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Private Dining Experience for Eight to Ten Guests in Your Home

Two Michelin Star Chefs

Renowned Chefs, Peter Armellino of Plumed Horse, Saratoga
and Jarad Gallagher of Chez TJ, Mountain View
Preparing an Elegant Dinner with Paired Wines in Your Home – PRICELESS!

Sundays and Mondays excluded. Thirty days advance notice requested.

Donated by: Peter Armellino and Jarad Gallagher

Fair Market Value: $2500



“Monsieur Dupont” 
An Aristocratic French Bulldog Mailbox

Art & Beauty Arising from Junk Metal

Superbly creative artist Patrick Amiot, together with Brigitte Laurent, transform ordinary pieces of junk metal into high art, envisioning beauty where others see only trash. The body, legs and tail are from a compressor tank, hat is a semi-truck hub cap, eyes from an old school bus, and paws from an old grocery roller. Patrick sculpts and Brigitte paints. Truly unique! This handcrafted “Monsieur Dupont” is a useable mailbox, or an artistic landscape sculpture, sure to delight all who see it.

Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent live and work in Sebastopol, California.

Approximately 60lbs, 6ft high and 3ft wide,

Additional pieces by these world-renowned artists can be enjoyed and commissioned at

Donated by: Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent

Fair Market Value: $3000




Stunning Costa Rica!
A Seven Day Vacation for Two
at Rythmia Luxury Resort & Retreat

Awaken, Renew, Eat and Play at Rythmia Life Advancement Center, nestled on a Pacific coast hillside overlooking golden sand beaches in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, 1 of only 5 Blue Zones on the planet where people live the longest, enjoy life the most and are healthiest….
a perfect spot for a transformation vacation!

 Enjoy and replenish in this all-inclusive gated resort including:

• Seven nights for two guests, king bed or 2 doubles

• Farm to table, organic meals and snacks

• Spa, resort pool, health center, and steam room

• 3 essential oil massages and volcanic mud bath

• 2 yoga classes daily

• Shuttle service to and from Liberia airport (airfare not included)

Donated by: Rythmia Life Advancement Center

and Kimberly Carter Gamble

Fair Market Value: $6800

LOT 13


Romantic Getaway for Two in Sonoma County Wine Country

Two nights, including breakfast, in a Junior Suite at the exclusive Vintner’s Inn, located in Santa Rosa on 92 acres of lush vineyards & gardens.

Multi-course dinner crafted by Executive Chef Thomas Schmidt at the revolutionary John Ash & Co. restaurant with wine pairings.

A concierge arranged tour and tasting at Ferrari-Carano Winery in beautiful Dry Creek Valley.

Donated by: Vintner’s Inn, John Ash & Co. and Ferrari-Carano Winery

Fair Market Value: $1100

LOT 10



Breathtaking Brazil!

Three Nights for Four at the Pousada dos Arandis in Bahia

A small and exclusive boutique hotel in the beautiful Peninsula de Marau.

Unspoiled beaches, scuba diving in coral reefs, snorkeling, boating, and more.

Your Garden House stay includes:
Two-bedrooms with one bath, living room, kitchen, wrap around porch, daily breakfast, Wi-Fi, and A/C. Appreciate the bungalow privacy while enjoying hotel services and amenities — an open air restaurant and bar,
mini spa, massage rooms and yoga.

Donated by: Nanana Teixeira & Cacau Falcao

Fair Market Value: $4500



Maison Surrenne Cognac

1975 Cognac Grande Champagne

David Picoron

In the fall of 1946, in the village of Bilhouet, Hubert Portier returned to his life work — the distillation of small quantities of cognac from grapes grown in his family’s vineyard. Using methods passed from father to son for generations, Portier carefully produced sixteen barrels of a wonderful cognac . . .
1946 Unblended Grande Champagne Cognac. Fifty-one years later, the owners of one of the last family-held cognac houses made a discovery — Portier’s cognac, originally intended like all cognac, to become part of a blend, had remained a separate lot. It waited its time, amber-gold, now fully mature. Its aromas and flavors were astonishing. Maison Surrenne has bottled the lot
unblended, with no additives, in tribute to its distiller,
who quietly produced
one of the finest cognacs ever made.

Donated by: Ansley Coale

Fair Market Value: $800




Luxurious Seven Day Holland America Cruise for Two


Choose Your Destination!

Regardless of your destination, you and your companion will be treated
to exceptional onboard service, exquisite cuisine,
an unobstructed ocean view stateroom
and a fabulous itinerary.

Donated by: Holland America Cruise Line

Fair Market Value: $4400




Four Nights for Two at Playa Viva

Pacific Coast of Mexico


Nestled between the drama and beauty of the Sierra Madres and the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, this unique eco-conscious resort offers a queen casita and a seaside restaurant. Playa Viva is a gateway to adventure — hiking, scuba diving, and kayaking; or, simply enjoy the quiet beauty.

• 200 acres of beautiful, unspoiled rainforest

All meals and non-alcoholic beverages included

• Yoga classes

• Transportation to and from the airport

Donated by: David Leventhal

Fair Market Value: $2,000

LOT 15


One Week for Six in a Spectacular Home in Hale Mohalu, Hawaii



A world-class botanical vacation paradise at an elevation of 350’ with breathtaking ocean views on the rugged and picturesque East Coast of the Big Island. Twenty-four acres of heirloom palms, lawns and tropical paths. Sweeping views to the East where the sun rises from the Pacific Ocean.

• Three bedrooms and two baths

• Custom-made furnishings from Bali and tropical wood floors

• Solar heating and electricity

• Satellite reception and property-wide Wi-Fi

• Expansive gardens and stone terraces

Donated by: Davis Dalbok

Fair Market Value: $2000




Tropical Ten Day Vacation in Spectacular Bahia, Brazil For Four

Facing Camamu Bay, between Salvador and Ilheus in Bahia.

Fly into either city and rent a car and explore the beauty. Surrounded by mangrove trees, this cozy bungalow features a king size bedroom, living room with a sofa bed, and a large balcony with a spectacular view.
Eight minute car ride to Taipus de Fora, one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil, with coral pools, snorkelling, surfing, restaurants, bars and shops.

Donated by: Claudia Martinelli

Fair Market Value: $2,000

LOT 17



Magical Morocco!

Four Nights for Two at Kasbah du Toubkal in the High Atlas Mountains


Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Atlas Mountains from your Deluxe Ensuite Room for 4 nights on a Full Board Basis.
Enjoy day treks, guided mountain climbs, traditional hammam (Turkish bath) and more.

Lose yourself even further by optionally spending 1 of the 4 nights in a remote trekking lodge (1 room for 1 or 2 people) in the Azzaden Valley, with a full day supported trek including picnic lunch both days.

Donated by: Kasbah du Toubkal

Fair Market Value: $1450

LOT 20



Six Nights for Up to Six Guests
in the Dominican Republic


Beachfront Ocean Dream Resort in Cabarete Bay
on the north coast of the Dominican Republic
only two hours from Miami.

2 Bedrooms & 2 Bathrooms

1 King & 2 Full Size Beds (sleeps up to six)

Fully Equipped/Open Kitchen

Washer & Dryer

A Terrace Overlooking the Pool

Known world over as one of the best spots for surfing,
windsurfing and kite surfing. Available activities include:

• Wake-boarding & scuba diving

• Rafting & canyoning

• Motocross & 4-wheel driving

• Golfing, mountain biking, horseback riding

Donated by: Herve Bruckert & Emari Dimagiba

Fair Market Value: $2200

LOT 19


A Perfect New York Weekend Getaway

Dinner for four at 3 Michelin star restaurant, Le Bernardin, co-owned by Chef Eric Ripert, the host of the Emmy-award  winning PBS TV series, “Avec Eric” and a generous supporter of Taste & Tribute.  Le Bernardin is named No. 17 on the Worlds’s 50 Best Restaurants List for 2017.

Your visit to New York City includes a two-night weekend stay at Chambers Hotel, a boutique hotel located in upper midtown that has over 500 works of original art on display..

Your trip also includes two orchestra seats for the 2017-2018 season at the world renowned New York Philharmonic, an American symphony orchestra.


Donated by: Chef Eric Ripert, Le Bernardin,

Chambers Hotel, & New York Philharmonic

Fair Market Value: $2200




1986 Mouton Rothschild

One of the World’s Most Remarkable Wines!

Since acquisition, the wine has been in temperature-controlled storage.

Robert Parker’s rating in his Wine Advocate newsletter and website is a perfect 100 points and his most recent (1996) estimate of maturity is 2011-2096. A more recent (2016) review in the Wine Advocate, also awarding
100 points, anticipated maturity of 2021. The wine is just beginning to reach its plateau of full maturity and can be enjoyed now or put in the cellar for another three to four decades.

Donated by: Glenn and Cheri Smith

Fair Market Value: $1400

LOT 16



Restaurant Package #3


Experience modern French cuisine at Traci Des Jardins JARDINIÈRE in San Francisco where Chef Audie Golder uses locally sourced ingredients to treat you to a sumptuous four course dinner with wine pairings for two that guarantees to surprise and impress every taste bud.

MKT Four Seasons

A decadent four course dinner and wine pairing for four awaits you at MKT Restaurant and Bar in the Four Seasons, San Francisco. Enjoy the exclusivity that the View Private Dining Room provides and bask in the spectacular panorama of the gates of Chinatown.


Reward your palette with a $300 gift certificate at Octavia in San Francisco. Beautifully defined flavors and seasonally driven cuisine are the cornerstones of Octavia’s menu in an elegant but relaxed neighborhood setting.

Donated by: Jardinière, MKT Four Season and Octavia

Fair Market Value: $2165

Lot 18