Bohemian Garden Party Comes to the Lawn of CA State Capitol

Guests at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner on the lawn of the State Capitol in Sacramento enjoyed what floral designer Cindy Magan of Hillside Blooms Floristry called a bohemian garden party.

A beautiful table was set for guests who arrived at the 2nd annual Sacramento Field to Vase Dinner on the State Capitol lawn.  Photo by Ashley Noelle Edwards.

And what a garden party it was!

Guests throughly enjoyed the wonderful photo opportunity provided by sponsor Nor Cal Safeway and their classic, red truck filled with CA Grown Flowers.  Photo by Francisco Chavira.

Guests arrived to a vintage truck from Safeway that was overflowing with every variety of California Grown Flowers imaginable.

From left to right: Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Devin Mathis, Assemblymember Monique Limón (champion for the second year in a row) and Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva participated in a lively and competitive design challenge.  Photo by Francisco Chavira

And as part of the VIP reception in advance of the dinner, California legislators Senator Mike McGuire, Assemblymember Devin Mathis, Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva and Assemblymember Monique Limón competed in a floral design contest where they took their best shot at creating a breathtaking bouquet.

The contest, sponsored annually by the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC), brings attention to California Grown Flowers Month being celebrated throughout June. Combining the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner with this annual tradition by CCFC helps guests, including California’s lawmakers, understand just how valuable the American Grown Flower movement has become.

Assemblymember Monique Limón, winner of the design competition, poses with California flower farmers Mike A. Mellano, Felicia Alvarez, Lane DeVries, Farai Madziva and featured designer Cindy Magan.  Photo by Francisco Chavira

For the second year in a row, Assemblymember Monique Limón was the contest champion, earning a gorgeous crystal vase and a year of deliveries of California Grown Flowers for her office.

Photo by Franciso Chavira

After watching the contest and enjoying wine from Silt Wine Company, a floral-themed cocktail from J.J. Pfister Distilling, passed appetizers and a cheese station hosted by the California Milk Advisory Board, guests moved to a community table adorned with floral designs created from blooms donated by flower farmers up and down the Golden State.


Featured designer Cindy Magan created a fresh and lovely tablescape that was both earthy and elegant using all CA Grown Flowers and Greens.  Photo Ashley Noelle Edwards.

Dozens of centerpieces paired with clustered vases of specialty blooms reflected Magan’s “fresh romantic” design aesthetic. And the bohemian vibe was reflected in the flower selection and ombre design that incorporated dozens of flower and greens varieties.

The menu was divinely inspired by many of California’s favorite local ingredients and prepared by Sacramento’s own chefs Aziz Bellarbi-Salah and Christophe Cornet. Photo by Franciso Chavira

Guests dined on a multicourse meal created by Sacramento chef Aziz Bellarbi-Salah and Chef Christophe Cornet of Brasserie Capitale and Café à Coté. Served were a mixed green salad with watermelon, radish, ricotta, blueberries and chopped herbs; roasted salmon with tomato basil relish, eggplant with tomato-basil coulis; seared bavette steak with red wine reduction and potatoes gratin; and cantaloupe with a fig and port reduction.

Many ingredients for the farm-fresh menu were provided the California Cattlemen’s Association, the California Blueberry Commission, the California Olive Committee, the California Fig Advisory Board and the California Milk Advisory Board.

Guests left with armfuls of California Grown Flowers and a swag back chock-full of floral themed goodies.

Photo by Ashley Noelle Edwards

If this dinner sounds like something out of your floral dreams, there’s still time to make a reservation for the remaining 2019 American Grown Field to Vase Dinners with upcoming stops in Homer, Alaska; Lompoc, California; and New Albany, Ohio.

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