An amazing culinary experience awaits the attendees of SALUD! Signature Chefs and Mixologists Auction Gala at the San Diego Natural History Museum on Thursday, November 10th. To top off the night, more experiences are in store for those who bid on the very special packages put together by the generous donors. Here is YOUR sneek peak.
GUADALAJARA TEQUILA FORTALEZA TRIP
Do you have a taste for tequila? A sense of adventure? Are you ready to step back into old Mexico with one of the country’s foremost tequila patriarchs and become immersed in Tequila, Jalisco? The time is now – AHORA MISMO!!
Three days and nights of tequila, tasting and travel in Guadalajara and Tequila, Mexico should get you going! Roll into Tequila, Jalisco as the honored guests of Don Guillermo Sauza, patriarch of the Sauza Tequila family and creator of Tequila Fortaleza, considered one of the finest tequilas in the world and a tribute to his grandfathers. Learn the artisanal methods used to create Tequila Fortaleza. You and three guests will be met at the airport by a driver that will take you on journey north through the blue agave fields to the historical and charming town of Tequila where you will be staying for two nights. Don Guillermo himself will give you an exclusive and private tour of the museum. The afternoon and evening will be spent within the walls of the family’s private estate touring the property and the distillery “La Fortaleza”. Round out the evening dining with Don Guillermo at the estate and partaking in a private tasting in the Fortaleza Tasting Caves, sipping private reserve tequila and becoming further immersed in the history and culture of Tequila Fortaleza and the tequila industry. Tour the cities of Tequila and Tlaquepaque with your private guide and dine and shop locally. Wrap up your visit with a night of revelry in Guadalajara before heading back home the next day.
Donated By: Don Guillermo, Sauza and Tequila Fortaleza
SWANKY SAN DIEGO SOIREE
An exceptional evening of epicurean indulgence and legendary style await you at the sultry and sophisticated US Grant Hotel! Signature crafted cocktails provided by mixologist Jeff Josenhans set the tone for the evening as you host a Dinner Party for 6 in the Grant Grill’s luxe Private Dining Room, where Art Deco meets modern, urban energy. Chef de Cuisine Chris Kurth will curate a delectable menu of fresh, California cuisine guaranteed to please even the most discerning of palates, accompanied with two bottles of wine. Live entertainment rounds out the evening should you schedule your soiree Thursday through Saturday at what is considered San Diego’s original Speakeasy. From jazz to bossa nova or deep house with DJ Ayla Simone to Saturday’s Supper Club with the Archtones, you are sure to be swaying in rhythm with the beat! Following your refined dining experience, retire to your guest room for a nights stay at THE US GRANT, richly appointed with classic décor, contemporary design and modern amenities. A perfect ending to a perfect evening.
In addition to your enchanting evening at the Grant, enjoy a day or even a few days exploring the museums at Balboa Park – with two unlimited passport certificates good for each of the fourteen incredible museums, you and your guest can discover all of the wonders of the park!
To top off this delightful package, we have also included a KPBS basket of goodies to take home that includes a special insiders look behind the scenes at KPBS with General Manager Tom Karlo!
Donated by: US Grant, Grant Grill, Balboa Park & KPBS
Nine-Ten MERCY OF THE CHEF DINNER + COMIC CON + SD Latino Film Festival TICKETS
Two tickets to the hottest sold out event in town – Comic Con 2012! You and your guest will venture to Comic Con next summer, the largest event of its kind in the Americas and the fourth largest in the world, where you will join the whose-who of celebrities, the most paramount parties of the year and the most exciting events that San Diego has to offer! Comic Con offers a showcase of comic books, sci-fi fantasy, film/television that has expanded to include animation, anime, manga, toys, video games, webcomics and collectible card games. This is a sold out event for next summer, July 21-24, 2012, and valued at PRICELESS!
In addition to Comic Con Tickets, you’ll enjoy two VIP Film Passes to the San Diego Latino Film Festival March 8- 18, 2012. This will be the 19th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival, one of the largest in the nation – close to 200 films showcased over 10 days to upwards of 22,000 people. Each pass Includes entrance to 11 films, no waiting in lines and VIP seating with guarantee PREFERRED SEATING up to 20 minutes prior to show time. Select from the best and brightest in Latino Cinema, take in a film and enjoy Q&A time with producers, directors and actors present at the screenings.
And the adventure doesn’t stop there! Savor an eight course dinner for six at the mercy of Chef Jason Knibb of Nine-Ten Restaurant with exceptional wine pairings for each course! You’ll enjoy a ravishing dinner at Nine-Ten, where the cuisine has been named, ‘Extraordinary to Perfection’ and they have an ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine , using only the freshest local produce. Their menu is dictated by the local harvest and created daily to take advantage of fresh products from local artisan providers. They also feature bounty of the sea with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. This intimate restaurant, led by award winning Chef Jason Knibb, named a Rising Star Chef winner in 2010, offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance – this piece of the package is a perfect way to celebrate a special occasion!
Donated by: Comic Con, San Diego Latino Film Festival & Media Arts Center San Diego
GOURMET WINE-PAIRING DINNER FOR 10
Are you looking to celebrate a special occasion, or simply entertain a group of your closest friends at home? Look no further! Host a six-course gourmet wine pairing dinner in your own home for a party of ten. Dawn Parks, Executive Chef and Owner of The Wild Thyme Company, Catering and Events along with Sturart Sobek, Sommelier and Editor of San DiegoFoodAndWine.com will combine forces to create a truly unforgettable dining experience for you and your guests. Chef Dawn Parks will work together with you to create a beautifully handcrafted six course meal using only the finest, freshest ingredients customized to your tastes. Each course will be enhanced with hand-picked rare and fine vintage wines from SanDiegoFoodandWine.com cellars. This will truly be a one of a kind experience that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. Bon Appetit!
DONATED BY: Chef Dawn Parks & SanDiegoFoodandWine.com
WINTER WONDERLAND GET-AWAY AT RANCHES CREEK BELT
Looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Want to truly explore the outdoors where there’s a little something for everyone? From snowboarding to snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow tubing, dog sledding, ice skating, horseback riding on a secluded trail or outsmarting a wily trout, a utopia awaits you- with 800 stunning acres nestled among endless blue sky and mountain peaks. Located just 30 minutes outside Great Falls, Montana, you’ll escape with a four-night, five-day stay for eight, to the Ranches at Belt Creek, a true winter wonderland! Enjoy panoramic views of the Highwood and Little Belt Mountains from a three-bedroom, one loft, and two-bathroom luxury cabin. With over 2,200 square feet, this spacious cabin sleeps eight. Relish some R & R in high-end surroundings, including a full dining room, living room with wood burning fireplace and kitchen with granite counter tops. A concierge can arrange for you to explore the great outdoors or enjoy a day of relaxation by the fireside with a cup of cocoa after a hot stone massage or gourmet chef dinner!
Thanks to Giving Back Magazine, this fabulous package also includes two roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines that can be used to fly anywhere in the continental US.
DONATED BY: Mark Hawn, Trophy Properties & Giving Back Magazine
A CULINARY + COCKTAIL CONSPIRACY
FOODIE? CRAFT COCKTAIL ENTHUSIAST? WANT TO MINGLE AND LEARN FROM CELEB CHEFS AND MASTER MIXOLOGISTS? Satisfy these culinary cravings and more with 9 of your closest friends!!
Enjoy an exclusive private reception for a group of 10 guests to attend Catalina Offshore’s Collaboration Kitchen, where you will relish the brawn, brains and bravado provided by Campine chefs Antonio Friscia of Stingaree, Andrew Spurgin of Campine (formerly Fine Waters Catering), and Brian Malarkey of Searsucker and Burlap! Have a one-on-one mixology session with Master Mixologist Ian Ward of Snake Oil Cocktail Co., who will also muddle up handmade cocktail pairings for the mouthwatering meal to follow and enjoy musical entertainment by Camarada with a flute-guitar duo! Camarada will perform unique and inspiring musical masterworks for your listening pleasure. Continue the evening with cooking, eating, socializing and learning culinary craft from these gastronomic all-stars for the remainder of the evening at Collaboration Kitchen, where you will also partake in a “behind-the-scenes insider tour” provided by Tommy Gomes, of Catalina Offshore. Sexy, stylish and decidedly unstuffy – a true treat for the foodie in you!
Still looking for more culinary skills? Follow it up with instruction on how to bake and prepare gourmet meals that are gluten and allergen free? PURE PANTRY has your “starter kit” – with all the essentials you need including a cooking class with local Chef and cookbook author Elizabeth Kaplan. Includes:7 gluten-free baking mixes from The Pure Pantry, 1 “Fresh from Elizabeth’s Kitchen: Gluten-free & Allergy-free Recipes” and 1 Gluten-free Cooking Class held in North County San Diego.
DONATED BY: CAMPINE + SNAKE OIL COCKTIAL COMPANY, A CULINARY CONSPIRACY, TOMMY GOINES/CATALINA OFFSHORE AND Pure Pantry
EXCLUSIVE DINNER AND BOUTIQUE WINE PAIRING FOR EIGHT
Enjoy being one of the first to discover a fabulous new restaurant or chef? Do you relish sipping boutique wines at a great new find with an intimate gathering of friends? Experience a limited production boutique wine tasting presented by renowned Sommelier, Luciano Leonardo, paired to savor with the craft cuisine created by Chef Mia Saling of Twisted Vine Bistro and Wine Bar! Twisted Vine Bistro is one of San Diego’s newest and trendiest restaurants on the grid, and you can be one of the first to sample some of this outstanding fare which blends innovation with unassuming experience using food and wine as their language! Delight in the passion they serve on the plate and in the glass featuring farm to fork cuisine with global flare in an art-enhanced environment. The dinner will be expertly paired with offerings from their wine bar that reflects an inherent knowledge and appreciation for boutique vintners. Twisted Vine Bistro Wine Bar believes that great people, great food, and great drinks are life’s simple pleasures. You will always feel welcome in their corner of the world.
DONATED BY: Twisted Vine Bistro & Wine Bar & Sommelier, Luciano Leonardo
SEVEN NIGHT STAY AT BRITISH COLUMBIA’S FIVE-STAR FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER HOTEL
Step into a seven night stay of mountain luxury and awake to outstanding views of Rainbow Mountain. Create unforgettable memories with friends and family on the golf course or hitting the slopes of this ski-in ski-out resort. Relax at the Vida Spa or in one of the three outdoor whirlpools. Take in the classic elegance in an alpine setting at the landmark five- star Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel located at the base of stunning Blackcomb Mountain in British Colombia in a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Valley Suite! No matter what the season, this vibrant resort is a playground for all ages. In addition to the spectacular and action-packed Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, you can enjoy the Coca-Cola Family Tube Park, ziplining, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, wildlife tours and so much more! This pet and family friendly resort offers kid programs including their Trick it out Sports Fitness program.
This incredible experience includes dinner for four at the Bearfoot Bistro Restaurant, an open concept kitchen which offers Modern Canadian Cuisine in a light, whimsical, intimate and romantic setting. Start off at the Champagne Bar, which has one of the most impressive collections of champagne and wine in North America and then sit back in the dining room in high back leather chairs, hand painted Bopla plates and Riedel Cyrstal Stemware to enjoy the culinary creativity of award-winning Executive Chef, Melissa Craig. Also included in the package is round trip private airport transfers in the Whistler Wired 7 person luxury SUV.
DONATED BY: Kalpana Singh Rhodes & Jamie Rhodes, Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Bearfoot Bistro, and Executive Chef Melissa Craig
BEAUTY INDULGENCE PACKAGE
Leave everything behind. Indulge in a day of beauty. Relax with a massage at Spa L’Auberge, a luxury seaside spa situated in the sophisticated L’Auberge Del Mar, located in the heart of Del Mar. Stroll across the street to be pampered with a high-end facial, compliments of Ranch and Coast Cosmetic Surgery, the newest and most innovative aesthetics experts in town. Wrap up your afternoon of lounging and luxuriating by heading over to Del Mar Plaza to dine with your guest at Flavor and savor a palate-pleasing meal that will astound, excite and surprise! Additional luxuries integrated into the package that you will enjoy over time are a basket of Skin Medica Products to keep your skin looking luminous and light, a gift basket from The Brow Lounge, a one- of- a- kind Inspired by Claire Jane vintage handbag and custom made handbag hook, a pair of ShelMade Pisces 14kt gold filled hoop earrings, and 10 classes at Barry’s Boot Camp.
Total Beauty Package includes: One 50-minute massage at L’Auberge, Two high end facials at Ranch and Coast Cosmetic Surgery, Dinner for two at Flavor, Basket of Skin Medica high end facial products, Brow, Lounge gift card – $40 Retail Items, Anastasia Beverly Hills 5 element brow kit, Anastasia Beverly Hills brow duality highlighter, Lux candle, Epicurean after bath moisturizer, Epicurean zinc oxide sunscreen, Inspired by Clair Jane vintage feathered embellished handbag and custom made handbag hook, A pair of ShelMade Pisces 14kt gold filled hoop earrings, with lavender Swarovski Crystals and Freshwater Pearl, & 10 classes at Barry’s Boot Camp
DONATED BY: Dr. Vince Marin, Ranch & Coast Cosmetic Surgery, Flavor, The Brow Lounge, Skin Medica, Inspired BY Clair Jane, ShelMade and Barry’s Bootcamp
VIP ALL THE WAY!
Whether it’s to celebrate a birthday or merely the weekend ….get ready to get stung in style at Stingaree! Step it up, and step out into the Stingaree Hummer Limo which will pick you up at your doorstep whisking you off for a night of full VIP treatment with Sting VIP Bottle Service for 12! Martinis at the door. Pulsating rhythms. Rooftop lounging. Enjoy the evening’s entertainment direct from your very own private Club VIP bottle service table and party like the rockstar that you are!
Round out your experience as a Chargers Fan by touring the Chargers Training Facility VIP style at Chargers Park! Bring a group of friends for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the state of the art facility, including the draft room, players’ locker room, equipment room and more! During the tour you will see areas not open to the public and you and your guests can have photos taken in front of your favorite players locker as well as many other stops along the way. The tour includes a welcome reception with a special Chargers gift bag!
And should you be in LA, be sure to slip 4 VIP tickets in your wallet or clutch for a meet and greet with Jay Leno at The Tonight Show! This exclusive VIP package includes VIP check in at the Tonight Show, a welcome beverage, hors d’oeuvres and VIP seating to the show. After the show take pictures with Jay Leno compliments of NBC. Jay Leno will then provide an private behind the scenes tour of the studios – a priceless addition to an excellent VIP package!
Donated by: James & Lauren Brennan, Stingaree, A.J. Spanos, San Diego Chargers & Stuart Sobek of SanDiegoFoodandWine.com
DINNER OF THE MONTH CLUB
Dinner of the Month Club provides you and your guest with a gourmet dinner at top San Diego restaurants that you will look forward to month after month! This is great for client entertaining, celebrations or even for getting out of the dog house! Each month for an entire year, you will enjoy a divine dinner from award-winning restaurants including: Café Chloe, Cohn Restaurant Group, Crush , Flavor /SIP , Eddie V’s Prime Seafood , Humphrey’s , Nick’s, Nobu , Prep Kitchen , Tommy V’s, Urban Solace, Villa Capri 2
Donated By: Each of the restaurants featured above
CREATIVITY, CULTURE, CUISINE AND COCKTAILS
Crafted by Alexander Salazar Fine Art Gallery, complemented by El Vitral Restaurant and enhanced by Malashock Dance, David Murcio and Ooh La La Dance Academy
Take home tonight’s Paint in Motion painting created live onstage by renowned international artist, Stephen Fishwick! Fishwick is known for his Splash! Animals, a conservation-focused live art show that travels the world educating people about the plight of endangered species. His work has been featured at the San Diego Zoo and Downtown Disney; while some of his clients include The NFL, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, Honda, Anheuser-Busch and National Geographic.
Four guests will enjoy an exceptional opportunity to ignite their natural creative spirit with Stephen Fishwick on individual canvases provided by Alexander Salazar’s Fine Art Studio in the Gaslamp District, a high-end fine art salon featuring the works of national and international artists..After firing up your artistic side, walk over to El Vitral and continue the conversation while dining with the artist, as well as with fabulous gallery owner, Alexander Salazar.
Chef Norma Martinez will prepare a three-course Mexican Feast for the six of you with tequila pairings that will delight your taste buds! Continue with your creative adventures with an amazing array of two months of unlimited dance classes provided by Malashock Dance, David Murcio and Ooh La La Dance Academy. And when you think you’ve got your moves down, dance the night away VIP style at “Malashock Thinks You Can Dance: A Night at Studio 54”!
Donated by: Alex Salazar Fine Arts Gallery, Artist Stephen Fishwick, El Vitral Restaurant, Malashock Dance, David Murcio & Oh La La Dance