Field to Vase Dinner at Cornerstone, Sonoma, October 16, 2016
Share personal stories and lively conversations with chefs, wine and beer makers and flower farmers of Sonoma County seated beside you at an unforgettable, four-course Field to Vase Dinner. This special occasion event takes place on October 16, 2016, amongst rows of Sunset magazine's test garden stunning flowers and foliage at Cornerstone Sonoma.
One special element that completes this ultimate Sonoma County farm to table dinner is the botanical beauty of stems, foliage, vines, buds and berries of a locally grown and artfully assembled fresh floral arrangement. Sensory pleasures overflow when the best of Sonoma County-grown food, handcrafted beer and regional wines combine with the bounty of age-old art and science of sustainable flower growing.
Sunset magazine's garden editor Johanna Silver hosts as guests share platters of the best of the west — delicious, seasonal Sonoma County food, freshly-picked from the test garden and surrounding farms and prepared and served family-style by Ramekins, Sonoma.
Guests will be amongst the first to experience this new home for Sunset magazine's test garden. The Wall Street Journal calls the dinner, one of a series in unique venues across the country, a: "Feast among the flora." This innovative dinner series places seasonal, local and sustainable American-grown flowers at the center of the artisanal table, showcasing locally grown foods, beer and wine.
San Francisco-based Aleathea Harampolis, florist for Homestead Design Collective and co-founder of Studio Choo Florists will be designing floral masterpieces for the Cornerstone Sonoma occasion, with an abundance of flowers from this iconic Sonoma County property and surrounding farms.
Each guest takes home a handcrafted bouquet of Sonoma County flowers and a Field to Vase tote filled with floral treasures.
"Bringing the Field to Vase Dinner to the home of Sunset, an iconic, trendsetting brand with values that parallel those of the American Grown brand, is a dream come true," said Kasey Cronquist, administrator for dinner series founders, Certified American Grown Flowers.
"The dinner tour puts a focus on blooms and greens grown right here in the U.S., while Sunset Magazine encourages readers to enjoy the bounty of local farms." Event-goers would do well to bring a sweater or jacket, as temperature tends to drop in Sonoma County after sunset. Bring comfortable walking shoes for touring the gardens.
Flower Shopping in Sonoma County
Looking for organic, farm-to-vase blooms in Sonoma County? Here's a selection of my top picks for avoiding imports and embracing Sonoma County-wide flower shopping:
Aztec Dahlias in Petaluma grows outrageous blooms that are the talk of the town. A member of the American Dahlia Society and the Dahlia Society of California, Aztec Dahlia's sells cut flowers and plants on site every day except Mondays from the end of June through early November.
Check out Sebastopol's B Side Farm's weekly bouquet CSA & workshops in the garden and teaching studio.
Full Bloom Flower farm located close to the small west-country town of Graton grows a couple hundred varieties of seasonal, organic cut flowers and succulents for bouquets, arrangements, parties and celebrations. This is a chemical-free, diversity-rich farm that welcomes visitors who are interested in sustainable flowers. Open by appointment only.
Garden Valley Ranch grows truly fragrant Garden Roses, produced outdoors without cover, in a stunning, 1800s heritage setting a few miles outside of Petaluma. The nursery specializes in highest quality bare root and potted roses with over 1,000 varieties available. Feeling romantic? Garden Valley Ranch also sells rose petals fresh from the garden for pickup or to ship overnight.
Neve Roses II is one of the few remaining rose and flower growers in northern California. This multi-generational family business is an institution in its hometown of Petaluma, specializing in hydroponic roses to the floral trade and to the bulk-buying public, but you'll have to make an appointment to visit, first.
Oak Hill Farm, Glen Ellen has been producing beautiful field-grown, environmentally responsible flowers, wreaths and greenery for over half a century. Available in the farm's Red Barn retail store and farmer's markets.
Around the pick up barn at Open Field Farm, Petaluma, a large pick your own flower field awaits, full of dahlias, sunflowers and perennial herb, flower, and tea gardens that feed pollinators and birds. Farmers provide you with the harvest tools and invite you to venture into the field to make a bouquet. The farm is located on a homestead open grassland ranch dating back to the early 1900s.
Pick petals and learn about the heady scents of roses during seasonal rose garden tours at Russian River Rose Company and perfume distillery. Show garden is located in Healdsburg and special events are well worth checking out throughout the growing year.
Flowers are a major element in the beauty, habitat creation and offerings at Strong Arm Farm in Healdsburg. Premium, locally grown stems endure less carbon footprint and are prepped for immediate vase use, lasting longer than you'd expect.
It is refreshing that grower's co-promote localized flower purchasing and many are members of Field to Vase and the North Bay Flower Collective, wholesaling flowers at the Sonoma Flower Mart two days a week at The Barlow, in Sebastopol. Nearby California Sister Floral Design & Supply stocks any remaining Sonoma Flower Mart flowers for the general public, available during regular business hours.
Details: Field-to-Vase Dinner Tour at Cornerstone, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (This event will be held rain or shine.)
Cost Per Person is $235. Tickets available through October 15, 2016 and can be purchased here.