Coachella 2016 was something else. I had just got off a plane from London, did my laundry, repacked my bags and headed towards Indio geared up for the 3-day weekend. The festival invited me to the desert to experience their culinary options and I was hyped. I had heard that Coachella had been gradually stepping up their food game, so I was curious as to what I was going to find while bouncing around the grounds. Almond milk lattes, poke bowls and fried chicken sandwiches by Free Range – this most definitely shit on the dusty ass pizza slices and questionable hot dogs I once knew at music festivals.
I got hooked up with a press pass, VIP bracelet and a special invitation to attend one of Outstanding in the Field's incredible dinners hosted in the Rose Garden. I was welcomed to indulge in all my food desires while watching Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples, SZA, and Death Grips. The only thing that could've topped all of this would've been a back massage by MC Ride. Still holding out, truthfully.
Outstanding in the Field absolutely delivered. I had previously experienced this open-air feast in a private citrus orchard in Central California one Spring day back in 2015, so I had anticipated nothing but greatness. This particular 4-course meal with wine pairing came with a $225 price tag. Although seated at a 200-seat table curving around any given landscape, it always manages to feel like an intimate dinner; truly unlike anything else. At Coachella they spared no beautiful detail and had two seatings each night, with six dinner options for those seeking a elevated culinary experience under the desert sky.
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