Best Thing We Ate
What a $225 Sit-Down Dinner Looks Like at Coachella
With more than 170 performers on the bill, art installations and 90,000 people to move around, the last thing you really expect to do at Coachella is sit down for a four-course dinner and sip wine. But this year, Outstanding in the Field brought its roving culinary adventure to the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA and set up its restaurant without walls while a thumping base pulsates from the nearest stage. As part of the new food options at the three-day festival - LA restaurants, chefs and food artisans offering everything form fancy marshmallows to strong cold-brew coffee, pad Thai, sushi and handrolls - six different chefs prepare two dinners in the Rose Garden VIP area, a respite from the madness if there ever was one. It's a far cry from battling lines for Spicy Pie, corndogs and crab fries, that's for sure.
For those already with wristbands for the weekend, the dinners are $225 per person. But for those without tickets, dinner and VIP passes for Coachella were made available after the weekend event was already sold out - a boon for anyone who didn't get tickets before, with the bonus of a four-course meal along with access to all the music, art and VIP areas. We checked out the dinner with Sotto's Steve Samson on Saturday, and we had both groups at our table - young music lovers who found a way into Coachella when they thought it was sold out and people who were already going but decided to tack on the OITF dinner for fun. Here's a look at everything we ate and drank, which was delicious even with 25-mile winds and a typical Coachella sand storm. Oh, and PS: tickets for the dinner and festival for second weekend are still available via Outstanding in the Field.