An Enchanting Evening at the Field to Vase Dinner in Carlsbad: Celebrating Flowers, Food, and Community

On a beautiful evening in Carlsbad, floral enthusiasts and flower lovers came together for a truly memorable event—the Field to Vase Dinner. Hosted by The Flower Fields and Mellano and Company, this enchanting dinner showcased the beauty of The Flower Fields, exquisite floral designs by Native Poppy, delightful cuisine from Feast on This Catering, and a selection of beverages that tantalized the taste buds. This extraordinary event, made possible by the collaboration of partners and generous sponsors, treated guests to an evening of beauty, culinary delights, and camaraderie. Let’s take a moment to recap the magical experience that unfolded amidst the breathtaking blooms of The Flower Fields.

Table setting with flowers

The setting for the Field to Vase Dinner was none other than The Flower Fields themselves—a breathtaking canvas of vibrant colors and fragrant blooms. Nestled among rolling hills, attendees were treated to a sensory feast as they strolled through the rows of colorful ranunculus flowers that stretched as far as the eye could see. The Flower Fields provided the perfect backdrop for an evening dedicated to celebrating the beauty of nature and the passion of flower farmers.

Field of ranunculus

Field of ranunculus blooming

Guests who chose to add on to the experience, were treated to an hour-long in-depth tour with flower and foliage farmer Mike A. Mellano of Mellano & Company.

Tour group in flower field

Man standing in flower field

Adding a touch of magic to the event, Native Poppy, a popular San Diego area floral shop, curated stunning arrangements that graced the tables. Their creative, wild and whimsical designs incorporated a variety of blooms, showcasing the diversity and beauty of American Grown flowers. Each arrangement, using vases from Syndicate Sales, was a work of art, captivating guests and accentuating the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Woman arranging flowers on a table in a field

Flower arrangement on a table in the middle of the field

As guests arrived to the reception sponsored by Ball Horticultural, they were treated to not only a beautiful flower bar but also libations which perfectly complemented the evening. The wines and bubbly from South Coast Winery added a touch of sophistication, while Arcana Brewing showcased their craft beer expertise, offering guests a delightful range of brews to savor. The refreshing welcome reception drink by Boochcraft offered a unique and flavorful start to the festivities. The thoughtfully curated beverage selection added an extra layer of enjoyment to the festivities, allowing attendees to savor the flavors of the region.

Flower bout bar table in a pavilion

Table with flowers and champaign

Couple enjoying drinking champagne

Man enjoying a beer at an outdoor bar

Drinks displayed on a table with flowers

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the soulful music by Fred Benedetti, sponsored by Floralife.

Guitar player in a field of flowers

Feast on This Catering delighted attendees with a delectable menu that celebrated the season’s finest ingredients. From farm-fresh salads to savory entrees, every dish was crafted with care and showcased the flavors of the region. The culinary team’s dedication to sourcing local ingredients ensured a memorable dining experience that perfectly complemented the evening.

Guest enjoying an appetizer

Platter of desserts in a field of flowers

The Field to Vase Dinner at The Flower Fields was a night to remember, where nature’s beauty blended harmoniously with artistry, delectable cuisine, and exceptional beverages. It was an event that showcased the passion and talent of everyone involved, from the farmers, floral designers and caterers to the wineries, breweries, and sponsors who made it all possible. As the evening drew to a close, guests left with lifelong memories and hearts full of appreciation for the America’s homegrown floral industry’s artistry.

Woman in field of flowers with bunches of bouquets

Bouquets of flowers held by woman in a field of flowers

See a full gallery of photos on our Flickr page: Field to Vase Dinner at The Flower Fields

Thank you again to the sponsors and participants that made this event possible!



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