2. Cozy Up! An Ocean Side Escape to The Sea Ranch
It’s less than a three hour drive from Napa but it will transport you worlds away. Escape for a long weekend to the serene beauty of The Sea Ranch where beachcombing, seal and whale watching, and the soothing sounds of the sea await. This is the perfect getaway for two couples, a family, or even two families. Ideally located on unspoiled The Sea Ranch Meadow, a short walk from popular Shell Beach and One Eyed Jack’s playground with bocce ball and a picnic area, this traditional The Sea Ranch home offers so much. Home amenities include a cedar-paneled master suite with king bed, large bath, and a sliding glass door to the deck with a spacious hot tub offering perfect star gazing. A second bedroom has both a queen bed and two twin bunks, and there is also a loft with a 47” flat screen TV and futon couch that converts to a queen bed. The updated kitchen is a cook’s dream with all the appliances you will need – a heavy duty mixer, food processor, slow cooker/deep fryer, and a brand-new gas five-burner continuous grid DCS cooktop. If you prefer outdoor cooking and dining, there is a Weber barbeque and table that seats six. You’ll also have access to a washer and dryer and full Internet service. The stunning Great Room, paneled in cedar with a vaulted ceiling, efficient and attractive wood stove, and dining table that can seat up to 10, offers an ideal place to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. Get ready to plug your iPod into the stereo system and curl up on the oversized window seat looking out on the meadow. Come up on Friday and relax until Monday. Don’t you deserve this?
Please note: Subject to Availability.
Donated by: Pat & Chris Kenber
Opening Bid: $1,000
3. Toque Up! Spend an Evening as Sous Chef to Michelin-Starred Chef Ken Frank at La Toque
Are you the type of person more likely to know a restaurant’s Zagat score than your local team’s baseball score? Do you think the James Beard awards should be nationally televised? If this sounds like you or someone you love, this is the lot for you! One lucky would-be celebrity chef will join Michelin-starred Chef Ken Frank in his award-winning La Toque restaurant in Napa as a sous chef for an afternoon and evening. See how the pros prep and assemble in a true fine-dining environment. Feel the pace and the thrill of having dishes you helped create served to discerning diners from both Napa Valley and throughout the world. At the end of your service, you and your chosen guest will adjourn to the Chef’s Table where the La Toque staff will wine and dine you until you cry “uncle.” Commemorate the evening with a beautiful portrait in your chef’s garb alongside Chef Ken Frank photographed by esteemed professional photographer Dona Kopol Bonick whose dramatic landscapes can be seen throughout the Westin Verasa Hotel where La Toque is located.
After a very full day, you’ll retire to the Bonicks’ charming private guest cottage located nearby on the family’s seven acre property. And you won’t have to worry about driving because Michael Neilsen’s TLM Transportation will provide a car and driver to transport you between La Toque and the Bonick’s Guest House. This would be a perfect birthday, anniversary, or graduation gift for the aspiring chef in your life – especially if that’s you!
To be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date to be determined by Ken Frank, Dona Kopol Bonick, and Mike Nielsen. Mid-week is preferred.
Donated by: Chef Ken Frank, La Toque
Dona Kopol Bonick
Michael Nielsen, TLM Transportation
Opening Bid: $1,500
4. Merry Up! Traditional English Christmas Banquet for 8 Guests Prepared by Local Chef Chris Kenber, Hosted by Barb & Don Niemann
Anyone who has ever attended the annual Bracebridge Dinner at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite will tell you it is one of their most treasured holiday memories. The inspiration for this yuletide festivity comes from Washington Irving's Sketch Book that describes Squire Bracebridge and English Christmas traditions of that period. Now you and your guests can experience the food, music, and mirth of a traditional Olde English Christmas Dinner here in Napa Valley. Barb (aka Lady Delphinium) and Don (Lord Neville) Niemann will welcome you to their elegant and dramatic home situated on the Yorkshire Moors above Lake Hennessey. Perched in scenic holiday splendor, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous multi-course feast prepared for you by talented cook and musician, Chris Kenber, a British citizen and PPSP trustee. Cherished recipes, including Mrs. Kenber’s wonderful Christmas pudding, will help to make this an evening where you will create warm and lasting holiday memories.
Please note: Winning bidder has a choice of dates for this dinner: Friday, Dec. 12; Saturday, Dec. 13; or Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.
Donated by: Chris Kenber
Barbara and Donald Niemann
Opening Bid: $1,500
5. Pack Up! A Wine Lover’s VIP Tour of Barcelona, Sitges, and the D.O.Q. Priorat for Two Couples
This is the trip wine lovers dream about. Two incredibly lucky couples will have the opportunity to experience northern Spain’s renowned wine country with an expert personal guide – Nicole Andrus, partner in Niso Wine Tours and daughter of Nancy Andrus Duckhorn (our StandUp! Co-chair)! This will truly be the trip of a lifetime as Nicole shares her personal connections and experiences to make this region come alive for you. Nicole co-founded Niso Wine Tours in 2008, combining her love of wine and travel. She has lived in Spain for over 10 years and, in addition to her native tongue, Nicole is fluent in Spanish, Catalan, and Italian, as well as conversant in German. Her wine credentials stem from being raised in Napa Valley where her parents founded Pine Ridge Winery in 1978 and Archery Summit Winery in Oregon in 1994. Nicole has worked in many aspects of the wine industry — from the lab to sales and marketing—and she continues to stay involved as a consultant for Michael Mondavi’s company, Folio. There is no better person to provide you a true behind-the-scenes experience. So get out your passport, pack your bags, and raise your paddle high to win the most amazing trip you’ll ever have!
Please note: Trip is to be arranged at a mutually convenient time within one year from the date of this event and does not include airfare or meals. Lodging at each location includes two rooms.
Donated by: Nancy Duckhorn
Opening Bid: $7,500
6. Truck It Up! A Gourmet Pizza Party for 25 Guests from Oak Avenue Catering
It’s a party when the Oak Avenue Catering’s Mobile Wood Fired Oven pulls up to your door anywhere in the Napa Valley. Up to 25 guests will feast on delicious hand stretched, house made pizza dough covered with fabulous toppings. One of Oak Avenue Catering’s best loved pizzas is “The Ducati” with six-hour braised Niman Ranch Pork Shoulder, hot Coppa, house-made Italian sausage, mozzarella, parmesan and sharp provolone. Perhaps you prefer a vegetarian option such as pizza topped with caramelized onions, sweet gorgonzola, walnuts and fresh mission figs. Work with the folks at Oak Avenue Catering to create the perfect pizza extravaganza for you and your guests. This is a terrific way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, block party, or to turn any ordinary day into an instant celebration!
Please note: Must be held at a Napa Valley location.
Donated by: Oak Avenue Catering
Opening Bid: $1,500
7. Glam Up!An Elegant Evening Aboard Al Capone’s Personal Yacht, Acania
Get out your best flapper-and Deco-inspired dresses and tuxedos. You are invited to an exclusive and fabulous dinner party on the magnificently restored 136-foot yacht that was once Al Capone’s private party boat. There are no words to describe this amazing piece of maritime history other than to say “gorgeous” and “must be seen to be believed.” Current owners Lynn and Dave Olson and Vintners Olga and Bill Keever will be your hosts at what is guaranteed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Board at sunset and enjoy cocktails as you sail away from both the shore and the present time and enter the San Francisco Bay decked out in post-WW1 splendor. As the sky turns from pink twilight to starry blue, you and your guests will be served a gourmet dinner accompanied by esteemed Keever Vineyards wines in the intimately opulent dining room. As the evening progresses, you will delight in the glory of an age gone by. This is one dinner party you will never forget.
Please note: Must be redeemed in September or October 2014
Donated by: Lynn and David Olson
Olga and Bill Keever
Opening Bid: $3,000
8. Start Up! Four VIP Seats in a Luxury Suite to the First Ever College Football Game at Levi’s Stadium! Cal vs. Oregon on Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Attention all Bears and Ducks! Want to be a part of history? This is your chance to actually be there for the first ever college football game at the new $1.3 billion facility in Santa Clara when the Cal Bears take on the Oregon Ducks in an exciting Pac-12 Conference matchup! Not only will you have the chance to cheer your team to victory, but you’ll be doing so from a spectacular Luxury Suite as guests of Aruba Networks. The luxury suites at Levi's Stadium provide the finest premium seating opportunities of the world's top sporting venues. Each of the 165 luxury suites includes fully upholstered theater seating, individualized owner graphic identification, multiple flat screen monitors, Internet access, courtesy phone, and numerous other extraordinary features. It’s history, luxury, thrills, and first-class entertainment all rolled into one extraordinary package.
Please note: Game is Friday, October 24, 2014, Kick-off time TBD
Donated by: Aruba Networks
Opening Bid: $1,000
9. Shape Up! A Refresher for Body and Soul at Canyon Ranch (Tucson)
There is no better way to refresh your body and soul than to enjoy a world of healthy pleasures at the world's premier health resort. You can hike or bike through the fascinating Sonoran desert canyons or explore pine-topped mountains. Fortify your body with 40+ fitness classes a day. Dine on nutritious cuisine and learn how to cook that way at home. Melt away stress with the best body treatments anywhere. Flex your mind, nurture your spirit and let yourself soar. You will be inspired, and hooked on health after your stay at the unparalleled Canyon Ranch Spa.
Your accommodations for two will be in a two-bedroom, two-bath Casita that sleeps four with a sleeper sofa that can accommodate two. The luxury Casita has a master suite, living room, dining area, kitchen facilities, washer/dryer and patio.
Please note: Canyon Ranch must be contacted a minimum of three months in advance to assure availability. Lot does not include transportation, personal spa treatments such as facials or massages, or personal meetings with specialists such as nutritionists.
Donors: Anonymous (2)
Opening Bid: $3,500
10. Toast Up! A Tribute to Cindy Pawlcyn
For years Cindy has tirelessly supported Planned Parenthood and other local charities. It's high time we gave her some love. Come celebrate our very own local celebrity chef, Cindy Pawlcyn at a special luncheon in her honor in the private room at her lovely Backstreet Kitchen restaurant. Accompanying this special luncheon will be extraordinary wines made by another wonderful Planned Parenthood supporter, Greg La Follette, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers. One of our featured wines will be Greg’s 2006 Tandem Wine Co. “Porter-Bass Vineyard” Chardonnay, rated #1 in the US and best wine over $20 by Food & Wine magazine! Greg’s eponymous label, La Follette Wines, produces highly acclaimed Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs showcasing world-class fruit from Sonoma and Mendocino Counties in true Burgundian splendor. They are perfect for toasting Cindy, who in addition to being a longtime Planned Parenthood supporter, has recently been nominated for a prestigious James Beard award – the equivalent of an Academy Award in the food world. Join in the fun as we enjoy a fabulous lunch at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen and honor one of our favorite supporters!
Please note: Date is Friday, July 25, 2014.
Donated by: Greg La Follette, La Follette Wines, Stacey Bressler
Opening Bid: $1,400