“Dinner tour dates and locations offer unique opportunities for diners around the country”
With the farm destinations for the 2019 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour now released, Certified American Grown is working on the lineup of nationally acclaimed floral designers who will bring their design savvy to the tablescapes at stops around the country.
In its fifth season, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is a cross-country series of elegant pop-up gatherings where seasonal, sustainable blooms dazzle on beautifully designed tablescapes that are elegantly dressed by top U.S. floral designers while gourmet meals are prepared by well-known farm-to-table chefs.
At each unique meal and through the accompanying farm tour and design demonstrations, guests make a personal connection between flowers and agriculture as part of America’s floral landscape. “We have been very blessed to have worked with some incredible designers over the years,” explains Kasey Cronquist, IOM, PFCI, administrator of Certified American Grown. “The contribution these floral designers make with their time and talent to help us drive awareness is what makes this tour so magical for our industry and our guests.
Guests, seated at a long communal table, share lively conversation in the company of diners equally passionate about preserving American Grown Flowers, farmland and our country’s floriculture heritage. The attention is on the farmers, their flowers, their beautiful farms and the floral designs they inspire.
The award-winning American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour is presented annually by Certified American Grown Flowers, a unified and diverse coalition of U.S. flower farmers, including small and large farms located in flower-producing states around the country.
The first American Grown Field to Vase Dinner in 2019 takes place April 18, 2019 at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, Calif., where René Van Rems, AIFD, will be the floral designer. This is the fifth time the tour has stopped at The Flower Fields, where guests dine in a sea of brightly colored Ranunculus while looking out over the Pacific Ocean.
Other summer and fall destinations across the country include:
JUNE 1 – Bloomia, King George, Va. Guests will gather in a greenhouse bursting with tulips just outside our nation’s capital.
JUNE 12 – California State Capitol, Sacramento, Calif. A special tour spot where we’ll bring the flower farm to California’s Capitol during California Grown Flowers Month. Watch as members of the state Legislature compete in a live floral design competition before dinner.
AUG. 3 – Joslyn Peonies, Homer, Alaska. Guests will dine on a blooming peony farm with stunning views of Kachemak Bay.
SEPT. 7 – Ocean View Flowers in Lompoc, Calif. Guests will mingle among fields of stock and surrounded by acres and acres of incredible flowers in a unique coastal climate.
OCT. 5 – Red Twig Farms, New Albany, Ohio. Guests will meet farmers Josh and Lindsey McCullough and see the incredible flower farm they are growing just outside of Columbus.
To learn more and subscribe to future 2019 tour announcements or to be considered as a featured floral designer at a future Field to Vase Dinner Tour event, visit americangrownflowers.org/fieldtovase
Kasey Cronquist, IOM, PFCI, is the CEO and Ambassador of the California Cut Flower Commission and the Administrator of Certified American Grown.