The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour traveled to the east coast for a dinner unlike any other. Located in the heart of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, we visited world-renowned New York event designer turned American Grown flower farmer David Beahm and his floral oasis, Thistle Dew Farm.
Welcoming over 160 guests to experience a very special Field to Vase Dinner, David Beahm started the evening by inviting his guests to explore his historic property and to discover the beauty of his American Grown flower farm. Dinner-goers traveled far and wide, most notably American Grown peony farmer Rita Jo Shoultz hailing from Alaska, to attend this much-anticipated, dinner experience.
A charter bus full of David’s fellow world-recognized event designers from New York arrived in style for a VIP reception that included canine greetings from David’s pup, Jim Beahm, lemonade and bourbon cocktails; and a live oyster shucking class by Oysters XO. In attendance at the dinner, American Grown Field to Vase welcomed Food Network’s “Sweet Genius” host and “Cake Wars” judge Ron Ben-Israel, as well as CBS’s Survivor season-3-winner Ethan Zohn and his wife, who volunteered as part of the Heirloom Fire culinary team.
Every little detail of this American Grown Field to Vase Dinner was true “David Beahm style” from start to finish. Guests were invited to explore his American Grown farm at their own leisure and to discover the many hidden floral installations placed throughout the property. The flower artworks included a large, floral egg found inside the chicken coop; a beautiful, queen-sized, floral bed in the middle of the creek; large metal flowers set behind a wondrous maze of wildflowers; and botanicals seemingly growing in unexpected places throughout the property.
In addition to the flowers from David Beahm’s farm, American Grown Field to Vase would like to extend a huge thank you to DV Flora for their generous sponsorship in providing additional flowers used throughout the farm and the event. The evening wouldn’t have been the same with out their commitment and support.
To kick off the main courses, everyone raised a glass of wine and champagne provided by Wine Institute and Korbel. The unique approach to food presentation took center stage allowing guests to experience delectable dishes prepared right before their eyes. Guests filled their plates with farm field greens, cauldron cooked summer succotash with lemon and grass fed butter, whole roasted Pennsylvania pigs, and handspun heritage chickens suspended above and flavoring potatoes cooked over an open flame.
Entertainment for the night included a wide range of talented artists singing folk, bluegrass and country music. Guests were serenaded by the local, Bucks County, six-piece Texas Rose Band. The band’s yodelers wowed dinner guests with exciting songs to make their farm-to-fork dinner an experience to remember. Additionally, Broadway artist Katie Boeck (Spring Awakening) appeared, courtesy of Élan Artists, who sang fan-favorite cover songs and her original music. DJ Ray Jarell rounded out the evening with popular music around a most perfect bonfire harkening to the fall season, approaching.
Capturing the night for our guests, The Booth provided an intimate photo opportunity amongst the farm flowers. Guests left the evening with arms full of beautiful floral arrangements designed by David Beahm and his team, along with a special American Grown flower bouquet, which guests created at the D.I.Y. Bouquet Bar and of course, the always popular Field to Vase Dinner swag bag full of treasures.