2014 Saint Martin's Gala with chef Lidia Bastianich

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See what's cookin' for this year's live auction! The menu features plenty of irresistible treats. Which auction items will you and your friends bid on?

Best Barstools: Second Course Priceless
Get up close and personal with the chef! Take your seat on stage at the kitchen barstools, then sit back and enjoy a glass of wine from Lidia’s own label, Bastianich, as she prepares one of the salads for the second course.
Best Barstools: Third Course Priceless
Here’s another opportunity to seat right next to the “grande dame” of Italian cooking herself, this time as she prepares the third course. Watch Lidia expertly assemble layer by layer the mouth-watering Pasticcata Bolognese!
Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson-Autographed Helmet, MVP Malcolm Smith-Autographed Football plus Two Gameday Tickets Priceless
Gear up for Blue Friday with some serious Seattle Seahawk swag: a full-size football helmet hand-signed by QB Russell Wilson, an official NFL football hand-signed by Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith, and two gameday tickets with end zone views to the Seahawks vs. Giants game at CenturyLink on November 9! Helmet and football come with certificates of authenticity. Go HAWKS!

Thank you,
L&E Bottling Company
Seattle Seahawks
Tom Douglas’ Hot Stove Society Cooking Class for 8 Value: $1000
Refine your knife skills or master a new cuisine when you and 7 friends take a private evening class at Tom Douglas’s brand new cooking school, the Hot Stove Society. Located in a bright industrial space inside the stylish Hotel Andra in downtown Seattle, the Hot Stove Society opened in July to rave reviews and to would-be master chefs’ anticipation! You’ll also get the latest insider scoop on the exciting Seattle restaurant scene. This is a hands-on experience you can touch, smell and taste for yourself. Includes a private limousine from Olympic Limousine (owned by a Saint Martin’s alum) for your party for round-trip travel between your Thurston County pick-up point and Seattle. (Limousine must be used for Hot Stove Society event and only valid Sunday-Thursday.)

Thank you,
Tom Douglas
Olympic Limousine
Rendezvous to Lake Tahoe Value: $3250
Enjoy a week-long stay in a beautiful three-bedroom residence in Lake Tahoe’s North Incline Village. Home to some of the most stunning mountain retreats, this North Shore enclave features access to Lake Tahoe’s relaxing beaches in the summer and close proximity to several world-class ski resorts in the winter. Includes two round trip flights on Alaska Airlines.

Thank you,
Stan and Sarah Rumbaugh
Gala Committee
Best Barstools: Fourth Course Priceless
Missed bidding on that last set of barstools? You’ve got another shot at joining Lidia Bastianich in the Viking kitchen. Be transported to the Piemonte region as you take in the delicious aromas of tender beef braised in Barolo wine! The fourth course will be an experience you’ll never forget.
Lidia Bastianich’s Sous Chef Priceless
Who’s cooking with Lidia? You are! Don your toque and apron, and get ready to cook alongside the "grande dame" of Italian cuisine! The highest bidder will join Lidia Bastianich on stage to help her prepare the oh-so-Italian main course, Stufato al Barolo. Don’t forget to fire up Facebook and Twitter — you won’t be able to post your photos fast enough!
Golf Aficionado Foursomes and Two U.S. Open Tickets Value: $2250
Next summer, Chambers Bay will welcome the U.S. Open to the Pacific Northwest for the very first time in its history. Don’t miss out with these two tickets for Friday, June 19, to the already sold-out sporting event of the year. Also included in this golf fan package are foursomes, plus carts, at three great Pacific Northwest golf courses: Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Salish Cliffs in Shelton (includes overnight accommodations) and Olympia Country and Golf Club.

Thank you,
Bon Appétit Management Company
Salish Cliffs Golf Club
Olympia Country and Golf Club
Gala Committee
Caffe Vita Roast Your Own Blend Value: $2500
Learn the art and science of artisanal coffee roasting from Caffe Vita’s very own roast master. You and a friend will learn trade secrets only known to a few. After roasting your own special blend, you will receive 100 12-ounce bags with your private label, created by the Vita design team. Perfect for your holiday presents for your friends and family. Must schedule this Seattle experience before March 2015.

Thank you,
Caffe Vita
African Safari Value: $6000
Embark on a week-long deluxe photo safari for two on a 60,000-acre endangered species reserve in South Africa. The reserve is host to many exotic animals including elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard, water buffalo and cheetah. Package includes lodging, meals and daily game drives as well as $1100 travel voucher. Trip can be booked anytime for up to two years after purchase.

Thank you,
Seaport Petroleum
Heritage Bank
Gala Committee
Best Barstools: Fifth Course Priceless
This is your last chance to be able to say you hung out in the kitchen with inimitable Lidia Bastianich! Come on stage and take a seat next to Lidia, as the chef closes out her culinary demonstration for the evening with the exquisite Limoncello Tiramisu.
The Chef’s Table on Capitol Hill for 20 Value: $6000
This is a gourmand’s dream-come-true! Enjoy an exquisite dining experience for 20 in a stunning private Capitol Hill loft in Seattle, featuring three of Seattle’s hottest chefs: Maria Hines of Tilth and Agrodolce, John Sundstrom of Lark and Bitter/Raw, and Bob Prince of Caffe Vita. Prepare your palate for a culinary extravaganza of mouthwatering courses and wine pairings.

Thank you,
Via Tribunali
'The Ridge Racing Driving Experience for 2 Value: $7000
Put the pedal to the metal for this thrilling two-day racing school program for two at the Ridge Racing School at the Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton. Everything is included: race cars, helmets, training materials and instructors. Lunch provided both days. Must be scheduled between May-October 2015.

Thank you,
Ridge Racing School
Brewer for a Day at Engine House No. 9 Value: $2500
Be a brewmaster for a day at the historic Engine House No. 9, Tacoma’s first craft brewery! You and 3 guests will work alongside talented brewers to brew one of Engine House No. 9’s flagship beers. Includes lunch and keg of the beer that you brewed to take home. Must schedule before August 2015.

Thank you,
X Group Restaurants
New York City Gourmet Adventure for 4 Value: $6200
Get ready for three days in glamorous New York City to take in some of the best gourmet excursions that only the Big Apple has to offer! You and 3 friends will dine at not one, but TWO of the city’s finest Italian restaurants: Gala 2011 chef Mario Batali’s Babbo in Greenwich Village and Gala 2014 chef Lidia Bastianich’s Felidia in Midtown. You’ll also get to sit on a taping of "The Chew," the popular ABC talk show for foodies featuring Mario and Gala 2013 chef Michael Symon. Package includes round-trip airfare for four, a two-night stay Washington Square Hotel in Times Square for four, and four tickets to "The Chew."

Thank you,
Mario Batali
Lidia Bastianich
The Chew
Gala Committee
Autographed Double Magnum Bottle of Lidia’s Wine Value: $350
Take a home the best souvenir of the evening—a gorgeous, thirst-quenching double magnum (3-litre) bottle of I Perazzi 2012. Sure to be the centerpiece of your next dinner party, this especially “sexy, juicy Morellino (Sangiovese)” from Lidia’s 100-acre La Mozza winery in Tuscany’s Maremma region begins with a wonderful aroma of licorice, spice and black cherry. It ends dry with a bit of smoky tobacco and good length. The bright, ripe cherry and soft texture makes this a natural match with fresh Mediterranean flavors and dishes or hearty meat dishes like roast pork and barbecue. Lidia will even autograph your bottle on stage!

Thank you,
Dark Star Imports
Limited Edition Vase from Museum of Glass Value: $3800
This stunning Blomma vase will be a beautiful addition to any room. Designed by Seattle artist Sonja Blomdahl, this piece is one of 250 limited edition vessels produced by the Museum of Glass Hot Shop Team. Each blown glass piece is signed and numbered by Blomdahl. This eye-catching vase features a thin clear band that emphasizes the transition between the brilliant hues of ruby and chartreuse. Blomdahl began her glassmaking career as an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts College of Art and later served as a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. She studied with Venetian glass master Checco Ongaro, who taught her the method of double-bubble blowing (or incalmo), for which her work is well known. For Blomdahl, "Color is often the 'joy' in making a piece. I want the colors to glow and react with each other. The clear band between the colors acts as an optic lens; it moves the color around and allows you to see into the piece."

Thank you,
Museum of Glass
Via Tribunali’s Exclusive Italian Winemaker Series for 4 Value: $2000
You and 3 friends will be special guests at five “In Vino Veritas” events, hosted at either Via Tribunali’s Capitol Hill or Georgetown locations. Each event will spotlight a different Italian winemaker. You’ll enjoy unlimited tastings from the featured winemaker’s collections as well as specially paired courses and antipasto. And that’s not all! You’ll also take home 2 bottles of wine from each winemaker for your personal wine cellar. Previous winemakers in the series include Ferrari and Montaribaldi. Available dates through 2015 will be sent to the winning bidder.

Thank you,
Via Tribunali
Raise Your Paddle to “Feed a Mind”!  
Your gift provides direct aid to students in financial need, making “The Saint Martin’s Experience” accessible to all. Now more than ever, the country and the world need scientists, engineers, teachers, counselors, doctors, policymakers and other professionals who are as ethical as they are skilled. By supporting Saint Martin’s students, you help ensure that tomorrow’s leaders are prepared to enter their fields with a values-based education and a spirit of service. You can make a difference!
World-Class Alaska Fishing Value: $3000
Take in the splendors of the Alaskan back country and experience world-class stream angling of steelhead and six species of Pacific salmon and trout on the Situk River. This three-night package for two in Yakutat includes round-trip airfare, one-day guided fishing, all meals and lodging at the Glacier Bear Lodge.

Thank you,
Glacier Bear Lodge
Jan Ordos ’69
Middle Eastern Dinner for 12 Value: $2000
Transport you and your friends to the Old World with this multi-course Middle Eastern dinner for 12, authentically, lovingly made from scratch with flavors full of spices and exotic smells. Delectable appetizers include labne, baba ghanouj, pita bread and pickled veggies, followed by stuffed grape leaves, kibbe, aromatic Arabic rice, marinated grilled chicken and the chef’s famous tabouleh salad. For dessert, sample handmade baklava, mamoul and basbousa, served with fresh fruit and dates from the exquisite World Market in Portland. Finish off dinner with the traditional Arabic coffee, if you dare, or a light refreshing hot mint tea, while you take in a delightful showcase of bellydancing—you might even be convinced to try a step or two yourself! Dinner will take place at the winning bidder’s home by mutually agreed upon date. Expires November 1, 2015.

Thank you,
Mervet Mitchell
Watch the Mariners in "Suite" Style for 20 Value: $3300
What better way to watch the M’s than with 19 of your closest friends, family members or business associates in a private deluxe suite at Safeco Field, right between home plate and first base? This luxury package includes 20 suite tickets, four suite-level parking passes and catering (yummy ballpark fare, beer and non-alcoholic beverages). Let’s go, Mariners!

Thank you,
DIRECTV Sports Network
Gala Committee
Sur La Table Cooking Class for 15, plus Lidia’s Gala Cookware Value: $2500
Premier purveyor of the “heart and soul of cooking” for more than 40 years, Sur La Table offers not only an unsurpassed selection of goods for the kitchen and table, but shares a passion for food through its highly regarded culinary classes. So put on your apron, and prepare to be inspired! You and 14 of your friends will be treated to a private hands-on cooking class, taught by a chef instructor in one of Sur La Table’s professional Kenmore kitchens. Classes are held at several Sur La Table locations throughout the country — you could make your class the highlight of a group getaway! As a special bonus, Sur La Table will include the cookware Lidia is using at the Gala tonight! Bon appétit!

Thank you,
Sur La Table

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