Meet our Team

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Jim Denevan

Jim Denevan

CEO & Founder | Santa Cruz CA

Jim created Outstanding in the Field in 1999, seeking to connect people in a celebration of food and farmer. Jim has also been a professional chef, model, surfer and artist, creating stunning sand drawings on a massive scale. Today, Jim’s art commissions take him around the world, and he in turn takes us to ever more exotic farm dinner locations. Read more about Jim at

Eden Reilly

Eden Reilly

General Manager | Oakland CA

After garnering a background in wine and culinary arts in Vermont, Eden moved to the Bay Area to further her career in high end service and restaurants. She found Outstanding in the Field in 2009 and joined the culinary circus. She has completed 3 summer tours and 4 winter tours and has done over 300 Outstanding in the Field events. She keeps the ship (or rather the bus) running straight as General Manager.

Anna Gelb

Anna Gelb

Director of Public Events | New York NY

The mastermind behind our events schedule! Anna came to OITF in 2012 after traveling the country and the globe and working for restaurants and sustainable farms in Boston, Seattle, Austin, Spain and Ireland. Anna has been on tour twice as a crewmember and event planner, and took the role of Director of Public Events in 2014.

Seth Heitzenrater

Seth Heitzenrater

Executive Assistant | Santa Cruz CA

After studying at the French Culinary Institute, Seth worked for our friends at Bonny Doon Vineyard before coming on tour for the first time in 2014. In addition to being a three-time tour crew veteran, Seth handles guest reservations, and moonlights as Jim’s art assistant.

Lydia Witter

Lydia Witter

Event Manager | Bozeman MT

After cooking in field kitchens and ship galleys, traveling the globe and living in six of its countries, Lydia brings her culinary and operational background to Outstanding in the Field as an Event Manager. Drawn by the nomadic nature of OITF, Lydia joined the team in 2017 to plan events for the public tour.

Claudine Nayan

Claudine Nayan

Production Manager | Nashville TN

Claudine brings her background in business development and non-profit communications to organize and manage our traveling production. From event planning to product management to staff training, Claudine does it all. As a multi-season tour veteran, she continues in the grit (of the road) and the grind (of the computer) to bring our long table to you.

Ilana Pulda

Ilana Pulda

Social Media Manager & Photographer | Seattle WA

Ilana’s love of food and travel led her to join the traveling tour crew after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 2013. She’s since worked in social media marketing and as a food photographer and private chef while living on and off the road. A multi-season tour veteran, Ilana manages our social media accounts in addition to photographing events.

  • Jim Denevan
  • Eden Reilly
  • Anna Gelb
  • Seth Heitzenrater
  • Lydia Witter
  • Claudine Nayan
  • Ilana Pulda

Meet our Traveling Tour Crew

Our traveling crew joins the team from May through November, completing over 100 hundred events across North America. From schlepping and shimming to serving the table to expediting the kitchen to driving our trucks and trailers to assisting our guest chefs and producers, this crew truly brings our events to life. Be sure to say hello at the table!

Carlo | California

Our fearless expeditor! After years working in the best restaurants in the Bay Area, he now acts as our liaison for guest chefs.

Anthony | Texas

As our Front of House Manager, Anthony keeps the ship running smoothly. He’s back on the road with us for the second year in a row!

Eric | Florida

Our go-to fixer and truck driver, Eric literally keeps the show on the road and has a passion for keeping our trucks cleaner than we’ve ever seen them.

Tessa | Washington

As Assistant Front of House Manager, she has a keen eye for detail and helps hold the reins at our events. She was a “satellite” crew member last year and it was enough to get her hooked.

Jackie | Wisconsin

Jackie never stops moving! It’s her first year on tour but she instantly hit her stride on the farm dinner tour. You’ll find her cracking jokes at the table or passionately describing our wines for the evening.

Tyler | New York

Tyler joins us for his second year on tour. He comes to us by way of New York and was our Front of House Manager in 2017. He helps drive us across the country and always has something highly logical and witty to say.

Join Our Family

We are always seeking motivated individuals looking for a challenging and fulfilling work environment. We aim to bring together caring, intelligent, and dedicated individuals who strive to be the best in their field. A positive attitude and an appreciation for sustainable practices are mandatory!

We begin finalizing our traveling tour crew in the early part of the year. However, we often seek satellite crew members as well as temporary local help at our events to assist with setting up and serving the table. Submit your resume below and someone from our staffing team will be in touch

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