Janna Anderson is a first generation farmer, but her land carries a long history. Pinnacle Farms’ fragrant lemon, grapefruit and orange orchards carry on the long-held tradition of citrus farming in the Southwest, and the rare Maktoom date trees have origins in early 1900s Iraq. At Pinnacle, Janna focuses on growing crops suited to the arid climate of Arizona, and has created a vast diversity of tastes and textures from her fields. We will get the chance to try some of her favorites at dinner prepared by our guest chef, René Andrade. Sonoran-born Andrade is a master of woodfire cooking, which he shows off at his restaurant, Bacanora. There, he’s won accolades from the likes of the James Beard Foundation and GQ. Chef René is joining us at Coachella this spring, and we’re already looking forward to his next turn in the field kitchen near his hometown of Phoenix.
Regions: South / Southwest
Boggy Creek Farm
We love the Sayle family and the historic farmhouse at Boggy Creek so much, we’re sticking around for a second night. We also can’t leave Austin without getting some really great BBQ, so we’ve invited one of the city’s best pitmasters to dinner. Evan LeRoy runs LeRoy and Lewis, an experimental BBQ truck dedicated to sourcing meat from small, responsible purveyors in Texas. You’re just as likely to find beef cheeks as brisket on their menu. It’s safe to say chef Evan knows a thing or two about open flame cooking, so we can’t wait to see what he does in the field kitchen while we dine between Boggy Creek’s abundant vegetable beds.
The Peeler family has been in the cattle business for over 100 years. Their 3,000-acre ranch is home to hundreds of Wagyu cattle, goats, sheep, horses and water buffalo who happily graze on green and golden grass—and we’ll be dining right in the middle of it all. If we’re lucky, hosts Marianna and Peter may show off their horsemanship skills by the table, but they will definitely welcome us with their signature Southern hospitality. Patrick Jackson of Austin’s Paperboy and San Antonio’s exciting new addition, Full Goods Diner, will be joining us as guest chef for the night. He has become well known in the area for his seasonally-driven cuisine that artfully blends Mexican and American flavors, a true reflection of Southern Texas style. We can’t wait to see what he does with Peeler Farms’ meat, showing us firsthand why they’ve become a favorite of chefs across the San Antonio restaurant scene.
Barrier Island Oyster Co.
Charleston has become a must-visit American city partly because of its explosive local food scene. Certainly, the charming architecture, cobblestone streets and amazing waterfront don’t hurt either. We’re setting the table just south of the city at Barrier Island Oyster Co.— a thriving oyster farm where hosts Josh Eboch, Kendra Tidwell and Hamlin Auld raise Lowcountry oysters at the mouth of the open ocean. We’ll slurp some delectable bivalves alongside crisp wines while overlooking their floating cages. Then we’ll sit down to dinner with Kevin Getzewich from The Kingstide. Chef Kevin showcases the Lowcountry’s seafood bounty through his wood fired preparations, pairing it with his favorite seasonal ingredients.
Love is Love Cooperative Farm
This is one of our favorites. Our fruitful relationship with farmers Joe and Judith started out many years ago and we have been coming back to set our table here ever since. Love is Love is now worker-owned, growing nutritious, consciousness-raising food and flowers for the North Georgia region while providing living wages and benefits for all the cooperative’s employees. Importantly, they are working towards a future in which their farmland will remain agricultural in perpetuity. We love to set our table in their beds of summer produce, and can’t wait to welcome the chefs from Chai Pani into the field kitchen. Their “mindblasting” street food-inspired Indian cuisine has earned them recognition from the James Beard Foundation and the New York Times, and will certainly delight everyone at the table.
Wedge Oak Farm
It’s been a while since we last visited Karen Overton and her family at Wedge Oak Farm. Our first visit there was about ten years ago, when Karen immediately asked Seth to guide one of their famed Mangalitsa pigs, which had gotten loose, back into its pen. Needless to say, it’s been love ever since. In addition to their famed Mangalitsas, considered the “Kobe beef of pork”, the Overton family have raised a range of poultry and cattle since 1904 on their beautiful, tree-sprinkled land. We promise to double check the locks on the pigpens before bringing you to the table for dinner with one of Nashville’s most exciting chefs.
We’re back for the third year in a row with this incredible mashup of inspirational chef and site. Before Daron Babcock started Bonton Farms, this area of South Dallas was devoid of any fresh food options for its residents. Now, they have a vibrant urban farm, farmer’s market, and café with a mission to invest in both the soil of their gardens and the soul of their community. As we wander through their garden beds full of mid-summer produce, you’ll see some free-range chickens, friendly goats, and pigs. Then we’ll sit down to dinner in a grassy field where you’ll feel like you’re miles away from the big city. Guest chef Chad Houser will be back in the field kitchen to delight us with his award-winning food. Chad works with at-risk youth at his non-profit restaurant Cafe Momentum where they learn life and career skills while cooking up locally sourced menus featuring house-made charcuterie, cheese, and vinegars. We can’t wait to welcome him and his well-known sense of humor back to Bonton while we dine beneath the big Texas sky.
Boggy Creek Farm
Boggy Creek holds a lot of history for Austin’s farming community and also for OITF. We visited on our first cross country tour in 2005, when the future of OITF was feeling uncertain at best. Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler offered us some much-needed encouragement to continue our storytelling mission, and now we stop by every year for a little boost. Carol is a pioneer of urban farming in the US, and her charming farmhouse is one of the oldest existing homes in Austin. Every time we stop by this oasis in the middle of the city, we are surprised to see how Austin has evolved around it, turning into a world-class destination. Our crew loves to explore on their time off in town, hunting down the city’s best BBQ and breakfast tacos.
This is our fifth year at Pinnacle Farm, and we are so in awe of Farmer Janna Anderson. Pinnacle Farm has abundant shade and a gorgeous view of South Mountain from the table. Farmer Janna has a matter of fact, no-nonsense manner typical of hard-working farmers. An appreciation of the view isn’t the first thing on her ever-busy mind. Farming in Arizona is challenging, and you’ll hear it straight from her — the ground truth, no sugar coating. We will gather to celebrate the rewards of planting seeds, tending crops, and bringing it all to harvest with an Autumn meal from guest chef Stephen Jones. Stephen regularly sources from Pinnacle and other local farms for his restaurant, the larder + the delta, where he combines New Southern cuisine with the diverse agricultural bounty of the Southwest. His imaginative and community-driven cooking has earned him quite a few awards over the years; this year, he’s a James Beard Foundation Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef.
We were slated to go to Bonton for the first time in 2020 with Chef Chad Houser lined up for the field kitchen. That didn’t happen. When the bus finally rolled into town last year, it was such a fabulous experience, we knew we wanted to do it again. You’re invited to mosey on over for a delicious dinner and a big dose of inspiration. Daron Babcock and son Beau run a 40-acre organic farm in the low-income area of South Dallas that was once a food desert. The farm also brings seeds of change to the community with education programs that address health, personal finance, and housing challenges, all designed to disrupt the long-standing cycle of poverty in Bonton. Café Momentum also started from an altruistic idea; it’s a non-profit restaurant and professional training facility that works with young men and women exiting juvenile detention. Chef Chad is known for his can-do demeanor and signature dish: smoked fried chicken. Not to mention charcuterie, cheeses and vinegars, all made in-house by hardworking interns. Come for a good time you can feel seriously good about.