2017 Field To Vase Dinner Tour Ends With a Beautiful Sunset in Florida

The last stop on the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour was not only the perfect finale, it was among the tour’s most unique destinations.

Over 150 people attended the last American Grown Field to Vase Dinner of 2017 at FernTrust, Inc. in Seville, Florida. Photo by Wings of Glory Photography.

After all, how many people can say they’ve dined on a fern and foliage farm in the middle of the “Fern Capital of the World?” A sold-out crowd did just that Nov. 18 when the Field to Vase Dinner Tour came to FernTrust Inc. in Seville, Florida.

FernTrust, a farm cooperative, is one of the most trusted foliage producers in the country. Guests learned all about the 126 varieties of best-in-class foliage and ferns grown by FernTrust during a tour with farmer David Register. Jana Register provided a tour of FernTrust’s packing house where she shared FernTrust’s many product lines including their patented ColorFresh program that extends vase life of foliage and greens through a unique color sealing process.

Fern Farmer David Register gave guests a guided tour of FernTrust, sharing information about the wide variety of foliage grown on the property. Photo by Wings of Glory Photography.

Following the farm tour, guests then dined at tables adorned with hundreds of feet of lush fern garland and topiaries created by floral designer J Schwanke. Tour sponsor Syndicate Sales provided all of the hard goods and vases that were incorporated into J’s beautiful tablescape design. Nearby, an all-foliage American Flag added to the evening’s wow factor, as did old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss and vistas that provided views of the beautiful ferns and an incredible sunset over the lake.

Field to Vase Dinner guests enjoying a beautiful November evening on the fern farm in Florida. Photo by Wings of Glory Photography.

Chef Justin Timineri of Fresh From Florida created a wonderful Floridian themed menu and Joe Hearn and his team from Joe Hearn Events did an outstanding job managing all of the event’s special touches for this floral filled event.

“This Field to Vase dinner was such a fun event. Getting to meet the farmers and families that have worked the land and listen to the stories was a great experience,” shared former chef Dennis Littley of AskChefDennis.com. “The setting at the farm was picture perfect and the tables were magazine worthy, looking like something out of Martha Stewart.”

Guests enjoyed the bountiful wines of national sponsor, Geyser Peak Winery. Photo by Wings of Glory Photography.

Microbrewery Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. shared its craft beers, Geyser Peak Winery served up wine varietals and Copper Bottom Craft Distillery provided signature citrus cocktails featuring names with a nod to local ferns.

Find out where the tour is going in 2018, and then plan to attend one of these one-in-a-lifetime dinners at americangrownflowers.com/fieldtovase

Field to Vase Dinner is Launch Pad For New Line of Floral Design Products

Longtime Dinner Tour Sponsor Syndicate Sales Unveils New Products on Chapple’s Farm

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour tends to make news in the communities where it stops. But at a recent stop at Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia, the dinner was the site of a very special announcement from longtime tour sponsor Syndicate Sales.

Guests of our recent Field to Vase Dinner in Waterford, Virginia, enjoyed both the beauty of Hope Flower Farm and the stunning designs created by Holly Chapple.  Photo: Taken by Sarah Photography.

The firm announced the “Holly Heider Chapple Exclusively for Syndicate” line of containers and mechanics to be released in January 2018. Of course, there was nowhere better to launch the line than right there on Chapple’s flower farm!

Anne Graves of Syndicate Sales made the exciting announcement of their partnership with Holly Chapple during the dinner.  Photo: Taken by Sarah Photography.

Syndicate Sales Public Relations Manager Anne Graves says the company partnered with Chapple to design a line of containers that’s fluid and romantic, much like Chapple’s decadent design style. The products will help designers achieve Chapple’s sprawling, airy look.

The new product line also includes the mechanics needed to achieve the Holly-like aesthetic.

The containers, available in clear glass and opaque black and white durable plastic, feature a footed compote design.

One of Holly Chapple’s gorgeous designs that captivated guests at our Field to Vase Dinner at Hope Flower Farm. Photo: Taken by Sarah Photography.

The upscale glass containers are perfect for “show-stopper” arrangements. The plastic compotes are made of light but durable plastic and are great for transporting Chapple’s unmistakable floral design look to venues.

The mechanics are what Chapple refers to as a “pillow and an egg” ­– grid-like tools to hold flowers in place in containers. These spectacular mechanics eliminate the hassles of fussing with chicken wire and other materials to create loose horizontal bouquets. The “egg” concept lets designers insert flower stems from all angles while keeping them in place during the design process.

The “pillow” follows the same principle, resting on the top of the vase rim and ensuring stems stay in one place and remain hydrated without getting crushed. Because the mechanic rests on top of the container, stems can be inserted around the rim, appearing to spill gracefully over the vase’s edge.

All products in the line are reusable and 100 percent recyclable.

Graves said the recent American Grown Field to Vase Dinner was the ultimate place to launch the line – after all, Syndicate is a quintessential family-owned American company based in Indiana.

Syndicate’s three-year sponsorship of the dinner tour is equally impressive. “There was no more fitting place than at a Field to Vase Dinner, where the crux of the event is about American Grown, to launch the line. And there’s nothing we like to celebrate more than the people, relationships and culture that keeps our industry going,” Graves explains. “It’s a natural fit.”

Naturally, Certified American Grown is extremely grateful for Syndicate’s ongoing support!

For details on the new container and mechanics collection and to sign up for exclusive updates regarding the January 2018 release, check out holly.syndicatesales.com.

2018 Dinner Tour to Include Longtime Favorites, Exciting Surprises  

Now Seeking Floral Designer, Chef Recommendations

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour will stop at seven flower farms in 2018 – each unique in location, flower varieties grown and farmer story.

Next year, we return to one of our favorite farms, introduce guests to new farms on our tour and even include a few surprise destinations.

 

One of our most popular stops each year is The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We’ll be returning there on April 26, 2018! So, mark your calendars!

Each year, guests at our Carlsbad dinner get to enjoy this spectacular view.

What makes this a popular and recurring stop? The photos say it all – guests are literally dining amid 50 acres of extraordinary color on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe it, because the visual majesty is paired with a multi-course artisanal meal, local wine, craft beers and a signature cocktail.

Which brings us to the next step in tour planning. We’re now seeking recommendations for floral designers and chefs who can bring their A-game to the Field to Vase Dinner at The Flower Fields.

Debi Lily stands in a sea of orchids during our Field to Vase Dinner at Gallup & Stribling in Carpinteria, CA. Debi was our featured designer in Carpinteria, hosting a sold out design workshop prior to the dinner.

Interested? Know someone who is?

Apply to be a featured designer and tell us all about your design vibe and skills. Or, apply to be a chef/caterer and let us know about your farm-to-fork experience and your cuisine expertise.

The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has worked with some amazing chefs and catering companies to help host our special flower filled dinner events. We are looking for more “farm to fork” partners in 2018.

Stay tuned for the unveiling of the entire 2018 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour “map,” coming soon!

 

 

Tickets To Holly’s Dinner Going Like Hotcakes!

Just 5 Tickets Remain

It’s our second-to-last stop in 2017 and it’s nearly sold out! Now’s the time to reserve your seat for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia, on Oct. 8.

 

You don’t want to miss the chance to experience Hope Flower Farm, meet flower farmer and floral designer Holly Chapple and dine among fields of flowers. But time is seriously running out!

If you reserve your seat and meet us on the farm, you’ll be transported by the historic charm of Hope Flower Farms’ grounds, located in the heart of Loudoun County’s breathtaking countryside. The farm is a tranquil retreat, design facility and destination (also a registered bed and breakfast) where American Grown Flowers and floral designers grow together.

Little-known fact: The site was once a working dairy farm and still boasts several impressive barns and a stone Quaker house dating back to 1820.

Holly will bring her signature lush and wistful floral design style to the dining table, and guests will enjoy a four-course artisanal meal that includes wine, craft beer and custom cocktail parings.

A reception, a farm tour and a floral design demonstration are all part of the experience.

The dinner is the perfect kickoff to Holly’s signature event, Flowerstock, scheduled for Oct. 9-10, also on the farm.

Now in its second year, Flowerstock features demonstrations and talks by renowned floral designers, flower play, live music, food trucks, barn dancing, campfires and glamping.

Don’t miss out on this one-two punch for flower fans. Reserve your seat and the Field to Vase Dinner and follow that once-in-a-lifetime experience up by attending Flowerstock.

Tickets are scarce!

Rallying Around Alaska’s Peony Farmers

Celebrating American Grown Flowers In Alaska

A beautiful tablescape by floral designer Kelly Shore paid tribute to the culture and beauty of Alaska during the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska.

It could not have been a more fitting conclusion to American Grown Flowers Month.

Overlooking Kachemak Bay on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, the Homer Spit, with at least 5 different glaciers shimmering in the sunlight from across the bay, guests of our most recent American Grown Field to Vase Dinner enjoyed a floral filled evening of hope and grandeur.

The peony fields of Scenic Place Peonies overlooking Kachemak Bay.

Known for its towering mountain peaks, supersized salmon and incredible vistas, agriculture production doesn’t really hit the radar screen of industries Alaska’s known for. In fact, Alaska currently ranks #50 in U.S. agriculture production.

However, what we found in Alaska was a dedicated and hard working group of Alaskan peony farmers who are looking to change all of that and the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour’s stop in Homer, Alaska at Scenic Place Peonies provided a perfect opportunity to celebrate the work underway and tell their story.

Flower farmer Beth Van Sandt gives guests a personalized tour through her peony fields.

Our dinner guests enjoyed a tour through the peony fields with flower farmer Beth Van Sandt and her husband Kurt Weichhand. Beth and Kurt were gracious hosts, giving our dinner attendees full reign of their property to enjoy, explore and experience.

Beth VanSandt and Kurt Weichhand of Scenic Place Peonies.

 

Each guest was greeted at their seat with a huge Alaskan Grown peony to go along with a beautifully designed tablescape by Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore.

Kelly Shore of Petals by the Shore did an outstanding job featuring not only the flowers grown on the farm, but developed her creative vision to ensure that her design paid tribute to what Alaska is known for; incorporating authentic fish nets, shells and glass fishing floats.

It was beautiful.

Kelly Shore of Petals By the Shore was the featured designer at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in Homer, Alaska.

 

So many of our guests captured the excitement of the evening via social media.

The evening’s menu also stayed true to Alaska’s fishing and seafood heritage. Jakolof Oyster Company gave guests a real treat, providing a live shucking demonstration and what seemed to be an unlimited supply of fresh oysters for the evening’s reception. Chef Dave Thorne of Delicious Dave was responsible for the perfectly prepared King and Sockeye Salmon. The King Salmon was a late addition and a special treat added to the menu, caught the day before by Certified American Grown Administrator Kasey Cronquist. Cronquist quipped during his remarks that this Field to Vase Dinner was essentially, “river to table.” Chef Dave also treated everyone to a live fish filet demonstration prior to the beginning of dinner.

Dave Thorne of Delicious Dave’s with Certified American Grown Administrator and dinner emcee Kasey Cronquist.

This tour stop proved to be a true Alaskan adventure. The American Grown Field to Vase spotlight highlighted a vibrancy and a beauty in Alaska that really symbolizes the growing momentum, opportunity and movement for more American Grown Flowers.

Even in Alaska.

Check out more photos from the evening’s festivities found on our Flickr page.

If you attended our dinner in Alaska, please leave a comment and share your experience from the evening with our readers.

Cheers!

More photos can be found on our Flickr page. Click to view.

This Menu Will Have You Asking For More!

If dinner smack dab in the middle of rolling fields of lavender fields isn’t enough, the menu for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner June 24 at Destiny Hill Farms in Washington, Pennsylvania, is sure to inspire you to join the latest stop on this flower-farm based dinner tour.

Plus, guests at this dinner will also receive FREE tickets to the Destiny Hill Farm Lavender Festival to be held the following day, and a swag bag that includes goodies for flower lovers, including locally sourced lavender honey.

Guests at the Destiny Hill Flower Farm enjoy crafts and gifts that celebrate the beauty of lavender at the Lavender Festival.

To whet your appetite, here’s what Master Chef  Byron J. Bardy, along with Executive Chef Scott J. Burkhart and Chef Alan Kaska, will be cooking up for dinner tour guests:

Local farm-to-table crudite, fresh fruits and artisan cheeses displayed in a “Field to Vase” ice carving; classic gazpacho with a sourdough crouton and edible flower garnish; fresh figs, micro-greens, squash blossoms, drunken goat cheese and Destiny Hill Farm lavender vinaigrette on a bed of butter bibb lettuce, served with assorted artisan breads; oven-roasted lamb persillade with Dijon demi-glace; roasted fennel, baby purple sprouts and zucchini and yellow squash with brown butter; rosemary fingerling tri-color potatoes; and fresh berries in warm bread pudding with a honey port wine poached pear, Chantilly cream and lavender bundles.

Jim and Nancy Cameron, owners of Destiny Hill Farm

Now that you’re inspired, we can also share that this Field to Vase dinner also includes a tour of Destiny Hill Farm with farmers Nancy and Jim Cameron and a tablescape designed by Floral designer Francoise Weeks of European Floral Design.

Seating is limited and going quickly, so reserve your seat at the table now! With a menu like this, how can you possibly resist?

Save Your Seats In The Next 48 Hours!

And Receive A Signed Copy Of Slow Flowers Or The 50 Mile Bouquet By Author Debra Prinzing

The American Grown Field To Vase Dinner Tour is heading east!

Our next stop at Destiny Hill Farm in Washington, Pennsylvania is one of only three stops on the East Coast during this year’s American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour.

So, to help kick off this beautiful part of our tour, we’re offering a signed copy of Slow Flowers or The 50 Mile Bouquet to those who reserve their tickets in the next 48 hours.

 

 

 

A lavender-filled experience at Destiny Hill is an exclusive opportunity to enjoy dinner on this beautiful American flower farm.

Don’t wait!

 

All of our dinners have been sold out (our July 29 dinner in Alaska is already sold out), so don’t let this amazing Field to Vase experience pass you by. Save your seat to one or all of our remaining dinners.

Enter “Slow” or “50Mile” at check out for your signed copy!

Simply enter the promo code “Slow” or “50Mile” at checkout to let us know which signed book you would like to receive as our gift to you for saving your seats to one of our East Coast dinners in the next 48 hours*.

Upcoming F2V Dinner Gives New Meaning to ‘Once in a Lifetime’

Private Lavender Farm Opens Its Fields to Dinner Guests

If you’re a collector of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour’s June 24 stop at Destiny Hill Farm in Washington, Pennsylvania, is right up your alley.

This dinner features a host of once-in-a-lifetimes – access to a gated, private lavender, berry and flower farm; a meal prepared by one of only 65 “Master Chefs” in America; and tables adorned with American Grown Flowers arranged by renowned floral designer Francoise Weeks of European Floral Design.

At this tour stop, you’ll dine in fields of fragrant lavender with views of nearby lush Western Pennsylvania woods. The mixture of cool green canopy and rows and rows of lavender will be breathtaking. And don’t be surprised if Luther, the farm’s miniature donkey and social media superstar, makes an appearance.

You’ll also hear the story of flower farmers Jim and Nancy Cameron who turned the generations-old family dairy farm into a lavender farm and event site. Nancy still recalls riding her horse through the former corn fields at the site as a child. The farm has been in the family since 1941!

Those who sign up for the VIP farm tour will also get a glimpse of the lisianthus, peonies, hydrangea and dahlias also grown on the farm, as well as the large barn and greenhouse on the site.

And ALL who attend will receive complimentary tickets to the Destiny Hill Farm Lavender Festival to be held the day after the dinner.

Click on the photo above to learn more about the Destiny Hill Lavender Festival

A five-course dinner will be prepared by five chefs, including Master Chef Byron J. Bardy, one of only 65 Master Chef’s in America, along with Executive Chef Scott J. Burkhart, Chef Alan Kaska, Chef Rikk Panzera and Pastry Chef Ruth Beatty.

The farm-to-table menu will feature locally sourced food paired with craft beer, wine and a custom lavender cocktail.

In addition to catching a glimpse of the “field to vase” ice carving during the cocktail hour, guests will be entertained by the Dan Baker Jazz Trio.

Guests can make this event a complete floral experience by participating in a hands-on design workshop with designer Francoise Weeks where you will learn more about her beautiful and unique style.  The limited-space workshop begins Friday, June 23 and continues Saturday, June 24, prior to dinner. You’ll find an option to add her workshop when you purchase event tickets.

 

Returning To Carpinteria

Before We Head Off To Carlsbad, Let's Look Back On One Amazing Night at Gallup & Stribling Orchids

A beautiful tablescape of Certified American Grown Flowers designed by Debi Lilly at Gallup & Stribling Orchids.

Tomorrow, we will be breaking bread in the middle of the beautiful ranunculus in The Flower Fields of Carlsbad, but before we go there, we want to take you back to Carpinteria to share with you all of the amazing images photographer Linda Blue captured that evening among the orchids.

Debi Lilly had her hands full while designing with some amazing Certified American Grown orchids at Gallup & Stribling Orchids in Carpinteria, California.

Gallup & Stribling Orchids played host to a magical evening on its farm, and Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event shared her passion and talent with a beautifully designed tablescape. It was a sold-out event with guests enjoying a wonderfully prepared farm-to-fork meal by Rincon Beach Club & Catering’s chefs Ron True and Jose Garcia.

Chef Ron True (far right) and Chef Jose Garcia with Rincon Beach Club & Catering provided guests with an outstanding dining experience.

Certified American Flower farmers and father-and-son duo Alex and Case Van Wingerden were gracious hosts, providing an hour-long tour of their farm to guests who wanted that extra time and experience with the flower farmer discussing orchid growing and answering questions.

Alex and Case Van Wingerden of Gallup & Stribling Orchids were hosts to a sold-out crowd on their farm in Carpinteria, California.

A big thank you to our spirits sponsor Cutler’s Artisan Spirits of Santa Barbara. They greeted our guests with some extra-special tastings of their finest artisan spirits. Guests also enjoyed beer from Santa Barbara’s Captain Fatty’s Craft Brewery.

An American Grown Field to Vase Dinner would not be complete without the accompaniment of great wine, and we enjoyed some amazing pairings from Margerum Wine Company. A big thank you to Brooks Van Wingerden of Margerum Wine Company for joining us and walking our guests through each pairing.

We have a wonderful album of more photos from Carpinteria on our Flickr page. Check them out here:

2017 Carpinteria Field To Vase Dinner

Martha Stewart Blog Gives Flower Farm Dinners the Nod

Save Your Seat for First Dinner March 11

When you get a nod from the blog of lifestyle expert, Martha Stewart, you know you’re onto something! Stewart recently included the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour in her blog, saying the tour is “setting a new standard for garden parties.”

Click to read the entire blog post.

Noting that the best part of the dinners is the stunning setting in a field of flowers, she also acknowledged each stop on the tour includes a locally sourced meal, libations, a flower farm tour and an impeccably decorated table.

American Grown Flowers are the focus of these amazing dinners on the nation’s most beautiful flower farms.

Why not take Stewart up on her suggestion and register now for the first dinner on the tour – March 11 at Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, Minnesota.

“Every dinner will surely bring something unique to the table – both in terms of flowers, food and learning,” the blog continues.

Don’t miss this amazing dinner. Save your seats today!

Enjoy an artisan dinner, created by Minnesota’s own Common Roots Catering, in the warmth of a newly remodeled tulip greenhouse surrounded by fragrant flowers, music and guests like yourself who appreciate not only the beauty of American Grown Flowers, but the growing movement among consumers for more local American Grown Flowers, like those grown by Len Busch Roses.

Join us for the experience of a lifetime!