Carlsbad is in bloom! Enjoy the power of flowers in all five senses at the second annual edition of Petal to Plate by Visit Carlsbad. The 10-day celebration of fine flowers, food, and drink in the city of Carlsbad will take place from April 5 to April 15, 2018 and includes five events and seven floral-inspired specials happening in venues throughout the city. Guests are invited to tour the flower fields and taste the delights of spring back in town with participating bars, restaurants, and spas.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
APRIL 5-15, 2018
Wednesday, April 4Preview Petal to Plate Tasting Event (Downtown Carlsbad Village). Shop with local chefs and mixologists at Carlsbad’s Farmer’s Market for fresh flowers and other ingredients that will be featured in Petal to Plate culinary creations, and enjoy a preview tasting with the Visit Carlsbad team. Details to follow here.
Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 15Petal to Plate by Visit Carlsbad (various venues throughout Carlsbad). After visiting The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, guests are invited to enjoy offerings from seven participating restaurants, bars, and wellness establishments. Details of specific offerings noted below.
Thursday, April 12Fashion, Flowers and Fido (The Flower Fields). Join the Flower Fields Foundation, Simon Youth Foundation, and Rancho Coastal Humane Society for an evening fashion show with designs from Carlsbad Premium Outlet retailers accompanied by Rancho Coastal Humane Society adoptable dogs modeling dog fashion. Food and drink provided by local breweries, restaurants, bakeries and more. Tickets $25 in advance and $30 at the door. More info here.
Sunday, April 15Canon Photography Workshop (The Flower Fields). On the final day of Petal to Plate 2018, guests are invited to celebrate and savor the beauty of The Flower Fields with expert Stacey Lynne Foster at photography workshops running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including Intro to Macro Photography, Fun With Flash, Print Like A Pro, Photo Walks and Family Portraits. Fun activities will be offered along with loaner cameras all day and guests can enjoy free printing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.
Omni La Costa Resort & SpaThe resort will be in full bloom both on the grounds and in a variety of floral-inspired wellness treatments at The Spa at La Costa, including the weekly and complimentary Art of Aromatherapy class. Guests can also enjoy floral-infused craft cocktails that draw from the flavorful delights of flowers like hibiscus, pansy, chamomile, rose and elderflower that Omni La Costa’s expert mixologist created especially for Petal to Plate.
Twenty/20 Grill at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & SpaNamed for its picture-perfect views, TWENTY/20 brings farm-fresh ingredients with a coastal California flair. For this year’s Petal to Plate, they’ve created the Hibiscus Coconut Shrimp Ceviche with tangerine & chive flower, and the Lavender Lemon Spritz made with Tito’s Vodka, lemon juice, lavender infused simple syrup and sparkling wine served over ice with a lemon twist and a lavender flower.
Chandler’s at Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton ResortThis delightful sea-side resort plays off the flowers of the coast with culinary and wellness offerings. Clean and refreshing like a fresh flower, Chandlers’ mixologist Garrett Gwin’s Fleur de Fizz is made with Pisco, lemon juice, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit bitters, sparkling wine, and lemon zest. Chef Teri McIllwain has also created two floral dishes for Petal to Plate: the Hibiscus Sorbet with candied pansy, chamomile meringue, chocolate Florentine, confetti flower petal, and the Lavender + Wildflower Honey Cheesecake made with shortbread honey crust, three cream lavender mascarpone, and a candied rose petal.
Vigilucci’sVigilucci’s Restaurant Group, known for its award-winning cuisine and service, will be preparing a selection of floral-inspired dishes, building on the restaurant’s reputable repertoire of seafood, pastas and succulent steak. On the menu will be floral touches in home-made scratch pastas, veal, chicken, prime steaks and seafood, including the very spring-appropriate Zucchini Blossom risotto, featuring grilled zucchini and summer squash risotto with rock shrimp, pancetta, Parmesan, firestix, finished with a crispy squash blossom.
Argyle Steakhouse at Park Hyatt AviaraThe Argyle Restaurant will offer a lunch special featuring a Seared Baja Striped Bass with local mix greens, Valdivia Farm peas, grilled asparagus, Meyer lemon marmalade, smoked ricotta salata, and a Carlsbad strawberry-honey pollen vinaigrette. For dessert, the special includes a Lemon Strawberry Shortbread with vanilla cream, violet infused strawberry jelly, and strawberry sorbet. $21 per person for two courses; $18 Entrée and $6 for Dessert for the la carte option.
Ocean Crest Spa at Cape Rey Carlsbad, A Hilton ResortNestled on the cliffs and overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Ocean Crest Spa offers an environmentally-sensitive spa experience for Petal to Plate: The Passion Flower- Organic Sugar Scrub (50 Min $130.00 | 80 Min $180.00). Passion flower is known for its calming qualities and has been used to treat anxiety and sleeplessness. Passion Flowers not only offer positive benefits internally, but also have many topical benefits as well. This beautiful flower pairs with organic sugars and rich oils to render skin smooth and hydrated.
Campfire Restaurant & BarThe city’s hottest new restaurant Campfire, will be featuring a delicious floral-inspired libation from mixologist Leigh Lacap. The Smoked Coconut cocktail combines smoked coconut? and white rum with strawberry-hibiscus, pineapple, lemon and a touch of salt.