One Home, Many Hearts Gala Live Auction Preview
Win one of these magical experiences and make a difference for Bay Area families experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Attention Thrill Seekers and Adventurers, New Zealand beckons! Now two of you are invited to spend 5 amazing days and nights exploring the wild and ever-changing landscapes of the South Island, from the gentle hills to the lush rain forests, to the steep mountains and the glaciers.
Kick off your trip in deluxe style when you check into a suite at Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown for 2 nights. The famed hotel situated on Lake Wakatipu is just a stone’s throw from incredible hiking trails, jet boating and skiing as well as internationally renowned golf courses. For those who like to take life at a more sedate pace, you will be pleased to note Eichardt’s is in the heart of Queenstown’s foodie district, with some of the finest international shopping just steps away. *Breakfast and Evening Drink included
Move on to a one-night stay in a gorgeous suite at the breathtaking Blanket Bay Lodge in Glenorchy. One of the world’s finest alpine mountain lodges, Blanket Bay Lodge offers world-class dining, spa services, exercise facilities as well as extraordinary fishing, hiking, riding and water sports activities. *Breakfast, Pre Dinner Drinks and Dinner included
Your final destination is not a hotel or a lodge but a suite for 2 nights at Edenhouse, a gracious home situated on 48 acres of private grounds. Located in Nelson, Edenhouse is at the top of the South Island in the Tasman Bay region,which enjoys the most sunshine hours of anywhere in New Zealand. *Breakfast included
To help you plan your trip Seasonz Travel, the leading luxury travel company in New Zealand, is providing a $4,100 Excursions Gift Certificate as well as 24-hour concierge assistance. Some excursions include: *Personalized Winery Excursion in Queenstown and the Abel Tasman boat tour in Nelson. *Milford Sound helicopter tour.
Seasonz Travel, Courtney Regan Travel
A foodie’s dream dinner for 10 prepared expertly in your home by award-winning Chef Clyde Serda, author and past President of the San Francisco Chefs Association as well as a longtime friend and donor to Raphael House. Take home tonight 3 bottles of the School House Vineyard’s 2012 Chardonnay, 3 bottles of the winery’s 2011 Pinot Noir, and 1 bottle of dessert wine, which will all pair beautifully with the evening’s menu.
Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallop with Pepper Vodka Sauce
Tender Field Greens with Asian Pear, Blue Cheese Crumble, Candied Walnuts, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
Key Lime Granite
Dry Rubbed Rack of Lamb, with Wild Mushrooms, Potatoes Dutchess, and Sautéed Squash Pearls, Served with a Pinot Noir Sauce
Chocolate Cappuccino Mousse with Twill Cookie
Dinner is to take place on an agreeable date and a location of your choosing, to be executed by April 18, 2016, unless otherwise agreed upon by Chef Clyde.
Chef Clyde Serda, School House Vineyard
Experience the beauty and power of the San Francisco Bay when you and 15 guests are invited to join the professional sailing crew of the yacht USA76, the most successful American challenger for the 31st America’s Cup in 2003. Climb aboard for a thrilling 2.5 hour sail on the Bay and feel what it’s like to be a crew member for America’s Cup on USA 76, which is the most modern America’s Cup yacht in the world available for sailing entertainment.
Redemption date to be mutually agreed upon with ACSailingSF and winning bidder. Valid until April 18, 2016.
Donors: ACSailingSF, Schroeder’s Restaurant, Press Club
If you have never experienced Lunch Above the Clouds at VGS Chateau Potelle in St. Helena, then you have not fully experienced Napa. Now you and 7 very lucky guests are invited to take a Private Tour of the vineyards. Then it’s time for an epicurean, five-course lunch prepared by Chef Ken Frank of La Toque, recipient of a much coveted Michelin star. Each bite is inventive and perfectly paired with VGS wines. Do not miss the opportunity to taste The Illegitimate from VGS. It’s a smooth blend of Zin, Syrah, Cabernet and Merlot.
Such a world-class dining experience demands a world-class resort. Revel in a one-night stay for two in a room at Meadowood Napa Valley, one of the world’s most exceptional properties. Dip in the pool, play croquet, tennis or golf, and enjoy all the delights of wine country.
To ease the pain of your return to reality, grab brunch at Archetype Restaurant in Napa with this $100 Gift Certificate. The lemon-ricotta pancakes will make tastebuds skip around the room. Very Good….Stuff, Indeed!
VGA Chateau Potelle, Ted and Kate Smith
8 Course Menu
Passed hor d’oeuvres with cocktail hour
One – Uni Shooter, Shaved Burgundy Truffle, Osetra Caviar
Two -Sautéed Foraged Mushrooms, Warm Egg Yolk, Bonito Flake, Foie Gras
Three – Table Side Cherry Wood Smoked Hamachi, Wasabi Foam, Wonton Dust, Tamari, Sesame
Four – Peking Duck Street Taco, Daikon, Sriracha Aioli, Micro Arugula, Radish, Cumin Carrots
Five (Intermezzo) – Pomegranate Granite, Lychee, Champagne Gelee
Six – Sous Vide Wagyu Tenderloin and Lobster, Sake Reduction, Root Mash, Haricot Verts
Seven – Petite Kurobuta Pork Belly Salad, Arugula, Baby Kale, Plum Wine Vinaigrette
Eight – Micro Bacon Caramel Asian Apple
Nine – Nitrogen Ice Cream Demonstration
Coffee With Assorted Cookies, Candy, and Cake Pops
Chef James’ Asian-fusion inspired menu will pair beautifully with a lovely selection of Joseph Phelps Vineyards’ wines. Take home tonight 3 bottles of 2012 Joseph Phelps Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; 3 bottles of 2014 Joseph Phelps Eisrébe; 3 bottles of 2013 Joseph Phelps Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena/Napa Valley; 3 bottles of 2012 Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast Estate Grown; 3 bottles of 2013 Joseph Phelps Viognier Estate Grown, St. Helena/Napa Valley; and 3 bottles of 2012 Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast Estate Grown.
Chef James Koskiniemi, Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Art Lovers and Collectors, here is a gorgeous opportunity for you to own a rare pochoir, hand-made print, of internationally acclaimed Surrealist Joan Miro’s Femme dans la Nuit from his Constellations collection. The “Constellations” were a series of 23 drawings that Miro created between 1940-1941. They are one of Miro’s most brilliant bodies of work, full of the symbols that became his unique language. Miro explained that the night, music, and stars became a major influence on his work at this time. As you look closely, little characters, profiles and eyes become noticeable.
In 1959, prints of 22 of the original paintings were made and published in portfolios, along with poetry written by the leader of the Surrealist movement, Andre Breton. Daniel Jacomet, a master printer, made the prints by using pochoir, which is a stenciling technique. Jacomet was able to capture the beautiful colors and imagery of Miro’s original drawings in these pochoirs. There were 350 numbered portfolios created, plus proofs, and Breton and Miro signed the front page of the portfolios. Be the highest bidder tonight and you will be awed and perplexed by the incredible quality obtained by this technique.
Pochoirs are rare because they are not produced anymore. Because pochoirs of the most famous artists of the first half of the twentieth century have increasingly become collector’s items, they have become more valuable.
Framed dimensions: 30 x 27 inches
Casual elegance defines the irresistible charm of the Carneros Inn, perfectly situated among some of Napa’s most celebrated wineries. Relax and unwind during your 2-night stay in one of the Inn’s lovely rooms. With a $200 Resort Credit included, there is no reason not to treat yourself to a Lavender Lemon Drop or a crisp Sauvingnon Blanc from the bar at Farm before a delicious dinner at one of the Inn’s three fabulous restaurants.
For those of you who feel the need, the need for speed, Audi Sportscar Experience has the perfect remedy. One of you can tear up the track at the spectacular Sonoma Raceway for 6 hours in a low-slung Audi R8 sports car, along with the S and RS models, under the expert supervision of a top professional driver.
Unwind from your adrenaline rush with a couple of fantastic wine tastings and tours. Start with a Private Tasting, including artisan cheese pairings, for 4 at Kamen Estate Vineyards. After the tour, take home an autographed bottle by Robert Kamen, owner of Kamen Winery and major motion picture screenwriter known for Karate Kid, Taps, Lethal Weapon, A Walk in the Clouds, and the Taken franchise. Leisurely make your way to a second Tasting for 4 at the Vintner’s Collective, where guests are invited to sample “some of the best wines you’ve never heard of” paired with charcuterie and cheese.
Carneros Inn, Audi of America, Kamen Estate Wines, Vintner’s Collective Napa Valley
Devoted epicures prepare to raise your paddles! The Bay Area’s very own MasterChef Junior Sam Stromberg will create an unforgettable dining experience for you and 7 guests when he prepares a five-course meal in your home. The 13-year-old culinary wunderkind, who demonstrated his genius under the critical eye of world-class Chef Gordon Ramsey, will work with the highest bidder to create a menu bound to please the palate. To ensure this evening remains etched in your guests memories, Joe and Pat Harbison have graciously donated a magnum of the very rare and very magnificent 2008 Harbison Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. To complement the dinner, Keenan Winery has graciously donated a variety of lovely reds, whites and a dessert wine.
MasterChef Junior Samuel Stromberg, Scott & Paige Olson, Business Capital, Joe and Pat Harbison of Harbison Estate Wines, Keenan Winery
The successful bidder and their family or friends will receive a once-in-a-life time week of luxury accommodation in a glorious Italian villa in Umbria, built out of salvaged rock from the walls of its own 1000 year old Abbey. Improve your handicap on the abbey’s own private 6-hole golf course, swim in the heated pool or explore the Umbrian countryside and wineries. The villa is within driving distance of Tuscany and Florence and minutes away from the historical towns of Assisi, Perugia and Gubio.
- The house at the Abbey comfortably sleeps 10 people in 6 luxurious on-suite rooms and features an updated modern kitchen, antique Steinway grand piano and small library.
- The 50 plus acre grounds of the Abbadia Celestina include its own private 6 hole golf course (with electric golf cart), vineyard and some 20 plus acres of truffle woods, bocce court with flood lighting, tennis court and hot tub.
- Five full time staff are included, including a housekeeper, chef and wine expert.
- Guests have access to the owner’s Pershing 56 luxury yacht, complete with professional skipper that is ready for breathtaking boat trips on the Adriatic and beyond with an additional cost.
Graham Smith, Will and Julia Robberts
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