American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour guests enjoyed a warm welcome at Green Door Gourmet in October. Photography by Liraz Photography
Guests from all across the country descended on Nashville, Tennessee, to attend the last American Grown Field to Vase Dinner of the 2018 season at Green Door Gourmet.
And it was glorious.
The flowers, the table, the design, our guests – it all combines for a beautiful evening on the flower farm at Green Door Gourmet. Photography by Liraz Photography
A sold-out crowd of 160 guests enjoyed a beautiful evening at Green Door Gourmet. Photography by Liraz Photography
At every turn, our guests enjoyed the Southern hospitality from the team at Green Door Gourmet who thought of everything in order to help make the evening something our guests would never forget.
A floral cocktail with a Tennessee twist, sponsored by Jack Daniels. Photography by Liraz Photography
From the farm tour to the boutonnière bar, the floral cocktails (sponsored by Jack Daniels) to the wine (sponsored by Geyser Peak); the chickens at check in to the amazing tablescape by floral designer Kelly Shore looking over the beautiful flower fields at Green Door Gourmet, the 2018 tour ended on a wonderful note in Music City.
Guests enjoyed creating their own flower flair at our boutonnière bar during the reception. Photography by Liraz Photography
Our swag bags have become a much sought-after item. Once the dinner is over, every guest takes home a fun bag filled with gifts from our sponsors. Photography by Liraz Photography
Floral designer Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers and Team Flowers created a beautiful all-American Grown tablescape with a group of volunteer designers from Team Flowers. The Team enjoyed the opportunity to work with the flowers harvested right there at Green Door Gourmet.
Floral designer Kelly Perry did an incredible job leading her team of Team Flower volunteers in development of the beautiful tablescape for our final dinner of the season. Photography by Liraz Photography
Green Door Gourmet’s owner Sylvia Ganier and flower farmer Laura Dison provided guests with a tour of the farm, highlighting their history in vegetable production and their commitment to growing Certified American Grown Flowers in Nashville.
Laura Dison (left) and Sylvia Ganier provided guests with an overview of the farm and Green Door’s mission in Nashville. Photography by Liraz Photography
Flower farmer Laura Dison. Photography by Liraz Photography
The evening was unusually warm for October, record-breaking actually, but that didn’t impact the experience of our guests. One guest described the evening’s experience this way, “Sitting at a table in a field with gorgeous vistas among beautiful flowers, eating delicious local food prepared with flowers and enjoying good wine with new friends made for an evening not soon forgotten. The Field to Vase Dinner allows anyone who loves flowers to immerse themselves in a floral fairyland.”
Another guest shared that the dinner was, “…the ultimate flower party. Loved the gorgeous tablescapes, enjoyed meeting others involved in the industry as well as simple floral fans such as myself. The wildflower bouquet we came home with was a lovely reminder for the next few days to appreciate moments of presence, awareness and beauty.”
Passed appetizers, local beer, delicious wine and a fun floral cocktail made the reception a festive affair. Photography by Liraz Photography
Chefs Deb Paquette and Richard Jones treated everyone to a wonderful menu, with ingredients procured from Green Door and other local farms.
A canopy of lights and the flicker of candlelight helped illuminate the table after the sunset at Green Door Gourmet. Photography by Liraz Photography
As the sun set over Green Door Gourmet and the 2018 season for our national American Grown Field to Vase Dinner, you couldn’t help but sense a feeling of gratitude. An appreciation for the meal, the flowers, our designer, our farmer and all the work that goes into hosting a pop-up dinner in the middle of a flower field.
The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a great example of America’s “can do” attitude. Sylvia and her team shared their story, their example of how they are putting in the hard work and dedication to continue to meet the increasing demand for their American Grown Flowers.
Our national tour doesn’t end here.
Stay tuned for the debut of the 2019 schedule.
The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour has hosted over 5,000 people at our floral-filled events over the last four seasons. Photography by Liraz Photography