Star Valley Flowers Draws A Record-Breaking Crowd

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Star Valley Flowers Draws A Record-Breaking Crowd

Photo by Kelleghan Productions Inc. The table was set for 200. That’s quite a table! Certified American Grown hosted a record-breaking crowd during this weekend’s American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Star Valley Flowers in Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. Originally set for 150, the table grew to 175 and then to 200, breaking the previous record of 183 in Detroit in 2015. “It really isn’t about the number of people,” explained Kasey Cronquist, Certified American Grown Administrator and emcee of the award-winning national dinner tour. “We really focus on our guest experience and have always wanted to keep the experience intimate, but we had a lot of demand and a willing farmer embraced the idea of ‘the more the merrier.’ So, it just kept growing and it all turned out beautifully.” One guest commented, “even though there were 200 guests, it felt intimate. The setting could not have been lovelier and the weather was perfect.” Another first for the tour was bench seating. The beautiful wooden farm tables were accompanied by matching wooden benches. The benches complimented the family-style dining experience and tradition of the tour, and made for some beautiful photography. Erick New (left) and Greg Campbell of the Garden District in Memphis were responsible for the floral tablescape and install for the evening. Authors of Florists to the Field, Erick and Greg signed books for guests during the reception. Photo by Kelleghan Productions Inc. Of course, the floral-focused evening wouldn’t have been as magical without the incredible talent of Greg Campbell and Erick New of The Garden District . The dynamic duo created one of the most dramatic tablescapes we’ve ever seen, complete with beautiful pussy willow arches that covered the table and accented by the bittersweet berries that Star Valley Flowers is known for. Stunning fall-colored arrangements flowed down the entire length of the table. “The decorations, including the flowers, were over the top; kudos to the floral designers who came in from Tennessee.” ~ Sharon C. The team at Driftless Cafe , lead by Chef Luke, did an outstanding job with the menu for the evening. And the response from attendees was outstanding, with praise for every single course. The main course was organic beef tenderloin provided by Organic Valley, one of the evening’s sponsors, and headquartered just down the road from Star Valley Flowers. The menu was paired beautifully with the wine provided by Geyser Peak. Chef Luke from the Driftless Cafe. Photo by Kelleghan Productions Inc. It was a beautiful evening on the farm. The weather held and the sunset was picturesque. Diners were able to meet an American flower farmer, hear from the floral designers about their aesthetic and what makes designing with homegrown flowers special and converse with other flower lovers throughout a multiple-course meal. Guest Laura M. shared, “The evening was so beautiful. I loved the chance to walk around the farm and hear some comments from John and Phil. We were so glad John allowed a few more people […]