LIVE AUCTION SNEAK PEEK
Full of impressive vacations, dinners and much more - grab your paddle at this year's live auction to raise money to end childhood hunger in Georgia and across the nation,
L1 – Girls Day Out
Ladies (or those who love them!), get your paddles ready for this fun day of spa, shopping and delicious dining. Your party of four women will visit the normally closed-to-the-public Showroom Ampersand for a VIP shopping experience. You’ll privately peruse the latest fashions from lauded Atlanta-based designers Abbey Glass and Megan Huntz, both of whom are known for their innovative designs and shapes that flatter. Each lady will have a $250 gift card to put toward a purchase, to add extra style and sophistication to any wardrobe. Next up on this day escape: a spa treatment, tailored to each woman’s preferences at the beautifully appointed in-town retreat, Blue Med Spa. Each woman will receive a relaxing massage as well as their choice of an expert facial or manicure and pedicure, you’re sure to find a new level of calm. Cap off the day with a classic Italian lunch or dinner for four at Veni Vidi Vici, right in the heart of Midtown.
Compliments of Blue MedSpa, Veni Vidi Vici and Showroom Ampersand along with Abbey Glass and Megan Huntz.
*Expires May 10, 2015. Does not include ground transportation or gratuity.
L2 – Luxe Lake Getaway
If some fun in the sun is calling your name, this is the lot for you! The lucky winner will enjoy two relaxing nights (and three sun-filled days!) in a palatial six bedroom Legacy Villa on sparkling Lake Lanier. Your 4,500 square foot home-away-from-home comes complete with a dedicated concierge, gated access for privacy, nightly turndown service, a welcome basket of Georgia-produced products and spectacular views of the lake. Your party of up to 12 guests will soak up the rays in style with a two hour wine cruise on a pontoon boat (bring your sunscreen and your thirst for vino!). A real highlight to your time just north of Atlanta will be a private in-villa dinner, prepared by Lake Lanier’s Executive Chef Michael Klein, who brings more than 25 years of culinary experience to delight you with every course. This is one you don’t want to miss!
Compliments of Chef Michael Klein and Lake Lanier Islands Resort.
*Expires April 27, 2015. Hotel rooms subject to availability and must be reserved 30 days in advance. Does not include ground transportation, gratuity or any other incidentals.
L3 – Monumental D.C. Weekend
Few cities are steeped in an intoxicating blend of history, power and romance quite like Washington, D.C.. The lucky winner of this lot will experience it like never before! You and a lucky guest will be whisked away with two first-class tickets on Delta Air Lines, a fitting start to the first-class weekend ahead. Your home-away-from-home for two luxurious nights will be Horst Schulze’s palatial, 5-star Capella Washington D.C. Georgetown. The refined hotel is tucked between the historic C&O Canal and the cobblestone avenues of Georgetown, in close proximity to cultural destinations, culinary offerings and world-class shopping. You’ll explore, intrigue and learn of double agents at the International Spy Museum and indulge in decadent dinners at BLT Steak and Nopa Kitchen & Bar. It’s a fitting way to experience America the Beautiful!
Compliments of Capella Washington D.C., BLT Steak and Nopa Kitchen & Bar.
*Expires May 1, 2015. Accommodations, airfare and dinner reservations based on availability. Taxes, service charges, gratuity, incidentals and ground transportation not included.
L4 – Calling All Jetsetters & Fishermen!
Bring a lucky jet-setting guest and hop aboard your own private ImagineAir plane, captained by one of their expert pilots. You’ll fly the friendly skies in style on a day-trip escape to stunning St. Simons Island. After safely landing at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport, you’ll step aboard a privately chartered boat to fish with Chef Dave Snyder. After reeling in a pristine catch, Chef Dave will take you back to one of his restaurants - Halyards or Tramici - to prepare a meal to remember. Then it’s back aboard your private plane for a return flight home to Atlanta.
Compliments of Chef Dave Snyder, Halyards and Tramici restaurants and ImagineAir.
*Expires May 15, 2015. Date based availability, some blackout dates may apply. Does not include ground transportation or gratuities.
L5 – Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Priceless Braves Experience
Calling all die-hard baseball fans. If you’ve ever wanted to experience an Atlanta Braves game like a true VIP, get your bidding paddle ready. Win this lot and you’ll score six tickets to a 2014 Braves home game. They’re not just any tickets - they are the personal seats of Braves President John Schuerholz, so you’re assured that they’re stellar. Your unforgettable evening will kick off with an exclusive dinner at the members-only 755 Club, overlooking the pristine Turner Field turf. You and your five lucky guests will enjoy delicious fare and fine beverages before heading to your ultra-VIP seats. For you, the host, you’ll have a special keepsake: an official Braves jersey, signed by Schuerholz himself. Batter up!
Compliments of John Schuerholz and the Atlanta Braves.
*Must be used during 2014 season, based on availability and some blackout dates may apply. Does not include ground transportation or gratuity.
L6 – Getaway to Magical Miami
Get ready to soak up the sun, with this extraordinary trip for two to Miami’s gorgeous South Beach. You and a guest will be whisked away with first-class, round-trip airfare on Atlanta’s Delta Air Lines. Once your feet hit the ground in the “Magic City,” retire to your hip, luxurious Deluxe Room at the jaw-dropping Loews Miami Beach Hotel, situated right on South Beach. Your Art Deco-outfitted room is designed to inspire, with sweeping views of the skyline. Bring your appetite along and prepare to delight in a fresh-caught feast at the stylishly sleek Lure Fishbar, where Executive Chef Josh Capon will select each course of pristine seafood, paired with complementing wines. For a huge boost to your culinary cred, this trip comes with two seats to the highly anticipated opening of Siena Tavern in Fall 2014, with BRAVO “Top Chef” favorite Fabio Viviani at the helm (he will even come by to greet you personally!). If you’re not able to make it the day of the opening, we’ve got you covered: indulge when it best suits your schedule and the restaurant will host you at the chef’s tasting table, working closely with you to create a personalized menu, designed to delight your own food and wine preferences.
Compliments of Loews Miami Beach Hotel, Lure Fishbar/Chef Josh Capon, Siena Tavern and Chef Fabio Viviani.
*The hotel certificate is valid from May 15, 2014 until May 15, 2015 and is subject to guestroom availability. Blackout dates may apply. Does not include ground transportation, gratuity or incidentals.
L7 – Get Cooking with Cookbook Authors Virginia Willis & Rebecca Lang
Grab your favorite cast iron skillet and join esteemed authors and dames of southern cuisine Virginia Willis and Rebecca Lang for this once-in-a-lifetime cooking event for 40 at Cook's Warehouse Ansley Mall. Whether you choose a cooking demonstration, a hands-on class or a team building event, you'll be sure to savor and sip through their 3-course southern inspired menu with wine pairings. Virginia Willis is a French-trained chef who has cooked with Julia Child, written several best-selling cookbooks and is a frequent contributor to numerous print and television publications such as USA Today and Martha Stewart Living. Rebecca Lang is a food writer, cooking instructor and television personality. Born and raised in South Georgia, she also has authored several cookbooks as well as featured in numerous print and television publications such as Taste of the South and Fox & Friends Weekend. Tonight's winner will also take home Virginia Willis' Basic to Brilliant, Y'all: 150 Refined Southern Recipes and Ways to Dress Them Up for Company and Rebecca's Southern Living's Around the Southern Table. Whether you purchase this for fun with friends or as a business event, it promises to be fun, delicious and educational.
Compliments of Virginia Willis, Rebecca Lang and The Cook’s Warehouse.
*Expires May 15, 2015. Based on chef availability, some blackout dates may apply. A minimum of 30-90 days advance notice recommended. Does not include gratuity.
L8 – Cheers to a Custom Tailored Northern California Wine Tour
You and three guests will enjoy this 6-night, 6 day trip to the premiere wine growing region of the US - California's Napa Valley and Sonoma Wine Country. Your foursome will fly coach to the home of more than 800 wineries nestled throughout California's 28 AVAs (viticulture areas), each producing a product with distinct flavors and characteristics representative of the area. Start your trip in Sonoma Valley at Thomas George Estates. This recently redesigned property includes luxury accommodations, a VIP Tour/Tasting and will be your home base while visiting additional top wineries specializing in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. From there you will be off to Napa Valley for 3 additional nights at the luxurious Raymond Winery, owned by the world renowned Jean Claude Boisset and Gina Gallo. Raymond Estates will enjoy hosting you for a VIP Tour/Tasting and serving as your home base for visiting top Napa Cabernet Sauvignon producers. Additional tours and lunches in both Napa and Sonoma will be determined based on the winner's schedule, tastes, preferences and winery availability.
Compliments of Thomas George Estates and Raymond Winery.
*Expires May 15, 2015. Trip does not include ground transportation, gratuities or any other incidentals.
L9 – Gourmet Bite of the Big Apple
Get ready to embark on an unforgettable culinary adventure in New York City. The whirlwind tour of the city’s top restaurants will include two first class seats on Delta Air Lines and a two night stay at in an executive city view suite at the palatial Trump Hotel, adjacent to Central Park. A three-course dinner at Jean-Georges, the namesake restaurant of Michelin three-starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is just the start of your epicurean escapade. Get ready for a special wine dinner at Union Square Cafe, with pairings by Master Sommelier John Ragan. Taste of the Nation Honorary Chef Carmen Quagliata will present an unforgettable meal for a grand finale. Get ready to feast!
Compliments of Chef Carmen Quagliata, Union Square Cafe/Union Square Hospitality Group, Jean-Georges, Delta Air Lines and the Trump Hotel.
*Expires April 30, 2015. Hotel subject to availability, not available during blackout dates and Nov 1 through Jan 1. Does not include ground transportation, gratuity or any other incidentals.
L10 – Mediterranean Rivalry: Greece vs. Italy
Get your paddle - and your tastebuds - ready for this ultra-fun in-home dinner. When you win, you’ll have a choice to make: are you taking your guests to (the flavors of) Greece or Italy? Make your pick and Kyma’s Chef Pano I. Karatassos (Greece) or Pricci Chef Piero Premoli (Italy) will create an unforgettable four-course meal, with perfectly paired wine from National Distributing Company, for 12 guests right in your own home. These two Buckhead Life Restaurant Group chefs are great friends, but that won’t stop their on-stage rivalry from heating up - they’ll be vying for you to pick them, much to your guests’ delight. Regardless of your choice, this in home dinner will be one to remember!
Compliments of Chef Pano Karatassos/Kyma, Chef Piero Premoli/Pricci and National Distributing Company.
*Expires May 15, 2015. Based on chef availability, Sunday-Thursday. Gratuity not included.
L11 – Vacation Like the Stars: Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
It’s easy to see why St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain is consistently ranked one of the Caribbean’s best resorts (recently by Condé Nast Traveler): stunning beaches, palatial open-air sanctuaries, world-class fare and round-the-clock butlers will make your stay one to remember. For four nights you and a guest will luxuriate in your own 1,600 square-foot Moon Sanctuary, guaranteed to exceed your expectations in every way. Your accommodations include a 650 square-foot infinity pool, and you'll be attended by round-the-clock butler service. You'll see why this is one of the top-rated hotels in the world for service. And whether you want to simply relax on the sandy beach or choose from world-class snorkeling, SCUBA diving, yoga, jungle biking, spa services or boating, you won't be bored! The dining at Jade Mountain is something to write home about too: with renowned Miami Chef Allen Susser as consulting chef, all meals are exquisite and the ingredients sourced locally. Pack your bags for the trip of a lifetime, only a short four-hour direct plane ride from Atlanta, on Delta Air Lines (first class!).
Compliments of Jade Mountain, Chef Allen Susser and Delta Air Lines.
*Expires September 30, 2015. Subject to availability and excludes all major holidays, ground transportation, gratuities and any incidentals.
L12 – Ultimate Pitmasters Barbecue for 100
Be the toast of 100 of your favorite friends and family when you host an ultimate backyard barbecue. A trifecta of star pitmasters - Gunshow’s Chef Kevin Gillespie, Veni Vidi Vici’s Jamie Adams and Rosebud’s Ron Eyester - will pull out all the stops to turn your lawn into delicious, smoked and sauced feast. Classic Party Rentals will transform your lawn into a real party, complete with tables, chairs, linens and serving ware. You won’t have to lift a finger! Of course, no BBQ would be complete without refreshing brews. United Distributors will bring the beer and the educators to talk about the 25+ selections including Abita, Sierra Nevada, Ballast Point, New Holland, Mother Earth, Sweetwater, Terrapin, Boulevard, Ommegang, Blue Moon, Leinenkugels, Eventide, Crispin, Rogue and Ballast Point. All of the fun of your own private beer festival! Plus, guests will remember this party for years to come, since Chef Kevin will provide 50 copies of his top-selling cookbook, Fire in My Belly. Party on!
Compliments of Chefs Kevin Gillespie, Jamie Adams and Ron Eyester, Classic Party Rentals and United Distributors.
*Expires May 15, 2015. Based on chef and beef educator availability, Sunday-Thursday. Gratuity not included.
L13 – Priceless In-Home Chef Dinner by Six Ultra Star Chefs
Always one of the most highly anticipated lots of the night, you won’t want to miss this priceless in-home chef dinner. Some of Atlanta’s best chefs will converge on your own kitchen to create a one-of-a-kind meal for your group of 12 guests. When else can you host a meal prepared by Chefs Gerry Klaskala (Aria), Linton Hopkins (Holeman+Finch/Restaurant Eugene), Kevin Rathbun (Kevin Rathbun Steak/Krog Bar/KR Steakbar/Rathbun’s), Ford Fry (JCT. Kitchen/King + Duke/No. 246/St. Cecilia/The Optimist), Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia/Quinones at Bacchanalia/Abattoir/Star Provsions/Floataway Café) and Gary Donlick (Bistro Niko), all at one time? The expert wine curators at National Distributing Company will thoughtfully select wine pairings for each stunning course. Six chef-created courses, six spectacular wines and six BIG culinary personalities all in your own kitchen... get your paddles ready and prepare to be the talk of your friends for years to come!
Compliments of our participating chefs, their restaurants and National Distributing Company.
*Expires May 15, 2015. In home dinner based on availability of chef scheduling, offered Sunday – Thursday. Gratuity not included.