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 www.jimdenevan.com.

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

Guest Service Manager | 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.

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.

Matt Millea

Matt Millea

Kitchen Manager | Big Sur, CA

Matt spent years honing his skills as a chef at some of the top restaurants across the country before joining the team. A Pittsburgh native, he eventually made his way to the West Coast where we eventually crossed paths. Since 2014 Matt has been our go-to chef, lead kitchen expeditor, mastermind at sourcing, and an all around helping hand at a moments notice.

Anthony Fuller

Anthony Fuller

Front of House Manager | Austin, TX

Anthony joined the crew after managing fine dining restaurants throughout Austin, Texas. As our Front of House Manager and Staffing Manager, Anthony keeps the ship sailing smoothly at each event. He brought his dedication and high standards on the road with us in 2018 and we’ve been lucky to have him on the OITF team ever since. Bonus: He’s a champion choir singer.

Emily Angle

Emily Angle

Event Planner & Rentals Manager |

After honing her event skills in the Panamanian jungle and tasting her way through Central America, Emily joined the Outstanding in the Field crew in Mexico in 2017 and has been working with us ever since! In 2018 she joined us on the road as our Tour Manager and now she’s planning events and working behind the scenes to ensure we have everything we need to keep this show on the road.

  • Jim Denevan
  • Eden Reilly
  • Anna Gelb
  • Seth Heitzenrater
  • Lydia Witter
  • Ilana Pulda
  • Matt Millea
  • Anthony Fuller
  • Emily Angle

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!

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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