Orange Arrow: A celebrated local chef/musician, a farmer with a PhD, a local DJ and a Chinese artist.
Outstanding in the Field: A group that tours the country in a bus, setting up farm dinners along the way (like the foodie Merry Pranksters). Plus, chefs from Birch & Barley.
Analysis: While we love buses, we love crazy amalgamations of locals even more.
Orange Arrow: Tables set under a huge, open-air greenhouse on wheels at an organic farm 28 miles from DC.
Outstanding in the Field: One massively long table set at a nonprofit farm that was once part of George Washington’s land (you’ll tour the farm first, which is why you arrive at 3pm).
Analysis: Choose who you sit across from very carefully. And tell everyone you’re a Federalist.
Orange Arrow: Potatoes dug, sliced and fried into chips on the spot, fried green tomatoes with oysters, wood-fired Cornish hen, sweet potato tart.
Outstanding in the Field: Still in progress, but we hear you can expect heirloom tomatoes, heirloom pumpkins and a whole roasted pig.
Analysis: You may have said hello to that chicken on the way in.
Orange Arrow: Cocktails made with Maryland’s own Sloop Betty vodka, wines from New York, Virginia and Washington State.
Outstanding in the Field: Beer and only beer, mostly rare bottles paired with each course.
Analysis: Everybody wins.