January 20, 2015

Austin Bar Foundation Announces Amazing, Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiences Featured in Live Auction

As always, the Austin Bar Foundation is bringing you incomparable experiences as part of the Gala, not to mention terrific things at the silent auction.  Remember, all of the funds raised benefit the Bar’s pro bono and public service projects!

Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Experience with a 6 Night Stay at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile and Airfare for (2)

Paris breathes culinary excellence at every corner: its open-air markets, bistros, and boulangeries – the ideal location t o learn about gastronomy, regional products and to absorb France’s culture. Founded in 1895, Le Cordon Bleu Paris attracts students from all over the world. All courses are taught in French and translated into English and are subject to availability.
EXPERIENCE INCLUDES   • 3 Hour Demonstration/Workshop for two – Choose from 25 Courses including In Honor of Julia Child, A Taste of Italy, Risotto and All About Chocolate.   • 6 Night Stay at the Hyatt Regency Paris Étoile

  • Coach Class round trip service for (2) from any major metropolitan airport in the 48 contiguous United States to Paris, France.

Value: Priceless!

Ride Along with Chief of Police Art Acevedo

Get a bird’s eye perspective on our city.  Join one of Austin’s leaders, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, for an exclusive ride along for two.  Although the chief loves kids, both participants must be at least 18 years old.  Scheduling according to availability. (Please book a couple of months out.)

Value Priceless!

Romantic Staycation

Check in for one luxurious night at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel. Toast the good life with a bottle of Laurent Perrier Cuvee Brut Rose Champagne before dining at Trio, the Four Season’s four-star restaurant. Mark the occasion with a different kind of sparkle – splurge with a $500 gift certificate to Russell Korman Fine Jewelry, Diamonds & Watches.

Values $1,400

Kick Start Your Wellness

Rejuvenate yourself! With this package you’ll look and feel your very best. Enjoy a consultation with Lara Latimer, Ph.D. to discuss your personal health/wellness goals and a personal fitness plan plus a 30-day membership from Body Business. Build on the goals you set by eating healthy at Snap Kitchen. After you enjoy a facial by Trisha Leslie get your hair and makeup done at Jackson Ruiz. Finally relax for a night of pampered luxury at Travaasa and enjoy a healthy and delicious breakfast, ready to face the real world again!

Value: $1,150

 Enjoy the Good Life

Eat, drink, and be merry with a year of great treats.  Spoil yourself with an entire case of delicious wine. Fill your home with fresh flowers, courtesy of a monthly $50 gift certificate from Westbank Flower Market. Dine at an eclectic mix of popular Austin restaurants with gift certificates to: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Mama Fu’s Asian House, Uchi/Uchiko, Magnolia Café, Due Forni, Moonshine, Guero’s, 34th Street Café, Hoover’s, Snack Bar, The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen and Parkside. And, thanks to Arbor Car Wash, get there in style in your clean car.  Eat, drink, and smell the roses!

Value $2,100

French Wine 101

Step just outside of Paris to enjoy the Twin Liquors’ Bordeaux 101 Class & Tasting for 25 at the Hancock Center.  Hosted in a private room by one of Twin Liquors’ amazing wine experts, you will start mixing, mingling, and networking with eats provided by Emily’s Catering.  You will then have a crash course in the many wines of France’s Bordeaux region, including which wines come from which areas, their particular terroir and character, and the foods that pair with them.  This makes for a great client event. Cheers!

Value $1,200

Breckenridge Retreat

Head for the hills for a four-night stay in this charming, rustic mountain retreat. Settle into the Sapphire Lodge at Braddock Hill. The four bedroom, four and a half bath, lodge is tucked in the mountains of beautiful Breckenridge, CO. You won’t ever want to leave this gorgeous hideaway that sleeps up to 14 — plenty of room to invite family and friends. This private estate offers guests easy access to Breckenridge and quick travel times to Frisco, Keystone, and Dillon. Located just five minutes east of the Peak 8 Gondola. Visiting in the summer months? In addition to escaping Austin’s temperatures, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful nearby hiking and biking trails. Policies: No pets or smoking. Tenant pays $200 cleaning fee. Major holidays excluded, can be used April 2015 – Oct. 2015 only. Non-transferrable. Expires Oct. 31, 2015. Donated by The Law Office of Sandra C. Ritz and Girard Diversified Interests/Michael Girard.

Value $3,000

One Week at the Perfect Italian Hideaway in Stunning Casperia, Italy

Step back in time to the picturesque medieval hilltop village of Casperia, a lovely Italian town located one hour north of Rome. This completely restored and beautifully furnished two-bedroom apartment affords views of the Sabina Mountains and comes complete with two comfortable bedrooms (each with queen-sized beds), a well-appointed kitchen, 1½ baths, separate living and dining rooms, and an adjacent garden where you can dine al fresco under a 150 year old grape arbor. While you may be tempted to stay put in your amazing home away from home, a number of area sights are within easy day-trip distance: Visit nearby Rome, by train, or drive your rental car to Orvieto, Spoleto, Montepulcino, Todi, Assisi, Montefalco, Tivoli, Bomarzo, Viterbo, and many others. Hike in the Sabina mountains, visit the Hermitage of San Cataldo, where St. Francis stopped en route to Rome, or the ongoing excavations of the nearby Roman villa. Return to Casperia to enjoy an apertivo in the piazza as the sun sets over the valley of the historic Tiber River. This is the perfect Italian hide-away: luxury and practicality, ambiance and comfort, history and convenience.

Your week must be used before the end of Aug. 2016. No children under 10. No Smoking. The winning bidder will be responsible for paying the local caretaker 60 Euros upon arrival in Casperia, for her services during your stay. Week’s use subject to availability.


Donated by Meg & Chris Phillips

Pre-Holiday Crested Butte Getaway

This gorgeous home of more than 3,400 square feet has five bedrooms, three full and two half baths, two living spaces, vaulted ceilings and hot tub. Situated on a three acre tract overlooking a national park and the immense Colorado mountains, and with close proximity to the ski trail this home is provides it all! Sleeps up to 16 people., so invite friends and family—or host an early holiday get together! Your four-night stay must be used between Dec. 1-18, 2015.

Value $5,500

Donated by David Chamberlain and Arva Reyna