From Farm to Table: Behind-the-Scenes Party Photos

A Coastal Living photo shoot isn't all play and no work. Senior Editor Julia Rutland shares pictures you didn't see on our pages―such as 12-foot ladders and chefs in swimming trunks.

Table Matters

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

Table Matters

Setting a table for 130-plus people in the middle of a cornfield isn't something you'd want to do alone. It took Jim Denevan, three Outstanding in the Field staffers, and a few local volunteers a couple of hours to turn a tractor path into a breathtaking dining experience.

Grilling in the Garden

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

Grilling in the Garden

Guests met at Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm for a local beer and shellfish reception prior to the dinner. Nantucket restaurateur Angela Raynor grilled clams and mussels for them, surrounded by the farm’s cutting garden in full bloom.

Find a Chair

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

Find a Chair

After the reception, guests traveled to the cornfield via tractors and hayrides. To foster a sense of community, guests sat together at one long table with family-style service.

High Art

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

High Art

To get the bird's-eye view of the entire table, Senior Photographer Jean Allsopp climbed up and down a 12-foot ladder. We had to squeeze our way into a cornrow to get the best angle. Senior Editor Julia Rutland provided counterbalance―and practice smart sun protection with her wide-brim hat.

Dinner by Candlelight

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

Dinner by Candlelight

Restaurateurs Seth and Angela Raynor finished dinner service by lantern.

Table Aglow

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

Table Aglow

Dozens of votive candles cast a luminous glow along the table as the last of the sunlight disappeared. A brilliant full moon in the cloudless sky provided just enough light for guests to find their way back to their cars.

By-Catch

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

By-Catch

The day before the big event, Jim Denevan and Katy Oursler visited the local fishers and farmers that provided the goods for the meal. Here, Jim gets instruction on how to harvest and wash mussels from local “mussel man” Neil Cocker.

Chef Dudes

Julia Rutland, Jean Allsopp, and Edda Pacifico

Chef Dudes

Seth Raynor and Jim Denevan relaxed the next day by checking out the local surf.

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