What can I expect at a Field to Vase Dinner event?
The Field to Vase Dinner is a special flower-centric meal, a true celebration of American flowers and their important (and beautiful!) role in domestic agriculture.
When you arrive at the venue, a flower farm, greenhouse or growing field, you will check in at the reception table and be welcomed to the guest reception. Enjoy a glass of wine and delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. Within approximately 30 minutes you will be invited to join our host farmer(s) on a personal, guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the flower farm. You are encouraged to ask questions!
After the tour, seating begins. The Field to Vase Dinner puts local flowers at the center of our farm tables. Our guest chef and culinary team prepare the artisanal four-course meal on-site in a pop-up professional kitchen. As each course is served, guests will share platters of food, served family style, with dining companions, friends new and old. During the meal, you will hear from our host flower farmer, from the floral designer, and from the chef. We often have a surprise guest such as the winemaker or dessert chef, so be prepared to learn the many wonderful details and stories of each component — from the farm to the table; from the field to the vase.
How many people attend the events?
Depending on the capacity of the venue, Field to Vase Dinners typical host between 100 and 150 guests.
How can I make a reservation?
Please visit Americangrownflowers.org/fieldtovase to find links to all 10 Field to Vase Dinners scheduled for 2015.
What is the price per person and what is included in the price?
The Field to Vase Dinner tickets range between $175-$225 depending on the venue. Your reservation ticket includes a reception with passed hors d’oeuvres and wine; a personal farm tour; a four course, family-style dinner; presentations from our artisans; a floral bouquet to bring home; and a flower lover’s gift bag.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept online payments only. You can use any major credit card to make your reservation. Checks and cash cannot be processed.
Can I reserve my seats or bring a large group?
There is no assigned seating. Upon check-in you will be given a place card on which to write your name. Please use the card to secure your seat and those seats of dining companions. If you have a large party, please let us know in advance and we will attempt to arrange a block of seats for your group.
Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Our family-style dinners are communal. While there will always be vegetarian courses serviced, our menu is not vegan or dietary specific, such as for persons with food allergies.
When will I receive directions to the farm and other details prior to the event?
We provide the farm address and a link to driving directions on the dedicated landing page for each dinner at americangrownflowers.org/fieldtovase. In the weeks prior to the dinner you plan on attending, you will receive a series of important emails introducing you to our chef, our floral designer, and our flower farmer. You’ll also receive details on farm attire and day-of instructions such as parking.
Will I be able to see the menu prior to the Field to Vase Dinner?
Our guest chef and event planner work closely to design the menu during the weeks leading up to each event based on the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. The menu is finalized at the last moment and we often share it with guests a few days prior to the event. A printed menu is provided at each place setting.
Are children allowed at the Field to Vase Dinner?
We do not recommend that you bring children. Due to the menu and the program, this is an adult-friendly experience.
Do you host private Field to Vase Dinner events?
Yes, please contact email@example.com for details.
What if I have purchased tickets but I am unable to attend the event?
We are unable to provide refunds to Field to Vase Dinners. However, your tickets are transferrable. Please contact us with the name(s) of each new guest prior to the event so they will be warmly welcomed.
Do you maintain a waiting list for sold-out events?
Yes. Please contact Kathleen@americangrownflowers.org to join the waiting list for a sold-out dinner.
What is the timeline of the Field to Vase Dinner?
Depending on the time of year and sunset, the Field to Vase Dinner will begin at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. Our dinners are three-hour events, commencing with the first hour during which wine/appetizers are served and the farm tour takes place. The second two hours include your four-course meal and presentations from our guest artisans and farmers. The Field to Vase Dinner typically concludes at sunset, with dessert and coffee service.
What if it rains?
The Field to Vase Dinner takes place, rain or shine. In the event of rain on event day, we will arrange for tenting or an indoor venue for dinner service.
Are there other details to know?
You assume Assumption of Risk for damage or injury when you attend a Field to Vase Dinner. Due to the rustic nature of a working flower farm, it is not unrealistic to encounter a variety of geographic and weather conditions. We’ll be sure to share those details with you and any recommendations about accessibility in the pre-event mailing.