April Events & Workshops

APRIL EVENTS
NATIONAL PB&J DAY
with Gregory Benjamin
Saturday, April 2nd, all day!

Have you tried Gregory Benjamin’s preserves? If not, here’s your chance to sample them in the most delicious ways! Gregory himself will be making PB&J cake, PB&J pretzel bark, homemade vanilla ice cream with swirls of peanut butter and Very Berry Preserves. All in honor of National PB&J Day!
FREE Event!
WORKSHOPS
Mini Blooming Dish Garden
Sunday, April 3rd, $50
We can all enjoy happy, little buds in our home! Create a colorful scene with mini violets and bulbs perfect as we look forward to spring months.
Nosegays: The Timeless Standard
Sunday, April 10th, $50
Traditionally given as gifts as far back as the medieval times. Once you learn the basics of creating a nosegay you can make your own time and time again.
Moss Purse
Sunday, April 17th, $50
Become a designer when combining fresh flowers and a handbag. Create your very own style of arrangement and keep the moss purse to use over and over.
Asian Designs
Sunday April, 24th, $50
The art of Asian flower arranging is a unique form. Have fun creating your own stunning, minimalistic arrangement that concentrates on each stem, bud and shape. The true sense is less of less is more shines through these masterpieces.
FOOD & WINE CLASSES
WINE TASTING WITH A MASTER SOMMELIER
Thursday, April 21st, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Master Sommelier Marco Avigo
is back for another wine tasting at The Barn. At this class you will learn about unknown Italian wines and how to enjoy them.

Limited to 14 people (spaces fill up quickly!)
$45 per person
Payment must go through Marco Avigo via check or cash.

HEALTHY COOKING SERIES

with Megan Gatto – Culinary Enthusiast Chef

Thursday, April 28th, 10AM – Noon
If you’re looking to learn new ways to cook healthier or just looking for a fun class to take – this is the class for you! Local chef, Megan Gatto, is bringing you easy and delicious recipes filled with ingredients you won’t mind indulging in. This class will include grilled spring veggies with a fig balsamic glaze, grilled shrimp and quinoa.
Limited to 14 people, $25 per person

March Events

Spotlight Saturday, Flower Show, Food & Wine classes, and workshops. See below for all the fun things going on at VFF this month!
SPOTLIGHT SATURDAY
Celebrate the coming of spring with us and some of our favorite vendors.
Bring the kids for fun activities and pictures with a real live bunny.
Saturday, March 12th
10AM – 4PM
Free event – No RSVP needed!
ACTIVITIES
cookie decorating
sweet potato growing
free balloons
lemonade station
seasonal planter for sale
Henrietta the bunny!
TASTINGS
Gregory Benjamin Preserves
Irish Soda Bread
APricot Pretzel Bark
Apricot glaze for ham or steak
Slate Roof Creamery
French toast with powdered sugar & Sweet Butter
Deviled eggs with Everything Bagel Butter
Salmon fillets in potato nest with Lemon Herb Butter
Cranberry Orange Butter with Brussels sprouts
Chou Chou
St. Patrich’s Day Shamrock cookies
Tarts with apricot preserves
Taste Artisinal
Marinated Asiago spread
Barb’s Best Cheddar – a VFF favorite!
Barb’s Blue Cheese – a VFF favorite!
Spiced Chai Honey
Hibiscus Ginger Honey
FLOWER SHOW
VFF is once again creating pary of the entrance exhibit.
Come see what we’ve done this year!
PLANTING DESIGNING WORKSHOPS
Sunday, March 6th, 1PM
Decorative Moss & Egg Wreath

See how to make a 10″ frame and turn it into a delightful moss and egg covered wreath. Perfect for Easter and the entire spring season! $50 per person.
Sunday, March 13th, 1PM
Orchids That Always Bloom
Design your very own silk orchid plant. Select the miniature orchid and leaves that you like and see how realistic it is- just be sure not to water! $50 per person.
Sunday, March 20th, 1PM
Up, Up and Away

Vertical arrangements bring attention to any space and what better way to look forward to all of the spring bulbs we want to see come up! Learn how to create height that seems as if it’s growing naturally.
WINE TASTING
with Master Sommelier Marco Avigo
Tasting of Five Riesling from Around the World
Thursday, March 24th, 6:30PM – 8PM
We are pleased to welcome Marco Avigo back for another wine tasting at The Barn. You will learn about one of the most elegant grapes on the market and how to enjoy it. Join us for a fun evening with the Master Sommelier himself!
$45 per person. Payment by cash or check to Marco Avigo
Limited to 14 people. Spots sell out quickly! Call to RSVP 610-687-5566
NEW! HEALTHY COOKING SERIES
with Megan Gatto – Culinary Enthusiast Chef
Thursday, March 31st, 10AM – Noon
If you’re looking to learn new ways to cook healthier or just looking for a fun class to take – this is the class for you! Local chef, Megan Gatto, is bringing you wasy and delicious soup salad recipes filled with ingredients you won’t mind indulging in.
Limited to 14 people. $20 per person.
Call to RSVP! 610-687-5566
SIGNATURE CHEF EVENING
with Chef Gable- French Corporate Private Chef
Thursday, March 31st, 6PM – 8PM
Save the date & grab a plate for an evening of fine dining and French cuisine. Chef Gable is highly seasoned in his field from working as Chef De Cuisine at Philadelphia restaraunt Le Bec Fin for 14 years to Executive Chef at The Restaurant at Doneckers- both award winning restaurants. Join us as Chef Gable guides a cooking demo and prepares a three course meal at The Barn.
Limited to 14 people. $50 per person.
Call to RSVP! 610-687-5566
NATIONAL PB&J DAY
with Gregory Benjamin
Saturday, April 2nd, all day!
Have you tried Gregory Benjamin’s preserves? If not, here’s your chance to sample them in the most delicious ways! Gregory himself will be making PB&J cake, PB&J pretzel bark, homemade vanilla ice cream with swirls of peanut butter and Very Berry Preserves. All in honor of National PB&J Day!
FREE EVENT!

December Signature Chef Evening

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A Northern Italian Holiday Meal
Thursday, December 17th, 6-8PM
$50 per person. BYOB.
Limited to 14 guests.

Master Sommelier and Private Chef Marco Avigo will bring his birthplace in the Northern Region of Italy to us for this special Italian experience. Experience one of Marco’s family dinners in honor of Italy’s “Holy Day” complete with a “secret family recipe” dessert handed down to him. Leave the evening with a fantastic Italian experience – but not the secret recipe!
$50 per person, limited to 14 guests. BYOB.
Call to RSVP! 610-687-5566

CHEF MARCO’S BIO
About me, I grew up inside restaurant family business. I was 7 years old when my father opened the first restaurant and I owned my restaurant for 15 years. The restaurant “Gallo d’Oro” was classified one of the best restaurants in Lombardy region for five years. I had a wine list with over 400 labels and a single malt list with 72 single malts. I am not a professional chef but I start to cook at the age of 15 and I learned trough the experiences of all the chefs that worked for my father and for me. The menu represents a typical menu for the holidays from North Italy and includes some classic, old recipes and some new interpretations of classic dishes.

THE MENU
Chef’s Appetizers Plate
-Swordfish carpaccio with salad, fennel and grapefruit
-Shrimp with coconut milk and curry
-Cherry tomato filled with Tuna mousse
-Marinated Cod in saor (old Venetian recipe)
-Scallops pomegranate and Leek over Cannellini puree

First Course
-Risotto with Radicchio

Second Course
-Shrimp “Busera style” (old recipe from Friuli region)

Dessert
-Marco’s Tiramisu


Call The Barn to RSVP! 610-687-5566

Holiday Baking with Chou-Chou

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Thursday, December 10th
10AM – Noon
$25 per person
Limited to 10 seats

Come to our Holiday Baking event with pastry chef Jennifer McGlinn of Chou-Chou! Jennifer will be doing a hands-on cooking demo making holiday sugarplums, mincemeat tarts with French pastry, and holiday biscotti. Gingerbread houses will be available to purchase as well as her cookbook, Gingerbread: Timeless Recipes for Cakes, Cookies Desserts, Ice Cream.

Jennifer is a trained pastry chef, food writer, author, and historian and a graduate of The Baldwin School, UPENN, the Culinary Institute of America, and the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture. She has worked as executive editor of professional chefs’ magazine Art Culinaire, as well as in the curatorial departments at Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, Rosenbach Museum and Library, and Valley Forge National Historic Park. As a full-time writer for a number of chefs books, including The City Tavern Baking & Dessert Cookbook, Black Forest Cuisine, and Delilah’s Everyday Soul. She has also edited recipes for and contributed to Dining at Monticello, Winterthur Museum’s community cookbook, Recipes from Winterthur, and Mount Vernon’s Dining with the Washingtions. Jennifer has a cookbook, Gingerbread: Timeless Recipes for Cakes, Cookies Desserts, Ice Cream , and Candy and has contributed food and entertaining articles to Hunt Magazine and regularly writes for Main Line Magazine, Main Line Parent, and Gladwyne Living Magazine. In 2015, Jennifer decided to coalesce her years of studying, working in the restaurant industry, and writing into her newest project, Chou-Chou (pronounced “shoo-shoo” and French for “sweet little thing”), an artisanal confections-based business.

Visit the Chou-Chou website at chouchoucooks.com
Jennifer’s food, cooking, and lifestyle blog: jennifermcglinn.wordpress.com

Jennifer will have her delicious treats for sale and samples.
Call to RSVP for our baking event with Chou-Chou! 610-687-5566

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December Events at The Barn

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Winter Holidays at The Barn
Holiday themed workshops, tastings, baking demos, and pictures with Santa!

A VISIT FROM SANTA
Saturday, 12/5 10AM – 5PM
KIDS ACTIVITIES: FREE!
Photos with Santa 11AM – 2PM, make a pine cone birdfeeder, gingerbread cookie decorating, campfire s’mores, hot cider + hot chocolate.
WORKSHOPS:
Decorate an Eric & Christopher pillow for Grandmom $29
“Make-and-go” arrangement for your outdoor planter
Bow making

HOLIDAY BAKING WITH CHOU-CHOU
Thursday, 12/10 10AM – noon | $25

Jennifer McGlinn of Chou-Chou will be doing a hands-on cooking demo making holiday sugarplums, mincemeat tarts with French pastry, and holiday biscotti. Gingerbread houses will be available to purchase as well as her cookbook, The Gingerbread Book.

 

HOLIDAY APPETIZER TASTING
Saturday, 12/12 10AM – 5PM | FREE

Sample and learn to make quick + easy to make appetizers for any holiday party using our selection of gourmet foods and ingredients.

 

TOASTING IN THE NEW YEAR
Saturday, 12/19 10AM – 5PM | FREE
We will be making and sampling a variety of mixed drinks using our favorite Stonewall Kitchen mixes for cocktail and champagne, because what’s a toast without champagne? Gregory Benjamin will also be sampling special cocktail recipes using his jams. 

NYC FLOWER DISTRICT
WHOLESALE SHOPPING TRIP

(yes, you will get wholesale prices!)
Wednesday, December 2nd
We’ll be starting with coffee and morning snacks before departing from VFF at 6AM then enjoy a box lunch on the bus ride home. Experience navigating through a busy city flower market during the most magical time of the year!
$65 per person

Signature Chef Evening 
A Northern Italian Holiday Meal

Thursday, December 17th, 6-8PM

Master Sommelier and Private Chef Marco Avigo will bring his birthplace in the Northern Region of Italy to us for this special Italian experience.
$50 per person. BYOB.
Limited 14 guests
HOLLAND IN SPRING 2016 TRIP

April 14th – 25th, 2016
Only a couple of spots left! Highlights of the trip include the World Flower Exchange in Aalsmeer, Flower Fields of Keukenhof, public and private gardens, museums, two city canal boat tours, fine restaurants, as well as staying in 4 and 5 star hotels. If interested, please email.
david@valleyforgeflowers.com

For questions, comments, and RSVP’s please give us a call! 610-687-5566
Happy holidays!

November Events at The Barn

See what events and workshops we have planned for November!

ChefAugusLukitoSignature Chef Evening
Thursday, November 12th, 6PM – 8PM
Join us as we welcome Chef Augus Lukito head “Itame” of Yanako Restaurant in Philadelphia. Yanako celebrates the beauty of all things Japanese- its history, art and food. Enjoy learning and sharing a meal with Chef Lukito, a master of both sushi and traditional Japanese cuisine.
$75 per person. BYOB.

NYCFlowerBusNYC Flower District Wholesale Holiday Shopping Trip
(yes, you will get wholesale prices!)
Wednesday, December 2nd
We’ll be starting with coffee and morning snacks before departing from VFF at 6AM and enjoy a box lunch on the bus ride home. Experience navigating through a busy city flower market during the most magical time of the year!
$65 per person

Workshops
Workshops are $50 per person and held Sundays at 1PM.
Registration is required! Call 610-687-5566 to register.

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November 1st: Tiered Succulent Garden
Come and create a layered garden with a combination of succulents of your choice. Even as it’s becoming cooler outside, you can keep a bit of “summer warmth” with this fun planter.

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November 8th: Jewel Toned Arrangement
Emerald green, ruby red, topaz yellow, sapphire blue… who doesn’t like a bit of “sparkle” in their home?

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November 15th: Sunflower Topiary
It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy bright, happy sunflowers and see how to create a topiary arrangement.

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November 22nd: Artichoke Centerpiece
These tasty and attractive vegetables are actually edible thistle! They’ll be the focal point of your table in an arrangement.

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Fairy Garden
Book your workshop for any day or time! We’ll supply the container, soil, gravel, plants and instruction along with a little fairy, too. Additional decorations can be purchased separately.

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503 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
610-687-5566
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October Events at The Barn

See what events and workshops we have planned for October!

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Fall Festival at VFF
Saturday, October 10th, 10AM – 5PM (Kids activities 11AM – 4PM)
Bring in the season with all things fall at The Barn at VFF for a family fun community event with sweets, treats, and fall festivities.

  • Tastings: Gregory Benjamin jam, Crisp Pickle Company, Tradestone Confections chocolate, Taste Artisinal cheese spreads, Chou Chou cookies. Pillow signings by Eric & Christopher
  • Workshops: Monogrammed pumpkin topiary, bulb forcing “how to” demo, dried flower arrangements
  • PHS Hard Cider tastings and Flower Show 2016 info
  • Kids activities (11AM – 4PM): face painting, pumpkin painting
  • Food: apple cider, caramel apples, s’mores bar, hot chocolate
  • CONTEST! Vote for your favorite decorated pumpkin designed by VFF staff. Win a workshop and lunch for two!

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Signature Chef Evening
Chef Gregory Smith of Avenue Kitchen
Thursday, October 22nd, 6PM – 8:30PM
Join us as we welcome executive chef of Villanova’s Avenue Kitchen, Gregory Smith for this month’s chef evening. Greg will do a cooking demo followed by a three course meal.
$75 per person – registration required
Limited to 14 people. BYOB.
Call 610-687-5566 to reserve your spot
More info on Greg Smith & Avenue Kitchen on The Blog!

WORKSHOPS
Designing & Planting workshops are $50 per person and held Sundays at 1PM. Registration is required! Call 610-687-5566 to register.

Designing
October 4th: Bright Fall Preserved Wreath
Welcome Fall and Friends with this colorful autumnal wreath. Select your colors and learn to make this wreath complete with a decorative bow.

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October 11th: Gourd Centerpieces
Gourds are fall’s perfect container and adding your favorite flowers will create a showstopper. Have fun designing this piece into a formal or loose and airy arrangement – sky’s the limit.

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Planting
October 18th: Autumnal Planter. Add a bit of color and seasonality to your home with this vibrant planter. Select your plants and colors and create this living piece that you will enjoy all season!

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Fairy Garden
Book your workshop for any day or time! We’ll supply the container, soil, gravel, plants and instruction along with a little fairy, too. Additional decorations can be purchased separately.

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Valley Forge Flowers
503 W. Lancaster Ave.
Wayne, PA 19087
610-687-5566
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