This summer our longtime partners Outstanding in the Field loaded up their iconic tour bus and returned to their roots in Santa Cruz and Mountain Valley was there to share in the celebration and connection.
Santa Cruz was where the idea of Outstanding in the Field was born. It is where founder Jim Denevan spent more than a decade here as the chef of Gabriella Cafe and where they returned to host a unique event, not in the field, but in the streets of their hometown.
The restaurant’s owner and host, Paul Cocking, is still here charming customers with his dry wit. One of Jim’s first hires, Gema Cruz is now the chef. Gema, fellow Gabriella Cafe alum Kendra Baker and Jim were reunited at this creative meal featuring the farmers and winemakers that have contributed to Outstanding in the Field over the years.
Mountain Valley was proud to be a part of this special series of Community Table Dinners, highlighting not just farmers and the ingredients they provide, but also the local makers and artisans whose work becomes the evening’s tablescape. A portion of the proceeds from this series go to Food, What?! supporting their work engaging local youth with land, food and each other.
Photo credit: Elli Lauren