It was perfection.


Of course, though, when tickets went on sale last spring, I couldn't resist. We would attend Outstanding in the Field as seasoned veterans. And this time--we wouldn't forget our plates. Plus, honestly—after a week quarantined with sick kids while Peter was traveling, I was very happy we planned an evening out.


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