A Marriage of Food & Flowers in Colorado

Meet our featured florist Robyn Rissman of Bareroot Flora, Colorado-based designer who knows a thing or two about celebrating with food and flowers

Featured F2V florist Robyn Rissman of Bareroot Flora

Featured F2V florist Robyn Rissman of Bareroot Flora

She’s an artist who uses flowers (and other surprises like figs and pomegranates) as her pallet for creating beautiful floral designs, and we are thrilled that Robyn Rissman of Bareroot Flora  has agreed to be the designer for our next F2V dinner.

Robyn will be collaborating with (the also extremely talented) Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs to create floral masterpieces for guests at The Fresh Herb Company Field to Vase Dinner.

Recently, we got to catch up with our featured floral designer Robyn to chat about everything from floral inspirations, to the passion for her craft and how she incorporates her designs into some of the most important milestones in her clients’ lives.

F2V: We are so excited to see your design for this year’s dinner in Colorado. Do you have an overall theme for the dinner?

Robyn: I won’t say we have an overall theme for our design. I am known to use food elements in my arrangements. Anyone who knows me knows I always include an artichoke, a pomegranate, a fig or persimmon in my arrangements. It’s just a hallmark of my look and style. I think my style will marry very well with a farm to table dinner especially when it highlights flowers. I am looking to show people how beautifully these two concepts (food and flowers) go together.

F2V: How important is it for you to use American Grown flowers in your arrangements?

Robyn: It is definitely important to use American Grown flowers in my arrangements especially for an event like the Field to Vase Dinner Tour. It is so amazing to highlight what is grown in our backyard and how these stunning blooms can make beautiful arrangements. You don’t have to go all around the world to find beautiful flowers. They are grown here in our own larger backyard.

F2V: As a florist, what inspires you?

Robyn: I am totally inspired by the amazing gift that nature gives us to work with. From flowers to foliage to pods, to berries, and grasses, I feel we are given such an extraordinary pallet to paint with. I know nature is one of my greatest inspirations, and I like marrying unusual elements that people don’t necessarily expect to see in flowers. It’s the idea of elevating the flowers into art.

F2V: If you can describe your work in one word, what would it be?

Robyn: Very organic texture. I love unusual, interesting elements. I love to surprise people with what they see in my arrangements.

F2V: What is your story? How did you get started in this industry?

Robyn: So, my degree is in English, and my background is in editing and publishing; it has nothing to do with flowers at all! I spent much of my early professional life wishing for 5 o’clock to come around. It was a terrible way to live. I always envied people who loved to go to work every day and had the feeling of knowing where they were supposed to be. It was not until I found flowers, that I felt that same way. Since then, I have never looked back. I have been doing this for about ten years now, and I feel so lucky every day that I get to work with beautiful living things that bring people joy and comfort. I get to appreciate the seasonal nature of life. I get to enjoy the spare and sparse in beautiful winters, the new beautiful buds of early spring, the lushness of everything that is available in the summer, and the texture and beauty that comes with the fading of things in fall. I appreciate that gift to live seasonally through flowers. Also, I love being a part of our client’s most intimate emotional moments in life; births, deaths, weddings, graduations, and occasions of culture importance. I think that’s an incredible thing that we, as florists, get to share with our clients.

F2V: When it comes to the Field to Vase Dinner Tour, what are your thoughts about being our featured florist?

Robyn: It’s fun to do an event like this on a really incredible piece of property like The Fresh Herb Company. Chet and Kristy’s property is definitely spectacular! It’s an absolute dream to work out there.

F2V: We are so excited that you will be collaborating with Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs, can you describe how you envision your collaboration?

Robyn: It will be an organic process. Flowers have a life and personality of their own. She and I have somewhat different styles but I think we will be able to marry them together really well. I think it will be fun to play around and see what evolves. I have no doubt that it will be really lovely!

F2V: How did you meet Alicia Schwede?

Robyn: We have been working together for about five years. Alicia started working freelance in a shop I had worked at before I started my own business. She was a designer here and ran her Flirty Fleur blog in Denver for several years before she moved up to Seattle. A few years ago, we thought it would be a fun idea to do a print edition of Flirty Fleurs. (I had a background in publishing and editing, and Alicia had an incredible amount of expertise in blogging for our community in Colorado). For the last two years, we both have been co-editors of that print magazine and have built a great professional relationship, but also a wonderful friendship.

F2V: When it comes to being a florist, what do you find most joyful and rewarding of your craft?

Robyn: I love that at the end of the day I can see what I have created. I am so grateful that design is what I do, and I get to create something beautiful for someone else. It feeds my soul creatively and has allowed me to express who I am. That is why I love owning my business. My clients hire me and like what they see, in terms of my personality being reflected in my flowers and how that marries in their own taste and aesthetic. I love getting to put those two things together and hopefully ‘wow’ people. That is why I do what I do.

Catch Robyn and Alicia’s latest collaboration at our next dinner. They will be bringing an organic and playful experience to the table (literally!) for our dinner on Saturday, August 13 at The Fresh Herb Company in Longmont, CO!

The David Beahm Experience Takes Over #F2V in September!

You are invited to the first chapter in a story about a world-renowned event designer turned American flower farmer

David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences and owner of David Beahm's Thistle Dew Farm

David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences and owner of David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm

We’ve heard countless, beautiful tales of the first year of farming from farmers across the country as they describe the tireless days, weeks and months involved with preparing and planting for their first harvest.  Now, a newly minted farmer has invited us to his farm in the midst of his inaugural year, for a celebration of flowers and what it takes to grow them.

What kind of farmer would decide to throw a party in the middle of the hustle and hard work of creating a farm from ground-up? Well, that would be world-renowned event and floral designer extraordinaire David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences of New York City. He’s thrown events all over the world for Hollywood’s elite including clients like Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas and for Fortune 500 companies. And now he’s set his site on farming, and he’s inviting you to his first party on the farm.

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Creating great character at David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm is an old German-style farmhouse dating back to 1813.

David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm (the house dates around 1813, about the time the Star Spangled Banner was written), outside of Quakertown, Pennsylvania. The farm is nestled amongst a green rolling landscape dotted with wildflowers and is the setting for Wednesday, September 14th’s American Grown Field to Vase Dinner.

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David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm is an 8-acre flower farm, home to great veggies, meadows of wildflowers and many varieties of blooms like zinnias, lilies, and ranunculus.

As one might imagine, David’s Field to Vase Dinner will be like none other on this year’s tour, as the reins of creativity and design have been completely entrusted to him. For starters, you won’t see our traditional family-style dinner table.

“I want it to be more about experiencing the farm and meeting the diverse crowd that attends these wonderful dinners,” explains David. “We will have an immersive dinner where guests eat at their own pace and explore local foods. It is important to me that guests have time to enjoy the entertainment and interactive stations. I also want everyone who attends to have the opportunity to be hands-on with the flowers.”

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A beautiful view of the New York skyline from 620 5th Ave Garden Loft + Roof, just one of the many events produced by David Beahm and David Beahm Experiences.

Chef Jim Gop, founder of Heirloom Fire, a catering company based in Massachusetts, will be creating a menu from food sourced predominantly from Beahm’s farm and the Lehigh Valley. Known for his attention to detail and passion for locally sourced and foraged food, this Culinary Institute of American alum will be cooking everything outside over a fire at various stations that guests can experience up close.

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A majestic garden-themed wedding at The Plaza Hotel in NY, created and designed by David Beahm Experiences.

Every guest will also receive a bouquet of Certified American Grown Flowers as a parting gift as well as a “lonely bouquet.” September is usually David’s “Light Up a Life” party in NYC where guests are given “lonely bouquets” to quietly leave on park benches and public places as found expressions of joy – and a way to brighten someone’s day. He will invite guests to join in this tradition (originating in Belgium) by encouraging them to spread the love out into the world through the gift of flowers.

We hope that you can join us for this very special Field to Vase Dinner hosted by an incredibly gifted, generous, and newly minted Certified American Grown Flower farmer. Come celebrate American Flowers and be a part of the first chapter in the glorious story of David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm.

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Save your seat today! Space is limited.

 

Field to Vase Dinner destination featured in Sunset Magazine

When you think of Alaska do you conjur up images of majestic mountains where moose roam like cattle, wild salmon jump directly into the mouths of bears and the towns are full of rugged…flower farmers? That’s right, it’s Alaska’s peony farmers who are changing the landscape of agriculture in Alaska and gaining well deserved attention for their beautiful American Grown blooms.

In fact, Sunset Magazine is featuring Alaskan peony farmers in this month’s issue (you can pick it up in news stands now if you haven’t already). Included in this month’s feature is our Alaska Field to Vase Dinner host Beth Van Sandt of Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska. Beth will be hosting what promises to be one of the most awe-inspiring dinners to date.

The article highlights how Alaska has been able to successfully extend the season of American Grown peonies. Not only are the only state with peonies during the months of July, August and September, Alaska is the only peony producing region in the world at that time. This is wonderful news for brides planning late summer and early fall weddings.

Planning for our Field to Vase Dinner in Homer on July 28, 2017 is underway and tickets to this amazing place are available now. As a Field to Vase Dinner guests you’ll have a chance to see these extraordinary flowers growing in fields overlooking the beautiful Kachemak Bay. You’ll also get to meet the extraordinary farmers who are growing this delicate crop in a state known for extreme weather and rugged landscape.

So don’t wait! Save your seat today for our July 28, 2017 Field to Vase in Alaska.

Check out the full article here!

(Photo Credit: Thomas J. Story/ Sunset Publishing)

(Photo Credit: Thomas J. Story/ Sunset Publishing)