For the first time last month, guests at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, Calif. were treated to a four-course, gourmet, farm-to-fork style meal in the middle of the fields.
The event was part of the 10-city Certified American Grown “Field to Vase” Dinner Tour. The tour is a series of private, intimate gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food, beer and wine is served by a farm-to-table chef.
The Flower Fields event was one of four dinners that will be held in the state this year. It featured chef Marissa Gerlach, executive chef at the Vista Valley Country Club, Vista, Calif. Mike Mellano, a third generation flower farmer with a Ph.D. in plant pathology, led guests on tours of the fields. Guests were given a floral arrangement as a symbol of the evening’s theme: Celebrating Local American Grown Flowers. Bess Wyrick of the Los Angeles and New York-based studio Celadon & Celery created the event’s floral displays using Flower Fields’ ranunculus in every hue.
Each artisan-style dinner in the series will be held at a unique venue — an American flower farm that encourages guests to experience the art and science of flower farming.
“The experience is like none other,” the American Grown Flowers’ website states. “(Guests will) meet others who are passionate about preserving American grown flowers, farmland and our country’s floriculture roots. While enjoying this seasonal meal, the focus is drawn to the botanical beauty of petals, stems, foliage, vines, buds and berries — artistically arranged to bring sensory pleasure to the experience.”
The remaining dinners will take place between now and October in Orlando, Fla., Monterey Bay, Calif., Boulder, Colo., Brooklyn, N.Y., Washington D.C., Seattle Wash., Portland, Ore., and Fallbrook, Calif.
Visit AmericanGrownFlowers.org for more information, or to save your seat for an upcoming event.