And speaking of al fresco dining, I got a great tip via the Urban Daddy newsletter about the ultimate outdoor dining experience: a Cali-based organization called Outstanding in the Field.
In a nutshell: the fancy white-linen dinner party is taken outside and served up with only locally grown items, with renowned local guest chefs taking charge at each dinner location across the country.
The dinner also includes wine and a tour of the farm or winery where the dinner is taking place. Dinner is served family style, and be warned- though the website states they can sometimes accommodate vegetarians, "this is not an appropriate event for vegans or other persons with dietary restrictions, such as food allergies."
That being said, this still sounds worth checking out as long as there's some vegetarian grub being served! Check the website for more info and how to make reservations- Outstanding in the Field will be in the New York area on August 25th (EECO Farm, East Hampton) and August 26th and 27th at Queens Farm in my fave borough.