We are pleased to offer many exciting items at the 2016 Garden Feast Silent Auction. Take a look at the silent auction catalog and start planning your bids! Not able to make it to Garden Feast this year? Absentee bidding is also available.
Highlights this year include:
COOKING LESSON WITH MARK BITTMAN
There is no one like Mark Bittman! Enjoy a private cooking party for a group of up to 10 people with Mr. Bittman, food journalist, author and former columnist for The New York Times. Start your day shopping for ingredients with Mark at your local market, and then join him in preparing a fabulous home-cooked meal, all while having the opportunity to hear the latest in food politics.
Donated by: Mark Bittman
TOMKAT RANCH TOUR
Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor's TomKat Ranch is a working 100% grass-fed cattle ranch in the hills of Pescadero with a strong commitment to learning how conservation and regenerative ranching practices restore soil, sequester carbon, and raise healthy local food. Travel with a group to and from the ranch in a biodiesel bus, tour the scenic ranch and enjoy refreshments and dinner sourced from local, nearby ranches and farms.
To be held on October 8, 2016. 20 spots available. Donated by Tom Steyer, Kat Taylor, TomKat Ranch
MIXOLOGY CLASS AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION AT MEADOWOOD
Experience famed Meadowood in Napa Valley with a private mixology class and cocktail party for 10. Beverage Director and mixology master Scott Beattie will instruct the group as you enjoy cocktails and an assortment of passed hors d'oeuvres.
Donated by: Meadowood Napa Valley
CHEZ PANISSE CAFÉ DINNER AND IN-PERSON GREETING FROM ALICE WATERS
Meet the pioneer of the sustainable local food movement, Alice Waters! She'll personally greet you at the famous Chez Panisse Café in Berkeley, where you'll enjoy dinner for 4 with a bottle of house wine. You'll also receive a signed copy of Alice Waters' cookbook, In the Green Kitchen.
Donated by Chez Panisse Café and Restaurant
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CATTLE RANCHER
Spend the day as a cowboy or cowgirl in Steinbeck Country, experiencing the operations of a working cattle ranch first-hand. Your group of 12 will learn the principles of Holistic Range Management as you move the cattle on foot. Enjoy a BBQ lunch, followed by a hike through the rolling hills, fishing in the pond or relaxing on the porch with a cup of joe.
Donated by Don and Julie Baldocchi
Live like a local for one week in this 1-bedroom apartment for 2 guests in the trendy SoFo neighborhood in Stockholm, Sweden.
Donated by Anki Gelb
DAHLIA DAY AT FRONT PORCH FARM
Enjoy a full day of farm activities! Collect a basketful of dahlias and fresh produce to take home, taste wine, enjoy a delicious lunch made from ingredients grown right on the farm, relax by the river and more.
To be held on July 23, 2016. 30 spots available. Donated by Mimi and Peter Buckley
VIP TICKETS TO OUTSIDE LANDS
Two VIP tickets to Outside Lands, August 5–7, 2016, featuring headliners Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, Lana del Rey, Duran Duran, Air, Beach House, and more.
Donated by Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE
Take home a piece of history with an authentic pair of seats from Candlestick Park.
Donated by San Francisco Recreation & Parks
GLEN ELLEN GETAWAY
Enjoy your ultimate private retreat in a designer home on five secluded acres in Glen Ellen. You will find everything you need for a fantastic getaway for 2 nights with friends and family.
Donated by Sally Ward
A WEEK IN ZIHUATANEJO
Enjoy a 1-week stay at Residencias Villa del Sol in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. There's room for up to 8 guests in a beautiful 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom apartment (2 king rooms and 1 4-twin bunk). Explore the lifestyles of this fishing village with its old-fashioned charm and traditional Mexican culture.
Donated by Trish and Larry Kubal
JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY
Partake in a rare opportunity to view a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstration in the style of the Omote Senke School of Tea, held in San Francisco Botanical Garden's Moon Viewing Garden. After the demonstration, Japanese tea sweets and a bowl of matcha (powdered green tea) will be served.
To be held on September 22, 2016. 10 spots available. Donated by Marilyn McCann and Mrs. Nakagawa's Tea Group
PRIVATE DINNER AND FULL MOON WALK IN THE GARDEN
Spend a special evening in San Francisco Botanical Garden under the light of a full moon. Begin with a private gourmet catered dinner for 16 guests on the Library Terrace, followed by a guided walk and the traditions of Japanese moon viewing on the deck in the Moon Viewing Garden.
Donated by San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and Ernie Ng
COVETED SEATS AT STATE BIRD PROVISIONS AND THE PROGRESS
You won't want to pass up the opportunity to bypass the long lines and have a priority reservation at these two popular San Francisco dining spots, which book up 60 days in advance. These 2 gift certificates should cover dinner for 2 at State Bird Provisions AND at the Progress.
Donated by State Bird Provisions and The Progress
SANTA BARBARA GETAWAY AT BELMOND EL ENCANTO
Belmond El Encanto, a Forbes Five-Star luxury resort, has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that once endeared it to both the local Santa Barbara community and visitors alike. Ninety-two quintessential, California-styled suites and bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds featuring seven acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a two-night stay with accommodation for 2 guests.
Donated by Belmond El Encanto
ONE NIGHT IN A BRAND NEW LODGE AT YOSEMITE
Opening June 15, 2016, just half a mile from Yosemite's Highway 120 West entrance, Rush Creek Lodge is a full service, 143 room resort set on 20 woodland acres, featuring fabulous dining and exciting adventures. Expect the perfect mix of recreation and relaxation with a one night stay in a deluxe lodge room.
Donated by: Rush Creek Lodge at Yosemite