Starting last year, the very foodie-friendly music fest that is Outside Lands began doing multi-course, sit-down meals in a pop-up format in a grove in the woods in the middle of the festival. Last year's dinners were hosted by Trestle, and this year they're upping the ante with the chef talent for the "Feast in the Trees" by bringing in LA chef Roy Choi. Choi will be serving a four-course, family-style feast focusing on his Korean and Californian roots, and the meal will come with wine pairing curated by Peter Eastlake (a Food & Wine Sommelier of the Year in 2013 who's also curating Wine Lands this year), and there will be cocktails from the Cocktail Magic area as well.
The all-inclusive price, with pairings and gratuity, is $125 a person, and the extremely limited tickets are on sale here should you want to kick off your Outside Lands weekend this year with something more posh than standing in line for pizza slice or empanada.*
Choi has been connected to one local project in the last year which Locol, the health-focused burger chain cooked up by him and Daniel Patterson that currently has two locations in Oakland and possibly one still coming to the Tenderloin. He's most famous for being one of the OGs on the gourmet food truck scene in LA with Kogi BBQ, and he's gone on to build a small restaurant empire down south with A-Frame, Commissary, Chego!, and POT.
There will only be one seating for "Feast in the Trees" and it only lasts about an hour from 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, August 11, just as the festival is getting rolling.
Additionally, Choi will be making an appearance with a mystery "special guest" on the GastroMagic stage, and the rest of that lineup is here.
And, sidenote, if you don't yet have tickets to Outside Lands, there are still single-day and three-day passes for sale (last year they were sold out by this time, I think).
* Yes, yes I know there's a lot more to the food selection than pizza and empanadas... there are porcini doughnuts for god's sake.