Petals & Plates – Van Geest Bros. Limited

*HST IS INCLUDED IN PRICE*

Date & Time: April 14, 2018 – 4PM to 8:30PM

Location: Van Geest Bros. Limited, 1869 Seventh Street Louth, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 6P9

Suggested Dress Code: All of our venues are greenhouses, which means that the temperatures are usually fairly warm. The temperature in most greenhouses ranges between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius, so dress accordingly.  Guests are invited to dress “casual dressy”Also, keep in mind that some of the tours may lead through refrigerated areas of the greenhouse, which can drop down to 4 or 5 degrees Celsius.  The amount of time spent in these areas, however, will be very minimal (a minute or two at most!).  Finally, depending on the time of the year, bringing a sweater or jacket may be a good idea as temperatures can drop after sunset.

The Van Geest Farm
Standing in a greenhouse field of perfect Gerbera daises when it is 10 degrees below with 2 feet of snow outside is a smile inducing experience.

At least it is for Bryan Van Geest, and brother John, who run the Van Geest Bros. Limited greenhouses.  While they operate two greenhouses (one in Grimsby and one in St. Catharines), the Petals and Plates dinner will be held at the newly renovated (not to mention stunning) St. Catharines location.

This second generation of Van Geest Brothers have seen a lot of changes in their business since the first generation of brothers, Adrian and Cor, bought a one-acre greenhouse on Kerman Ave. in Grimsby in 1959. They began by growing a variety of potted and cut flowers and by the mid-sixties had built their first poly (plastic) house for tomatoes. But the end of the 60’s, with Cor running the company it was established as a cut flower specialists with Chrysanthemums and Carnations. Carnations were gone in the 70’s with a transition to Chrysanthemums.

August 1986 set out on a major expansion with the purchase of the Westdale location.  Alstroemeria was added to their product mix, mostly to replace the declining market for Commercial Mums. After a number of other crops were tested over the next few years, Gerberas became the focus for the Grimsby greenhouses and a further expansion in 2001.  Today, Van Geest grows only Gerbera.

The Petals & Plates Experience:

  • A “Cocktail and Appetizer Hour” where guests will be invited to mingle, sample appetizers, and participate in the various stations that have been set up, including:
    • A “Flower Crown and Boutonniere Bar” where guests are taught how to create their very own floral creation
    • Live local musicians
    • The opportunity to interact with the nights featured florist
    • And much more!
  • A tour of the Greenhouse. The hosts of the evening (Bryan and John) will lead a guided tour of the facilities.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about the industry, flowers in general, and listen to engaging and amazing stories!  This will also be the perfect opportunity to ask all the questions you may have!  But please, keep in mind that this is a commercial greenhouse, so please always follow the instruction of the tour guides as there are some areas that visitors are not allowed to walk through or touch.
  • A gourmet multi-course artisan meal hand crafted by Executive Chef Jan-Willem Stulp, combining floral inspired recipes with locally sourced ingredients to create a feast for your taste buds while the picturesque surroundings, a rustic themed setting in the middle of an in bloom flower greenhouse, will create a feast for your other senses.
  • Local craft wine and beer available for purchase. (the only cost not included in the ticket price for this event is the cash bar).
Guests are invited to arrive at the venue at 4PM. Once on the property, please watch for "Petals & Plates" signs that will guide you to the correct area. As soon as you arrive at the venue, you are invited to join the Cocktail and Appetizer hour.
The Cocktail & Appetizer hour will feature appetizers, a cash bar, live music, and various "stations" where guests will be invited to participate in various activities from floral design to sampling stations. During this time, smaller groups will embark on a tour through the greenhouse, guided by one of the owners, where you will learn the history of the greenhouse, the flower industry as a whole, and where you will gain a new appreciation for local flowers.
Executive Chef Jan-Willem Stulp has crafted a gourmet artisan meal, combining floral inspired recipes with locally sourced ingredients, to create a feast for your taste buds while the picturesque surroundings, a rustic themed setting in the middle of an in bloom flower greenhouse, will create a feast for your other senses.
John is one of the Owner/Operators of Van Geest Bros.
Bryan is one of the Owner/Operators of Van Geest Bros.
Petals & Plates - Van Geest Bros.
$140
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PRICE INCLUDES HST

Saturday April 14, 2018
*Arrival: 4PM
*Estimated Event Completion: 8:30PM

Van Geest Bros. Limited
1869 Seventh Street Louth
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 6P

ACCESS TO:
*COCKTAIL AND APP'S HOUR
*GREENHOUSE TOUR
*GOURMET PETALS AND PLATES DINNER

Everything except the alcohol. The appetizers, the multi-course meal, and any give-aways are all included in your ticket price. The only thing that is not included is any alcoholic beverages. There is a cash bar set up, however, where you can purchase local beer and wine.
All of our venues are greenhouses, which means that the temperatures are usually fairly warm. The temperature in most greenhouses ranges between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius, so dress accordingly. Guests are invited to dress “casual dressy”. Also, keep in mind that some of the tours may lead through refrigerated areas of the greenhouse, which can drop down to 4 or 5 degrees Celsius. The amount of time spent in these areas, however, will be very minimal (a minute or two at most!). Finally, depending on the time of the year, bringing a sweater or jacket may be a good idea as temperatures can drop after sunset.
Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Each dinner includes a walking tour of the greenhouse. The tour can range from about 10-20 minutes of slow paced walking, so it is important to wear shoes that allow for that. High heels are not advised!
Bring your camera, because you are entering a very Instagram-worthy atmosphere!
Yes! Each one of our venues is a member of Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. and therefore a fully operational commercial greenhouse. The only thing to keep in mind is that the tours may have some restrictions (certain areas visitors are not allowed to walk, etc.), so be sure to just heed the instructions of your tour guide.
It depends on the allergy. Please give us a call or drop us an e-mail and we would be happy to discuss what can be done.
No outside alcohol is allowed at a Petals & Plates event.
Not at all! The only thing we ask is that the name on the ticket matches the name of the person attending the event. If you are purchasing the ticket as a gift and will not be attending yourself, please just contact us (dejan@fco.ca) and give us the name of the person that will be attending so that our records match the attendee.
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