The most recent stop for the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour was Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska. This dinner marked the 22nd dinner in three years as the event continues to crisscross the country. It’s also a dinner that was a year in the making!
This Field to Vase Dinner spotlighted a burgeoning group of peony farmers who harvest glorious, massive peonies during the months of July and August, when there aren’t typically any available in the lower 48.
Despite the remote location, the dinner played to a sold-out crowd of 116 people, many who flew into Anchorage and made the drive to Homer. A number of people from Fairbanks and Anchorage also attended.
Certified American Grown flower farmers Beth VanSandt and Kurt Weichhand of Scenic Place Peonies, along with an incredible team of friends and family, prepared the farm and hosted an amazing event.
Kelly Shore of Petals By The Shore was the featured floral designers – you may remember her from the CCFC’s work on the the First Lady’s Luncheon earlier this year. Working with Beth, Kelly created a tablescape and design installations that honored the Alaskan fishing culture and the entrepreneurial spirit of Alaska’s peony farmers, while highlighting how all growing momentum for American Grown Flowers.
Chef Dave Thorne of Delicious Dave’s did an outstanding job with the evening’s salmon dinner, especially the king salmon caught the day before on the Kenai River.
Despite the distance to the location, the Alaskan Field to Vase Dinner exceeded expectations – proving that the appetite for American Grown Flowers is a healthy one!