The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a series of intimate, must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable flowers at the center of the table where platters laden with locally grown food are served by a farm-to-table chef.
Along with dining companions new and old, guests enjoy lively conversation, share delicious, seasonal and local food, and meet others who are passionate about preserving American grown flowers, farmland, and our country's floriculture roots. The attention is on flowers, our farmers and their farms, and on the floral designs they inspire.
Produced by the Certified American Grown Flowers program, this year's artisan dinners are being held at ten thoroughly unique venues -- American flower farms -- including seven in the West (California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington).
At each, participants are invited to experience the age-old art and science of flower farming while savoring delicious local food and beverages.
Nothing beats making a personal connection between flowers and agriculture, all part of our country's farm landscape.
The next Field to Vase Dinner takes place on Friday, June 19th, at California Pajarosa Flowers in Watsonville, Calif.
Click here for details on how you can join this flower-centric dinner party (and don't worry, the menu will be delicious, too!)
Here are my tips for make the most of your experience:(all photos below by Linda Blue for California Cut Flower Commission)
1. Don't Come Alone!
2. Accessorize with Flowers
3. Sip distinctly local wine
4. Meet the Flower Farmer
5. Dress for the Outdoors
6. Eat Family Style
7. Bring Your Camera (or Smart Phone)
8. Read the Menu
9. Meet the Chef
10. Enjoy the scenery!
Join the Field to Vase Dinner Tour. You'll feel excitement for being part of something big, something to celebrate, something to love: American Grown flowers.