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Indulge in Mango Flowers and Cotton Candy Bonsai at The Tree Cafe & ICE NYTuesday, October 16, 2018
Cotton-candy bonsai tree at The Tree Cafe & ICE NY For Sopanut Sopochana, food should taste and look good.The owner of Eathai, the Boca Raton resident teamed up with fellow restauranteur Chansone Chanhthamaly (of Sushi Yama in Boynton Beach) to open The Tree Cafe & ICE NY, a spot for the Instagram-crazed and food-obsessed alike.Co-owners Sopanut “So” Sopochana and Chansone “Sonya” Chanhthamaly“I’m not just serving dessert, I’m serving art,” Sopochana said.And taking a look at the menu, he really does. One of the most photogenic items is the Bonsai Cake (pictured above)—a bowl of chocolate mousse, raspberry preserve, chocolate cake, and green tea crumbles topped with a chocolate “trunk” and cotton candy foliage. However, my favorite was the Mango Toast, an artfully sliced mango shaped into a juicy flower atop a piece of toasted, yet soft, bread drizzled in a mango puree. It’s served alongside a creamy mango ice cream and whipped cream.Sopochana tried three different bakeries before finding the perfect bread for his toast at a Jewish deli.Ma... https://www.bocamag.com/the-tree-cafe-ice-ny/
Friendship Through FlowersTuesday, August 14, 2018
Japanese art and then leading activities like kabuki dance and the Japanese tea ceremony. Today, however, she's most likely to be found teaching ikebana at either the Morikami or the Boca Raton Museum Art School.
"Ikebana is really three-dimensional flower sculpture," she explains. "It's not just putting flowers into a vase."
Today, she is the coordinator of the Eastern Branch of the Sogetsu School, a contemporary branch of ikebana, which she founded here in 1969 - 23 years after it was founded in Tokyo. When Mihori decided to teach sogetsu, she returned to Japan to study and attain the highest leadership rank, riji. Sogetsu differs dramatically from other schools of ikebana in that it's more flexible and reflective of a contemporary lifestyle.
"Sogetsu emphasizes creativity and originality," Mihori explains, adding that the name combines the Japanese words for "grass" and "moon." "That combination means that sogetsu is not only for Japanese people but for people anywhere."
When Mihori came to the United States in the 1950s, her husband was a graduate student at the University of Miami. The couple soon moved to Delray Beach, where they raised three children: Warren, James Jr. and Charlotte (Kasumi). In 2012, Mihori received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver, from the emperor of Japan for spreading an understanding of Japanese culture in the U.S. Today, she continues this mission, primarily through ikebana.
"Flowers don't need a language," she says. "Everyone loves flowers. I enjoy creating beauty and hope we can use that beauty to create a world of friendship and peace." O
Saturdays bring freshness at the farmers market - The TideTuesday, November 19, 2019
Her favorite part of the market is by far the diversity of things for sale.“The variety’s really extraordinary here. The variety of cheese, the variety of microgreens, the variety of mushrooms—this florist here specializes in kind of unusual flowers—so it’s all stuff you just can’t find anywhere else,” she said.Photo by Victoria TongA variety of fresh produce appears at the farmers market each week.As the aroma of freshly baked scones, roasted coffee and handmade empanadas floats through the air, many shoppers flock towards the various businesses selling prepared goods. Charlie’s Empanadas attracts lines with their golden-brown empanadas, the beef, chicken, ham or spinach stuffed inside ready to burst out after one bite. Grandma Vera’s Bakery is a mainstay at the market with their gigantic scones a broad mix of imaginative flavors, and both customers and other vendors can be spotted with a steaming cup of Zeke’s Coffee in hand.Wander to the far end of the market, and a pleasant hubbub of conversation will fill the air at Scenic View Orchard’s expansive stand. A vibrant spectrum of pumpkins, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and more, as well as a brilliant rainbow of flowers, peers out from underneath multiple white tents while customers mosey around an extensive selection of product.Scenic View Orchard is another veteran of the market, having been a vendor at Rockville for at least 25 years. In addition to the beautiful fruits and vegetables displayed within their main tent, Scenic View also sells “seconds,” produce that may not be quite as pretty as their more photogenic brethren. “We sell [these] at a cheaper rate, and a lot of people like the seconds because they don’t care what it looks like. It tastes the same,” employee Wayne Masser said.“I’m glad to see that there are local farmers still thriving. And I’ll support that any day.”— Marci MaclinThe wide variety of goods on sale, the freshness of the fruits and vegetables and the tempting food selection are hardly the only outstanding features of the market. All of the vendors are incredibly friendly and willing to chat about their products, and even give cooking advice and insider tips on selecting the best produce. “Grocery stores kind of stress me out,” Nora Lyle, who runs the stand for King Mushrooms Farm, said. “With the farmers market, it’s kind of relaxing. You can take your time and get your coffee in the morning, and people will be a lot more helpful to you than at a grocery store. It’s more personal.”Linda Miller agrees. She works for Keswick Creamery, whose tent at the market houses at least 20 different kinds of cheese and offers free samples of them all. Unusual cheeses among her selection include hot and spicy Dragon’s Breath, soft and crumbly Bovre, and quark, a German-style cream cheese. “I think when you come to the market, you get to talk to the person that was actually producing the product, so it’s very intimate—it’s not like the grocery store and you have no clue where... https://thermtide.com/8970/features/saturdays-bring-freshness-at-the-farmers-market/
Court again rules against florist who refused gay couple - The Spokesman-ReviewTuesday, November 19, 2019
OLYMPIA – A Richland florist did not face religious intolerance from government officials who ruled she couldn’t refuse to provide flowers for the wedding of a gay couple, the Washington Supreme Court said Thursday.In a unanimous 75-page decision, the court upheld for a second time a finding that Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers violated state anti-discrimination laws by refusing to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, saying it was against her religious beliefs.The court had previously ruled against Stutzman, but a U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of a Colorado bakery that refused to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding sent the case back to the Washington high court to determine whether government officials at some point in the process showed intolerance for the florist’s religious beliefs. That led to a new round of legal arguments and a new review of the case.“We now hold that the answer to the Supreme Court’s question is no: the adjudicatory bodie... https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/jun/06/court-again-rules-against-florist-who-refused-gay-/
Marigold harvest a gift to workers who have kept Mellano blooming for 50 years - The San Diego Union-TribuneTuesday, November 19, 2019
Knott’s Berry Farm.At the request of poinsettia grower and family friend Paul Ecke, the Mellano family took over management of the American Florist Exchange in L.A. in the 1960s. And in the 1970s, Giovanni and Maria’s son Mike Mellano Sr. and son-in-law Battista Castellano moved to Oceanside to expand the family’s flower empire. Chairman of Mellano & Company Michael Mellano stands among marigolds at the Mellano & Company farm on Friday, October 25, 2019 in Oceanside.(Hayne Palmour IV / The San Diego Union-Tribune) Today, Mellano & Co. farms more than 40 varieties of cut flower products, particularly the fresh foliage and greenery that fills out most traditional floral bouquets. With locations in Oceanside, Carlsbad, Orange County and Las Vegas, it’s the largest specialty cut-flower grower in the nation, producing 6 million flower stems each year. In partnership with the Ecke family and Armstrong Nursery, Mellano & Co. also oversees the 40-acre growing and wholesale operations for The Flower Fields in Carlsbad.Michelle Castellano Keeler, the daughter of Battista Castellano, also grew up on the farm and today is the company’s corporate vice president. She and her cousin, Mike M., said the company has always had a heart for immigrant workers because of their family’s roots in Italy.During World War II when Japanese farmers in California were sent to internment camps, Giovanni Mellano purchased some of their L.A. farm properties and equipment for $1 and then stored everything for the internees until they returned after the war.At the Oceanside farm, Mellano & Co. offers onsite housing for its workers, some of whom have lived on the property for two generations. From 40 to 50 workers live there now, most of them were born in Mexican as well as a few Guatemalans and a family of Congolese refugees. Keeler said the idea for the worker housing came from her dad.“He was an immigrant himself and when we first moved here, he felt the way the Hispanic workers were treated was horrible so he built this area on our farm where they could live and be safe,” she said. Advertisement Taking care of workers is also smart business. Mellano said that 10 years ago, 50 people would show up to apply for five open jobs. Now, with the local unemployment rate at a historic low, just one person will show up to apply for five open jobs, and they may not even have the proper legal documentation to qualify. Giovanni and Maria Mellano with their sons Johnny, second from left, and Mike Sr. at their family flower farm in Artesia, Ca., in the 1930s. Their Mellano & Co. now farms more than 340 acres of flowers in Oceanside and Carlsbad.(Courtesy of Mellano & Co.) Beyond the labor shortage, growing flowers is an increasingly challenging business. The cost of water, electricity and equipment keeps rising along with competition from South American growers, who have significantly lower production costs.To adapt over the years, the company shifted its growing focus away from high labor-intensive crops like gladiolus and chrysanthemums to lower labor-intensive crops like myrtle, ruscus and other greenery. The company also expanded beyond the cut-flower trade into growing hemp, succulents and potted poinsettias and hydrangeas.The company has also invested in state-of-the-art equipment, like sensors that measure the amount of water in the soil to... https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/story/2019-10-27/marigold-harvest-a-gift-to-workers-who-have-kept-mellano-blooming-for-50-years
Why Small Businesses Matter in Fairfield: Fresh Flower Bar - HamletHubTuesday, November 19, 2019
Flowers have a transformative quality and can immediately add beauty and life to a room and bring joy to people. Since launching my business in 2018, people have described me as a modern florist and I have quickly built a reputation for my unique style and color combinations that are now recognizable in Fairfield County, Connecticut and beyond. The best compliment I get is when people tell me that my flowers don't look real because they are so gorgeous.What is your best selling product/service? My best selling product is my flower arrangements in my signature hatbox. I wanted to create exquisite floral bouquets in a modern vase that is environmentally friendly and can be repurposed into a chic storage container or recycled. My best selling service is my Mobile Flower Bar. I travel with buckets of beautiful flowers to people's homes, local restaurants, businesses and other locations and create handmade bouquets and conduct flower arranging and wreath making workshops.How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?I use many local businesses, including No. 299 which is a gifts and goods store that I share a retail location with. We have a unique business approach because we share a space with complementary products but operate as completely separate business entities. I purchase my flowers from East Coast Wholesale flowers in Norwalk and local Connecticut flower farms. Very often, I will have my flower arrangements on display in local businesses such as The Perfect Pair and Penfield Collective, which drives traffic to my floral studio located at 11 Unquowa Road in Fairfield.Fresh Flower Bar is located at 11 Unquowa Road, Fairfield. Call&... https://news.hamlethub.com/fairfield/places/48836-why-small-businesses-matter-in-fairfield-fresh-flower-bar
Champion florist to create Carnival of Flowers installation - ChronicleTuesday, November 19, 2019
BART Hassam's love of minimalist and intricate floral designs has won him international acclaim, and his next project will be spicing up this year's Carnival of Flowers. The florist, who is the current Interflora World Cup champion, will create a floral installation for the opening weekend in Queens Park. "It's always wonderful to come up to Toowoomba to be part of the festival," Mr Hassam said at yesterday's launch. "We get to do large installations of floral design which you don't get to do in your normal shop. "It's a great piece of work that involves the public, they get to walk through it, and they are usually of a grand scale." Mr Hassam, who grew up in Bundaberg, said his grandmother's garden was his first inspiration. "She put me into small floral art competitions when I was young," he said. "When I was 13 I made my first wedding bouquet and it grew from there." Mr Hassam is also five-time Australian Florist of the Year and has won the Asian Cup of Floral Design. "Coming from Bundaberg, the materials that I use are sub-tropical," he said. "The wonderful thing about Toowoomba is you can grow a Heliconia and a Camellia. "I can use both trop... https://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/champion-florist-to-create-carnival-of-flowers-ins/3715089/