There it was, a full-page article in my Friday San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper:
That was April 15, and the event featured in the article wasn’t until April 21, so I figured, “No hurry! Plenty of time!”
But a few days later, when I went to the event website:
I missed my opportunity to spend $300+ for one dinner and freeze my BLEEP off at the same time!
The event is tomorrow…
And I won’t be there.
What is the 2022 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner @ The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA?
Let’s unpack this:
First, here are The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA:
According to VisitCarlsbad.com:
“The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch is a fifty-acre dazzling rainbow of beautiful ranunculus flowers set on a hillside overlooking the striking Carlsbad, California coastline.”
In case you’re not familiar with ranunculus flowers, here they are:
Second: The 2022 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner.
According to AmericanGrownFlowers.org:
The Field to Vase Dinner is an…
“…award winning series of intimate, must-attend gatherings that place seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown Flowers and Foliage at the center of the table. Enjoy locally grown food, beer and wine expertly prepared and served by our celebrated farm-to-table chefs. Each artisan-style dinner is held at unique, breathtaking venues – American floral farms, where you can experience the art and science of growing the flowers and foliages we love.”
This event is “intimate”!
Although I fail to see how “intimate” applies to sitting cheek-by-jowl with a bunch of strangers at a table that appears to stretch into infinity…
This event is a “must-attend”!
Yes, if you feel like parting with the money for tickets that start – start, mind you – at $300.
And what does one get for their $300+?
According to the ticket-selling website – which is no longer selling tickets:
“Your dinner experience will include a feast for the eyes, thanks to the innovative tablescapes featuring all local flowers and foliage designed by renowned American event designer, Shawna Yamamoto of Shawna Yamamoto Event Design.
“You’ll also enjoy a multi-course artisan meal prepared by the chefs of Crown Point Catering using only fresh and seasonal ingredients. Each course will be expertly paired with wines from the nearby Temecula Valley Winegrowers.”
“You’re paying $300 or more per person and don’t know what you’ll be eating.”
I’ve read about events like this before – where you pay a copious amount of money for a mystery dinner.
And let’s be honest here – the more expensive the meal, the more meager the portions, and the more likely that “multi-course artisan meal” will start with an amuse-bouche that looks like this:
And finish with a dessert that looks like this:
The event description continues:
“Not only will you leave the dinner table with an experience of a lifetime but you will be taking home an armful of American grown bouquets and other swag.”
Then comes this photo as evidence of attendees with their “bouquets and other swag”:
“Swag” being a slang term for “free stuff and giveaways.”
And if what these women are carrying is the extent of the swag…
I haven’t yet addressed the “Freeze My BLEEP Off” in this post’s title.
Carlsbad, CA is on the coast, about 35 miles north of San Diego:
So, yes, Southern California and yes, beautiful beaches:
Beaches that, at this time of year, sometimes look like this:
It’s called “coastal fog,” and it means the Carlsbad Flower Fields, located very near the beautiful beaches, can sometimes look like this:
But even if there’s no coastal fog tomorrow evening, the dinnertime temperature is going to be around 52 degrees. And since, in this photo:
I see no overhead space heaters, so that 52 degrees is going to feel less like dining al fresco and more like dining al freezo.
So…perhaps it’s just as well that I’m missing tomorrow’s 2022 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner @ The Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA.
Perhaps I’ll take that $300 and spend it elsewhere.
And in Southern California, that $300 I didn’t spend on the mystery dinner will almost cover a week’s worth of this: