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Outstanding in the Field Is Your Last Best Chance to Get Into Coachella This Year

The popular dinner pop-up can sneak you inside

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Still desperate for Coachella tickets, with only two weeks to spare? Your best remaining way in could well be through Outstanding in the Field, the ongoing massive outdoor dinner party that’s been held on the Polo Grounds for a few years now.

The folks behind Outstanding in the Field have been doing these dinners since 1999 at various locations across the world, but in recent years have teamed up with an array of local and national talent to put on the party inside the Rose Garden at Coachella. The dinner parties run both weekends, with multiple timed seatings (5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. each Friday, Saturday, or Sunday) to give guests a couple of hours to enjoy the four course meal, and include beer and wine with the $225 price tag.

Of course, that price is just for the dinner itself, and assumes you’ve already got your festival passes handy. But what if you don’t even have tickets to Coachella at all yet, and are still hoping to score a couple before the big weekend? Well, right this very second you can buy your way in with a dinner-inclusive general admission pass to the festival. Those run $624 and come with dinner, which means you can still save yourself the hassle of scalpers or resellers or just driving out and praying a buddy has an extra ticket.

And don’t just think that these dinners are nothing more than an excuse to get into Coachella. This year’s chef lineup includes big names like Nyesha Arrington of Leona fame, Michael Hung from Viviane, Kris Morningstar from Terrine, and Michael Voltaggio of Ink; and that’s just the LA-specific talent.

Outstanding in the Field just released a slew of new dinner-only and general admission tickets for Coachella to coincide with the release of their entire catalogue of scheduled 2016 events, but don’t expect them to last long. And after they’ve been 86’d, you may be back to begging at the security entrance, while everyone else dines their way into the festival.