Flower Duet Tapped as Floral Designer for the 2016 American Grown Flowers Field to Vase Dinner Tour
The Table is Set for April 13, 2016 at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California!
The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour, a series of pop-up communal dining experiences that take place at American flower farms and greenhouses across the country, chose Flower Duet as the florist for the second of 10 this year’s series of dinners.
“Now in its second year, the Field to Vase Dinner Tour has been extremely popular, with dinners selling out during its inaugural year,” expresses Kasey Cronquist, administrator for Certified American Grown Flowers and CEO/ambassador for the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC). Each event features a seasonal four-course meal prepared by a local chef, served at a table decorated with beautiful, local, American Grown Flowers arranged by a local floral designer. “It’s a dinner tour for flower and food lovers who believe in the value of locally sourced, sustainable food and flora and for people who want a rare opportunity to experience a romantic dinner on a beautiful flower farm,” Kasey remarks.
The second of 10 events takes place April 13, at Mellano & Company’s The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, Calif. Participants will enjoy a guided tour by Mike Mellano, PhD of Mellano & Company who will offer guests an intimate look into what it means to be a California flower farmer and what it takes to farm his renowned, vibrant and fragrant ranunculus. Flower Duet will create a kaleidoscope of color using the Ranunculus blooms as the main inspiration for each centerpiece bouquet. Satisfying the taste palates of the guests will be local Chef Jeff Rossman of Terra Catering, who has prepared a regionally inspired menu, including the freshest culinary ingredients California has to offer.
“Now in its second year, the Field to Vase Dinner Tour has a growing fan following. I know, because friends and colleagues who attended last year have been asking when the 2016 schedule will be unveiled. Once you experience an al fresco dinner on an American flower farm, it becomes a must-attend event,” –Debra Prinzing, author and founder of Slow Flowers and Field to Vase Dinner Tour co-host and sponsor.
We hope you will join us at The Flower Fields for a one-of-a-kind experience of flowers, food and great company in a field of blooms overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
What: 2016 Field to Vase Dinner Tour at The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, California, 92008
Reserve: Tickets through Eventbrite.com
2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show – Speaking Recap
By Kit Wertz
Last month, I had the honor to appear with fabulous floral designers at the 2016 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show in San Mateo, Calif. I spoke twice on the Flower Pavilion stage and once in the DIY stage. What I loved about the show was meeting all the other designers where were on hand to speak over the weekend and working with devoted ambassadors of locally grown flowers including flower farmers of Alaskan Peonies and those who farm native California plants.
Here is a collection of photos and a little background on what it’s like to be a speaker at a big show!
Day 1 – Saturday – Noon Demonstration at the Flower Pavilion & DIY Stage
In this talk and demonstration titled “Flowers For All: From Age 7 to 70+” I covered classic flower arranging techniques like cleaning all the greenery below the water line in a vase (to keep the water clean so stems can drink) and cutting stems at an angle (so they don’t sit flat on the bottom of a vase). I also talked about the optimum height for a vase centerpiece for a dinner and more.
Pictured below: In this part of my lecture, I was talking about using stems inside the vase to create the architecture for the later stems that will be added. Basically, if you start to add stems at an angle and keep turing the vase around in the same direction and keep adding in the same angle, you’ll build up an base of stems that creates a nice rounded shape. As you add stems, they need to but a bit longer and longer until you have the middle stem which should be the longest stem in the design.
Day 2 – Sunday – Noon Demonstration – Successful Floral Design: Discover Two Foolproof Techniques
On Sunday, I had the Noon spot again and demonstrated two different techniques while covering three floral designs in the span of one hour. First, I showed how to arrange flowers using a technique called “Gather, Drop & Fill.” First, you take about 12 stems of flowers and gather them so the blooms are all about the same height. Then, you’ll cut the bottom of the stems all the same length at about twice the height of the vase you are using.
Then, while holding the stems over the vase, you “drop” the stems and see how they fall. Pictured below, I was explaining that when you’ve cut the stems properly before dropping them into a vase all at once, they spiral in the vase automatically, creating an easy architecture to just keep adding flowers.
Flower Duet on Fox 5 San Diego to Promote Field to Vase American Grown Flowers
By Kit Wertz
On the Friday before Easter, Casey and I drove down to San Diego to appear on Fox5 San Diego‘s morning news show were we showed the co-anchor, Maria Arcega-Dunn, how to create a Spring floral design using American Grown Flowers. We were there to help promote where people can find flowers are grown locally (See AmercianGrownFlowers.org) and to talk a little about the Field to Vase Dinner being held on April 13th at The Flower Fields (see article above).
First, we stopped at Mellano & Company’s Carlsbad cooler to purchase the flowers we featured on the show. We were able to buy lots of Ranunculus, Wax Flower, Stock, Israeli Ruscus, Tulips, Green Trick Dianthus, Veronica, Solidago and Craspedia.
The live interview went so fast! I’ve never built an arrangement in under three minutes – much less taught one that fast! Casey and I were on together with the anchor and while I helped news anchor Maria Arcega-Dunn create the pink and white spring vase of flowers on camera, Casey answered all of her interview questions. If you want to use an online directory to help you find florists, studio designers, wedding and event planners, supermarket flower departments and flower farmers who are committed to using American grown flowers, visit SlowFlowers.com.
Watch a Video
Here is a home video Casey took after our appearance we posted on YouTube so you can hear the excellent Steel Drum band that was playing along with us to the tune of “Oh What A Night” by the Four Seasons!
Ceremony Magazine Features Flower Duet’s Work
Flower Duet was asked to create florals for three venues for New York Food Company which is the parent company who run Veranda’s Beach House in Manhattan Beach, Calif. and La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
New York Food Company, a prestigious event venue and catering company in the Los Angeles area, invited event planners to participate in The Venue Crawl South Bay. The group explored NYFC’s exclusive venues: Verandas Beach House, The Redondo Beach Hotel, and La Venta Inn. NYFC provided refreshing beverages and exquisite cuisine along the way. See the photos from the event at Ceremony Magazine’s Blog. Want to see more? Watch the highlight video HERE.
Here were all the vendors we worked with that day:
Photography | Kristina Lee Photography
Catering & Planning | New York Food Company, The Sugar Party by NYFC, Celebrations by NYFC
Videography | Impressive Creations Video
Floral Design | Flower Duet
Rentals | Baker Party Rentals
Venues | Verandas Beach House, The Redondo Beach Hotel, La Venta Inn
Coffee | New Frontier Coffee
VIP Passes | Social Savvy
Transportation | California Excursion Tour
Coverage of April Events coming in May Newsletter!
We have so much going on this month that we’ll include a tool and book in next month’s news! More to come soon….stay tuned and thanks for reading!
Best to you and enjoy your flowers, Kit & Casey