The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour Covers New Territory in 2017

Reserve Your Seat at the Table Today!

Last year’s sold out American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour took guests on extraordinary adventures, from a world-renowned celebrity event stylist’s private flower farm, to the largest tulip farm in America, to a ranunculus field overlooking the ocean. With so many accolades and happy guests with high expectations fulfilled, we knew we needed to raise the bar even further in 2017.

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Dinner in The Flower Fields overlooking the ocean – Carlsbad, California, dinner in 2016.

Deciding where to go and how to format each dinner is a serious process for our team. We listen to guest feedback and reviews, try new things at each of the dinners (a boutonnière bar, cocktails that feature edible flowers and live music, for example), but at the heart of it all is our Certified American Grown Flower Farms and some amazing sought-after floral designers who come together to help share their stories and passion for American Grown Flowers.

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Bluegrass band playing dinner tunes at Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, California.

After months of planning, we’re ready to announce our 2017 tour locations. We have some surprises in store for you as well that we’ll unveil in coming months (for instance, you asked for more hands-on floral experiences and we’ll soon be announcing some special opportunities we’ve added to the tour that will provide just that).

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Floral fun at The Fresh Herb Company in Boulder, Colorado.

One of the more remote destinations on our list is more of a Field to Vase Adventure than a dinner.  We’ll blaze new territory when we travel to Alaska to visit the only place in the world where peonies thrive during the mid-to-late summer months. Scenic Place Peonies is remote, and travel will require some planning. We’re putting together travel information to assist you in preparing for this trip of a lifetime, along with a package that will include the dinner, a private farm tour and hands-on floral experiences. If you’re interested in this date, please let our team know as space is very limited.

So, without further ado, here are the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour dates and locations:

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The tour locations were selected to represent the variety of flowers and growing conditions found in the United States. While we can’t showcase every flower each year (that would be a feat!), we always strive to introduce new American flower farms and varieties to our guests.

Here is what some of our guests said last year about the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour:

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Aside from my wedding, it was the best event I’ve been to. Every detail was thoughtful and innovative. I loved the venue, the boutonniere bar, the swag bag!” – Erin R., Boulder, Colorado

“It was truly a beautiful and unique experience! I would attend all the dinners around the country if I could!” – Adrienne S., Carlsbad, California

“The Field to Vase dinner was, quite honestly, the most extraordinary event I’ve ever attended in Humboldt County. Everyone came with a spirit of adventure, ready to traipse through the greenhouses in all their farm-chic elegance on a behind-the-scenes tour, before settling in for a fantastic gourmet meal. It is such a joy to rally around local flower farmers and make new friends! It was an unforgettable night that people here are still talking about.” – Amy Stewart, acclaimed garden writer and best-selling author of “Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful.”

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Cheers to Certified American Grown Flowers!

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Every location has the best selfie photo-ops, just like David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Wouldn’t you think so?

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Food, flowers, wine and friendship! They’re #F2V staples.

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It was a true bloggers’ paradise at Cornerstone Sonoma with Sunset Magazine! If it’s not Insta-worthy, we’re not having it!

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Guests at Texas Specialty Cut Flowers got theirs … it’s all about the F2V swag bag.

Save your seat today as we expect a sell-out tour for the third year in a row. In the weeks, ahead we’ll be announcing the star-studded cast of floral designers involved with this year’s tour. World-renowned and pioneers in their craft, the 2017 slate of designers will be bringing their own following to the table, so seats will go quickly.

Cheers to a big year with an even BIGGER #F2V adventure! Save your seats today!

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(Did you attend last year’s tour? Share your stories and pictures and help us spread the good news of this year’s tour! We’ll be watching for your posts!)

Where Will We Go?

The 2017 American Grown Field To Vase Dinner Tour Announcement Is Coming Soon!

The launch of the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is coming soon. We are lining up some amazingly beautiful flower farms for people to enjoy this year.

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How do we decide where to go?

We work with Certified American Grown Flower farms throughout the United States that would like to have us invite flower lovers to their farm for this very unique experience.

On occasion, we’ve held the dinner in places other than a flower farm.– like our dinner in the heart of Brooklyn in 2015 or our dinner at Cornerstone with Sunset Magazine. So, we’re open to suggestions, recommendations and collaborative opportunities.

Please share your suggestions in the comment section below! We’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for this wonderful tour.

If you are a flower farmer that would like to host a Field to Vase Dinner, let us know. We have an application on our website that you can fill out here:

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A Year Full of Dazzle for F2V

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour says goodbye after a wildly successful 2016 season.

Cheers to another great American Grown Field to Vase (F2V) Dinner Tour season! We are so impressed with the outcome of our second year of spreading the Certified American Grown message across the United States and having dinner with you all. As America gets ready to set their dinner tables for Thanksgiving, we reflect on all that we’re grateful for this year.

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We are truly thankful for our dedicated flower farmers, talented floral designers and superb chefs who all contributed to our cause. We are also thankful for the wonderful collaborations and relationships we formed along the way with partners and special sponsors. Our year was filled with many tabletops boasting beautiful Certified American Grown flowers, menus packed with delightful dishes and blooming conversations with incredible floral enthusiasts – we couldn’t have asked for a better group of individuals to make this year of F2V tour a great one.

Lastly, we are thankful for our beloved F2V guests who dined among the flora with us at each and every location. This tour wouldn’t be possible without you, and for that, we thank you tremendously! You are our ambassadors and helped us spread awareness about the importance of buying and supporting American Grown Flowers.

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour is ready to dazzle once again next year. As many of you know, we have already announced and are very excited to be going to Alaska in 2017. On July 29, 2017, we will be at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska! You will be blown away with gorgeous views and breathtaking peonies for this ultimate Alaskan F2V adventure!

Save your seat today: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-grown-field-to-vase-dinner-homer-alaska-tickets-23807946208

So, before we close the books on this year’s tour, let’s take a stroll back through 2016 with the beautiful shots of the tablescapes from each of our dinners.

Our first stop at Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, California, set the tone for a standout year! (Designed by Faye Zierer Krause of Flora Organica Designs)

Our first stop at Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, California, set the tone for a standout year! (Designed by Faye Zierer Krause of Flora Organica Designs)

For a second year in a row, we visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, for a dinner full of brightly colored ranunculus and centerpieces to match. (Designed by sister-duo Casey Coleman Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet)

For the second year in a row, we visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California, for a dinner full of brightly colored ranunculus and centerpieces to match. (Designed by sister-duo Casey Coleman Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet)

Making way to the lonestar state, F2V partnered with HEB Blooms in Austin, Texas, for a dinner perfected at Texas Specialty Cut Flowers. (Designed by Erin Esensee of HEB Blooms)

Making way to the lone star state, F2V partnered with HEB Blooms in Austin, Texas, for a dinner perfected at Texas Specialty Cut Flowers. (Designed by Erin Esensee of HEB Blooms)

Two times the charm! F2V made its way to The Fresh Herb Company once again for a beautiful dinner under the Colorado sky. (Designed by Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora and Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs)

Two times the charm! F2V made its way to The Fresh Herb Company once again for a beautiful dinner under the Colorado sky. (Designed by Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora and Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs)

How special was this dinner in Quakertown, Pennsylvania? We were honored to partner with world-renowned event designer David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences at his own Thistle Dew Farm.

How special was this dinner in Quakertown, Pennsylvania? We were honored to partner with world-renowned event designer David Beahm of David Beahm Experiences at his own Thistle Dew Farm.

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour teamed up with Sunset Magazine for a fabulous night in celebration of American Grown flowers at Cornerstone Sonoma. (Designed by Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective)

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour teamed up with Sunset Magazine for a fabulous night in celebration of American Grown flowers at Cornerstone Sonoma. (Designed by Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective)

A beautiful night is an understatement for our dinner at Holland America Flower Farm in Woodland, Washington. (Designed by Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals)

A beautiful night is an understatement for our dinner at Holland America Flower Farm in Woodland, Washington. (Designed by Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals)

With the success of the 2016 Field to Vase Dinner Tour season, we can’t wait to share what we have in store for 2017. Be sure to stay in touch as we make the announcement *soon* for the 2017 lineup of dinner stops.

Who knows, we may just end up hosting one of these dreamy dinners in a flower field near you!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

A Beautiful Farewell Made in Woodland

The Field to Vase Dinner Tour wrapped up a successful 2016 series at sold out dinner in Washington.

Beautiful tulip and bulb installations hung above the dinner table.

Beautiful tulip and bulb installations hung above the dinner table.

What a wonderful way to end a beautiful 2016 dinner season! The Field to Vase Dinner Tour visited Holland America Flowers in Woodland, WA for a sold-out night full of blooming celebration. Hosted by owner, president and CEO of Holland America Flowers, Benno Dobbe, more than 125 F2V guests were welcomed to experience the beauty of the farm and learn how the Dobbe’s have grown their farm to become one of the largest cut flower farms in the United States.

The table-scape oozed in tulips, lilies, sunflowers, roses and beautiful greenery.

The table-scape overflowed with tulips, lilies, sunflowers, roses and beautiful greenery.

Lilies and greens bought some color to the reception cocktail tables.

Lilies and greens brought some color to the reception cocktail tables.

A greenhouse on the farm was transformed into a beautifully decorated dining hall with breathtaking arrangements designed by Portland eco-florist Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals, who shined throughout the night as the featured F2V florist.

The view was a perfect touch to this dinner.

The view was a perfect touch to this dinner.

During the reception, F2V guests mingled and befriended one another over a delicious signature Tulip Burnside Bourbon Cocktail and enjoyed featured wine provided by Confluence Winery. The F2V-favorite D.I.Y. Boutonniere Bar made its grand appearance once again, offering guests a chance to get creative and add a little fun floral to their dinner wardrobes. A short video presentation was shared by Benno, which offered great insight on his farm and how his American dream became a reality with Holland America Flowers.

Just some of the many styles guests could be inspired by to make their own.

The Boutonniere Bar is always a hit with F2V guests.

Just some of the many styles guests could be inspired by to make their own.

Just some of the many styles guests could be inspired by to make for themselves.

The featured wine partner of the night delighted F2V guests throughout dinner.

The featured wine partner of the night delighted F2V guests throughout dinner.

Our featured F2V chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub captivated the taste buds of guests with a menu beautifully crafted by owner Russell Brent. Appetizers included a medley of crostini bursting in delicious flavors. Rosemary balsamic marinated lamb pops were served family-style along with plated salads of peppery arugula, golden organic beets, Yakima pears and candied walnuts with goat cheese. Prime rib with rosemary au jus and peppercorn horseradish cream soon followed as the entrée and was accompanied by a medley of local oven-roasted root vegetables. The meal concluded with a perfected Syrah-poached pear drizzled with chocolate ganache.

The crowd favorite of the night – lamb pops.

The crowd favorite of the night – lamb pops.

Great company, great food and an even greater view!

Great company, great food and an even greater view!

The entrée of the night.

The entrée of the night.

And for dessert…

And for dessert…

By the end of the night, the Certified American Grown program proudly presented Benno with a donation of $1,260 to a special non-profit in his community that he passionate supports.  A leader in his community, Benno has been helping to spearhead the effort to build a swimming pool for the YMCA in Woodland.  This is a wonderful story and example of how America’s flower farmers contribute far more than economic impact.

Table conversations about food, flowers and wine are always our favorite at each dinner.

Table conversations about food, flowers, and wine are always our favorite at each dinner.

Guests left the evening with gorgeous pink and yellow tulips, courtesy of Holland America Flowers, and the popular Field to Vase swag bag was full of goodies every floral enthusiast could appreciate.

The first visit to Washington, will not be our last! Thank you for a beautiful night!

This first visit to Washington, will not be our last! Thank you for a beautiful night!

Thank you to all who helped make our 2016 adventure with the Field to Vase Dinner Tour a blooming one! We are proud to spread the Certified American Grown message across the nation and bring awareness to people everywhere.

Be the first to save your seat at the dinner table and visit Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska on July 29th, 2017.  See you next year!

Town Favorite Restaurant Becomes Featured Chef in Woodland

Meet our featured chef for our upcoming F2V dinner, Chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub.

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F2V featured chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub.

With 37 years of cooking experience under his belt, Chef Michael Borges of Mill Creek Pub knows how to wine and dine his guests and give them a culinary treat they won’t soon forget. We are so excited and honored to have Michael and his team join us for a night of food, fun, and tasty memories!

Garden table-tops take over Woodland

Meet our featured F2V florist Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals.

Making our last and final stop for the 2016 Field to Vase Dinner Tour, we visit Holland America Flowers in Woodland, WA for a garden-inspired dinner fit for even the biggest floral-enthusiast.

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A beautiful floral arrangement created by Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals in Portland, OR.

Joining us for a night full of beautiful bulbs and flowery conversations, our featured florist Hilary Holmes of Emerald Petals will prepare a tablescape design to showcase local American Grown blooms from Holland America Flowers. Within her design, Hilary will be including tulips, lilies, freesia and roses which will highlight the bounty of Holland America Flowers’ locations in both California and Woodland.

Her story is one full of passion and persistence, as she began her career as a helper in a florist shop doing unglamorous tasks like washing buckets. Her deep-rooted love for flowers helped her work her way up to the top, leading to her now 18-year dedication to her floral passion.

Hilary's arrangements are full of garden-inspired elements from the floral choice, foliage, and special additions like fruits and veggies.

Hilary’s arrangements are full of garden-inspired elements from start to finish.

Inspired by nature and the beauty of the seasons, Hilary often finds herself hiking in the wilderness for inspiration, which adds to her “texturally interesting and whimsical” creations.

With her own studio in Portland, Oregon, Hilary is dedicated to creating beautiful arrangements for her clients and putting them in beautifully found objects, which capture the essence her work. Emerald Petals is a full-service flower boutique committed to sustainable practices and offers fresh, custom arrangements for everyday life, special deliveries, weddings, and events.

Next F2V Farm Host Exudes Passion and Generosity

Meet our flower farmer for our upcoming Woodland F2V dinner, Benno Dobbe, Owner, President and CEO of Holland America Flowers.

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F2V featured flower farmer Benno Dobbe of Holland America Flowers.

Benno Dobbe of Holland America Flowers will host the Field to Vase Dinner Tour for an afternoon/evening of sweet memories and special surprises. On Sunday, November 6, F2V guests will explore his warehouses and greenhouses full of tulips at the beautiful Woodland property, Holland America Flowers.

We chatted with Benno about his humble beginnings, his contributions to the Woodland community, and how excited he is to welcome the Field to Vase Dinner Tour to his farm next month!

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Reviving the bulb technique was the start of success.

F2V: We are so excited to visit your farm next month. I’ve heard you have a pretty incredible story of how you started in the floral industry, could you tell me more about it?

Benno: In 1980, my wife and I immigrated to the United States with our three kids, 10 suitcases and just enough money to start a small farm. We didn’t know anyone in Woodland WA when we started a new life basically from scratch.

With my previous knowledge of the floral bulb industry, I knew farmers who were growing flower bulbs since the early 30s, but many weren’t in business anymore. I felt there was still a need to

Living it up in Sonoma!

The Field to Vase Dinner tour set the dinner table in California’s Wine Country for a night of sophisticated fun!

Returning to California, the Field to Vase Dinner Tour joined Sunset Magazine for a night of fun in Sonoma! Hosted by the magazine’s garden editor Johanna Silver, 120 F2V guests experienced the grounds of Cornerstone Sonoma, home of Sunset Magazine’s *NEW* test garden.

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A beautiful shot of Sunset Magazine’s new test garden at Cornerstone Sonoma.

Wonderful guests were in attendance to celebrate certified American Grown. Attendees included Visit California President and CEO Caroline Beteta, Certified American Grown flower farmers Mel Resendiz and Diana Roy of Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, Bruce Brady of Mellano and Company, our Carlsbad dinner floral designers, Kit Wertz and Casey Schwartz of Flower Duet, Monterey Field to Vase designer Teresa Sabankaya and local lifestyle bloggers.

Cooking things up in Sonoma

Meet our featured Chef Kyle Kuklewski of Ramekins Culinary School, Special Events and Inn, based in California’s Wine Country.

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F2V featured chef Kyle Kuklewski of Ramekins Culinary School, Special Events, and Inn.

#SundayFunday is all about food, flowers and #F2V! This weekend we are pleased to have Chef Kyle Kuklewski join us for an evening of celebration with beautiful American Grown Flowers  designed by featured designer Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective and Sunset Magazine as they welcome our F2V guests to experience their *NEW* test garden at Cornerstone Sonoma.

With a crafted menu to delight our guests, Chef Kyle has prepared a dinner to not only showcase the talents of Ramekins Culinary School, but to highlight the bounty and beauty found in Sonoma. With the table set in the middle of California’s wine country, guests will enjoy

Five Fall Fashion Trends to Wear in Sonoma

As the 2016 F2V Dinner Tour series winds down, we share our favorite NYFW trends you can incorporate in your perfect F2V farm-chic outfit.

As the seasons, change, color palettes begin to shift. We say goodbye to our favorite vibrant patterns and make room for the welcoming of more subtle textures. When it comes to the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour series, we encourage our guests to have fun with their wardrobe and show off their interpretation of farm-chic.

With New York Fashion Week under-wraps, we’re sharing five of our favorite fall fashion trends that would light up the night at our American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour in Sonoma! Each trend shares a sophisticated, farm-inspired look that you can tailor to fit your personality. With many great #F2V photo opportunities, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite farm-chic inspired looks courtesy of our special dinner guests. Take a peek and enjoy!

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1. Fall Floral: Having dinner in the middle of a blooming American Grown Flower field like Holland America Flowers in Woodland, WA (on Sunday, November 6) or at the *NEW* test garden for Sunset Magazine in Sonoma, our favorite trend will forever be Fall floral. Diners who joined us at our stop in Portland, OR showed off their