Outstanding in the Field: Yonder Way Farm

Founded in 1999, Outstanding in the Field was one of the first to bring farm-to-table dining into the scene.  Founder, Jim Denevan, conceptualized a communal dining series that now reaches over 100+ locations across the world.  From white sandy beaches to Texas ranches, this team has done it all.  Fortunately, I have been lucky enough to attend two of the dinner experiences:  one at Agritopia outside of Phoenix, AZ and another right outside of Austin, TX at the Yonder Way Farm in Fayetteville.  

Both dinners were absolutely breathtaking and featured local talent as the evening's Chef.  The 200 person long table setting was adorned with wine, and a host of plates small to large.  Prior to the dinner, a cocktail reception was held in the field with hors d'oeuvres and wine.  Guests had the opportunity to explore the farm and witnessed the farmers kids running playfully through the fields.  As the last course was served, the sun began to set and I couldn't help but grab my camera to snap several of the photos you see below.  Who would've imagined a mild February day in Texas to be so magnificent. 

If you're interested in attending a future Outstanding in the field dinner, we recommend that you stay tuned to their site.  Dinner locations are released regularly, and you won't want to miss out on this opportunity.


Paul Qui Opens New Sushi Concept, Kuneho

James Beard Award Winner, Paul Qui, began 2017 with a splash by opening Kuneho in replace of his shuttered restaurant Qui.  The latest concept will offer patrons Japanese small plates with Texan and Filipino influences.  Chef de cuisine, Mia Li, helped Paul curate the menu.  Dishes ranged from fried velveeta cheese rolls, to salmon butter sushi bites.  We highlighted our top five 'must orders' below.

  1. Black Seabream Crudo
  2. Kare Kare
  3. Kim-Chi
  4. Salmon Butter *Personal Favorite*
  5. Matcha Mochi for Dessert

Qui has three other successful concepts in the Austin area, including Otoko (inside the South Congress Hotel), East Side King and Thai Kun.  

Kemuri Tatsu-Ya Now Open in East Austin

Ramen Tatsu-Ya's newest concept, Kemuri Tatsu-Ya, opened this past week.  The restaurant combines Texas BBQ with signature ramen dishes, to create the perfect comfort food for a cold (or seasonally warm) January day.  We dined with table of six of Austin top foodies, and tasted almost the entire menu.  Highlighted are our 'must-order' meals.

  • Matcha Painkiller
    • Comes in a kitty glass, need I say more :)
  • BBQ Boat: Pork & Brisket
  • Scallop Skewers
  • Gauca-Poke
    • Can't go wrong with poke, ever!
  • TX Butter Tsukemen Ramen,
    • Dipping broth with brisket, definitely our fave!
  • Roasted Banana Pudding 

*Note the restaurant is closed on Monday and Tuesday.  They do not accept reservations, and are dine-in only at this time.*