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.

30604959190_3dda8affdc_k

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.

dsc_1151

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.

screen-shot-2016-11-01-at-3-06-00-pm

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.

fd7a637000e7adcc80bd521d2d850d8d

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!

189261_466203546753428_65802637_n

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.

sonoma-f2v-1

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.

satsupper_chefkyle_crop2

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!

american-grown-f2v-fashion-3

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

An Experience to Remember

What happens when the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has a complete David Beahm Experience takeover? Well you experience this... only at David Beahm's Thistle Dew Farm.

This dinner said "goodbye" to the infamous F2V long table and welcomed intimate seating found throughout the property.

This dinner said “goodbye” to the infamous F2V long table and welcomed intimate seating found throughout the property. (Copyright by David Beahm Experiences. Photo by Carla Ten Eyck @c10ike / @c10studios / carlateneyck.com)

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.

An overview of David Beahm's Thistle Dew Farm in full F2V action.

An overview of David Beahm’s Thistle Dew Farm in full F2V action. (Copyright by David Beahm Experiences. Photo by Carla Ten Eyck @c10ike / @c10studios / carlateneyck.com)

Sunset Magazine’s ‘Garden to Vase’ Party

Meet our Sonoma F2V floral designer Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective

aletheaharampolis

F2V featured florist Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective and co-owner of Studio Choo Florists.

The work of Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective is untraditional and ‘big’ according to Sunset Magazine’s garden editor Johanna Silver, who says Field to Vase guests can expect to be ‘wowed’ next month.

Alethea will be wowing F2V guests at Cornerstone in Sonoma with beautiful floral arrangements designed from stunning blooms found in Sunset Magazine’s Test Garden, as well as from Certified American Grown flower farms.

Alethea’s passion and fascination for the natural world are apparent in her floral arrangements. We had the pleasure of chatting with Alethea this week to discuss her inspiration for our upcoming dinner and her involvement with Cornerstone in Sonoma. Check out the interview below!

1473797172737

Sunset Magazine’s Test Gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma was designed by Homestead Design Collective and is home to interesting varieties of plants, trees, and blooms.

F2V: We are so excited to be back in California to celebrate American Grown Flowers next month at the beautiful Sunset Test Gardens at Cornerstone in Sonoma. Can you share with us the theme for the night? Why types of flowers will guests get to enjoy at the dinner table?

Alethea: The theme for the night will be “Garden-to-Table.” Within this overall look, I am planning on using wonderful flowers from local farms in the area and beautiful additions from my flower room, which is a part of Sunset’s Test Garden. Expect to see beautiful dahlias, garden roses, delphiniums, foxgloves, and more!


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

Alethea: Honestly, all I use is local, American Grown Flowers. We do not always know about the sustainability practices of flowers grown overseas, nor do we know the working conditions. It is important for me to use American Grown Flowers in my arrangements because I want to have the best-looking product possible. Typically, flowers that are sold out of season are imported and they aren’t always the best quality. So if that means only using peonies when they are in season, then I won’t use them any other time of the year.

1473794889964

Sunset Magazine’s Test Gardens are divided into many garden rooms: Cocktail Garden, the Farm Garden, Gathering Space, Backyard Orchard, and the Flower Room.

F2V: So we heard you designed Sunset Magazine’s new Test Garden at Cornerstone in Sonoma. Can you share any cool facts about it’s design?

Alethea: Sunset’s new Test Garden is 11,000 square feet. It houses five different rooms, which cater to their own unique audiences. The rooms include the Farm Garden, the Gathering Space, the Cocktail Garden, the Backyard Orchard, and the Flower Room. It’s exciting to see how the Field to Vase Dinner Tour will be added into this beautiful mix of floral wonders.

1463006280899

Garden-inspired bouquet designed by Homestead Design Collective.

F2V: Can you give us some background on how you became a part of the floral industry?

Alethea: It all began 15-years ago when I was a florist working in San Francisco. I made the move to Seattle to begin working as an estate designer, which lead to the start of my business Studio Choo, which I started with my best friend. Studio Choo specializes in weddings, events, and we also teach classes. With myself being located 0n the West Coast and my business partner living on the East Coast, we have gone bi-coastal.

With Homestead, my business partner and I have always had the landscaper and florist team mindset. I do a lot of design work with the wonderful flowers and foliage found growing in home gardens. I do a lot of foraging and have a minimalist approach. I try to not use anything imported or that is considered wasteful within the floral industry. I will always choose to use items found around the garden, farmer’s markets or a local farm. It’s my new mission.


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

Alethea: Wild!

Join us in welcoming Alethea Harampolis of Homestead Design Collective as our featured floral designer when the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner visits the new home of Sunset Magazine’s Test Garden at Cornerstone Sonoma on Sunday, October 16 in Sonoma, CA!

Tickets are going fast! Save your seat TODAY!